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 easily the weakest aspect of this line and I wish Hasbro would put the bare minimum into it with a quick bio on the back and include the rest of the figures in the respective waves.
Likeness: Goldar looks appropriately intimidating with a nice fierce headsculpt, snarling expression and very intricate armor. This is definitely a one-off sculpt and the level of detail Hasbro included is impressive.
The paintjob hides some of the cooler aspects of the armor, but when you look close it’s easy to appreciate everything that went into it. So far I haven’t seen a MMPR figure that hasn’t reflected a lot of love with the sculpting. It doesn’t come across like Hasbro considered reuse possibilities over getting the figure right.
Scale: Goldar stands slightly taller than the average Power Ranger, but he’s got much more mass to make him look like a threat to the entire Power Rangers team.
Paint: Hasbro has stuck to a pretty basic color scheme with this line avoiding much shading or washes to bring out greater detail in the sculpt. With simple figures like the Power Rangers that’s fine, but Goldar is the first that really comes off underwhelming thanks to the flat gold paint and a lack of a wash.
Hasbro uses more metallic colors for gold and silver for its Marvel Legends line so it’s a little surprising they opted for such a dull looking gold that has very little pop. Goldar’s head sculpt also could have used a black wash specifically around the eyes. That visual is pretty fierce, but the figure tones down its intimidation factor.
That significant gripe aside, the paintjob is solid with the jewels colored properly and no terrible slop. There’s minor overspray with the teeth and the tusk could have used another hit of the white paint, but otherwise it’s good.
Articulation: Naturally the hair strands limit some side to side turning. The shoulder pads are made of a softer material, but they still limit the up and down movement. Thankfully there’s enough range with the shoulders so I could pose Goldar holding his sword with both hands.
The torso joint is flexible enough that there’s a great range of side to side titling possibilities. Goldar’s wings are also poseable though they’re not as solid as I’d like to feel comfortable moving them around too much.
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Goldar isn’t lacking on the accessory front as he’s got everything I tend to associate with the character.
He comes with his massive broadsword. As usual for the line so far, it’s got a great amount of detail from the jagged edge near the hilt, the intricate hilt and the red jewel in the center.
Goldar also comes with an alternate set of hands. A left fist and a right grasping hand for when he needs to choke out Power Rangers.
Goldar also has a lightning effect that wraps around his sword nicely. It’s a good fit and unlike some of those energy effect pieces, it doesn’t fly off with minimal posing.
Worth it? I got Goldar for the standard Lightning Collection price of $20. I definitely don’t have a problem with that as it’s another case of getting enough for that price and adding a major villain to the collection.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Goldar is another fun addition to a line that’s been a very pleasant surprise for me. I’m looking forward to seeing where Hasbro takes the line in 2020.
Where to get it? Goldar is a Gamestop exclusive and after a little bit of trouble, I’ve found him pretty regularly now. If that’s not an option you can always go the Amazon route.