WOO HOO!!!!!! I never walk into something early. I have been a serious toy collector for a long time now, and follow a lot of people online. I see people getting figures early. I don’t know if I happen to live where the toy department people are better at saving products until release date, or if I am just so unlucky.
Well today I was in Toys R Us for one last look, and there they were, the new 6.5 inch Power Rangers movie figures. I did not know these were going to be a thing. I had the list of what was supposed to be coming out this year in the 6.5 inch figures, and this was not on it. I have been missing a few news items since I have been sick for all of 2017 so far, and I was finally feeling well enough to venture out and see what I could find. And boy did that pay off. I did not know they were not supposed to be released until I got up to the check stand and they guy had to get his manager to override the pre-sale lock.
I decided to go with my favorite Pink Ranger, and Alpha 5. I almost grabbed Trini, but I knew I could do a good look between the two Pink Rangers, since the MMPR Yellow Rangers has not yet been released.
So, let’s take a look at Alpha 5. I think I am in the majority when I saw the design for him. Um, yikes? That is a big change from the original gold headed robot we had back in the day. They went with a much more organic alien look. It is growing on me.
His articulation is really well done. I was a bit worried that with the first non-Ranger in this line of 6.5 inch figures, that they would do something terrible. Bandai America stuck to the script and gave us a really good figure. He has really good range of motion in his arms including shoulders, elbows and wrists. The same goes for the legs with good hips (hindered a bit by the leg design), knees, and ankles that allow the feet to swirl 360 degrees and bend on a ball. His head is mounted on a solid neck with a ball joint. Simple and perfect. It allows for good movement of the head in any way you could imagine.
The Pink Ranger has a bit of a more realistic look to her than the rest of the figures in the 6.5 inch line. The other figures are more similar to the ideal of what the Power Ranger would look like. They are clean and smooth. The new Rangers have far more texture than the others. The new Kimberly has a darker pink as the base, with touches of silver/blue that takes places of the original white checkerboard. The overall design is a more organic alien look, but a nice nod to the original costume. Areas around the visor look right on, but as you move back, the head is pointed on top. So some similarities and some deviation.
The new Pink Ranger has all of the articulation of the other figure buck with the addition of better hips that allow for splits. Mostly that is thanks to the lack of a skirt. The rest of the body has the same movement, with a few cuts placed in slightly different areas for aesthetics. Pink Ranger 1 has a ball torso where the upper and lower parts are connected. Pink Ranger 2 has the classic Marvel ab crunch and waist swivel. The ab crunch does not allow for quite as much motion as the ball jointed torso, so there is a slight loss there, but it is clear that Bandai was going for the really clean look of the costume, and didn’t want a big line across the middle of the torso.
There are two other pretty big changes. One good and one not so good. They both have to do with reduction of body parts. First is the chest area. The previous 6.5 inch females have torpedo boobs, and does not look like anyone in the show. I can’t think of any Ranger that looked large in their costume. Bandai did a good job of slimming down the chest a bit to give a more realistic look.
The other reduction is in the size of the feet. They went with a much smaller foot. They are too small. It would have been great with standard feet that the other females have. At least Kimberly didn’t end up with the super-tiny Marvel Legend feet with high-heeled solid boot. Ugh! I will take this over that any day.
Being a part of the 6.5 inch line, they come with Build-a-Figure parts that build the movie Megazord. I am still on the fence with this Megazord, but I think the design works in the 6.5 inch line. Part of what bothers me so far is that the toys do not have very good articulation, but not many Power Rangers Zords do. These are the best at articulation we have seen yet… if we will ever get to complete them. 😉 I know we will eventually, but now I have 3 Megazords in different levels of completion, with Ninja Storm Megazord being the only one complete so far.
I am definitely glad they ended up making this team for the 6.5 inch series. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the team. They are going to be fairly stand-alone in style compared to the rest of the figures we have gotten, and well continue to get. Hopefully with the inclusion of Alpha 5, we will get to see some other characters show up in future waves. Next up, Bandai is going to complete the In Space and Mighty Morphin’ teams. Can’t wait!