Well, friends. I’ve waited long enough. I was going to be good. I was going to let Vault in on the Mighty Morpin Power Rangers action. He loves his imports. He loves MMPR. He loves Red Rangers… but I can wait no more. We’ve got a whole box of Mattel goodies coming in later this week (& we kinda haven’t finished the last box yet…), so I wanted to get this review out there before we descend into MattyLand!
This review will be a fair bit lighter than my previous review on the Green Ranger, because most everything you can say about the figure can be said here. Really, I could almost just substitute the word red for green and phone this one in. But there are a few differences, of course, so hopefully you’ll permit me a few paragraphs before you go running off into the gallery at the end.
The Red Ranger, or Tyranno Ranger if you prefer (but let’s call him Jason!), carries special significance as the leader of the group. I haven’t watched Power Rangers as faithfully as Vault – my job is cushy, but not Saturday Morning off cushy, but I know that the Red Ranger has taken on a mystique all his own over the years. You can see it in the popularity levels, the shows themselves, and even in the Figuarts releases. The Red Ranger is almost always the widest released and also has the most versions available. You’ll see by the end of the review, that that’s already gotten me into a little bit of trouble…
Before I start on the figure, I do want to give another special shout out the North American packaging. As with the Green Ranger, an entirely new mock-up has been done for the NA release and it looks fantastic. I enjoy buying imports, but it’s a pleasure to not have to check with friends to see what the box and instructions say on these two releases!
The figure itself is the basic Figuarts design with the proper sculpts on the new pieces to get this particular era of Power Rangers correct. While he and Tommy do share the same basic costume, Jason still needed a handful of unique parts thanks to small details. And he got all of them. On other lines, you might see these details handled by paint, but not here. Jason has unique boot tops & forearms to get those areas correct and also has regular biceps since Tommy’s gold bands were sculpted on for his release. The chest piece underneath is presumably the same, but Tommy’s armor is a harder plastic, so I haven’t tried to remove it.
All that is topped off by the helmet which again does a great job on accuracy. The helmet features sharp details and the high gloss paint really comes through to make the helmet look like it’s made of a different material than the rest of the costume. Honestly, the paints throughout really sell the figure as they’re crisp from top to bottom.
As I said last time, while the sculpt is impressive on its own, it’s the articulation that really lets this little guy shine. The figure 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 the shoulder & hips feature ball-joints that are on the end of a double hinged bar. These four points really give the figure fantastic movement, though they can open up some ugly areas in the sculpt – Bandai combats this in the shoulders with a “floating” piece that can be moved around that little bar and keep the aesthetics of the figure. I will again clamor for that missing bicep swivel though because it’s just what I do when it’s not there. Continue to Page 2…