POWER RANGERS: SUPER LEGENDS (BANDAI)
You know who’s pretty cool? The Zeo Gold Ranger. Like, just pretty top-notch, really. At the very least, top three when it comes to Power Rangers, at least as far as I’m concerned. It’s really him and Space Silver. I have a draw to toy coverage for both of them, and Zeo Gold winds up being ever so slightly more prevalent, so, you know, there’s a little bit more of him, I suppose. So, anyway, here’s one of those Zeo Gold Rangers. Let’s check him out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Gold Ranger (who is listed as such, with no specific “Zeo” denotation or anything) was released in 2008 alongside an MMPR White Ranger as part of the second round of Power Rangers: Super Legends figures from Bandai. The Super Legends figures were released intermixed with the Jungle Fury product as a special release for the 15 anniversary of the franchise. They were officially designated as chases, so they weren’t super plentiful or easily found back in the day. Because that’s definitely the best way to celebrate the franchise: by releasing its most popular characters as hard to find chases. Oh, Bandai, you sure know how to Bandai. The figure stands 5 1/2 inches tall and he has 17 points of articulation. By current standards, the articulation scheme’s not premium or anything, but it was pretty good for the time, and matched up with the best of the line at the line. Honestly, the only glaringly missing things are a waist joint and maybe some lateral motion for the arms. It’s definitely workable, though. The Gold Ranger’s sculpt was an all-new one at the time. Like the articulation, the sculpt is a bit dated by current standards, but it was honestly a notable step forward compared to prior Zeo figures. The biggest drawback is definitely how the articulation’s worked in, but it’s not terrible, just a little obvious. The proportions are a little bit stilted, but generally decently balanced, again, relative to prior offerings. The detailing on the outfit’s pretty strong, and the armor’s actually a separate piece for a change. The paint work on the Gold Ranger is fairly basic, but it does what it needs to. The finish on the gold is consistent and the application’s all pretty clean. He’s packed with the removable armor, as well as his Staff of Gold, which is, ironically, totally silver for this release. It’s not a bad piece, aside from perhaps being a little bit stubby, and, of course, the aforementioned silver coloring. Why it wasn’t just molded in gold is something of a mystery, but there it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve always been a big fan of Zeo Gold, and even though I was well and truly out of Power Rangers when this line hit in ’08, this guy almost pulled me back in. I say “almost,” of course, because the fact that I was never able to find one at retail meant that, you know, I never got one. Well, not for a good long while, anyway. This one wound up coming to me courtesy of a big Rangers collection that came into All Time back in the summer of 2020. I’d just gotten the Lightning Collection version, and I was feeling rather nostalgic, so this guy struck something of a chord. He’s an interesting half-step between modern and vintage. I like him, but he’s definitely got a more limited audience these days.
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