POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
“Ooh, you Rangers make me mad, waking me up with a rap that bad!”
Hey, did you know that Power Rangers launched in the ’90s? I know, that’s crazy. It’s so easy to forget, what with there being no notable clues about the decade contained within the show, in any way that might date it and make it really zany and hokey when you look back on it. None at all. Just devoid of that sort of thing, right? Now, let’s discuss this action figure of a rapping pumpkin monster, so wonderfully named “Pumpkin Rapper.” Truly a timeless creation, this one.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Pumpkin Rapper is part of the inaugural assortment of the “Monsters” spin-off line of Hasbro’s Lightning Collection line, alongside fellow MMPR monster King Sphynx. Since he was a Zyu2 creation, Pumkin Rapper wasn’t privy to a toy tie-ins at the time of the show’s airing, since no molds already existed for him. Because of this, this guy’s the first proper figure treatment Pumpkin Rapper has gotten, which is pretty nifty. The figure stands 7 1/2 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. The articulation scheme for this guy is essentially the same as the standard Rangers, with the exception of the neck joint, which is a balljoint connected to a cut joint. It’s a kind of odd design, and means the head has a tendency to come off a lot, but it does give him a good range of motion on the head. So, it’s ultimately a decent trade off all things considered. His sculpt is an all-new one, and it’s a pretty solid translation of the suit from the show. The head sculpt is definitely the coolest part, and really does the mask from the show justice. The body suit gets the proper quilted pattern as well, and adds a nice bit of variety and texture to the sculpt. When it comes to the paint, Hasbro definitely put in some effort on this guy, but still does wind up coming up a bit short on some elements. They’ve added some accenting to both the head and the collar, in order to bring out some of the sculpted details. Largely, this works out okay, but on the head in particular, it feels like he could really use some darker detailing on the eyes, because they have a tendency to get a little lost as is. It’s also a little jarring that there’s accenting on the head and collar, but nowhere else. It makes him look a touch uneven. Pumpkin Rapper has a decent selection of accessories, including two sets of hands (gripping and an open/fist combo), two different vine whips, an effects piece, and three smaller pumpkins. The pumpkins are definitely a lot of fun, thanks to the inclusion of a socket compatible with the standard Ranger neck joints. It makes for some amusing display options to be sure!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I only caught the occasional episode of MMPR when they were airing, and mostly in the syndication re-runs or the odd VHS copy from Blockbuster, so I didn’t see Pumpkin Rapper’s debut episode as a kid, but he’s one of those designs that just really feels very classic MMPR, and as I’ve gotten back into Power Rangers stuff as an adult, he’s very definitely one of those Monsters that I’ve really come to appreciate. So, when they announced they would be doing some monsters, and that he’d be in the first round, I was definitely on board for it. Ultimately, he’d benefit from a slightly improved paint job, but overall this is a very fun release. I look forward to other figures in this set.
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