Out of curiosity, and the fact that this is the first time these figures have never seen the light of day in a remotely screen-accurate form until now, I decided to nab a Black Ranger figure from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. After the jump, check out how this figure rates as far as action figures go.
The one thing I REALLY love about this figure is its appearance. The overall mold is absolutely astounding. That said, though, it’s the little things that really cause this figure to fall short.
Bandai America went the extra mile to make sure that this figure looked screen-accurate. Even the helmet, to my surprise, is a brand new mold and isn’t just a straight transfer from the original Legacy 5″ Black Ranger figure. Unfortunately, it makes me wonder if they could have gone two extra miles with the design.
There are various QC issues with the paint. I don’t know how other figures fair, but this one has a few scratches in the lining. No big deal, though. One thing I have noticed that runs rampant with this line is the unecessarily ball-jointed wrists. The way they are oriented gives no extra range in motion, but creates a very loose platform upon which to place accessories.
Speaking of accessories…
The Black Ranger is one of the few in the line that draw the short straw as far as accessories go. Only a movie-style Blade Blaster and holster come with. So, for the sake of having a good time, I had a bit of fun giving him the Power Axe and Blade Blaster from the standard 5″ Legacy Black Ranger, to which many issues were had getting them to stay in-hand.
As mentioned before, this figure is overall a decent figure to own. It’s the small things that bring it down. At an MSRP of $16.99, this figure may or may not be your cup of tea. If you want a screen-accurate movie-style Ranger for your collection, then by all means, go on ahead. If not, this of course can be an easy pass.
The choice, as always, is yours.
As excited as I was about this, I give it a 3 TentoRaigers out of 5. Average, but very likeable.