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Power Rangers Dino Charge – Villains

This is quite an impressive list of bad guys for the Power Rangers Dino Charge 5 inch line.  10 villains in the initial line (11 if we include the Vivix that came out way at the beginning).  They did a great setup by including so many bad guys on Sledge’s ship.  We have always seen a huge number of bad guys in each of the shows, but to my knowledge, this is the biggest showing in a single toy line.

Sledge:

Sledge is our resident bad guy leader.  He seems to be a little worse than the rest we have seen before.  Maybe the bad guys are finally stepping up their game.   Sledge is mostly a really great copper color, with some green body showing, and black on the fingers.   He comes with a cannon that he can hold in his right hand.

He has okay articulation, the best of all of the figures.  He has a swivel neck, double joints on the shoulders (swist, and pivot), as well as on the hips.  He also has joints on the knees and elbows.  Not quite as good as the Power Rangers, but very good for a bad guy.

Wrench:

Mostly clad in blue steel, with red, white, and blue accents, he kind of gets lost in the bright colors of the other figures.   He has some really nice detailing on his body.  He comes with an axe.  It is a single color, but on the show, the details are many colors.  It could do with a bit of an upgrade.  He has good articulation on the top, with head turn, shoulders and elbows.  Down at the bottom, he has hips, but they are very limited due to all of the stuff that hangs low.  He has no knees, but has some swivel in his feet to help him stand.

Curio:

She is one strange unit on the show.  And she is a strange figure too.  She is a mish-mash of stuff.  From the coin purse torso, to the rest of the outfit stitched together.  She has some amazing details.  Many are hidden because they are on the green parts of her body.   She has a little head movement, and her arms can move on a swivel forward and back, but not too far because of her cape.   She does have wrist swivels, which we don’t see on many of these figures.  She also has limited movement in her hips.  No knees or feet.She comes with a yellow watering can.

Ice Monster:

The first monster that Tyler and Shelby go up against and learn of their new given powers.  This guy is pretty awesome.  He has GIANT hands with blue spikes.   Strangely enough, he can stand up well, even when those hands are out in front of him.  He only has a single joint in the shoulders, but two in the elbows.  He also has head, knees, and hips.   It seems to be a toss-up as to what they decide to include with each figure.

He is another figure with great details, hidden in vast amounts of the same color.  In addition to all of the white details, he also has ice skates that have been turned into blades for the front of his feet.

Spellbinder:

Ah, Spellbinder.  You regular watchers of Power Rangers may remember Spellbinder putting a spell on Chase.  There always has to be some point in the series where a Power Ranger has to be turned evil and the rest have to break the spell.   Well, this was the guy to do it.   He has movement in his head, shoulders, hips, and knees.  They did a really good job of showing off all of the stuff he has wrapped around his legs.  I would have liked to see the cape painted purple on the inside to give a bit more definition between his body and the cape.  The list of paint apps continues to grow longer.

Slammer:

Oh the irony!  Slammer is a prison guard, who is a prisoner of Sledge.  The use of brown for his body is a bit of a cop-out, since only his chest is supposed to be brown.  The rest of his is a large array of colors, from grey to black and even some copper.   Because of the design of his upper torso and shoulders, he does not have shoulder movement, but only movement in the elbows.   He also has head, hips, and knees.

Sting Rage:

Sting Rage was sent to get the Ankylo Zord.  Though it gave the Rangers some trouble for a time, you know the bad guys can’t hold onto Zords for long.  He is a great creepy looking guy.  The more you look at him, the creepier he gets.  He has all of the standard movement, and also comes with his Stinger Trident.

Puzzler is very intelligent, not what you would think when you look at a flat-faced foe.  He has shoulder joints, hips and knees.   He comes with a pink flag that says “GOAL.”  On his left leg, it says “GAME OVER.”

Bones:

Bones comes with a jar that attaches to his hip via a post on the jar.  This is where he collects the “backbones” of his foes, ultimately leaving them cowering and helpless.  He is one of the less articulated figures, with shoulders, elbow swivel, and foot swivel.   His main body is hollow, which makes him feel very light.

Vivizord:

The Vivizord was someone that we were supposed to see much earlier in the toy line, but it seemed to have been pushed back to come out with all of the villains.   It is in the 5 in scale, but he is a giant monster made up of many Vivix all mashed together.   Thankfully, now we have someone for our 5 inch Dino Charge Megazord to fight.  He does not have much articulation.  Just swivel in the shoulders and hips, and that is it.   Even some wrist movement or mouth movement on any of the three mouths would have gone a long way with this guy.  He is very limited.

Under the power of Sledge, who is holding these monsters for bounty, this is the team assembled to take down the Power Rangers.   What will we see as we move into Dino Super Charge?  Will we see some worse guys to go up against our Super Charged Rangers?  Only time will tell.

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Power Rangers – Dino Charge – Pink Ranger, Fury, and Vivix

In August of 1994, the US was introduced to The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  22 Seasons later, we are at the dawn of Dino Charge.  This latest iteration of the long running show has toys pouring into the toy aisle of stores near you.  Ready or not, Dino Charge is coming on Feb 7th on Nickelodeon, but first I am going to take a look at the 5 inch figures.

Pink Ranger:

Looks like we are starting with only one girl this time around. Shelby Watkins is her name, and kicking butt is her game.  On the MMPR Wiki site, they claim there is going to be  a Purple Ranger later in the series.

One of the problems always faced by the female PR, and especially the Pink Ranger is the lack of leg articulation due to the skirt… as if we didn’t know she was a girl from the pink outfit, and clearly female body. Oh well.  She has slight movement in the hips, knee bend, and ankle twist.

I had to get her first, as most toy companies generally short pack the girls because clearly boys don’t like to play with girls.

The details in the sculpt are really nice.  She has a great torso, with a good mix of pink and silver.   Her arms are a different color pink, but that seems to match the outfit she will have in the show.   As always I am super bummed when they feel the need to print something on the back of the legs.

Villain Fury:

The packaging lists him as Villain Fury, but he will be known as Fury.  I think that is the funniest of all.  He certainly does not look like a good guy.  What kid would buy this guy and then later watching the show get upset that he ended up with a bad guy?

Fury is a big boy. He is considered a General. In other words, the big bad guys that generally run around causing massive amounts of havoc on the Power Rangers.

He is only about half a head taller than the Pink Ranger, but he seems so much bigger overall.

He has some really good articulation. Swivel in the neck. Movement in the shoulders, elbows, and “wrist.” He also has a bunch of movement in his legs, including ankle articulation, which we don’t generally see in the Power Rangers.  His rubber skirts are separated, so it allows for the good motion in the legs.  I wish we got some of that action in the Rangers themselves.

Fury comes with a pretty menacing looking sword.

Villain Vivix:

Think of the Vivix as the Putties from the original show.  You know the guys, the basic foot soldiers. A massive number of bad guys that give the Rangers a little bit of trouble for a while before only because there are so many of them.

This Vivix has great articulation. It is so funny to see bad guys with more articulation than the good guys.

The picture on the front and back of the packaging show the live action Vivix with weapons. No weapon for this guy. Boo on that. It looks like a very important part of the character.

Overall, a good start to the toy line.  I have all of what I think are the short packed characters, though I am not positive.  Getting these three were my musts.   The rest I will go after in the next few days.  I wanted to just get a taste for them and see how they are as toys.  Solid, good articulation, and fun to play with.  Can’t ask for much more than that.  I have my TiVo set for the show’s premiere on Feb 7th.


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