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Dragonzord – Legacy Collection 2017 Reissue

I went to a Toys R Us a little ways away today. Out and about and looking for some Hot Wheels, or maybe some new 6.5 inch Legacy Power Rangers. And then I came upon this guy, the Dragonzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The Green Ranger’s angry Godzilla inspired Zord in all of his plastic and mostly diecast glory.

“Where are you Dragonzord?”

I am really excited to be finally getting my hands on this guy. It was issued initially back in 2014, but I could not find one. I was definitely not going to pay scalper prices, and I figured I would be missing out. Not great, since I have the rest of the Legacy Collection (save for Titanus), and Dragonzord would really round out that part of my collection.

“I shall set you free!”

The box art is really well done and fits in with the rest of the Zords we have seen so far.

Inside we see the nice packaging usually reserved for the Japanese Super Sentai Zords with the nice tight packaging and each part wrapped in plastic. We do not need window boxes with these figures. The quality control is really up there and nicely done.

Dragonzord comes with two sets of hands, one straight and one with curved fingers. Generally we saw the curved hands in the show when Dragonzord was fighting hand-to-hand combat, and the flat hands when it was shooting or when transforming.

This is a great looking Zord. It has Godzilla written all over it. The color scheme is so nicely done. Decades later, and it is still a great overall design. The standouts are the gold and green paint apps. So bright and shiny.

There are a lot of details all over the zord. His head is fantastic. The red eyes are great, and the top head spike is so long.

And then there is the 11 inch tail. It is huge!!! And it is articulated. Now, it is not as articulated as the show makes the tail seem, but I am guessing the tail on the show’s Dragonzord was not quite that articulated either.

Dragonzord and Megazord had a few good battles. Usually the MMPR team trying to get Tommy to not beat them up.

They were no match for Dragonzord, and thankfully they were able to help Tommy to kick the bad guy chip on his shoulder and use the Dragonzord for good, not evil.

I was surprised by how much taller Megazord is over Dragonzord. It is nearly half a head.

Finally, once the team was a group of six, Zordon taught Tommy how to use the Dragon Dagger to summon Dragonzord to join with Megazord to form Dragonzord Battle Mode. The transformation is pretty much like it was in the show, using the Mastodon, Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops to form a bigger, badder Zord. That left the tail and center of Dragonzord’s body to form a really big staff. It is about half again as tall as Dragonzord. Interestingly, the Power Staff on this figure is more accurate than the staff in the show. That staff had only three tail parts and then the drill, as opposed to 5, which Dragonzord’s tail actually had.

When the spike on top of his head is pressed up to full height, it releases the bottom jaw, and allows the face to show. It is a cool face, with a really big red eye mask.

Then there is the secondary transformation. The even more powerful Mega Dragonzord. This uses all of Megazord, except for Mastodon’s head. This mode does not use the parts to form the Power Staff, so Mega Dragonzord could foreseeably use the Power Staff in this mode, though I don’t know if the team would need to since the finishing move is very powerful.

Since Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers ran longer than Zyuranger and went into the footage of Dairanger, they wanted to continue to use the Dragonzord for a bit while Tommy made the transition from Green Ranger to White Ranger. The evil clone of Tommy as the Green Ranger took over the Dragonzord, while Tommy took control of the White TigerZord. Now these two Zords were from different shows, so they were not ever in scenes together. The editing team had to edit a fight together using footage of each Zord. They fought against one another, but never were on screen together.

Seasons 1-3 in Zords. This Dragonzord is really fun to play around with. It is a bit finicky at times, where the parts don’t want to stay together. I guess there really is too much diecast in these guys. Dragonzord is the only Zord of the three to not be destroyed. Maybe we will see it again someday.

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Power Rangers Legacy Wave 2

How in the world did I miss posting this set? I looked down the backlog of figures I have photographed, and there sits this beautiful team ready to go.

This time around, the focus has shifted away from the three member team of Ninja Storm, to the larger team of In Space. Of course, we are still getting members of the Mighty Morphin team as we continue to fill that team as well.

First up is the Red Ranger. Andros is set up here in the standard body that we see in our males. He comes with the Astro Blaster and the holster to hold it in. The figures come with great articulation and lots of good clean paint.

Andros comes with the body to the Astro Megazord. It is clean and well done. I think it is going to look great when all complete.

Along with Andros, we get the In Space Yellow Ranger, Ashley. Ashley is on the female body. The female bodies are smaller versions of the male bodies, but more feminine. Ashley wears the yellow skirt that is a bit restrictive for the legs, but not as bad as the older 5 inch figures that had very tight rubber skirts that didn’t move.

Ashley comes with the left leg of Astro Megazord. The details on the Megazords are outstanding. So far, we have the Ninja Storm Megazord complete. This guy has a ways to go.

MMPR

Moving on, we are getting a few more of the MMPR team. The Blue Ranger, Billy looks great. There is something about the blue that pops just right. As with Jason, Billy comes with the Blade Blaster. It is in the folded up configuration. It would have been so nice to get a second version in the gun mode.

Billy of course comes with the triceratops left leg.

After Billy comes Zach, our Black Ranger. Just like the Blue Ranger, the Black Ranger just looks cool. I think it has something to do with the darker paint that makes these guys look really good.

Since Zach uses the Mastodon, and the body is paired up with the T-Rex, we already have the torso. So Zach comes with one of Megazord’s arms.

Sweet, sweet, Kimberly. The crush of many, and a great fighter. As the Pink Ranger, she was under attack many times for being thought of as the girl in pink on the team. But she is a tough one. Her outfit looks great. It will be great to pair her up with Trini, in the next wave.

As with Zach, Kimberly’s pterodactyl is a part of the torso, so she comes with an arm. With that, the Megazord is starting to look nearly complete. It is missing a tiger leg, and it will be the second complete Zord.

We are getting there with the MMPR team. We need the Yellow Ranger to fill out the main 5. We already have the Green Ranger, and what better way to end the MMPR team than with the White Ranger.

This time around, we only received two members of the In Space team. Next time we will get the other three members, including Black, Blue, and Pink. I am sure Bandai has to do some special thinking about this one. They do NOT want to release two characters of the same color in the same wave, even if they are from different shows. That could really mess some people up.

We are up to 10 Rangers so far in this new 6.5 inch scale. I did take a quick look at the first two Power Rangers movie figures that are a Toys R Us exclusive. Some birthday luck this weekend granted me the rest of that team. So we will get the other 4 members of that team out of the boxes and assemble the Megazord to see how it stacks up to the original team.

As always more pictures on my Flickr Page.  Link to the right —->


Original Purple Ranger – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge – Bandai

I really have to hand it to Bandai America. We ended up with something like 62 base figures for over the Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge series (not including the special pearl color variants of the original figures). They did a good job of covering a whole bunch of bad guys (19 in all), and every variation of the Rangers they came in. But I did not think we would see the Original Purple Ranger be added to the set.

It was right at the end, tooling was coming to a close. The stores are moving on to get ready for Christmas sales, so they want the new stuff (Ninja Steel), so it is hard to get some of the last stuff to come out. Thankfully I was able to find Albert Smith in the store, to complete my Purple Rangers. Most of the other Rangers came in the flavors of Charge, Steel, Drive, and Super Drive. Kendall Morgan only changed from Charge to Drive and Super Drive. She never had a Steel configuration for her suit. So, to get us that fourth version, they went with the male version.

This Ranger was only a Ranger for one episode, World Famous! (in New Zealand). He is also the oldest person to portrait a Power Ranger, the actor being 67 years old. He was not the best Ranger, starting off fighting street crime, and ultimately giving up his powers because he was afraid. That is not a great start to the Purple Ranger legacy, but the powers were passed on to Kendall, who wore the color much better, and had a better run as a Ranger.

It is always fun when something like this comes out. It is such a small part of the history of the Power Rangers, but an odd little piece of history none the less. I am really glad Bandai America went ahead and made it.


Power Rangers (2017 Movie) – 6.5 inch figures (Toys R Us Exclusive)

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!


Power Rangers Ninja Steel Basic Figures

New year, new Power Rangers Team. This time we are going to jump to Ninninger. Nope, no Toqger. Skipping the Power Rangers that run around on trains. I mean come on! That would entice a whole bunch of kids who love trains to jump onto the Power Rangers bandwagon. We have also skipped Go-Busters to get here too.

So far, I am impressed with the outfits they are wearing. The helmets are really cool, with the color for the helmet, and then some metal around the faceplate. Except for White Ranger who went with the white and a touch of pink, ala Alyssa’s White Ranger in Wild Force. This time though, they have a White Ranger with a touch of pink, as well as a Pink Ranger. I am a big fan of the five member teams with two women right off the bat. In Dino Charge, we had to work our way up to a second female Ranger.

The figures are standard for what we have seen before. They have somewhere around 13 points of articulation. They are not the best articulated figures in the world, but better than the current run of Star Wars figures. One advantage we get this time around is in the lady Rangers. They have split skirts that allow for lots of leg bending, so that they can do more than just stand there like every other female we have had in this style.
On top of that, we get the female Rangers. In Japan, they only got the 3 male versions, and no female versions. They did get more weapons with theirs as opposed to us just getting the sword, but they never were able to complete the set.

Overall, I am happy with the figures. The swords are a bit oversized, but I can live with it. The better movement in the lower half of the women is a plus. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the bad guys.

I am still on the fence about the Megazord. It is sitting there in every store, next to the Rumble Tusk Megazord, which is the same Megazord with a different center figure and new plastic coloring. I don’t know if I want to open the can of worms of getting a whole pile of new Megazords. It was fun collecting the Dino Charge Zords, with all of the different dinosaurs, but to have to buy a whole new Megazord just for one small figure is pretty crazy. I don’t know how well this idea is going to work. Apparently, parents were not buying the single dino zords like they were the bigger Megazord sets.

I am also going to make a hard pass on collecting the Power Stars. They look terrible, and the foam is not going to hold up over time. I think Bandai Japan had a great idea for being able to attach the Power Stars to the Megazord to make the new faces. We don’t get that here. There seems to be less to tie all of the different aspects of the toys together. In Dino Charge, the Chargers could power the Zords, as well as the blaster, swords, and auxiliary weapons. That was well planned. Not so much this time around.


Dino Super Drive Power Rangers (Graphite, Silver and Purple) and Singe

Aaaaaahhhhh! Here I am all happy that I have finally found some of the Dino Super Drive Rangers, and people are already posting about finding the movie figures as well as Ninja Steel figures. Can’t we get one show done before we move along to the next?

Anyway, I found three of the Rangers, Graphite, Silver and Purple. I still think it is silly that they gave us graphite and silver colored rangers, but they look different enough that it works okay. The Dino Super Drive Rangers come with a Dino Super Drive Saber. It is color coordinated to the Ranger, which does not hold true to the show, but it is a nice touch for collectors to get the same saber in a variety of colors. And yes, Graphite comes with a grey saber, while Silver comes with a silver saber.

The armor the Rangers have this time around gets pretty crazy. They are pretty well covered and ready for battle. The figures come with the standard articulation we are used to in this line. The Purple Ranger continues to be hindered by the skirt being tight and unmoving, so she loses all of the movement in the joint at the hips.

There are a few more villains to introduce here at the end of the line. I found Singe for these Rangers to beat on for a bit. Singe has some pretty good paint apps. Typical with the line, the Rangers are pretty spot on for paint, with special colors, bright shiny paint, and details. The villains usually have some paint apps, but they are always missing some extra that will really set them apart.

One issue I have with the villains, and apparently will continue to have is the lack of articulation. While the Rangers usually run around 13 points of articulation, the villains run about 5 POA. That makes posing pretty crappy, and no fun to shoot.

Overall, I like the new Rangers. They are beefed up with all of the armor, and look like good final versions. I am going to be sad with the last few villains as we end this line. Not much I can do about that. Hopefully as the holidays progress, I will find some good figures in the store, and be able to complete this line. There are a lot of colors represented in the Dino Charge franchise, and Bandai has gone to great lengths to give us all of them in every version possible.


Ninja Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – Legacy Collection – Bandai

The newest release in the Legacy Collection is the Ninja Megazord. Boy do I hope these are selling well enough, because I really want to get to at least the Turbo Megazord. I don’t think the Zeo Megazord will be all that great. it was one of my least favorite Zords. But today I got my hands on the Ninja Megazord, as we continue through the first three seasons of Power Rangers. From the Megazord in Season 1, it transformed into the Thunderzord in Season 2. Now as we enter Season 3, we get an all new Zord, the Ninja Megazord.

The Ninja Megazord is made up of, surprise surprise, five Zords that combine to make a Megazord. First up is the Ape Ninjazord. It looks like a man, but we are going with an ape to fit the animal theme.

He has movement in his arms, with shoulders, elbows and wrists. More than we usually see in the Power Rangers Zords. He also comes with a pair of ninja-to swords.

As per the directions, the swords can combine to form a staff type double blade. They stick together well when wielded that way.

Finally, the swords can be pegged into the back for storage when not fighting.

The Crane Ninjazord is a cute little thing. It looks like it was ripped right out of the show. This jet-like figure has some movement in the head. The wings sweep back, but mostly for creating the head of the Megazord.

Blue Wolf Ninjazord is again ripped from the TV screen and brought to life. It has movement in the legs, both front and back, with elbow joints up front. The tail also moves up and down. The mouth can open and close in case someone needs some biting. The back legs are diecast and give the Wolf some heft.

The Black Frog Ninjazord is giant compared to the rest of the figures. And funny enough, it is all in the legs. It has movement in the front legs and feet, the mouth opens, and the back legs can fly out to make him look like he is jumping.

Finally the Yellow Bear Ninjazord. It has movement in the hips of all legs, and the mouth moves up and down. This one has the least movement, besides the crane, but the transformation is pretty great to change it into an arm.

You build the Ninja Megazord from the ground up, just like in the show. The frog forms the legs and lower torso. Add the bear as the upper torso. The Red Ape folds up to become the right arm, with a cap over it’s head to form the hand. The Blue Wolf folds up as the right arm, also wearing a cap to form the hand. And finally the crane folds into the head. The head has such great detail.

Megazords are not known for having lots and lots of articulation. Usually no head movement, and this one follows that. Shoulder swing on both arms. There is no twist at the waist. The legs have a cool additional movement. Usually we only get forward and backward movement. This time around we get movement out to the sides. The feet also have a swivel to allow the feet to stay planted firmly on the ground.

One of the big draws for this figure is the ability to form the Ninja Falcon Megazord (in the movie) or Ninja MegaFalconzord (in the show). Let’s get confusing about that one. The box claims this is from Power Rangers The Movie, but clearly these figures are from the show.

I knew the White Ninja Falconzord was big, but until I put it on the Ninjazord’s back, I didn’t know just how big it was. There are ports all over the Falconzord for attaching to figures. Unfortunately, what they did was select the weakest point for attachment, leaving the Falconzord in a very precarious position, where it can fall off during play. That kind of stinks!

There is one last part of articulation. The neck of the Ninjazord rotates back, so it can look forward while it is flying with the Falconzord on it’s back.

This is a really nice Zord. It has lots of metal parts to give it heft. If you are a collector of the other Zords, you will not be disappointed. It stands about the same height as Megazord. Of course, the Thunderzord is giant, but it also cost twice as much. I guess if you add in the cost of the Falconzord, Ninjazord gives it a run for it’s money.


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