IN SPACE YELLOW RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
It’s not much of a secret around these parts that, when it comes to Power Rangers, Power Rangers In Space is kind of my jam, man. I’ve been eagerly waiting for a solid plastic version of the team pretty much since the ’90s, if I’m honest. Hasbro’s been trying to introduce at least one new Rangers line-up with each series of Lightning Collection, and they’ve finally come around to the inclusion of the Space Rangers. As has become a trend for a lot of the line-ups, they aren’t starting with the Red Ranger (classically the obvious choice); instead, they’re going with Ashley Hammond, the Yellow Space Ranger, who I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Space Yellow is another piece of Series 6 of the Lightning Collection line-up. As I touched on in the intro, she’s our first Space Ranger in the line (though not our first character from In Space, since we already got the whole Psycho Ranger line-up). She’ll be joined shortly by Andros, who’s coming in a two-pack later this year. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 30 points of articulation. Unlike the prior female Ranger I looked at, the articulation on Space Yellow is a bit closer to her male counterparts, and subsequently gives her a slightly easier time of standing. I’m definitely okay with that. Ashley is sporting an all-new sculpt, based on her show appearance. Presumably, it will be more or less entirely shared with Cassie when they get around to her. They won’t even have to change the skirt piece, since Cassie’s one of the handful of times that the original Japanese counterpart of the Yellow Ranger was also female. The sculpt’s a pretty strong offering. It’s appropriately sleek and clean, just as the Space Ranger outfits are supposed to be. I particularly like how well the helmet’s turned out. I felt the MMPR helmets ended up looking a touch off for this line, but the Space helmet looks spot on. The paint work on this figure is pretty clean, and the application’s nice and sharp. There’s minimal slop or bleed over, and as with Zeo Red, the figures are definitely better across the board in terms of paint consistency this time around. In terms of accessories, Ashley keeps up with the slightly better standard we saw with Zeo Red. She’s got two sets of hands (in gripping and a fist/flat combo), her Astro Blaster, Star Slinger, effects piece for the Slinger, and an unmasked head. Again, I’m glad to see her get her Ranger-specific weapon here, and I like how well the hands work with the Slinger. The unmasked head is…kind of rough. It’s definitely not one of the better ones from this line, and it ends up making Tracy Lynn Cruz look a good deal older than she did on the show. Still, it’s better than nothing, I suppose.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back in 2014, when I got the Figuarts version of the MMPR team, I was hoping for the chance to get the Space team in a similar quality. When the Legacy Collection did the team, I gave it a try, but I just wasn’t impressed enough to spend the time trying to get the whole line-up. I’ve been patiently waiting for the team to turn up in Hasbro’s line, and I was thrilled when Ashley was announced. She’s another strong entry in the line, and I look forward to getting the rest of the team.
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