I’m always excited when I can add another member of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers crew to the display. With the current unpredictable slate of things and the constant sell outs, I was getting worried about my chances of finding the Yellow Ranger. Fortunately a late night stalking of Hasbro Pulse paid off. Now let’s take a look at the Power Rangers Lightning Collection Yellow Ranger figure.
Packaging: Hasbro isn’t going to dramatically change up the packaging at this point, but I do appreciate the color coordination of the respective figure.
The yellow pops and should make her easier to find her on the shelves…whenever we can get back to stores of course.
Likeness: The gag with Yellow Ranger was in the footage used for the show, Yellow Ranger was played by a man. To stay consistent with the source material, Hasbro make Trini’s bust fairly subtle.
Everything else is pretty standard for the MMPR figures. Her helmet reflects her animal influence and she’s got the belt buckle. The edges of the buckle are uneven on mine, but that’s the only issue with the likeness.
Scale: Both Trini and Kimberly were shorter than their male counterparts, which shouldn’t be shocking for this era. The figure reflects that height as well.
Paint: Hasbro went with a nice bold yellow for this figure and it really pops. That was the right call here as too often yellow comes off pale. That’s not the case here at all. The diamond points along the gloves and boots are clean. I’m more impressed with the tiny detail work on the buckle.
Beyond that goof, the rest of the paintjob 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.
Articulation: Trini doesn’t have many posing limitations beyond your imagination. The ease of movement is one of my favorite aspects of this line.
Yellow Ranger has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Hasbro stays on track with the alternate unmasked Trini head sculpt.
I feel like they’re getting better with the likenesses as I see Thuy Trang a lot more here. The hair even captured her bangs nicely. Her head might be ever so slightly too big for the body or hides the neck, but otherwise it looks really good.
Trini also comes with her daggers. Like every other weapon in this line, Hasbro didn’t shortchange the details on the hilt and actually painting the smaller details.
She comes with alternate hands — a left hand to grab her weapons and a flat right hand. Like the rest of the squad, Trini comes with a blaster. I remain impressed with the paint job on this smaller detail.
Finally, she has two energy blasts that attach to her blades. I don’t really see the point, but they like look nice.
Worth it? I got Yellow Ranger for $20, but that was due to some serious diligence. As usual, I don’t think this line is worth paying double that for hard to find figures. Eventually most have come down to standard retail price even if they stay overpriced for awhile.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I really liked how clean this figure turned out and how the colors pop. She’s one of my favorite Ranger figures so far and I can’t wait to add Zach and Billy to the collection.
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.