Review By: FigureKingdom
It's morphin' time! Hasbro
is bringing the fun with the new 2019 edition of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Lightning Collection
action figures which you can purchase from BigBadToyStore.com
As a massive fan of the hit 90's TV shows and movie franchise these are the action figures you always envisioned but never really got until now! Having seen prototype photos in the months leading up to its eventual release only hyped me up. Photos do not do these justice. You get so much insane amount of detail for a $20 price point.
Having owned various ranger toy lines over the years, a lot of details were sorely missing. Even recently with the Bandai the Legacy Collection was cool for what it was, but did not feel like the definitive ranger action figure. The scale is perfect with this upon taking out of its super cool and detailed box.
The white ranger helmet feels in proportion to its body. With the past ranger releases from other toy makers, it felt like the helmet heads were either too big or too small. The body type feels right on this holding it in hand! The rangers were always slim. Rangers in their suits never had abs or muscles bulging out.
The suit on the white ranger has this small wrinkles on the fabric to give the illusion of Tommy wearing a fabric suit. The color choice of the gold in particular feels a lot more TV show accurate than past white ranger figures in the past. One cool detail, is the white ranger shield. I really enjoy how its made of a soft plastic and can move along in various positions and poses while in action.
This does not feel like it will break or snap if you pose the arm the wrong way. Great little detail by Hasbro. I also particularly like how the belt and the holster for Saba is all one piece and how the holster is non removable. It was such a nuisance having to constantly reattach the holster and losing them on occasion when posing the rangers with the Legacy collection in the past.
Having owned the Figuarts Power Rangers in the past, these feel more in line with those ranger releases. The only negative drawback was the outrageous price point of the Figuarts. For only $20 with Hasbro's Lightning Collection, it feels like a no brainer to grab these figures!
You get tons of accessories which make the entire nostalgic experience that much cooler! The best part is that you get an added interchangeable teen Tommy Oliver head! I was sold on that part alone back when I saw the original prototype photos online. The head sits a little high for my liking on the teen head, and it is a bit small, but its nothing to scoff at considering how much detail and likeness it is to Tommy!
You also get his trusted companion Saba. Saba has cool black detailing on the back of its head, which is a super nice touch! Saba also sits snug in his holster and won't pop out.
You also have two closed fists, one hand that does a karate chop pose, and an open hand for holding Saba. One drawback is inserting Saba into Tommy's hand. I almost had to bend back his thumb in order to hold the sword. It almost feels like it will snap off if I move it too hard. Another drawback would have to be the long peg in the extra hands. It feels like changing the hands too often will cause one of those long pegs to snap off. I left mine as is, as I was afraid to mess with it too much.
The articulation is insane! The get a full rotation in the head, and side to side movement. Double jointed elbows, full rotation of the arms, a sweet butterfly joint allowing the arms to be pulled back for awesome posing! You get full rotation in the wrists, and also a front and back motion in the wrists as well, you get side to side motion in the upper torso, and you get front to back motion in the bottom torso as well! The legs have articulation that allow for very high kicks. You get a very large range of motion in the legs compared to past ranger figures in the past. You get articulation in the boots, and ankles.
I am beyond excited for this new line. I will certainly be picking up the rest of the team and the new villains! Fingers crossed we also get similar figures from Power Rangers Zeo, and Turbo down the line! I give this release a rating of 9.5/10
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