MIGHTY MORPHIN’ BLUE RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Continuing on yesterday’s Lightning Collection theme, today we’re jumping just a little bit back in Rangers history, with a Mighty Morphin’ era figure. Hasbro’s been slowly weaving the inaugural team into the Lightning Collection line-up, and the latest to join them is Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, notable for being the only member of the MMPR team to stay with the show for its whole run, before being retired from active Ranger duty during the events of Zeo.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Mighty Morphin’ Blue is part of the fifth series of Lightning Collection figures, and is the MMPR offering for this particular set. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Billy is largely built out of the same bank of parts as the other male MMPR Rangers, which is fairly sensible, and also fairly expected. It also means he’s a pretty straight-forward figure in terms of what he does. The new helmet’s a nice enough piece, though as with all of the MMPR figures, I think I do prefer the Figuarts one. Something about the proportions on this one just seems a little off. Of course, it’s still got all the important Blue-specific elements, so it’s still very identifiable as Billy’s helmet. As with Red and Black, Billy gets a slightly tweaked belt, with the proper belt buckle, which continues to be a really cool, and not immediately expected element. Billy’s paint work is pretty straight forward stuff; if you know general Hasbro paint, you know how this one goes. There’s minimal slop or bleed over on my sample, so that’s certainly good. For me, the part where this figure really shines is the accessory selection. He gets an unmasked head (with a pretty solid David Yost likeness; it’s easily the best of the MMPR likenesses), two pairs of hands (in gripping and fists), his power lance in separated and fully extended form, and a blue lightning effect. The unmasked head is definitely a lot of fun, but I was also really happy to get the fully extended Power Lance, given its absence from the Figuarts release. Now, between the two, I have the full accessory complement. Yay!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I generally haven’t felt the need to pick up the MMPR cast in the Lightning Collection style, thanks to already having the Figuarts and still being quite happy with those, Billy is by far my favorite member of the team, and just one of my favorite Rangers in general. Given the extra unmasked portrait and the extended lance, this one was pretty easy sell for me. Not gonna lie, he’s making it harder for me to stick to the my plans to skip MMPR, because I do really like this figure. I think I’ll be able to manage holding out on the others, though. Whatever the case, this guy’s pretty sweet.
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