Articulation is the hallmark of Figuarts and the figure really was impressive overall. I still feel like I have to be a little more careful with it than some of my other figures, but that could just be me as the figure feels sturdy and the joints are tight. The Green Ranger features ball-joints at both the top and bottom of the neck, wrists, hips, and ankles, hinged toes, double-hinged knees & elbows, thigh swivels (similar to MOTU figures), two well-ranged torso joints at the mid-torso and waist, and then there’s an interesting shoulder & hip assembly.
It’s kinda hard to figure out, but I’d describe it a post with an extra swivel on the end. The hips and shoulders feature a ball-joint like we’re used to, but the posts going into the body are a long peg that plugs in with a swivel-joint. If that sounds unsightly, it would be, but there are coverings. The hips are covered by the thigh swivel while the shoulders feature a loose, o-ring shaped piece that floats around the joint to keep it covered. It’s a little unsightly on the Red Ranger, but the dragon shield comes in handy here, covering up that piece entirely – though you do have to reach up in there and spin it around a bit to keep it moving.
All the articulation works great – Tommy is capable of some amazing and deep poses. The only issues I had were some blockage due to the armor and the lack of a bicep swivel. I love me some bicep swivel. The figure gets by without it, but it wouldn’t hurt to have, particularly with those armbands making it an easy cut to blend into the sculpt. (That said, the sculpt is interrupted by the double-elbows, but they work great so I don’t care).
Tommy included two accessories and then lots of hands. Vault is always going on and one about the hands his imports come with. I admit that I’d like if it American companies would latch on to this extra hands thing. It would really make figures more expressive, but Tommy comes with TEN hands. I don’t know that I need ten hands with anything. Maybe that’s just me being silly, but it doesn’t seem that we needed all these. There are fists, slightly open hands, slightly more open hands, open hands, and then two specific hands that allow Tommy to use his dagger. I’m never going to turn down accessories, but it might’ve been nice to see some completely flat karate-choppin’ hands instead of the various weapon-holding stages.
Tommy’s other accessories are his Dragon Dagger and the Sword of Darkness. The Sword of Darkness hails from Tommy’s evil days and looks like a great piece and it’s neat to see it included since it was specific to just a few episodes.
The real piece we’re looking for is the Dragon Dagger though. It’s similarly well sculpted with sharp paint apps and if you line up the arms just right, with the proper set of hands, you can have Tommy play it like in the show.
Overall, this figure has just about everything you want. It’s a fantastic nostalgic piece. It looks dead-on. It has show-specific accessories (and he may not have as many as some Figuarts, he has the accessories he needed). It gets the job done if you finally need a great little Green Ranger on your shelves. But more than that, it’s also just a fantastic toy. The articulation is wonderful and he’s a blast to play with. I’m very happy these were brought over for MMPR fans and I’m happier that I decided to take the plunge. This is a great figure that’s only going to get better as his friends show up. Heck – if you really want a testament to how great these figures are, I’m excited to get to Billy! Yep, you read that right!
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