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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.

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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.


Plesio Charge Megazord – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

PC Megazord is fantastic. He comes with so many pieces, and creates his own Zord without having to add any other Zords. This is similar to the Ptera Zord that can also stand alone. That really helps the fighting of the bad guys when more Zords can show up to be in the fight.

It is clear which iteration of the show he belongs to, with the giant gold dino face across his chest. The color scheme on him is fantastic. Clearly a look a the color wheel was taken to match the gold with the purple. Add in some black and white, and you have a good combo all around. There is just a touch of red around the face to give a little touch of extra, and to nod to the later Plesio Charge Megazord: Pachy-Rex Formation which includes the red Rexy.

He has one extra piece that is the head of the Plesio and can form a giant blaster on one arm. Fear not. He does come with two hands, and does not need to head to be attached at all times. The extra hand, or both hands can be stored against the back of the leg. It turns out to be a great hiding spot since he has so much bulk behind him anyway.

There is a lot of movement of parts to get him transformed into the spaceship.  When all is said and done, he makes a great looking ship too.   Inserting a charger into the mouth, opens a cannon array on the back of the neck. You can alway use extra firepower.   Similar to Rexy, when the charger is in the Plesio’s mouth, the mouth can fully close.

Of course, things cannot stop at a zord and that is all. They have to combine in some way. When we first saw Rexy, he had to be combined with two other Zords to form Megazord. PC Megazord can definitely stand on his own, and is quite a brute to boot. Well, we add a little Rexy, and a touch of the Pachy Zord, and what we end up with is the Plesio Charge Megazord: Pachy-Rex Formation. This is no small feat of connection. There are pieces moved all about. Rexy becomes the lower torso and waist. Plesio rotates and moves so much that his legs become the new shoulders to attach big arms onto. His cannon becomes one arm, and Pachy Zord becomes the other.

The directions are really good, and all of the parts of Rexy and Plesio are used, except for where to stick Dino Charge Megazord’s helmet. It can actually attach inside of Plesio’s cannon.

This is a good time to talk about the mis-colored Pachy Zord. I have talked about it before, and liked the nod to the Dino Thunder color scheme. I actually like it even more now, since Pachy matches the Plesio, and the graphite color of the original version doesn’t match.

In this new formation, he is huge. He is tall, think Rexy with a tall head on top, and Plesio’s feet added to the bottom of Rexy’s. He is wide, shoulders out to there. And he is long. Rexy keeps his head and tail to make the full length.

And let’s not forget what is best about all of the different lines of Power Rangers… the heads of the Zords.   Some have great heads, some have awesome hats.  The Pachy-Rex Formation is no different.   It looks like two sides of jaws opening to reveal this great new head.  It is actually the back of Plesio’s head turned around.

Standing with the other two Megazords, he is not super extra huge compared to them, but he does have a little extra height in the head.   This guy is a great addition to the team.  He is big and powerful, and a lot of fun to play with.   He is substantial, but is so well designed that he stays together while being played with.


Power Rangers Dino Super Charge Figures are out!

Leading up to the holidays it seems that all toys go through a sale of some sort, usually to get rid of old stock.   Then the holidays pass, and people have money of gift cards to spend, so the new toys come out to fill the shelves.   It is no different with Power Rangers.   We are starting to see the Dino Super Charge figures hit the shelves and pegs.   We got a little look before the holidays with the T-Rex Super Charge Morpher, and some of the new Chargers, but the figures were still not out.  They are out, they look good, and I found a nice cross section to look at what we have to look forward to now.

Purple Ranger:

I love the color of the new Purple Ranger.  She is so bright.  Pretty much the Pink Ranger with a new head sculpt, but that is what we generally get with the Rangers in this line.

She comes with the green sword and morpher.  As with the rest of the Rangers, the morpher can be attached to her hip.  She can hold it much better in her left hand than her right.

Aqua Ranger:

He has what is probably the most detailed head sculpt of any of the 9 Rangers out now. You can see all of the skin texture of the dino imprinted in his helmet.

I love the gold/copper color across his chest. It adds a lot to the outfit, and separates him from the other Rangers.

He comes with the standard sword and morpher. I wish one of these guys would come with the sword/morpher combo.

Dino Steel Pink Ranger:

Shelby is the second most figure I own in the in the Dino Charge series, after Red Ranger.  This version of Pink Ranger comes with the right arm in Dino Steel form, or extra armor plates down the arm.  Add to that the Tricera Drill, and she looks great.

Unless they come up with some other variations, the next version we will see will be the Dino Super Drive, but I am guessing we will not see that for a little while since we are getting the Dino Super Charge marketing, but the Dino Charge show hasn’t even ended yet.  Seems a little backwards to me, but I will just sit back and enjoy what is coming our way.

T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger:

Tyler gets another upgrade. This was a surprise to no one that walks down the toy aisle at Toys R Us. The T-Rex Super Charge Zord hit the shelves before Christmas, so it was only a matter of time before the figure showed up in the store too.

He is a bit more robust than the other figures in the line. He has some amazing paint apps this time around. I am really excited to see him in the show in this form.

He comes with the T-Rex Super Charge Zord in blaster mode. It is all red, and does not show the vast colors that the actual blaster has, but that is typical for this line.

Snide:

Next season’s bad guy. He is a really scary looking dude. Still totally over the top in Japanese design, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

He has quite a bit for a villain. He movement in his arms (shoulders, elbows), legs (hips), and head (neck swivel). His shoulder pads move up and down like the Rangers to allow for good movement in the shoulder joint. He comes with a sword that matches the color of his armor. The details on the costume are really well done.

We now have a huge variety of Rangers.  This is no simple repaint from here on out.  We have standard Rangers, Dino Drive Rangers, Dino Steel Rangers, Gold Ranger, T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger.  This is getting pretty fun, and looks fantastic on the shelf.


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