Toy Review: Power Rangers Super Legends Mighty Morphin' Green Ranger by Bandai
Unfortunately, when I did find them, they had weird proportions that I didn't dig at all. Throughout Power Ranger toy history, there's been a tendency to produce figures with POTF2-style proportions, i.e. unrealistic gigantic musculature. The two more recent iterations of Power Rangers, Jungle Fury and RPM, have toned down this style. But what I really want is decent, realistic figures of the classic Mighty Morphin' series.
So I was pleasantly surprised to see this Mighty Morphin' Green Ranger from the Super Legends line, with awesome proportions obviously intended to appeal to the adult collector. And maybe it's lame for a 33-year old to admit this, but the Green Ranger was always my favorite. Does this figure live up to my expectations?
Size: roughly 7" scale
Price: $17.00 at TRU
Bandai did a great job capturing the look and feel of a real actor wearing Power Rangers spandex with this figure. A Power Rangers suit isn't particularly complicated, but this figure has nice detailing in the boots and gloves, and the helmet sculpt seems perfect (especially in its scale compared with the rest of the body).
The paint apps are pretty nice. There's a bit of slop around the teeth on the visor, but nothing too bad. The really cool thing, though, is that the plastic of the suit has a different finish to that of the helmet, so there's contrast between the shiny helmet and the matte suit.
My main complaint is that the pegs for the joints are metal, which is a bit distracting. But overall, this is a fantastic looking figure.
There's also a number on his butt. Is that a sequential number representing its order coming off the production line, a la Playmates Star Trek?
Tommy has 15 points of articulation: swivel neck, upper-arm, forearms, and shins; hinge elbows, knees, and ankles; and ball in socket shoulders and hips. The hips and ankles are pretty limited in their movements, unfortunately. And more ball in socket joints (especially in the neck) would be nice. But then again, more articulation would affect the sculpt, and frankly I would rather a better looking Power Ranger than not.
The Green Ranger comes with his characteristic Dragon Dagger and a stand. The dagger is pretty sweet, and has a peg to attach to the hand securely. The stand has a peg to plug in the back so you can use it to put the figure in flying attack poses. And a sticker is included, but it's the Green Ranger from RPM, which makes little sense. But still, there's not much here in the way of substantial accessories, especially at this price point. Speaking of which...
This figure is a tough sell at a whopping $17. That's at least $6 more than the comparably-scaled DC Universe figures. And while the MOTU Classics line is more expensive, the figures are much more substantial. Still, there's no problem with the Green Ranger's quality and this line is obviously intended for adult collectors. But $17? Yikes.
This is pretty much what I've been waiting for all these years: a Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger with excellent proportions and sculpt. And the fact that it's the Green Ranger is also a big bonus.
This figure's score takes a hit with its inflated price tag. But if you're part of the growing movement of Power Ranger collectors, and willing to fork over the dough, this figure is a fantastic addition to your collection.