IN SPACE PINK RANGER
POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Okay, let’s wrap up this Power Rangers focus in the best possible fashion, by circling back around to Power Rangers In Space, aka my favorite Power Rangers incarnation. Following up on yesterday’s discussion of Turbo, as well as Tuesday’s discussion of change-overs for the Rangers, I guess I could talk about how exactly the In Space came to be. After the replacement of half of the Rangers in MMPR‘s later run, and the later replacement of Kimberly and Aisha in their roles of Pink and Yellow respectively, the remaining cast transferred over to Zeo, and then again to Turbo, minus Rocky, whose actor left due to a pay dispute. The rest of the MMPR/Zeo cast left at Turbo‘s mid-point, and were replaced with four newcomers. They would continue on to In Space, keeping the roles until that show wrapped, and brought to an end the “Zordon Era” of the show. Of particular note was Patrica Ja Lee’s Cassie Chan, the Pink Ranger of Turbo and In Space, and almost the replacement Pink Ranger for Lost Galaxy, until contract negotiations fell through. Alas, I suppose it just means she went out on a high note, and we’re looking at that particular high note today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The In Space Pink Ranger is another part of Series 10 of Hasbro’s Lightning Collection line. Cassie marks the sixth and final member of the In Space line-up to be added to the line, making her the second figure in this assortment to round out her respective team, as well as the second of two In Space-branded figures in this line-up, since Phantom was moved over to In Space. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 30 points of articulation. Unsurprisingly, In Space Pink shares her construction with In Space Yellow. As with their male counterparts, its a total parts share, without even a new helmet sculpt. It’s true to the show designs, of course, and the sculpt for Yellow was pretty strong on its own, and it’s still strong here. The color work on this release changes up, of course. The base layout remains the same, but with pink in place of yellow, as well as the adjustment to the shaping on the edge of her visor. As with the recent Pink Ranger two-pack, there’s a mismatch between the shades of pink of the torso and the limbs. It’s not ideal, but it’s also not the end of the world, I suppose. The figure has two sets of hands, her Astro Blaster, her Satellite Stunner, an effects piece for the Stunner, and an unmasked head for Cassie.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been chipping away at the In Space Rangers, and it’s been getting more exciting the closer I’ve gotten. Getting Cassie is rather similar to getting Tanya in her Zeo gear, in that she herself isn’t the most thrilling of the characters or designs, but she’s a solid by the numbers figure, and she finishes out her team on a high-note. Since I was a kid, I’ve wanted all of the In Space Rangers in one cohesive style, but I’ve never gotten the chance until now. I’m really happy about this one. I really love this particular set. A lot.
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