LOST GALAXY RED RANGER & IN SPACE PSYCHO RED RANGER
POWER RANGERS: THE LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Following Power Rangers move from one overall narrative from Mighty Morphin’ into In Space, to the more one and done, self-contained approach starting with Lost Galaxy, the show still had the Super Sentai counterparts’ yearly team-ups with their predecessors for the prior year. That meant that, in the midst of establishing a new universe for Lost Galaxy, they also were bringing back the last of the wider universe they’d wrapped up the prior year. Alongside the returning heroic Space Rangers, we also saw the return of In Space‘s resident evil Rangers, the Psycho Rangers, who found new adversaries in the Galaxy Rangers. Hasbro is paying homage to that in their latest two-pack, pairing Psycho Red off against Lost Galaxy‘s own Red Ranger.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Red Galaxy Ranger and Psycho Ranger are the second two-pack in the Lightning Collection line-up, hitting shelves about a month or two after the Green and Putty set I looked at yesterday. They also starting hitting right around the same time as GameStop’s exclusive Psycho Blur figure, giving the Psychos a bit of jump start.
RED GALAXY RANGER
We got Lost Galaxy‘s sixth ranger in the second assortment of the main line, so getting the Red Ranger in rather quick succession isn’t much of a surprise. It also introduces the Galaxy Ranger-specific tooling, clearly opening the door for the rest of the team. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. For the most part, he’s using the core Ranger parts, with his only truly unique parts being his helmet and belt, something we should all get comfortable with as Hasbro fills in more of the more basic-looking Ranger teams. Both new pieces make for a decent match for the design from the show, and match pretty well with the already sculpted base body parts. There’s not much to write about beyond that; he’s a pretty straight-forward, no frills design. The paint work is respectable, but again follows that same basic model of the sculpt, being pretty straight-forward. There’s a little but of fuzz on the edges of the changes from white to red, but other than that, things look pretty solid. The Red Ranger includes an alternate unmasked Leo head (with a pretty solid likeness), two pairs of hands (in gripping and a fist/flat combo), the Quasar Saber in full-sized and compact modes, and a flame effect for the full-scale Saber.
RED PSYCHO RANGER
Evil Power Rangers aren’t an uncommon element for the franchise, but the Psycho Rangers are probably the most prolific, with ten television appearances under their belt, making them the natural choice for first Evil Rangers to get toy coverage. Bandai was supposed to do a full set in their Legacy line, but ended up not completing them, so Hasbro’s giving it a shot. Their starting with Psycho Red, who’s a fairly sensible starting point. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Psycho Red is an all-new sculpt, though I would imagine that a number of these parts are shared with Blue. I can’t say for sure, because I’m not paying GameStop’s mark-up on that one, so it’s totally conjecture. How dare I? It’s a pretty nice sculpt, all things considered, and there’s a lot more going on with this sculpt than with Galaxy Red. The poseability isn’t quite as free range as I’d like, especially on those shoulders, but for the most part it turned out very well. Psycho Red’s paintwork is pretty solid. Again, there’s a little more going on than with Galaxy Red, making him the slightly more visually interesting appearance. Application is pretty clean for the most part. There are some slightly sloppy points, but it’s nice looking overall. Psycho Red is packed with his Psycho sword, and two sets of hands (one pair gripping, one pair fist/lightning effect).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Lost Galaxy is right as I started to fall out of Power Rangers. I had a few of the original toys, and I love me some Magna Defender, but I don’t have any major connection to Leo. He’s fine, but ultimately nothing much to write home about. Psycho Red, being from In Space, my personal favorite incarnation, is right up my alley. He’s got a few small issues, but is otherwise really cool, and the definite star of this set. I look forward to getting the rest of this team, as well as some proper Space Rangers to fight them.