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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.

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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.


Kitty Pryde – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

I was really looking forward to the Juggernaut Wave. This was a killer set of figures, with a few others that were a pass, except you need them to build Juggernaut, so I had to get them all.

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First on my list was a long-time love of mine. Going way back to 1989, I picked up my first two comics at a convenience store. One was Excalibur #16. On the cover is a space scene like none I had ever seen before. Kurt Wagner with all of his blue skin showing, along with a trio of women. One of the women was none other than Kitty Pryde, though she was in armor in this picture. In the issue there are some clothing changes, and Kitty showing her shy side while she is given a very scant outfit. Well, that was it for me. She would be forever one of my favorite Marvel characters.

Now we get her in all of her plastic glory. We did see Kitty back in 2006 in the nearly impossible to find Giant-Man Series that was a Walmart Exclusive. Time passed, 10 years in fact, and we get her once again. This one blows the other Kitty away, so waiting was the right call.

Kitty comes with Lockheed, her ever-faithful dragon protector and friend. He is small, cute (but not too cute), and sits on her arm. It isn’t very easy to get him to perch on her arm, nor does he want to stay there long.

Her outfit is based on her current design. It is almost the same as her original design way back when she first joined the X-Men. Her outfit is detailed with a belt that is lose on her waist. She went through a lot of uniform changes over the years. There is a great article about it here: http://13thdimension.com/x-men-week-the-crazy-costumes-of-kitty-pryde/

Kitty looks super cute. Her face is just right. Cute youth with a well done sculpt. She has some bangs added to the front, and a long ponytail in the back.  The only problem I have found with her is that her head sits a bit high on the neck, so there is a pretty big gap between her neck and the back of her head.   Only a problem from the back though, so not a big deal.

She comes with one other accessory in the box. For what I think is the first time, we get an accessory that goes with the previous series. Kitty comes with the helmet of Onslaught.

So now you can turn Red Onslaught into Onslaught with his Magneto helmet. Boy does he look tough with that helmet on. I Hope Kitty can find some friends to help her deal with Onslaught.

This is a great first character to the series. I am looking forward to getting the rest of the series opened so I can play with them. There are a few I would have skipped, but as I said before, I really want the big Juggernaut, so I had to get them. I will look at them with open eyes, and I usually like the Marvel Legends, so I am sure I will not be disappointed.


Red and Green Rangers – Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Bandai had a great idea for getting this line started. Go with a simple 5 figure line. If it works, great, if not, it is not the end of the world. They did the slightly larger scale figures with the Armored Rangers line. It started with Super Megaforce, and continued with the MMPR White Ranger, and then concluded with Dino Charge. It was not a lot of figures, and it was a bit spread out. There didn’t seem to be a definite timeline for the toys coming out. I would like to know if it was a success or not. Since I found one of the Dino Charge Rangers in the secondary market at ROSS, it didn’t seem to go all that well.

This line seems to be going well so far. It was a bit hard to get my hands on the MMPR figures. I ended up finding them about 50 miles from home at a Walmart when we went on a weekend trip. Now they are starting to pop up again. I wish retailers would get their acts together and get figures put out when they come in. This is a new product, so it wasn’t like they needed to get rid of old stock first.

On to the Rangers. First up, the Red Ranger.

This line does a good job of making strong figures, but not making them look like they are on steroids, like the Armored Ranger line. Red Ranger comes with his red and white Blade Blaster. The Blade Blaster is in blade mode, so it can be places in the holster that Jason wears. It seems like an easy thing to have created a second Blade Blaster in blaster mode. It isn’t the most effective looking weapon as the small blade. Jason also doesn’t come with his Power Sword. I heard some grumblings on the interweb that was talking about a weapons pack at some point, but I think we should have gotten the weapons right off.

Depending on wether you are a bigger fan of Austin St. John’s Jason Scott Lee or Steve Cardenas’ Rocky DeSantos, you will be seeing more of both characters coming up. Both will show up in the Zeo line as the Gold Ranger and Blue Ranger, respectively.

Red Ranger comes with the torso of Megazord (Dino Megazord). I can tell already that this guy is going to be great, once we get the rest of the MMPRs and their Zord parts.

Green Ranger

We are starting off with the evil Tommy Oliver. The Green Ranger is so iconic to the MMPR brand. He was brought on as a bad guy, turned good, lost his powers, and eventually became the leader of the Rangers as the white Ranger. Of course, then Jason David Frank went on to be the White Ninja Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger (V), Red Turbo Ranger, and the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. I am thinking it is a good possibility that we could more of Tommy Oliver. He will be showing up for sure in Spring 2017 as the White Ranger, and then again in late fall of 2017 when he makes a return as the Red Zeo Ranger.

Tommy comes with both the Sword of Darkness and the Dragon Dagger. As long as he has the Sword of Darkness, Tommy is evil. Thankfully he came with the Dragon Dagger as well, so he doesn’t always have to carry around the Sword of Darkness and be his grumpy brooding self. Boy was he a downer when he first showed up, no matter how hard Kimberly tried to make friends.

Both the Sword of Darkness and the Dragon Dagger are painted really nicely. The Dragon Dagger fits into a holster on Green Ranger’s hip.

With each figure I held and played with in Wave one, I became more excited for the future waves. The three Wind Rangers are really well done. They have great details, good weapons, and fantastic articulation.

Adding in the MMPR to this was was was genius. All it did was wet my appetite for more MMPR figures. They are going to serve those figures slowly over the next two waves, in conjunction with the In Space figures that will cover two waves.


Storm Megazord – Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch line – Build a Figure

With the new Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch line, you get a BAF part. The three parts of the Ninja Storm Rangers combine to create the Storm Megazord.

This guy is great looking. He is a bit taller than the Power Rangers, but they are definitely in a size category of their own. They do not fit in with the full size Zords, nor do they fit in with the posable Zords we saw from Megaforce.

What they will have going for them is quite a few of the figures when all is said and done. So far we have Storm Megazord. We will also have Dino Megazord from MMPR, since Red Ranger comes with the torso. It will be interesting to see how they package the rest of the teams. With the Ninja Storm Rangers it was easy, since there were three Rangers. One came with the torso, while the other two came with an arm and a leg each. Guess with a team of 5, each will get a single part.

Over the course of the next year, it looks like we will be getting:

Ninja Storm
Mighty Morphin’
In Space
Zeo
plus 4 mystery characters

It is a bit of a funny order, since they started with Ninja Storm (I think due to a 3-member team, plus 2 MMPR), then we go with 3 MMPR, to continue that team, along with 2 In Space. We will finish with the last 2 MMPR and 3 In Space. After that we will move into two waves of Zeo with each wave being 3 Zeo + 2 mystery.

So between just a month or so ago, up until late fall 2017, we will get 25 figures + 3 Zords (listed so far). By then we should be knee deep in Power Rangers Movie stuff too (will we see the movie characters in this scale too?). Not to mention we will also be getting regular merchandise from Ninja Steel, on the TV side of things. Power Rangers fans have a LOT to look forward to in the next year.


Red Wind Ranger, Yellow Wind Ranger – Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Ninja Storm

A few weeks ago I looked at the Blue Wind Ranger. Going back to the same store, I found the Red and Yellow Wind Rangers to round out the trio of figures. Now the hard part, of finding the MMPR Red and Green Rangers. That is going to be a trick I think.

Anyway, the Red and Yellow Wind Rangers. This is the new 6.5 inch scale figures. They are new molds that are presumably supposed to compete with the likes of Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series. They are also about double the price of the standard 5 inch Power Rangers figures. This feels like a test to see if they can compete. And the survey says: Yes they can. There are a few problems with the figures, but overall they have accomplished what they set out to do.

The Red and Yellow Wind Rangers looks really good. The paint is spot on with zero problems. There are a few different colors on the body, so there are different paint apps, but they are laid out fantastically.

They comes with two accessories. A sheathed and unsheathed Ninja Sword. I think it would have been ever so slightly better if they had made a sword and sheath combination that worked together. It is of course easier to make two separate pieces, but the playability and posability goes up exponentially when they can remove or store their swords in a working sheath.

I absolutely adore the helmet sculpts. Of course over the past few years, with the introduction of the 5 inch Power Rangers line, we have received all of the Red Rangers and secondary Rangers from the past series. The main difference were in the helmets. So it only seemed fitting that the helmets on these figures would be top notch as well. And they are. Red has gold that looks like a bird. Yellow had gold that looks like a lion. And Blue…well blue looks like she has some waves on her face. Couldn’t quite figure out how to make a dolphin head.

The articulation of the figures are great. They have all of the movement we see from the Hasbro figures, and even a little more in places like the hips. When I looked at the Blue Wind Ranger, she was a bit limited in the hips because of her skirt, but with the male Wind Rangers, they gets full motion, being able to go into splits. That being said, there is a gap at the top of the hips where the leg connects to allow for such a deep bend. It takes away from the aesthetics a bit when standing, and I think Hasbro didn’t want to jeopardize the overall look for a little more movement in the legs.

One other place where the articulation takes away from aesthetics is in the wrist. Like the larger Armored Power Rangers line, Bandai uses ball joints for the wrist. It looks a bit weird and really stands out. But what we get is a wrist that really moves well. Better than Hasbro, though Hasbro has done a great job with their movement as well.

If you saw the review of the Blue Wind Ranger, I compared her with Marvel Legends figures, and she stood right about the same height. That gave me some worry about the (generally) taller male figures fitting in, with them being in a 6.5 inch scale rather than 6 inch. Well, they are a bit tall. Is that a problem if you want to mix and match your series? Not really. If you take more dynamic shots, you will probably not be able to tell that the males are a half head taller than Captain America. So, to have two toy companies make figures that are this relatively close is great. Let the picture taking begin!!!

Bandai is lucky they had a 3 member team they could start with. Then they were able to throw in a couple of MMPR characters and get people excited about future waves.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – 5 inch figures

I figured if I went with the 6.5 inch look at the Power Rangers yesterday, why not take a look at the MMPR wave we got a while back.  It took me a fair while to get my hands on the whole team.  All except the White Ranger.  Getting a painted Saba was not enough for me to pull the trigger for a second White Rangers since I have the same figure from Super Megaforce.

Gotta love the triangle boxes these figures came with. This was fun to get the whole team. I came into collecting Power Rangers later, just at the tail end of Super Megaforce, so most of the Rangers I have were from that line with the 5 inch figures, after the bump up from the 4 inch.

Overall, these figures are really fun. Since they are all the same scale, they can hang with Rangers from past seasons as long as they came out in the Super Megaforce line. We did end up with a whole bunch of Red Rangers and secondary Rangers, but not full teams beyond Super Megaforce, and of course Dino Charge that is going on now.

Now we are moving into the new 6.5 inch figures, and everything is changing again. I do hope they stick with the 5 inch figures, in case the 6.5 inch series does not gain traction. I do like the bigger figures, with better articulation, but these guys are pretty good on their own.  It will be a lot of fun to watch and see what happens with the future of Power Rangers moving forward.


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