LOST GALAXY BLUE RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
I go back and forth on my favorite Rangers from a given season of Power Rangers, generally finding myself most enjoying the changes of dynamic that the sixth ranger brings along. Of the core team, however, my initial connection to Billy, the original team’s Blue Ranger, has always given me a little bit of affinity for the Blue Ranger of any given line-up. The Blue Rangers do have a tendency to be the unsung heroes of any given season, being pretty central most of the time, but also just shy of being the most central. What I’m getting at is, really, where’s my “Forever Blue” crossover? Seems like a missed opportunity. Well, I’ll just build my own crossover. With blackjack! And….okay, actually, forget all that. I guess I’ll just stick purely with the Rangers. Anyway, while we’re on the topic of Blue Rangers, let’s look at another one, specifically Kai Chen from In Space‘s follow-up, Lost Galaxy!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lost Galaxy Blue Ranger is another figure from the ninth standard assortment of Lightning Collection. He’s the third Galaxy Ranger in the line, and the second of the core team members, following Red back in late 2019. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s, unsurprisingly, largely the same as the Red Galaxy Ranger. Kai’s another rather average sized person, and the elements were shared between the Ranger costumes in the show, so it makes a degree of sense. Kai does get a brand new helmet sculpt, which does a nice job capturing his gorilla-themed helmet from the show. Otherwise, it’s pretty standard issue stuff, and it all works just as well as it has all of the other times. Kai’s paint work more or less matches up with the Red Ranger in terms of how it works, just with blue in place of the red. He does get a fair bit more detailing on his helmet design, which is cool, but he’s also still got the slight fuzziness on the transitions from white to blue, like Galaxy Red. Galaxy Blue is packed with an unmasked head for Kai (sporting a pretty strong likeness), two sets of hands (one set gripping, the other fist/flat combo), the Quasar Saber in both forms, his Transdagger in Cosma Claw form, and a lightning effect for the saber.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I do really like Blue Rangers, and I was still kind of in on the Power Rangers thing for Lost Galaxy, but I didn’t really ever have much of an attachment to Kai, for whatever reason. I think I was just distracted by the awesomeness that was Magna Defender. But, if I’m game on this whole Forever Blue thing, Kai’s kind of necessary. He’s honestly not bad. Pretty straight forward and by the numbers, but I do like him just a bit more than Galaxy Red, so that’s cool.
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