If you’re a regular to the site, or at least a regular that just reads import reviews, you might not know me. So, howdy. I’m Daniel, or you might know me by my “code name” NoisyDvL5. I don’t have anything against imports – I have a few Revoltechs, Big O Figmas, and a few others that aren’t springing to mind.
But see, Vault reviews them all. Imports are kinda his thing. But opportunity has struck and I ended up with an import before him. MUAHAHAHAHA-*cough, cough, cough*… Ahem, excuse me.
While this figure is in reality part of a much larger Sentai line for Tamashii, I’m naturally more interested in him as Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I imagine most of you reading probably feel the same.
I was thirteen when Power Rangers hit and I will admit that I may not love it as rabidly as some. If you’d asked me if I’d pick up a Figuarts line featuring the “original” Rangers, I might’ve even said no. But I do have a soft spot for those early seasons, the look of the costumes in particular, and I always love cool toys. Put that altogether and I found this a hard line to resist. I took a chance on the pre-orders and I with the first two in-hand, I can say I made the right call.
One of the cool things that I wasn’t expecting was the packaging. This is a North American release and everything’s been redone and decked out in full MMPR glory and it looks great. I don’t keep much packaging, but I imagine I will with these. Partially because it does look neat, and partially because it’s a resealable box and a compact one at that.
Now, I’m sure Vault will be along with his Red Ranger review before too long and he can regale with more specifics in regards to how this figure fits in the Sentai line. I imagine it’s using a fairly stock body for the line, but it is fantastic nonetheless. The two figures look beautiful on the shelf. In the past, there have been a few import figures I wanted based on a property I loved, but the svelte nature of the sculpts usually kept me from purchasing. It just doesn’t look quite right for some properties, but it’s perfect for Power Rangers. These figures just look sleek on the shelf, moreso than even some of Vault’s other Sentai figures and it really impresses me.
There are a few sculpted details that will be unique to Tommy in regard to his fellow Power Rangers. The Green Ranger featured gold cuffs on the boots & gloves, arm bands, and the dragon shield armor. All the bands and cuffs are sculpted details and will help make the figure standout once all six are released. The dragon shield is a hard plastic, separate piece and it’s technically removable, though you’d have to find a non-damaging way to remove the arms. I was a little disappointed by this as I’d like to display Tommy sans armor now and again, but I’m not going to risk breaking a $40 figure just to do that. (Also, since it’s not really removable, Bandai has taken the opportunity to sell an Armored Red Ranger (affiliate link) using these parts).
On top all that is a great helmet sculpt. For some reason, it really stands out to me as being a crisp piece. I’m not sure if that’s just the nature of it being an import, but it just has a very miniaturized, realistic feel to it.
If there is one downside to the figure, it’s his size. He’s exactly as big as you’d expect if you’ve been buying Figuarts, so it’s not really a complaint about the Sentai line. But when these are being translated into MMPR figures, it seems only natural to want to place them alongside some other domestic favorites. That doesn’t really work. It’s a little sad now, but I imagine once I have six+ figures, they’ll look much sharper as a group and hold their own.
Once thing I was really happy about and that Vault has pointed out to me time after time is that there were no paint issues on my figure. I’m usally okay with a little slop or fuzzy lines because, I’m more into these as toys than collectibles, but there really wasn’t a trace of that here. The white paint on the gloves doesn’t always follow the etching lines, but it’s still straight and crisp thoughout. And all the little details, the symbols, or small paint apps are pretty well spot-on too. That’s pretty neat to get. Continue to Page 2…