So we kicked off the week with Black Cat. Y’all ate up Vault’s Cupcake Shop review. Can we do a whole week featuring girl figures or girl toys? I’m not quite sure what we can pull off for Thursday & Friday, but today will be a healthy dose of pink in the form of a Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger! This is another review I’ve been sitting on for awhile (I think I picked it up in November), though I’m not sure why it’s taken so long.
I’m looking at this figure, and I think I’m having review block. I think I know why I haven’t reviewed it…
I don’t believe in review block really, but I find that I’ve just not got much to say about the Pink Ranger. There’s the obvious – we all had a crush on her, didn’t we? I did. There’s the trivia – Amy Jo Johnson was the only one of the five original Rangers not to leave amid rumors of pay disputes (she just plum wanted to move on). There’s the interesting – she’s never appeared at a Power Rangers convention (this year will be her first). And there’s the debatable – she’s probably been the most successful of the group, going on to star in other shows over the years. Can you tell I’m really stretching here? We might get some back-to-back pictures on this one, boys.
The Pink Ranger is probably an all-new sculpt. It is possible that she could reuse pieces from previous Figuarts Rangers, but I’ve been told by multiple people that Bandai doesn’t really take that opportunity on that side of the Pacific (though I’m sure she’ll share parts with the Yellow Ranger). It all seems to strange to me, but the figures are surely better for it.
If the Pink Ranger seems short in some of the upcoming group pics, that’s because she is – Amy Jo Johnson is only 5’ 2” and the figure is pretty accurate in comparison to Jason (though Tommy should be taller and isn’t – some part reuse rears its head!). Like previous releases, all the costume details are sculpted on and match up well to the source material. One neat little thing was the skirt does have slits on the sides and they overlap just a tad so that if the skirt is stretched in a pose, it will still “look” right. That’s pretty cool.
The paint work has been sharp on all my Figuarts so far. I think the only area where things get a little sloppy are the diamond patterns on the boots and gloves, but everything is well within reason, particularly when compared to some domestic releases. I also want to shout out again the smart use of matte and gloss finishes between the clothes and helmet. That has made each of the figures really pop!
As with previous releases – y’know I keep saying that. Maybe that’s why I’m having trouble, it’s not really a repaint, but it totally feels like it! I mean, you can’t knock it. This is completely what we want – what we need – for a proper Rangers display, but I feel like I’m reviewing Rainbow Lanterns all over again. Sheesh! Continue to Page 2…