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Dragonzord – Legacy Collection 2017 Reissue

I went to a Toys R Us a little ways away today. Out and about and looking for some Hot Wheels, or maybe some new 6.5 inch Legacy Power Rangers. And then I came upon this guy, the Dragonzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The Green Ranger’s angry Godzilla inspired Zord in all of his plastic and mostly diecast glory.

“Where are you Dragonzord?”

I am really excited to be finally getting my hands on this guy. It was issued initially back in 2014, but I could not find one. I was definitely not going to pay scalper prices, and I figured I would be missing out. Not great, since I have the rest of the Legacy Collection (save for Titanus), and Dragonzord would really round out that part of my collection.

“I shall set you free!”

The box art is really well done and fits in with the rest of the Zords we have seen so far.

Inside we see the nice packaging usually reserved for the Japanese Super Sentai Zords with the nice tight packaging and each part wrapped in plastic. We do not need window boxes with these figures. The quality control is really up there and nicely done.

Dragonzord comes with two sets of hands, one straight and one with curved fingers. Generally we saw the curved hands in the show when Dragonzord was fighting hand-to-hand combat, and the flat hands when it was shooting or when transforming.

This is a great looking Zord. It has Godzilla written all over it. The color scheme is so nicely done. Decades later, and it is still a great overall design. The standouts are the gold and green paint apps. So bright and shiny.

There are a lot of details all over the zord. His head is fantastic. The red eyes are great, and the top head spike is so long.

And then there is the 11 inch tail. It is huge!!! And it is articulated. Now, it is not as articulated as the show makes the tail seem, but I am guessing the tail on the show’s Dragonzord was not quite that articulated either.

Dragonzord and Megazord had a few good battles. Usually the MMPR team trying to get Tommy to not beat them up.

They were no match for Dragonzord, and thankfully they were able to help Tommy to kick the bad guy chip on his shoulder and use the Dragonzord for good, not evil.

I was surprised by how much taller Megazord is over Dragonzord. It is nearly half a head.

Finally, once the team was a group of six, Zordon taught Tommy how to use the Dragon Dagger to summon Dragonzord to join with Megazord to form Dragonzord Battle Mode. The transformation is pretty much like it was in the show, using the Mastodon, Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops to form a bigger, badder Zord. That left the tail and center of Dragonzord’s body to form a really big staff. It is about half again as tall as Dragonzord. Interestingly, the Power Staff on this figure is more accurate than the staff in the show. That staff had only three tail parts and then the drill, as opposed to 5, which Dragonzord’s tail actually had.

When the spike on top of his head is pressed up to full height, it releases the bottom jaw, and allows the face to show. It is a cool face, with a really big red eye mask.

Then there is the secondary transformation. The even more powerful Mega Dragonzord. This uses all of Megazord, except for Mastodon’s head. This mode does not use the parts to form the Power Staff, so Mega Dragonzord could foreseeably use the Power Staff in this mode, though I don’t know if the team would need to since the finishing move is very powerful.

Since Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers ran longer than Zyuranger and went into the footage of Dairanger, they wanted to continue to use the Dragonzord for a bit while Tommy made the transition from Green Ranger to White Ranger. The evil clone of Tommy as the Green Ranger took over the Dragonzord, while Tommy took control of the White TigerZord. Now these two Zords were from different shows, so they were not ever in scenes together. The editing team had to edit a fight together using footage of each Zord. They fought against one another, but never were on screen together.

Seasons 1-3 in Zords. This Dragonzord is really fun to play around with. It is a bit finicky at times, where the parts don’t want to stay together. I guess there really is too much diecast in these guys. Dragonzord is the only Zord of the three to not be destroyed. Maybe we will see it again someday.

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Thunder Megazord – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Legacy Collection

Boy howdy, this guy was NOT cheap.  Probably one of the most expensive toys in my collection to date.   Ummm, yes, definitely the most expensive toy to date.  Is he worth it?  Yes he is.  He is great on his own.  He looks great with other Zords.  And he can combine with other Zords with the Zord Builder tech, so the sky is the limit with this guy.  There are five main Zords to look at, and a few accessories, so let’s get started.

Red Dragon Thunderzord:

Red Dragon Thunderzord is a fantastic figure all his own. In Warrior mode, he is tall, only a head shorter than Dino Megazord. He has very nice articulation with movement at the shoulders, hips, head, and feet.

He transforms into the Dragon mode, and completely changes his look. It is pretty cool that Zord has two modes before even combining, and they both look great.

Lion Thunderzord:

 

The Lion Thunderzord is not a lot different than it’s predecessor, the Mastodon Dinozord. He is a big guy, and that is about all. He doesn’t really do anything in this mode, and pretty much sits there looking…well pretty. The colors are fantastic with shiny gold and bright metallic green paint all around. He has a lot of heft to him with the front paws being made of metal.

Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords:

The Unicorn and Griffin Thunderzords are legs, and that is about it. They have moving heads that go back and forth. They are more similar looking than the Triceratops Dinozord and the Sabertooth-Tiger Dinozord, so they really don’t stand out on the shelf when they are in this mode.

Firebird Thunderzord:

The Firebird Thunderzord is a great improvement from it’s predecessor, the Pterodactyl Dinozord. Where the Pterodactyl had tiny arms, and a little pin head, the Firebird is much more regal looking. There are long moving wings, and a long golden tail. The head has good movement on it’s neck.

Thunder Megazord:

The five Zords together form the Thunder Megazord. This guy takes second place to the original Megazord in terms of popularity, but Dino Megazord cannot hold a candle to the height, detail and beauty of Thunder.

This guy is dripping with shiny gold armor. The coloring is very similar to Dino Megazord, with a large area of red on the torso, and black in the arms and shoulders. Funny enough, the Zords were swapped on the legs, with the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops switching places when they became the Griffin and Unicorn.

His head being able to turn is probably the best thing going for him, and there is a lot going for him. But unlike nearly every other Megazord ever, the turning of the head is a great asset to posing the Zord.  He comes with some good accessories too. He has a staff that is a combination of the staff of Red Dragon Warrior and the tail of the Firebird.  He also comes with the Thunder Saber, which is a chrome covered blade with a sheath that attaches to the hip of the Megazord in tabs along the wing of the Firebird.

Thunderzord Assault Team:

One of the addition pieces that comes with the set is the base to create the Thunderzord Assault Team. Basically the five Zords stuck together to go into battle as one. A flying version of the Assault tank that Dino Megazord could form. Not really the best mode, but if you have a short shelf to keep Thunder Megazord on, this is a good way to display him.

Mega Tigerzord:

Let’s not forget about the Zordbuilder tech that we have going for us in all of the modern Power Rangers Zords. A little forethought brought us the Mega Tigerzord.

This combination was very powerful, possibly beating the Thunder Megazord with strength until it’s demise. They sure liked to kill off the Zords in the early Power Rangers shows.

He uses the Unicorn and Griffin as legs. The Lion’s paws become additional shoulder pads, and the lion’s body gets added to the back. The Firebird becomes a weapon. There are a few more tweaks here and there, including the morphing of the head, and you have a powerful dude. He can be displayed this way, but there are some leftover pieces, and there are some out there who hate leftovers.

One neat thing is that Red Dragon is left untouched, so he could foreseeable fight alongside Mega Tigerzord.

 

And as always, more pictures can be seen on my Flickr Account.  The link is down the right side. —->


White Tigerzord – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy

I have been watching this guy sit on the shelves of Toys R Us for a very long time. Finally this past week my local TRU put it on clearance. It was as if the stars had aligned just for me. Discounted from $79.99 to $39.99, and I had a $10 off reward, so I got it for $29.99 with tax. What a deal. The amazingly high prices of the past Power Rangers toys has really kept me out of that market, really only going back to Power Rangers Samurai, except for all of the Red Rangers being released a few years back. I have also been able to get my hands on a few of the MMPR Rangers as they have come out in the triangle boxes.

This is a great first foray into the original (U.S.) series. White Tigerzord is so strong and well made. It looks so accurate to the original from the show. I think the feet really win me over on this one. It seems that Super Sentai always gave their mecha robust legs and feet, and they really pulled it off here.

The paint is outstanding. From the great contrast of the white and black, to the touches of gold, silver and metallic red.

The transformation into Tiger Mode is fairly easy and straightforward.  It is clear that they did a great job over at Bandai getting him ready for multiple combinations.  There are unused moving parts all over this guy.

The only thing I don’t really like are the tiny back legs. It is hard to make something strong and robust when it comes out of another part of the body.

Overall, a great Zord. I cannot wait to get my hands on the Dino Megazord that came out before, and the Thunder Megazord that will be coming out some time in 2016. I will probably jump on Thunder Megazord much more quickly since I have something to combine it with now.

 


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