Sometimes in this crazy toy blogging business, there are toys you love, but don’t love having to review. The S.H. Figuarts Power Rangers are a perfect example. They’re stunning on the shelf, sturdy, well-articulated… I could go on. I don’t buy into the hype that import toys are superior to domestic toys (or the attitude that tends to go with that opinion), but it’s a fantastic set. I love getting them.
I don’t like the idea of reviewing them.
The main reason is because there’s a whole lot of the same going on. The MMPR suit designs are classic, etched into my brain in a way that ephemerally stamps this as cool, cooler than any other Power Rangers costume before or since (though there are a lot tied for second). And, like many other Power Ranger versions, the suits are basically identical from one figure to the next. The Black & Blue Rangers reviewed here are basically the Red Ranger with new heads.
They’re fantastic. But what can I say that I haven’t already? I mean, there are a few differences, of course, and I’ll cover those, but I just couldn’t figure out enough to say to review these two great releases separately. So, my poor Black Ranger has been sitting in his box for weeks, waiting for the Blue Ranger from my BBTS POL to make his appearance. He arrived yesterday.
I didn’t waste any time opening the pair though. It was great to get them both out of box and pull the Red, Pink, Green, & White up alongside them (the Yellow Ranger is here too, but she’ll have to wait for her review to join the group!). The base figure is fantastic – in any color. I could see buying it two more times – importing the male Yellow Ranger and I’m still kinda hoping for an unarmored Green Ranger.
The two new heads are well done, featuring the Mammoth & Triceratops. The glossy helmets have been a highlight of the line. They stand out well from the more satin-finished plastic and give an extra sense of realism. For the rest of the sculpt and thoughts on articulation, I’ll direct you to the links at the end of the review for the Red, Green, White, & Pink Rangers. Continue to Page 2…