MIGHTY MORPHIN Z PUTTY
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Late last year, Hasbro put out a couple of two-packs for their Lightning Collection line, one of which paired fan-favorite Green Ranger Tommy Oliver off against one of the fan favorite minions, the Putties. It was a pretty popular set, but packing an army builder in a two-pack with a non-army builder doesn’t make for very easy army building. Hasbro addressed this twice, first with a Hasbro Pulse-exclusive pair of Putties, and now with a variant Putty actually getting a main line release.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mighty Morphin Z Putty is part of Series 7 of Hasbro’s Lightning Collection line, an overwhelmingly MMPR heavy assortment, which also includes a variant of the Putty’s original pack-mate the Green Ranger. As the name denotes, this guy isn’t just a standard Putty, he’s a Z Putty, one of the upgraded Putties from the second season of the show, after Lord Zedd takes leadership of the bad guy brigade. Essentially, they’re just slightly more armored versions of the same minions from earlier in the show. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Structurally, this putty has quite a bit in common with the first figure, but he does get a new set of knees and boots, as well an add-on piece for his chest armor, all of which does a really solid job of capturing the upgraded appearance from the show. In particular, I really dig the new boot sculpts, because they’re the sort of thing that could’ve gotten overlooked, but I’m very glad didn’t. Like the prior Putty, this guy is fairly monochromatic, as a Putty should be, but it’s worth noting that he’s differently monochromatic than the last guy, which does make him feel slightly unique. Kudos to Hasbro on actually putting in the effort there. In particular, I like seeing the face painted a darker grey than the hood, since they frequently appeared that way on the show, and it ends up really helping to bring out the sculpt. The best work is again on the hands, which get some accenting to help really sell their rocky nature. This Putty is actually quite impressively accessorized, getting two different sets of hands (one gripping, the other in fist/open combo), a flame effect piece for the fist, and an effect to clip over the torso simulating him getting hit by one of the rangers. It’s a solid selection, and honestly more than I was expecting.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been wanting more Putties since getting the first version, and I was definitely hoping for some sort of a single release. That being said, I’m starting to move past my need to just own a bunch of identical army builder figures, so when this guy got shown off, it really worked for me. I like the changes he makes, and I really like the new accessories he gets. I definitely consider this guy a win.