ZEO RED RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Perhaps the most definitive Power Ranger in the entirety of the franchise, Jason David Frank’s Tommy Oliver began as the franchise’s first sixth ranger. Initially just an antagonist for the main team, he eventually became an ally and a member of the core team proper. When MMPR ran out of Zyuranger footage to use for the Green Ranger, Tommy was retired for a while, until footage of Gosei Sentai Dairanger’s Kiba Ranger was adapted into MMPR‘s White Ranger, granting Tommy a new identity. In this new identity, Tommy slowly shifted into more of a leader role, a transition fully cemented when the original Red Ranger and team leader Jason Lee Scott departed the show in the third season. When MMPR became Zeo, things were streamlined a bit, making Tommy the Red Ranger proper, and thereby the team’s default leader.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Zeo Red headline’s Series 6 of Hasbro’s Power Rangers: Lightning Collection. He’s our third member of the Zeo team, following Series 4’s Zeo Blue and Series 5’s Zeo Gold. He’s also the resident Red Ranger for this assortment, and the fourth version of Tommy in the line. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. For the most part, he’s a heavy parts re-use of Zeo Blue. It’s expected, really, since the costumes are virtually identical, and the builds aren’t too far off either. It’s a solid sculpt, so certainly a good starting point. He gets a new helmet, of course, sporting his star-shaped visor. It’s as goofy here as it was in the show, but that doesn’t make me like it any less. The paint work on this guy is pretty straight forward and basic. I did find that it was a little more consistent across the board from figure to figure this time around, which is certainly a plus for the line. I’m glad it looks like things are generally improving for the paint work on the line, especially given the other paint issues Hasbro’s been facing this year. Like Zeo Blue, Red gets two sets of hands in fists and gripping poses, the pod sword, and laser pistol. He adds in the Zeo Power Sword, an effect piece, and an unmasked Tommy head. I still would have liked to get a collapsed version of the pod sword for more proper holstering, but I’m glad to see them actually including the individual Ranger-specific weapons. Hopefully they keep it up for more than just the Red Rangers. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the unmasked head is actually a new sculpt, and not just another re-use of the one from the White Ranger. This one’s a slightly better take on Frank’s likeness, so I’m glad Hasbro gave it another go.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After getting Blue and Gold, I’ve been eager to fill out the rest of the Zeo roster, and Tommy was kind of an inevitable part of that. I don’t know that I was expecting him quite this quickly, but I’m certainly not complaining. He had the potential to be a far more by the numbers figure than he actually is, and I definitely appreciate Hasbro not just phoning it in here. Now we’re officially at the half way point on Zeo, and I’m honestly pretty excited about that.
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