My deep dive into the Power Rangers Lightning Collection line goes a little further with Lord Drakkon. This is a character I was very excited about as I always love cool evil versions of characters. Let’s see if this grid needs to get shattered or if I’ll be happy with my latest villain in the Lightning Collection.
Packaging: Hasbro sticks with the regular packaging, which is a big disservice in this case. Lord Drakkon is a character that those in the know will want, but it seems like a wasted opportunity to get random purchases from people who’d read the bio and go “oh man, an evil Tommy! I want that figure!”
The packaging is the same split portrait style with a big action shot of the figure on the back. It’s odd as Hasbro has better pictures on its Hasbro Pulse site with more intricate sets.
Likeness: Lord Drakkon is a mirror universe version of Tommy who never joins up with the Power Rangers. In his timeline, he eventually defeats Jason and takes a massive power Zordon planned to give to the Rangers’ leader. That’s a quickie bio of this comic book character who famously was portrayed in real life by Jason David Frank in a Shattered Grid trailer.
I love this design as it’s a great hybrid of the Green and White Ranger costumes with an edge all its own. Lord Drakkon’s helmet has more elements of the White Ranger mask. I like the chest armor with its raised elements and unique logo.
A lot of the figure is based off the White Ranger, but the additional sculpting like the wider arm band and angled gauntlets and shin guards provides enough of a difference that it hardly feels like a retread.
Scale: Lord Drakkon is a little taller than the standard White Ranger due to his helmet height. He probably could be a bit bulkier and wider to reflect the elder Tommy, but it’s not a major issue.
Paint: Hasbro has done some impressive work on this line considering the smaller detailed elements like the logos, the helmet line work and the coin. Sculpting most of the elements really helps with painting smaller and precise details. This line is making a strong case for the need to just sculpt all the costume details.
The gold is nice and strong while the green is a darker hue creating a terrific contrast. The red is vibrant and pops against this color scheme nicely.
Articulation: Lord Drakkon features terrific articulation, which isn’t hindered thanks to the angled shoulder pads clearing the potentially restricted up and down movement. Like the other figures in the line, Lord Drakkon can hit some fun and dynamic poses limited largely by your imagination.
Lord Drakkon has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: As usual with this line, Lord Drakkon comes loaded with accessories.
The first is the unmasked older Tommy head complete with scarring. I like that you can still see the Jason David Frank likeness here albeit older and crueler. This is one of the best head sculpts in the line.
He also has his dagger.
This one features more colors than the normal with gold rivets, a black hilt with a green and silver blade. It looks really cool. You can fit this on the holster. He also comes with a set of fists and an energy blast effect.
Worth it? I got Lord Drakkon for $20, but he is proving hard to track down now and is going for three times that price. He’s a very cool figure although I’d recommend trying to wait out until stores restock this wave before going the secondary market route.
Rating: 10 out of 10
At this point I was expecting another winner so the surprise factor wasn’t there any more, but this Lord Drakkon figure was worth the time trying to find and is a great addition to my Power Rangers collection.
Where to get it? Lord Drakkon is going to be harder than most high demand figures thanks to the pandemic. Try the usual retail options like Target, Wal-Mart, Gamestop, Walgreens and Best Buy. To avoid the retail roulette, you can try Hasbro Pulse and Amazon.