Looking across my pending reviews from 2013, I’ve got a handful of big ones that I really need to get to. Tonight, I’m crossing one off the list: The White Ranger. The real sad part is that I try not to open figures that I haven’t reviewed (I don’t always succeed) and so my Figuarts White Ranger has been sitting in his box for about three months (oops!). Ashamedly, I did have a different review in mind for tonight, but I did not have the supplies I wanted for the review, so I looked around for a last minute alternative. It didn’t take me too long to realize Tommy was staring right back at me.
I’m not sure why I didn’t go for the review right away. I did point out in my Red Ranger review that he was a bit difficult to talk about because I was saying pretty much the exact same thing I had said in my Green Ranger review, but truthfully, I’m reviewing the same bucks over and over in most of my reviews anymore. I’m not sure why it’s so difficult when it comes to Figuarts, but it does seem to be.
While I’m telling secrets, I also almost didn’t buy the White Ranger. I have more fond memories of Tommy as the Green Ranger than the White. Even looking at him now, the figure is a little foreign to me, not evoking that same glee that the diamond-pattern Rangers do. But, I went on a little bit of a Figuarts Ranger binge. I snagged a cheap Red Ranger from Operation Overdrive (that I really didn’t need), the Red & Black Rangers from Jetman (I love those, can’t wait for the rest of team), and then I went down this odd path where I figured the Ryu Ranger looked cool enough to buy… and so he and the White Ranger became a package deal.
The Ryu Ranger, & Dairanger in general, sort of presents a funny story if you’re not familiar with the show. Power Rangers, as most know, is an imported show with American actors cut & pasted into fight scenes from the Japanese Super Sentai series. It’s fascinating to me how it comes about and how the Power Rangers side deals with the various changes on the Sentai side each season. When Power Rangers kicked off using footage from Zyuranger, everything went pretty smoothly, including the introduction of Tommy as the sixth, green, ranger.
The next year, when Super Sentai moved onto Dairanger, Power Rangers didn’t. It probably wasn’t that weird at the time; it’s just odder in retrospect after twenty years of the show reinventing itself. But, Power Rangers did incorporate Dairanger’s Kiba Ranger as the White Ranger. A new role for Jason David Frank’s character, Tommy Oliver. I don’t remember noticing the White Ranger never really appearing in the group shots (and it’s likely he could’ve in reshot scenes), but it’s interesting that they were able to cut one character out of one show entirely and place him in another. I need to go back and watch just how “seamless” it might’ve appeared.
Now, Tommy has gone on to be, like, a million other Rangers in the franchise since then ’ll always associate Tommy as the Green Ranger, I think his importance to the overall franchise parlays into his later color options (I don’t need the Red Zeo Ranger, Black Dino Ranger, and so on to have a little Tommy army though. Nope!). Continue to Page 2…