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Power Rangers Dino Charge – Dino Bikes

Together, they look very similar.  They are exactly the same with the colors changed between the fronts and backs.  They can stand on their own since there are dinosaur legs hanging down by the back wheel. That is a nice touch.

The rider has a really good position on the bike.  It seems a bit big for an off-road bike as is portrayed on the back of the box.  But really, if it is in scale, who is going to complain about getting a good sized vehicle.  Better big than small.

Standing, the bike comes almost to his shoulder, and the seat is chest high.  I guess you DO have to be a Power Ranger to get on this thing.

The bike breaks apart near the middle and becomes two dinosaurs.  Neither is particularly appealing, but the front half dino looks a little better to me.  The bottom half seems to be leaning very far forward.

When we look at the Power Rangers figures vs the Zords, they are very different figures. The figures are 5 inches tall, and a Zord of the proper height would be many, many feet tall, and well outside the buying cost or storing area of a toy.

But this time we do have to look at the two since they are both part of the ZordBuilder where you can change parts to remake the Zords into something else.

This time around, taking off an arm and adding a bike. Does it work?

Well, not really. What is the point of adding an arm, that had been a T-Rex head with and a shield/sword, and changing it to a rather useless motorcycle arm is a bit weird. There is seemingly no reason for it.

And it just makes the scale totally weird too. Now we have a giant Zord that is supposed to be standing 53 meters tall, and add on a motorcycle that is what, 2 meters long? Now it is in a new scale is is somewhere over 15 meters long. Strange to be sure.

I am really liking the Power Rangers figures that have come out so far.  They are well detailed.  I have also liked MegaZord.  He is pretty cool, super heavy, and has fun transformations.

These bikes just don’t hold up as well.  They are sturdy, and they hold together really well when the two dinos are combined.  It will be really fun for kids to play with.  I do like that the Rangers included with the bikes do have some articulation.  In the past, Bandai went the REALLY cheap route and put out figures with no articulation at all, so this is a nice change.

Unless you are a Power Rangers fan and want to get all of this stuff, the bikes are a pass.  I got mine on sale at Target for $10.99, so that is a pretty good deal when the figures are running $10 for the 5in figures on their own.

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Snarl – Age of Extinction

I finally found the last of the Dinobots before they go extinct.   This line is hopefully done and gone, and we can get back to the really good figures of the Generations line, and get ready for the new show.   Today we are going to look at Snarl.  He is overall a very good figure.  There are a few flaws that seem like they should have been easily fixed, but that doesn’t always happen.

Quite possibly the best paint ever!  The green of his body is a pearl green color.  It picks up a lot of yellow hues, and looks a lot like the clear green/yellow of his spikes.  He has a very good mix of green plastic, painted green, grey, and clear parts spread throughout.

The one problem I have with the dino mode is the shield accessory he comes with.  It folds in half, and is supposed to be added to his back to make a pair of really tall spikes.  There is a post on the bottom that is supposed to fit into his back.  The problem is that the hole is right at a seam, and it does not stay together very well, so the spikes continuously fall out.

He has a good dino head.  The mouth opens, and it has some good articulation.  The silver on the snout is a bit off.  There is not a single place on the entire rest of the robot that also has silver.  It would have made so much more sense for it to be painted purple, or grey.

In robot mode, he is equally as impressive paint-wise.  Snarl practically glows with all of the clear plastic around him.  He has the tell-tale pointy shoes that tells he is a part of the movie Dinobot line.  His tail becomes a mace for one hand, and he has a sort of shield for the other.  It looks like the two parts can combine to form a secondary weapon.

One strange part of his body is how his head folds into one of his legs.   To make it look symmetrical, they put a false head in the other leg.   It seems a bit weird to me.  I think it would have been better to have a more solid leg on that side.

The one real problem I have with Snarl is with his hands.  His wrists are swivels, and cannot move up and down.  They are forced to stay at this really weird angle all the time.

Even with some strangeness going on with Snarl, I think he stands out as one of the best in the line.  He is unique to the others, and stands apart with all of the clear parts.    Though he has some shortcomings, I think overall he is a good figure to pick-up.


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