IN SPACE PSYCHO RED, BLUE, BLACK, YELLOW, & PINK RANGERS
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Remember yesterday, when I was talking about Power Rangers In Space, and how it’s my jam, man? Well, that continues to be the case. While the main team of Rangers from the show is just now starting to make their way into Hasbro’s Lightning Collection, we do already have one complete team of Rangers from the show, specifically the Psycho Rangers. These evil counterparts of the main team were notably absent from the show’s tie-in toys at the time. They eventually surfaced in Bandai’s Legacy Collection, but the line was cancelled before the whole team could be completed. The Lightning Collection initially started out with seeming plans to release each Psycho Ranger individually, but then rather quickly threw in that towel and just dropped the whole darn team all at once. So, uh, here we are.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Psycho Rangers were released as an Amazon-exclusive boxed set, as part of the Lightning Collection line-up, hitting towards the end of the summer of this past year. Black, Yellow, and Pink are exclusive to this set. The Red and Blue Psycho included in this set are indistinguishable from the prior releases, reviewed here and here, though there is also an effects piece included for Red’s sword, albeit one re-used from elsewhere in the line.
PSYCHO BLACK RANGER
Psycho Black was fortunate enough to be one of the ones Bandai got to, by virtue of being largely a parts re-use of the other male Psychos. Hasbro’s version sticks with that, rather unsurprisingly. He’s still 6 inches tall and he still has 34 points of articulation. The articulation on this body, specifically the arms, is a bit on the limited side, but otherwise, I do really like this sculpt, and I certainly don’t have any issues with its re-use here. Obviously, he swaps out the paint scheme, with the primary color accents of the least two being changed to black here. I do appreciate that they kept the shinier finish to the accented parts, thereby keeping those parts from getting too lost in with the rest of the black on the costume. Psycho Black is packed with his Psycho Rod, and two sets of hands in gripping and a fist/electrical effect combo pairing. I’m bummed that he didn’t get an effects piece for his weapon, but it’s worth noting that his effect hand is actually a unique sculpt from the other two male Psychos.
PSYCHO YELLOW RANGER
Absent from Bandai’s attempt at the Psychos were both female members of the team, Psycho Yellow included. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 34 points of articulation. The articulation here is pretty similar to the male body, with the slight limitations on the shoulders and all. The double elbows are swapped out for the universal joints, as is usually the case for female bodies, but no major posability is lost. On my copy of this figure, there are a lot more loose joints, notably in the arms and the neck. This means she struggles a bit with holding a pose and staying standing, but fortunately not as bad as some figures, but it’s still annoying. While Black was a total re-use, Yellow, being female and all, is mostly new, apart from the helmet, which is identical for all of the Psychos. The sculpt matches up well with the other version, and it means she slots in beside the other three team members just fine. The paint on Yellow pretty much matches up with everyone else, with the accents changing to Yellow, of course. Yellow is packed with the two sets of hands to match the male body’s and her Psycho Sling. Again, no effects piece, which is a shame.
PSYCHO PINK RANGER
See what I wrote above, about Psycho Yellow? Great, you can pretty much just swap the word “Pink” in there and you’re good to go. Okay, maybe not quite, I guess. The joints on my copy of Pink are a little tighter than on Yellow, so that makes her a slightly more easily used figure. At the very least less frustrating. Paint’s more or less the same, color change aside. She gets the same hand selection as Yellow, plus her Psycho Bow. Also, somewhat astoundingly, she gets an effects piece, the firing arrow that MMPR Pink and Ranger Slayer got. I guess that’s not too bad.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As cool as the Psychos are, and as much of a fan of In Space as I am, I will admit that I was kind of cold on this set. I was all prepped for picking them up one by one, and that’s why I’d gone and gotten Red and Blue. I was waiting for the other three, so when they decided to drop the whole set of them all at once, it sort of felt anti-climactic. Not helping things was the fact that Red and Blue are included again and are also completely unchanged for this round, meaning I was only actually getting three new figures in a set of five. And, of course, one of those three new ones is a straight repaint, and the other two are the same mold as well. It’s just a lot of sameness all in one go, I guess. So, I opted not to jump right in on this set. Max, on the other hand, did, but upon receiving them, was iffy on keeping them. Since I’m a big In Space fan, and I did want to get them eventually, I was happy to take them off his hands. Ultimately, the set’s fine. Nothing amazing, and I still think spacing them out would have been better, but I’m glad I have them. Now, I need to figure out what to do with the extra Red and Blue, I guess…