FIGHTING SPIRIT GREEN RANGER & PUTTY
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
At the beginning of 2019, Hasbro took over the Power Rangers brand, and got right to work producing their own line of 6-inch scale figures on par with their Marvel Legends and Star Wars: The Black Series lines. They’ve been working to bolster their numbers within the line through any means necessary. We’ve gotten three standard assortments, augmented by
two three store-exclusive figures, an SDCC two-pack, and two wide-release double packs. I’m looking at the first of those wide-release packs, Fighting Spirit Green Ranger and the Putty Patrol, today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Green Ranger and the Putty were the first Lightning Collection two-pack to hit shelves, initially showing up (in a small capacity, at least) in the late summer of last year. They started hitting more in full force just before the end of last year. Both figures are, of course, based on the Mighty Morphin’ incarnation of the show.
FIGHTING SPIRIT GREEN RANGER
Tommy Oliver’s other MMPR Ranger incarnation served as the backbone of the first standard assortment of the line, so I guess it’s appropriate that this one would anchor the two-packs. This figure is officially dubbed the “Fighting Spirit Green Ranger” on the package, as he’s based on the Power Rangers: Dino Thunder episode “Fighting Spirit,” which see’s Tommy facing down three of his prior Ranger identities. While the White and Red designs would go unchanged, the Green Ranger costume had some minor tweaks (which the fanbase was *so* forgiving of, of course…), and this guy reflects those. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. I’ve actually looked at most of this figure previously, when it was used for the Dragonshield Black Ranger, though this figure was *technically* released first. Whatever the case, the two share all but their heads and belts with each other. It’s sensible enough, given the similarities of the base costume designs, as well as the fact that the Dragonshield is cannonically the same piece between them anyway. The new helmet is a solid recreation of Tommy’s green helmet, matching well stylistically with the other MMPR Rangers we’ve gotten so far from this line. Sculpturally, the only thing that sets this guy apart from a proper MMPR Green is the belt, which has his dagger sheathed on the right hip, rather than the left. Big change-up, I know. The paintwork is where most of the changes between the two designs crop up, with the most prominent change being detailing the helmet’s crest in silver rather than leaving it green like on the original piece. As much as it may be sacrilege, I don’t hate the extra detailing there; it adds a nice little pop to the helmet. Beyond that, he’s got a couple smaller changes. The belt buckle is silver, like the other five rangers, rather than his unique gold, and the sheath for the knife is white instead of black, again matching the holsters of the core five. If you want to get really picky, the green’s a slightly more saturated shade as well, which can be seen in the comparison between the Figuarts and this guy at the end of the review. The Green Ranger is just as well accessorized as any of the solo-packed figures, with an unmasked head (borrowed from the White Ranger), four hands, his dagger, his sword, and an effects piece for the sword.
As I discussed in my reviews of Zedd and Goldar, the Rangers villains don’t tend to get quite as much toy love from the Japanese side, and by extension seem to miss out on the best of the toys. This was also true of the franchise’s original army builder, the Putty Patrol, who were a conspicuous absence from the Figuarts stuff. Bandai’s American side did at least give them a little more coverage, but they always felt a little more phoned in than the Rangers themselves. Fortunately, Hasbro seems committed to not phoning in the villains for their ownership of the line, and the Putty is finally joining Zedd and Goldar. As with most toys of them, this Putty is sporting the more basic Season 1 appearance, from before Lord Zedd retooled them into his own force. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. The construction on this figure is actually largely shared with that of the core Ranger body. For the most part, that’s pretty reasonable; they were all similarly build guys in spandex, so it’s not like there’s a *whole* lot different you can do. That said, he does end up sharing his boots with the Rangers, which isn’t strictly speaking accurate, as they should sit lower and be less ridged for a proper set of Putty boots. It’s quite minor, though. He does get a new head, lower arms, and belt, though, which sure do help to sell the Putty-ness of the figure. The head and hands both spot quite a nice selection of texture details which give him that real world feel. The paint on the Putty is fairly monochromatic; they were just shades of grey on the show, and they remain shades of grey here. It’s more or less accurate, although I suppose there are some spots where they could stand to have dialed up the differences in shades a little bit. It’s really not bad, though, and the monochromatic nature does help those red eyes to really pop. The putty is packed with hands in both standard hand configurations, as well as a blade/club combo, which gives you some options if you opt to army built. He also includes an effects piece, which he borrows from the White Ranger.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I already had the Figuarts Green Ranger, so my Green Ranger in this scale was covered, meaning I didn’t *need* this set. Of course, I like the Putty, and I’ve wanted a few of those for a while, which did leave me mighty conflicted on this set. With the Green Ranger *technically* being a different version of the suit, it did make things a little easier, so once I was able to take a look at one in person, it wasn’t exactly a hard sell. Ultimately, I think I still prefer my Figuarts Green overall, but this one’s still a lot of fun, and the Putty is definitely a cool figure that I hope Hasbro makes more of, because boy do I want to army build.