A great toy line will suck you into a license you only had passing interest previously. That’s been the case with Hasbro’s Power Rangers Lightning Collection line. I’m all in for at least the Mighty Morphin crew and am getting close to watching some of the newer series so I can get invested in them for the sake of getting their figures. Today, I’m looking at the leader of the MMPR the Red Ranger.
Packaging: It seems Hasbro is comfortable with this generic packaging, but it’s not doing anything for me thanks to the lack of a bio or any neat pictures showing off the figure in action poses.
Likeness: The beauty of the Mighty Morphin crew is they had a cool team look with very little distinction besides their helmets.
There’s not a lot here to get worked up or excited about. From reference pictures the helmet looks just fine, the holster is positioned properly and the gloves flare out just the right amount.
Scale: This is your standard 6-inch scale although slimmer than the average Marvel Legends figure. They’ll look good with each other, but don’t get too excited about team-ups with Spider-Man.
Paint: Hasbro didn’t do the best job of matching the paint with the torso section and the arms and legs. The reds are noticeably different shades and isn’t one of those cases where it’s the way the bright lights catch it.
Beyond that goof, the rest of the paint job is very solid from the more precise areas like the helmet and the belt buckle. The diamond pattern in the right glove seem to have gotten scraped off, but it seems more of a handling issue than a paint problem.
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Articulation: One of my favorite aspects of this line is the ease in finding good, Power Rangers appropriate poses thanks to the smooth articulation. That’s no different with Red Ranger as he moves fluidly and the only real limits are my imagination.
Red Ranger has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: As standard for the wave we get the alternate Jason head sculpt. This looks more like Austin St. John than the Pink Ranger looked like Amy Jo Johnson. Granted, he looks like someone stole his lunch and is cocking back to lay them out, but the likeness is good. I did have some overspray with his hairline onto his face.
Jason comes with his standard Ranger issue blaster with white accents. The paint for this scale is pretty solid with very little bleeding into the white.
He also has his sword. This is an impressive looking sword from the intricate details on the hilt to the actual blade itself having a pattern.
There’s also a lightning effect you can place around the blade. It looks great and stays on nice and secure.
Jason’s also got swappable fists for when he just wants to get his hands dirty in a fist fight. Given the possibilities of the line at this point, I’d love to see Hasbro try out a Build a Putty program so we could continue army building the main cannon fodder villains.
Worth it? I got Jason for $20. That’s the same price as other figures that have Build-A-Figure pieces or are larger scale. Ideally this line would be around $15.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I can ignore the paint issue when the rest of the figure is this solid. With each new addition to the MMPR ranks I’m eager for the next one and villains for them to face.
Where to get it? The MMPR characters tend to be the first ones to sell out at retail, but you can find the line at Target, Wal-Mart, Gamestop, Walgreens and Best Buy. To avoid the retail roulette, you can try Hasbro Pulse and Amazon.