Hasbro has really suckered me into collecting another line big time with its Power Rangers Lightning Collection series. I wouldn’t describe myself as a die-hard Power Rangers fan, but these figures have made me curious about the rest of the mythos and I’m going to be dipping further than the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers crew. Oh well, I can always buy more shelves, right?
Packaging: The packaging is still disappointing thanks to the lack of any bio or much personalization beyond the accent color and one action pose photo.
Likeness: It’s always exciting when Hasbro debuts a new line as they go all-out to impress collectors. The first wave of Star Wars Black Series is still fondly remembered enough to the point Hasbro re-released it under the Archives banner.
The Rangers’ costumes didn’t feature the most intricate design. Kimberly’s attire featured a skirt so we knew the Pink Ranger was female. Like the others, her costume featured a mild turtleneck, wide gloves, a holster on the left side and wide boots. It’s a basic outfit, but is a nice update of the uniform theme costumes from Voltron and Gatchaman.
Most of the real detail is on the helmet and belt buckle. These figures are helping me to appreciate the detailing on the helmets a lot better. Kimberly was a gymnast so her arms shouldn’t be this slender. You could literally fit both of her twig arms to make one of Tommy’s arms.
Scale: This is your standard 6-inch scale albeit slighter than a Marvel Legends figure and adhering to the Power Rangers scale as she’s noticeably shorter than the White Ranger figure.
Paint: Interestingly the only thing that’s off with the figure is the paint job. The actual paint work is fine for the most part. There’s some random pink on the white sections, but nothing so bad I needed to start searching for a replacement figure.
Articulation: For articulation at this scale, SH Figuarts is the gold standard as they eek out a few more points and range beyond even Marvel Legends. The Lightning Collection is coming very close to narrowing that gap. Even with the skirt, Kimberly has great range and can achieve a number of poses easily.
The shoulder joints are a little tight and the slender arms made me a bit nervous about forcing it, but I managed without even needing any hot water to loosen the joints.
Pink Ranger has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Kimberly has a ton of accessories as Hasbro seems to have the mindset of making this the definitive version of the character barring subsequent Pink Rangers. That probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea, but it would likely get tricky with various licenses for the actresses.
We get the alternate Kimberly headsculpt, which has a … likeness to actress Amy Jo Johnson.
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I think the eyes and nose are a tad too big and the paintjob with the efforts to add some blush to the cheeks doesn’t work. You can see the general idea, but the execution isn’t the best.
Kimberly has her red blaster, which fits in snugly in either hand. I like the detail work on this with the silver accent parts and just the unique design.
Also, she comes with her bow, which like too many figure bows, lacks the drawstring. Time to find some rubber bands. Ideally it would have some detail on the back side as it looks way too much like a toy. There’s a grey arrow as well so you can notch it just right in her hand to get the arrow slinging pose.
Additionally she has a pink translucent arrow to show the energy effect of a launched arrow. I like this one a lot more than I figured when I first opened up the package.
Kimberly also gets a right fist and a left chopping hand. I being able to switch up the hands, but it’s a little odd there’s not a direct match for either set.
Worth it? I got Kimberly for $20. There’s no Build-A-Figure part to be the best value like a Marvel Legends figure, but the value is still there thanks to all of the accessories. While some of the line will drop below $20, Kimberly is likely to go the opposite direction so don’t wait for a price reduction here.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pink Ranger just needed bigger arms for me. The Kimberly head sculpt is an extra so the spotty likeness isn’t that huge a deal. Otherwise, I really like this figure as the Lightning Collection is quietly becoming one of my favorites.
Where to get it? You won’t have too much trouble finding this wave as they’re at Target, Wal-Mart, Gamestop, Walgreens and Best Buy. Kimberly naturally is the tricky one to find. Online you can try Hasbro Pulse and Amazon.
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