Time to dive into another Power Rangers Lightning Collection figure review! This one brings me one step closer to completing the original five Mighty Morphin Power Rangers squad with the Blue Ranger. Blue is my favorite color, but Billy was hardly my favorite Ranger so let’s see how his figure turned out.
Packaging: I’d love for Hasbro to do something else sticks with the regular packaging, although it’s a lost cause at this point since there needs to be consistency with the rest of the MMPRs.
Maybe after they knock out the Black Ranger, Hasbro could actually include a bio and some stats. The rear portrait is so plain and it’s weird that Hasbro wouldn’t use one of the glamour shots from the prototype pics.
Likeness: There’s not a ton of difference with Blue Ranger and Red Ranger save the helmet. The detailing on it looks nice and accurate from my memory and quick comparison to source material.
Everything else is standard from the rest of the Rangers with the left side holster and flared gloves and boots.
Scale: Billy is the same height as the Red Ranger, which shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a sensible reuse.
Paint: Outside of a few random paint sprays this line has been pretty much stellar with the paint work. There’s very little bleeding of the blue through the white.
I looked to find some paint flaws and only caught some white around the right elbow and the point of the helmet visor missed some silver. The diamond points are clean on the front — the back is a bit different.
The belt applications and figure in general is very sharp.
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Articulation: Billy features the standard terrific Lightning Collection articulation. I’m pretty sure he’s a repaint of Jason aka Red Ranger so if you’ve got here.
A nice, relatively thick body that can hold most of the poses you can conceive with no trouble. If it weren’t for the GI Joe Classified Series this line would be the gold standard of articulation at this scale at mass retail.
Blue Ranger has:
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Billy comes with his Mighty Maces. As usual the detail is crisp on them with the logos on the hilt and the ridged segments throughout the grip ending with the silver end.
The power lance is basically an extended version of the maces providing for another cool display option.
Like the rest of the team, he comes with the red blaster with white accents.
He also has alternate hands with a left hand fist. Finally he has the Billy headsculpt. Hasbro has gotten progressively better with these regular head sculpts.
Billy is probably the best one as it captures him in his natural, smiling expression. His is a bit big compared to the other Rangers so it looks out of scale and makes him taller than Jason, which isn’t accurate.
Worth it? I got Blue Ranger 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: 9.5 out of 10
I would have loved if Billy were a tad shorter than Jason especially with the alternate headsculpt. This base body is great for fluid articulation. Now just time to get Zack.
Where to get it? Blue Ranger 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.