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Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

The Megazord. The one that started a love affair in the US for decades to come. Of course by the time the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers came about, the Super Sentai series was 18 years and 16 shows into their run with Zyuranger.

I have heard Saban had tried to get something going with Super Sentai a long time before, but nothing came of it. Years later in 1993 he was given his chance, and here we are. Ironically, the series from the two countries played well off of one another, since we splices English actors into Japanese footage. Then the Japanese turned around and subbed our Power Rangers back into Japanese. We have come full circle since we saw the release last year of Zyuranger as it was subbed for the US audience. We are getting pretty tangled up here. There are people on both sides of the aisle as to what is better, the US or the Japanese shows. Then you have lines drawn for the best seasons, and the best mechas.

One thing is for certain, there probably would not have been the love there is today if not for the MMPR. And here we are decades later, and we are getting re-releases and new molds of some classic toys. And they are not going for cheap either. The Thunder Megazord is going for $200.00 and it does not look like the price is going to drop. The prices of the Dragonzord are going through the roof right now too. We are at a perfect time for people who remember the show from the 90s, all the way up to people who have been pulled in with some great stuff going on right now.

Thankfully I found Megazord for a reasonable price, probably since it has had a few releases in recent years, and there was an all black version that came out too.  This is definitely not one to pass up on if you are a fan of the Power Rangers. The metal throughout makes him so heavy and wonderfully fulfilling to hold.

Megazord looks right on. The lines are crisp and clean. He has a transformation that is so similar to the show. The stickers are all pre-installed, so anyone with an unsure hand will not have to worry about that. He comes with a chrome Power Sword with amazing detailing.

Standing tall, he just looks great. It is still one of the most cohesive Zords to date. The red and black from Tyrannosaurus and Mastodon look fantastic together. Then you move down and see the yellow leg and the blue leg, which are similar, but not totally the same. It leaves you with the sense that there is more to this than it seems.

Sure there it, it is a Power Ranger vehicle. But what if you saw it for the first time. You would inherently know that there was something special at play here.

Taking the figure apart is straightforward and fun. The transformation of each figure is easy to do.

The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is a bit of a funny looking guy. He has nothing on some of the later T-Rex zords, such as Rexy from Dino Charge. At the time, this Zord was worn by a guy in the suit, so it had to look a little different than a regular T-Rex. He looks pretty robotic, but there is nothing wrong with that. He has moving legs and arms, and a bottom jaw.

Mastodon Dinozord is great too. His head is Megazord’s shield. When the arms come off of Megazord, they fold in and create the body of Mastodon, and then the head fits into place. The only thing I would like to have seen was a moving trunk, but that is a minor nitpick.

Moving on to Triceratops Dinozord. It is probably one of the weaker figures for me. There is not much of anything going on with this figure. The head lays down and the tail comes out, and that is about it.

Saber-Tooth Tiger Dinozord looks like a Voltron cat. And rightfully so, since the creator said he was influenced by Volton for the creation of Megazord. This Tiger has legs that fold out, if you don’t want to drive around with the wheels. It also has a tail that folds out. Don’t forget the movable teeth, so Megazord can have a little extra bite in his kick.

The Pterodactyl looks like it can’t even fly. There is a REALLY big difference from the show to the toy on this one. On the show, it had a pretty strong appearance, looking like a thin stealth fighter. The wings were nowhere near this short and angled. This is one of the times where function won over form. It really had to look this way to fit as the chest of Megazord. It gets a pass for being the awesome chest plate later on.

And let’s not forget about the Megazord Tank Mode. Supposedly this was a stronger armored version that Megazord first takes when transforming. I find that hard to take, that something that is not yet transformed would be better armored. Of course we are talking about robots fighting giant aliens, so we will let that one slide.

I don’t think this is the strongest looking mode. It has a funny stance. I like the toy can take that mode on the way to transforming into Megazord.

Overall, this is a fantastic toy, and a great collector item. I never had one before, so I cannot compare it to other releases. Compared to other Power Rangers toys outside of the Legacy line, you will be hard pressed to find one with this much heft.

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Dino Steel Rangers – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

The Dino Steel Rangers are pretty much like the standard Dino Rangers with the exception of their themed weapon, and the armor down their right arm. Not a bad way for them to make more money off of us. Just change an arm, and add a new weapon.

This line has continued the 5 inch figures which are good sized. I am not crazy about the shiny plastic. I think it should be a bit more dull in tone, to give a bit more of a fabric feel, and less of a plastic appearance.

They all move well, with the exception of the Pink Ranger. She cannot move well at the hips, and that pretty much kills any good posing for the figure. And with her Tricera drill, she could have been in some pretty great poses  Red, Black, Green, and Pink all have a good hold on their weapons. I found that Blue has some trouble holding his shield, as it is a bit on the front heavy side, and wants to fall forward. Can’t protect yourself with a shield held horizontally.

A bonus photo. I am playing around with lighting on my new set. I have been able to get some pretty big light changes with the movement and elimination of lights.


Limited Edition Dino Charge Megazord

Something new popped up at Target yesterday. Under the radar, but something I felt like I had to have. This is the Limited Edition Dino Charge Megazord.

On the packaging, it boasts “Limited Edition Color” as well as “All New Charger.” The color combination is fantastic. You get a green T-Rex Zord, as well as black versions of the Stego Zord and Tricera Zord.

A Green Rexy alone looks great, but the addition of the two black figures gives you something extra special. Combine them with the black Rexy, and you have another Megazord that has been blacked out, similar to the MMPR version of the Megazord that is at Toys R Us. I haven’t broken my black Rexy out of the box yet, but that is going to be coming soon now.

The black versions of Stego Zord and Tricera Zord look great. A lot of gold plastic and paint added all over the place, with a touch of silver that remains. They are consistent with the use of gold and silver across all three figures, and it really works.

You still only get one charger with the set, and it would have been great to get some color variations with the different Zords, but it was not meant to be.

Rexy looks absolutely fabulous in green.  Will we ever see this in the show?  I am guessing no, we will not.  This is a toy only variant, but I am glad it exists.   If we keep going with this, we could end up with an army of main Zords.  We now have Red Rexy, Green Rexy, Black Rexy, and Spino Zord in Blue.  We need a pink version, and all of the Rangers would be able to command their own Megazord.

#1 Transparent Clear Fossil  This is a new Charger for anyone who is collecting all of the chargers.

This year we are seeing so many variants, nods to previous Power Rangers series.  This one is stand alone, but it is really nice.  You can begin to work on your rainbow of Megazords now.


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.


Power Rangers Dino Charge – Dino Charge Megazord

A few months back, I went onto Netflix to find something to watch.  I clicked on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and I was instantly hooked on the show.  From the guys dressed in suits to the terrible lines, I couldn’t stop watching.  Come three weeks ago, the new series Power Rangers Dino Charge was set to begin.  In pre-emptive enjoyment, I grabbed a few of the figures which I reviewed here.

Since then, I have grabbed the rest of the team, and began my hunt to track down the Red Rangers released at the end of the Super Megaforce run.  That is a completely different problem I will address on a different post.  Today we are going to look at the main guy, the Megazord.

I was not sure what to expect when he first came out.  I had only ever collected a few Power Rangers, and only figures.  So, to get a Zord was a whole new ball game.  Last week he was on sale at Toys R Us, so I figured it was a perfect time to get him.  When I picked up the box, I knew I was making the right decision.  It was very heavy.

He is made up of three Zords.  The T-Rex Zord (red), the Tricera Zord (pink), and the Stego Zord (Blue).  He doesn’t have a good articulation as I was hoping for, but there are always limitations with large figures like this that have to do a lot of things.   They have to come apart to form other parts.  They need to be able to eat their Dino Charger.  And of course they have to transform into a dinosaur.

Watching him form into Megazord for the first time in yesterday’s episode (3), it is clear that his transformation is very similar onscreen as it is in toy form.  His head rotates into place and then his helmet is dropped on top just like this.

The Zords are powered by a Dino Charger.  A battery the Rangers keep in their belts and then throw into the air and powers the Zord.  Megazord came with a T-Rex Charger (#1).  It is a special version with a clear case, instead of a flat silver color that comes in the Dino Charger Power Packs.  Speaking of Power Packs, a Power Pack has two Dino Chargers and a hard rubber Zord. There is a button on the top of the charger that turns the picture inside.

I grabbed this pack to get the #5 Triceratops Charger, which is used by the Pink Ranger and powers the Tricera Zord. It also came with what is being listed as an auxiliary charger #16 Dino Stretch Charger which is supposed to stretch one’s neck to extreme lengths. We will see how this one plays out in the show.

When the Zords are apart, they become their standard dino mode.  They can fight in this mode too, as we saw when they were called at the end of episode 3.  They do not have very much articulation, with just movement in the legs.  Rexy has a little more with a his head being able to swivel, and his little front arms can move up and down.

When the Dino Chargers are inserted into the mouth of the dinosaur, their bodies change a bit.  The Tricera Zord’s tail extends and she uses a drill action to attack.  In her premiere episode (3), she blasted through two Giant Vivix, which look like Godzilla.  The Stego Zord has an extra spike that comes out in his back.   The T-Rex Zord’s feathers/spikes on top of the head spread out when the mouth is closed.   He can close his mouth over his charger.  The other two are left with wide open mouths.

Over all I am happy with this set.  I don’t know if I would have been happy at the original $34.99, but at $24.99 with an additional $5 off at Toys R Us, it made for a much better deal.  I just have to remind myself that these are not Transformers.   They serve a different purpose, and are fun in a different way.

Up next I will be looking at the Dino Cycles.  This week they are on sale at Target for $10.99, $4 off.  They come with “an exclusive Ranger.”  Check back to see what that is all about.  And how do they look when they are combined with Megazord.  You don’t want to miss that one.


Power Rangers – Super Samurai

Power Rangers Super Samurai.   They have been on the shelves for a while.  I picked up one for fun, and then I saw they were on sale at Walgreen’s, so now I have three.   I just wanted to grab something a little different, see how good the figures are, and add a splash of color to my world of small figures.

Survey says:  Winner.   The figures have good articulation, in all the right spots.  They come with accessories that attach to their bodies.  The paint is well done, if not a little too shiny, but they are Power Rangers, so a little flash is an okay thing.    And the girls?  They don’t look like dudes.   More slender body lines are a great plus here.

There are a lot of figures out there to choose from, over a few different series.  Some are regular paint, some are metallic paint.  The figures seem to run about $8, but they have been on sale as of late in many places.  Maybe the end of the run for these kids.

In all, good figures.  I have to actually go and watch the show when I get a chance.  The entire run of the Power Rangers Universe is on Netflix, so maybe I will just have to go back and watch from the beginning.   Become a PR expert or something… maybe not.

They are ever so slightly larger in scale than other comparable figures.  Not too far out of place since they have on big boots and helmets.

 

As always, don’t forget to check my Flickr account for lots more pictures.


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