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U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One, even taking on the name Rogue One at one point. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.


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.


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