IN SPACE SILVER RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Okay, when I reviewed Zeo Gold, I may have been a little overzealous in calling him the greatest Power Ranger ever. And why is that? Because I may have been overlooking this guy, Zhane, aka the In Space Silver Ranger, Power Rangers In Space‘s resident Sixth Ranger. Because, the thing is, Zhane? He’s pretty darn cool. Possibly the coolest. And I’m down for that. And now he’s got this brand new figure from Hasbro’s current run, which I definitely a win as far as I’m concerned. So, let’s explore this win just a little bit further, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
In Space Silver Ranger is a Walgreens-exclusive release from Power Rangers: The Lightning Collection, with limited quantities available through Hasbro Pulse as well. Thus far, only the Pulse quantities have shown up. As with yesterday’s Andros, this figure’s release is a bit wonky, since we saw him before Hasbro had officially announced him, and then he showed up on Pulse with no actual quantities, before finally being put up for order, with an actual in-stock status. Zhane is either the fourth or fifth of the Space Rangers to make it to release, depending on if you count the small quantities of Blue that have made it out as an actual release. Whatever the case, it’s notable because it’s the first time Zhane hasn’t been the last member of team by a large margin. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. He’s using the same construction as the other male Space Rangers. It’s a consistency thing, really, and at this point, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? He does get a new belt piece, which has been tweaked to remove the holster. Otherwise, it’s the same basic piece. The colors are where the real changes occur, since he’s now, well, silver. Unlike the others, it’s more than just swapping silver for the main color, since Silver gets a whole different selection of accent colors as well. They’ve gone for more of a toy style to the colors, since his suit is actually silver, rather than a flatter shade than the helmet as it was in the show. It’s a slightly more intriguing design in toy form, so I get the choice. The silver is molded plastic, rather than paint. It doesn’t look quite as slick, but it will probably hold up better over time. Zhane is packed with an unmasked head (which looks a lot better in person than I’d expected), two sets of hands, his Super Silverizer in both blaster and blade configurations, and an effects piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In Space Silver is at the very least tied with Zeo Gold for my favorite Ranger, so I was very anxious to see him show up in this line, especially after he got left out of Bandai’s Legacy Collection. When he was shown off in-hand with no announcement, I was worried about him being an exclusive, and sure enough, there he was. Fortunately, I had Max in my corner on this one, and he was able to help me snag one through the Pulse order window. I’m very thrilled to have this figure in-hand, and I’m very happy to have a decent In Space Silver.