IN SPACE PSYCHO BLUE RANGER
POWER RANGERS: THE LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Hasbro’s collector’s toy lines seem to be really getting into the exclusives game across the board. Though it’s relatively new, having only been running for a little under a year, The Lightning Collection has had its own handful, including not one, but two different exclusives for Gamestop (with a third on the way later this year). Goldar was their first, and he got a lot of promotion, but by contrast, their second exclusive, Psycho Blue, pretty much just showed up one day. And here he is now!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Psycho Blue is, as noted above, a Gamestop exclusive piece of Power Rangers: The Lightning Collection. He started hitting in small quantities back in November of last year, but appears to have really hit in full force just after the new year. He’s either the first or the second of the Psycho Rangers from Hasbro, depending on how distribution in your area worked out. Red was shown off first, and he’s the one I got first, so I’m counting Blue as number two. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. It’s not really surprising, but Blue is a total re-use of Red’s sculpt. The costumes in the show were the same, so it’s a fairly sensible re-use, and one that Bandai did too when they released them. It was a strong sculpt the first time I looked at it, and it’s still a strong sculpt here. I do wish the range of motion was better on those shoulders, but that’s still my only complaint. I’ll be content to buy this at least twice more for Black and Silver. The figure is differentiated by his paint, which, unsurprisingly, swaps out the the red accents of the last one for blue. I find myself preferring the blue overall, and its application seems a little cleaner on my figure. Psycho Blue gets the same two sets of hands as Red, plus his Psycho Axe (the one new piece included here), and the White Ranger‘s effect piece, but in yellow this time. I appreciate that they actually did give him one additional piece compared to Red, even if it’s just a re-used one.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t find Blue in his initial shipments last year. My first find was after the new year, and at the time Gamestop was trying to get $29.99 for him, which I was definitely not paying. Fortunately, I came across him at another location a few weeks later, and he was now marked at a far more reasonable $18.99, at which point I quite happily picked him up. There’s not much new here, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great toy. Honestly, I like him even more than Red, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the team.