TIME FORCE RED RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
My relationship with Power Rangers is a little bit turbulent. While I recall the tail-end of the original run of MMPR, it wasn’t until Zeo that I jumped into the merchandising aspect of things. Then Turbo came along and kind of killed any real interest I had, before I got thoroughly hooked by In Space. Its follow-up Lost Galaxy was fine, but not my favorite, and Lightspeed Rescue has really always left me a little bit bored. My last true hurrah with the franchise was Time Force, after which I pretty much tapped out (but then again, so did Saban…at least for a bit). Time Force is finally making its entrance into The Lightning Collection, with its Red Ranger, Wes Collins, who I’ll be taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Time Force Red is part of Series 5 of Hasbro’s Lightning Collection, and is both this assortment’s requisite Red Ranger and our first Time Force Ranger. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and has 34 points of articulation. Surprisingly, Time Force Red is an all-new sculpt. Given how Galaxy Red was handled, I was definitely expecting this guy to be fairly re-use heavy. Obviously, I’m sure most of these parts will end up used again for the the other three male Time Force Rangers, but it’s nice to see them actually go to the trouble of mixing things up a bit with some new parts. I actually like how these parts turned out a little bit more well put together than some of the earlier parts. It’s definitely a slightly sleeker sculpt than the MMPR parts, which definitely suits the design aesthetic of Time Force in general. If I have one complaint about the sculpt, it’s that the helmet seems a touch wide, but it’s possible my memories of the old figures are playing tricks on my eyes with that one. It’s certainly not a *bad* sculpt, so I’m hard-pressed to really complain. His paint work is pretty clean, and is probably the best in this particular assortment, at least as far as my copies are concerned. It definitely works well with the more crisp and clean nature of the design, as I think paint errors would have been more of an issue here. Time Force Red is packed with his Chrono Blaster, a pair of Chrono Sabers, an effects piece, two pairs of hands (gripping and a fist/thumbs-up combo), and an unmasked Wes Collins head. The sabers can combine as in the show, resulting in a slight compromise to the handles when they’re separate. Still, it’s a cool gimmick. The thumbs-up hand is one the better alternate hands, and the unmasked Wes head is another strong likeness.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Time Force still ranks pretty highly for me in terms of Power Rangers shows, and while Wes isn’t necessarily my favorite member of the team, I’m still glad to be getting our first taste of the team. He’s a pretty solid figure, and I really dig all of the new parts they’ve given him. I look forward to getting the rest of the team to go with him!
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