ZEO GOLD RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
ZEEEEEEEEOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLD!!!!! OH YEAH!!! …ya know?
I began my last Zeo Gold Ranger review with a note that I don’t review many Power Rangers here, a statement that has become patently untrue, so I guess I can’t very fairly repeat it. However, if I *didn’t* review many Power Rangers around here, this guy would still probably make the cut. Why is that? Because he’s the Zeo Gold Ranger, and the Zeo Gold Ranger is the best damn Power Ranger there is. And I will fight you on that. Okay, I probably won’t. It’s okay if you don’t agree. I’m gonna be sad, and that means you made me sad on my birthday, but I guess we’ll all learn to live with it. I can learn to forgive. Where was I? Yes, the Gold Ranger review. Excellent.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zeo Gold is part of Series 5 of Hasbro’s Power Rangers: The Lightning Collection, following Zeo Blue’s debuting the show’s coverage in Series 4. But, as I noted in the review of that figure, Zeo Gold was technically the debut figure, thanks to an early release last summer as part of an SDCC two-pack last year. At their core the two releases are the same, but there are some differences when it comes to accessories, which I’ll touch on when I get to that section of the review. This actually marks the third Gold Ranger in the line, after the Beast Morphers and Dino Charge versions, for those keeping track of such things. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. A number of Zeo Gold’s parts are shared with Zeo Blue, but he still gets a new set of arms, lower legs, head, and armor, which keeps him looking *fairly* unique when compared to Blue. It’s a solid selection of the parts for him, and does a really nice job of capturing the suit as seen in the show. The torso armor is a little more floaty than I might have liked, especially when compared to the White and Green Rangers. It’s not terrible, and the floating is preferably to being totally fixed when it comes to posability. It’s a really nicely sculpted piece, though, and it and the helmet are definitely the coolest parts here. On the helmet, I especially like the raised kanji element, as the Bandai figures usually didn’t have quite as nicely pronounced. It looks really sharp here. The paint work is overall pretty solid on this guy. The helmet’s definitely the best, with the sharpness again really coming though, but I also really like the accenting on the chest piece. There’s a touch of inconsistent coverage on the upper sections of the knees, but beyond that, it’s pretty good. Now, for the change-ups from the SDCC release, the accessories. The biggest shift is the unmasked head, because while the SDCC figure was Jason, this release is Trey of Trifecta, and gets the corresponding unmasked head. It’s just the one Trey head, and it definitely would have been cool to get all three triplets, but only one of them actually wore the suit at a time, so I guess this is fine. I totally don’t need three of him. That would be silly. It’s worth noting that the Jason head that went with Jason in the SDCC set actually got packed with the standard Mighty Morphin’ Red in Series 3, meaning it’s pretty easy to make him Jason on your own. No matter who you prefer to have in the suit, Zeo Gold gets two sets of hands in gripping and fists, as well as a yellow effects piece (both of which were the same on the SDCC version), and his Staff of Gold, which is in a slightly different configuration than the two versions included in the SDCC set.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As noted in the intro, Zeo Gold’s my favorite Ranger, so when be was initially released in the SDCC set, I was a little bummed, but figured a single-release was inevitable. It was quite a wait (with two other Gold Rangers taunting me in the meantime), but he finally showed up, and boy was I excited to see him in the line-up, and he was the first figure I tore into once I got the set in-hand. I was happy with the Legacy Collection Gold when he was released, but he’s not held up, and I was definitely glad for this upgrade. He’s really awesome, and I’m so happy to have him. ZEO GOLD!
Thanks to my sponsors over at All Time Toys for setting me up with this figure to review. If you’re looking for Lightning Collection, or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.