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Power Rangers Legacy 6.5 inch figures – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Team Compete (White and Yellow Rangers)

Today we are taking a look at the last and final two figures to complete the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in the 6.5 inch Legacy line.

This is wave 3, but technically the 4th wave due to the Toys R Us exclusive set of movie figures that came out a little while ago. This wave is again split between two teams. 2 figures are to complete the MMPR team, while the other three figures will complete the Power Rangers In Space team. I grabbed the MMPR figures first since I know there is a whole lot of love for both the White and Yellow Rangers. It is not a big surprise that Bandai would wait until the end of the line to give us these two figures.

First off, let’s look at the White Ranger. Another Tommy Oliver. Haha! This is not the first line to have multiple Tommy’s in it, and we have at least one more on the way, when we get to Zeo.

Tommy comes with Saba, and a sheath for said beautiful sword. The Saba sword really is a work of art. Saba is so nicely painted, with a base of white, and touches of gold, red and silver. This is probably the most expensively colored single piece that Bandai has ever done in terms of paint apps.

Facing off, Tommy vs Evil Tommy. Actually this works and is show accurate. If you remember, Rita had a second Tommy, an evil Tommy made, and they fought. Of course you know a copy is never quite as good as the original.

Next up, let’s look at Trini. The original TigerRanger from Zyuranger was a male, hence the lack of a skirt. It made the transition to MMPR fairly well, and Trini had her helmet off enough that we just went along with it being her.Of course in the Legacy line, they give their ladies a little more going on up top, so this is definitely a woman this time around. She has one of my favorite helmets in the entire series, with the tiger face and teeth coming down over the visor.

Trini comes with the final part of the Dino Megazord, though back in the day it was just Megazord. She comes with the yellow right leg. It is not quite as nice looking as the blue leg. It is a bit flat around the bottom, and the face of the tiger is a bit cartoonish.

The girls are together and they look great. There are some subtle differences in the two, as to not just be a repainted copy from pink to yellow. For one, Trini is shorter than Kimberly. Now that I say that, in season 2, Trini leaves for a peace conference, and Aisha Campbell takes her place as the new Yellow Ranger along with Rocky and Adam who took over as the Red and Black Rangers respectively.

The core 5 members look great together. The colors are so bright, as they were back in 1993. So many different colors that created a genre of action TV all it’s own.

So, you can go with season 1 and 2, when Tommy broke the power of the Green Ranger and became a part of the team.

Or you can go with Season 2 and 3 with the White Ranger. Whatever your favorite team makeup, you certainly can make it here.

The Megazord is complete. As with other Build-a-Figure lines, these are generally very special parts that are going to end up being one-off parts. There are no other Zords that are like the Megazord, so we will only see these used once. Megazord is really well done. It has open hands that makes me think he should have a sword of some sort. It really is too bad it didn’t come with one.

Now we have 2 complete Zords, not including the Astro Megazord that will be done with the rest of the In Space team at the end of this wave.

I am really, really happy with what they are doing with these figures. Bandai America is really doing a great job of giving the Power Rangers fans what they really want and deserve. From fantastic figures, to nice Build-a-Figures.

The rest of In Space will follow with Zeo on the horizon. There is also the whole metallic MMPR figures debacle that is coming soon, but I won’t get into that. I will just hope for a weapons pack so the core 5 can have their individual weapons at some point.

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SafariGaOh from Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Movie – Galaxy Line SOS

SafariGaOh is from Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Movie – Galaxy Line SOS. Basically a repaint of ToQ-Oh with new lion parts added.

The biggest change is with the redesign of Red Ressha inot Lion Ressha. Lion Ressha is still a steam locomotive, but this time around with a lion head at the front, and some added details down the sides.  It comes with a redesigned Fumikiriken, this time taking on the appearance of a lion tail, as opposed to a railroad crossing arm. It also comes with a lion mane, two claws for the front hands, and a large white piece that allows the back legs to be angled down to the ground for a four legged stance.

Eagle Ressha is a repaint of the long Shinkansen of Blue Ressha. This time around it is primarily orange and white.

Wildcat Ressha is a bit of a change. It is pink like the Pink Ressha, but it is powered by ToQ 3gou (yellow). The Pink and Yellow ToQgers have to switch sides in SafariGaOh since of course the arms cannot be on the opposite sides.

Aligator Ressha gets to keep the green color of Green Ressha, one of only two that retain their colors.

Panda Ressha is a black and white version of Yellow Ressha. In the movie, the ToQgers take on new forms when they use the Ressha in their ToQ Changers. It was a natural fit to switch Yellow and Pink for this formation because the attitude of Yellow is more fitting for a Wildcat, while Pink was much more suited for a Panda. Why they didn’t just recolor their own Ressha, I will never know, but it was done, and that is that.

The formation into SafariGaOh is the same as ToQ-Oh with the exception of adding the piece to the back for the hind legs. The lion mode of SafariGaOh is really good looking. The colors are much more subtle than ToQ-Oh, since most of the trains are white and then additionally colored.

There is quite a bit of movement in the forearms, allowing for some additional posing.

SafariGaOh has a robot mode as well as the lion mode. In the movie, SafariGaOh takes on the robot mode for a mere two or three seconds, just enough time to work with ToQ-Oh to attack with the ToQ Safari Double Kick! to destroy the enemy.

When the two Mecha are standing side by side, there looks to be a height advantage for SafariGaOh, since he additional hip accessory becomes a part of the neck area. This gives SafariGaOh just a slight advantage in height.

I did not know quite what to expect when I got this set. I knew it was going to be ToQ-Oh repainted, with some additional accessories. The new front engine, and the accessories really make this guy his own Mecha. Having him in Lion mode really stands out from the other figures in the line, since they are fairly flat figures.

This is the end for my Ressha Sentai ToQger collection, unless I am able to find a few of the missing support Ressha for a good deal at some time in the future. I am certainly not done with Super Sentai yet. ToQger has only fueled the fire of the Japanese versions of the toys, and I have already started to amass a new army, that I will hopefully be debuting after a cross-country vacation, where I am going to be taking my camera and new toys and hopefully finding some epic locals for some great photo shoots.


Ressha Sentai ToQger – EX Legend Ressha (Full)

One of the fun aspects of ToQger was the crossover specials.  This is a tradition in the Super Sentai shows, where there is a great team-up with a past team, or with a Kamen Rider(s).  In ToQger, there was a team-up with both with ToQger vs. Kyoryuger.  Sadly we will not get to see ToQger in the US, as Saban is going to skip right over it.  There are a lot of aspects of the show I like a lot, and would liked to have seen where it would go in the US, but we don’t have the great train system of Japan, so it would be a really hard sell.  Well, with a little swap of the front engine of Red Ressha, Bandai was able to make a slew of new Ressha dedicated to past Super Sentai Teams.  And though Kyoryuger was the only one that was actually featured on film, the rest make a great collection, and connect to past Power Rangers teams.   Let’s get started…

EX Legend Ressha Shinkenger:

Shinkenger or as it is known in the US, Samurai and Super Samurai.

The Lion Folding Zord Ressha looks great. They did a great job of capturing the face of the lion and adding the top detail as well.

In robot mode, the head opens to reveal Samurai Megazords face, if not a little small. But the details are there.

EX Legend Ressha Gokaiger:

Gokaiger Ressha is related to the US version of Megaforce and Super Megaforce.  This is probably my second favorite of the Legend Ressha.

The front end looks like the Skyship, complete with the shield and everything.

EX Legend Ressha Kyoryuger:

Nobody can mistake the T-Rex Zord from Dino Charge and the upcoming Dino Super Charge. This Ressha version of Rexy looks great.

He has an opening mouth that makes him my favorite of the line.

He can be attached to the body to form ToQ-Oh Kyoryuzin, or it can be placed on the arm to make a mouth claw. Fun little extra.

Ressha Kyoryuger was the only Legend Ressha that was actually featured in the show, when they made ToQger Vs Kyoryuger.

EX Legend Ressha Den-O:

Ressha Den-O is the only Legend Ressha that cannot combine into the main torso of the ToQ-Oh.  In the movie, he was not a part of the body for long before being bumped out of place and forced into being the legs.

So, he was given a pair of twin Ressha that form the two legs.

EX Legend Ressha Go-Buster:

Ah, Go-Buster. One of the few Super Sentai shows that was not made into a Power Rangers show. Though there is talk about Dino Super Charge bringing some aspect of Go-Buster into the show.

The Go-Buster Ressha is based off of CB-01, the Red Buster’s car, that turns into a cheetah. So, we get a Reesha with a cheetah head. Pretty good idea for a bullet train, no?

EX Legend Ressha Go-Onger:

We are going to jump into the way back machine for Go-Onger which was from the US version of RPM.   It has a great engine coming out of the top of the train, with big wheels on the front.   Definitely a toy only Ressha.

EX Legend Ressha Goseiger:

Finally the Ressha of Goseiger, or Megaforce.  The Ressha has Gosei Dragon’s head, and it looks great.

This line is a whole lot of fun.   I am sad to see it end.   I have one last ToQger set to look at before I bid them farewell, as we move on to other series.  I am still holding out for a few other Ressha to eventually fall into my collection, but the prices have gone insane for for some of them, so I will be short just a couple of the Auxiliary Ressha.  Sometimes those are the breaks of toy collecting.


Ressha Gattai Build DaiOh – Ressha Gattai ToQger

Build DaiOh is basically the first stand alone figure in the line made up of it’s own trains, and combines with itself to create the robot. This creates a super color definitive robot, which is quite different from the rest of the ToQger mecha, but suited for what we see with the stronger additional mecha that come about later in the Super Sentai series run.

Build DaiOh is a great looking mecha. From the top, it has a crane on it’s head. I love me some great Super Sentai mecha hats, and this one is fantastic!  On it’s chest, it has railroad tracks running down the middle, with yellow suspenders down the sides, like ToQ6.

The arms have one hand, and one Ressha. The Ressha side allows for a longer reach with the digging claw. A nice addition for battle.  All the way down, both sides match very well, to the mirrored legs.

In train mode, Build Dai-Oh is actually two trains. The front train is the torso and arms, and looks pretty much like it. This part contains the front digger, as well as the crane. Really, it has all of the important parts that are needed for track maintenance.

 

The back part of the train becomes the legs and lower torso (waist). It is nothing more than a rolling set of tracks itself, to allow the front train some additional height.

If you got the Appli Changer before, it came with a candy version of the Build Ressha. That one is not compatible with the Build DaiOh.

Not only does the Build Ressha that comes with Build DaiOh have more detail and paint, but it is also a working version, with the front of the engine becoming a back-hoe.

Build DaiOh, Diesel-Oh, and ToQ-Oh are all fairly similar in size.  They all end at about the same height, with Build DaiOh taking the height by the slimmest of margins with the top of it’s head.Next to Cho Ressha Gattai Cho ToQ-Oh, Build DaiOh still holds it’s own.  Cho ToQ-Oh definitely has height in the cannons on the arms, but the main body does not get much taller, save for the large railroad horns.

Combine the three together, and you end up with Cho Cho Ressha Gattai Cho Cho ToQ-DaiOh. Now THAT is a mouthful. Basically we are throwing everything we have at the bad guy before we have to go even bigger by bringing in the Hyper Ressha.

It looks great in this mode, though there are only a few changes to combine Build DaiOh to Cho ToQ-Oh. The chest of Build Dai-Oh becomes the taller chest and head. And the waist, legs become the feet. Then the two arms combine with the Fumikiriken in sword mode to create a lance that it can use to finish off the enemy with the Imagination Express finishing move.

The only problem I have with this whole thing is how the bottom part is created. The legs and waist stay together, and they take away any movement down there. The feet are connected in the back. It seems like Bandai should have been able to put a break in there to allow us to only use the feet part of Build Dai-Oh, and not have to have the waist stuck back there.

Build DaiOh is in the middle flanked by Diesel-Oh above and ToQ-Oh below.   Diesel-Oh and Build DaiOh are similar lengths, with ToQ-Oh going way longer.   That is due to ToQ-Oh having overlapping trains in mecha mode, so though the train is longer, the mecha is a similar height to the other two.

I cannot imagine a fan of ToQger not having a great time with this figure or being extremely happy with the purchase.  It is a much needed piece for the collectors, and Build Dai-Oh is a great addition to any shelf.


Anklyo Zord – Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

We are seeing a lot of good use out of the main body of Anklyo Zord. It has already been used for the Tricera Zord, and the Stego Zord. They change the color (of course), the top of the head, and the back piece. It is a really good way of going about reusing some of the zords, but not needing to run new tooling for the entire zord. That will save Bandai America some money in the long run.

It doesn’t feel like a reuse of the same figure over and over again. With the big color change, and the back pieces being so different, they feel like their own zord.

When the charger is placed in it’s mouth, the hammer is dropped. It can fight on it’s own, or it can team up with a Megazord and combine to have a massive punch.

It looks great on the Dino Charge Megazord Stego-Anklyo Formation. Of course if I had been thinking about it when I was making the formation, I should have switched out the Stego Zord, since in the show the Stego and Anklyo switch places for a Tri-Anklyo Formation.

The direction show that the hammer can be used as a weapon similar to the Stego Zord. I don’t think it works as well in execution, and was probably added on as a gimmick since Stego Zord can be wielded that way.

Overall a must have for the Dino Charge Collectors.Unlike the Deinosuchus Zord that I looked at last week, the Anklyo Zord is a part of the show, and not a toy only figure.  It was in the show, so you will want it in your collection.


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.


Hyper Ressha – Ressha Sentai ToQger

This set is huge. I had to expand my photography background both in width and height in order to fit this monstrosity. I think this is a case where bigger is not always better.

The Terminal looks really good. It has places to hold full trains with room to spare. It is clear this is where we really go off the tracks in the show for realism, since we have a train terminal that can convert into a massive locomotive. I am not saying the rest of the Super Sentai series is real, but with the rest of the Ressha, at least they could travel around Japan on already used tracks, until they use their flying tracks to fight.

It is clear to see just how big Hyper Ressha is with ToQ-Oh standing by it.

With all five trains on board full length with room to spare.  This thing really is a terminal.

It is clear that the smaller Hyper Ressha is meant for great things.  It has quite a formation for later use.

A lot of folding, and the Terminal turns into Hyper Ressha for Hyper ToQ 1gou, late in the series.  The front end looks great.  It is a powerful locomotive, with great colors, and guns to boot.  We get a bit of a problem in the back half, where it is just open air back there.   I do not like that part.

Hyper Ressha has a spot of honor on top of Hyper Ressha.  it just sits there in the groove.   There are lock in ports all over this thing, but this is not one of them.  I really would have liked to see this lock into place.

The front end of Hyper Ressha is fantastic.  There are so many great details here.

A few changes here and there, stand him up, and you have Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh.  I am not fond of this mode.   he is pretty much a chunk of plastic with stubby moving arms.   This is a display piece more than anything.  The playability here is very low.

This guy is sizable, standing a whole head taller than ToQ-Oh.

One more mode with another transformation similar to standing the Terminal on it’s end and adding lots of Ressha and we get the Hyper Ressha Gattai ToQ Rainbow. This is it. All that the ToQgers can throw at the bad guys. He is the grand master of all Ressha. I still have a few Ressha missing from my collection, so there are some blank spots in his body, but you get the gist of what is going on. The front cars of all of the Ressha help to combine this guy.

He is a little more pleasing to the eye than the Hyper Ressha Henkei Hyper Ressha TeiOh, but he is still blocky. At least he has longer arms, and you can play around with the Ressha on him.

Overall, this is a Ressha you will want to get only if you intend to collect the whole line. If you are after the smaller Ressha alone, you may want to go with the candy version. You will save a lot of money and space. I don’t know where I am going to put this guy. I really like the Terminal conversion the best, but it takes up a lot of real estate. The Hyper Ressha conversion is good too, and I may have to keep him in that mode most of the time to save space.


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