IN SPACE BLACK RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
When it comes to Power Rangers, there’s not much I love more than Power Rangers In Space, the show’s sixth season. It hit at just the right time for me to catch most of it first run as a kid, and it’s also just genuinely one of the show’s best seasons, all things considered. As a kid, I never did get the whole line-up in toy form, but I’ve always wanted them, and now, as an adult, that’s something I can more genuinely work on. Lightning Collection has been doing a pretty alright job for the team, with three members already released, two more already in the pipeline for release, and the sixth showing up somewhere as of yet unrevealed. Boy, I do sure hope he’s not an exclusive. That sure wouldn’t make me so happy. Don’t make me not happy, Hasbro. Before I descend into madness anymore, let’s look at the latest addition to the In Space line-up, Carlos Vallerte, aka the Black Space Ranger!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
In Space Black Ranger was released in the 9th standard assortment of Hasbro’s Power Rangers: Lightning Collection. He’s the third Space Ranger to join the line, and is one of two Zordon Era figures in this particular assortment, the other being the Tenga Warrior from Mighty Morphin’. Carlos follows in his predecessor Adam’s footsteps, with his first figure in the line being his second Ranger incarnation, and also his second Ranger color, since, in a reverse of Adam, Carlos began as a Green Ranger and switched to black in his second season, when the Japanese footage changed over. The figure stands about 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Carlos’s mold is a total re-use of the one that we saw used for Andros, which makes total sense, since the male rangers were all pretty close in build, and this was one of the few seasons where the only differences on the helmets were painted. It was a good mold the first time around, and it’s still a good mold here. The paint obviously changes things up, swapping the red of the first figure for black, as well as changing the shaping on his visor, and adding the extra lining around the black dome on the helmet, since, well, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see it. Carlos is packed with an alternate unmasked head, as well as two sets of hands (gripping and a fist/open gesture combo), his Lunar Lance, Astro Blaster, and an effects piece for the lance.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Completing the In Space team is pretty much the top of my list when it comes to this line, so I’ve been mad hype about each successive figure announced. I’ve always had something of a soft spot for Carlos in particular, so him being a relatively early addition to the line-up was very cool. Sure, there’s not a ton of new going on here, but he still works very well, and each additional figure just really makes the whole team dynamic work just a little bit better. Have I mentioned that I can’t wait to get the rest of the team?
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