POWER RANGERS: LIGHTNING COLLECTION (HASBRO)
Though they were a smash success on TV, Power Rangers and comics didn’t have the strongest start. Attempts were made to start some sort of on-going in the show’s hey-day, but nothing really took off, and eventually things just got dropped. However, a renewed interest in the MMPR-incarnation of the show allowed Boom Studios to launch a comics-based revival in 2016, which ultimately expanded into its own full-fledged continuity. One of the bigger stories to come out of it was “Shattered Grid”, an alternate universe story featuring an evil Tommy Oliver as its primary antagonist Lord Drakkon. Serving Drakkon was a brainwashed and crazy Kimberly Ann Hart, now under the monicker of Ranger Slayer. Hasbro is starting to delve into the comics a little with their toyline, including Ranger Slayer, who I’ll be looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ranger Slayer is the final figure in Series 5 of Hasbro’s Lightning Collection. Following Lord Drakkon’s release in Series 3, she’s our second Boom Studios-inspired figure. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and she has 30 points of articulation. Ranger Slayer is sporting an all-new sculpt, and even gets a slightly tweaked articulation scheme, most notably on the ankles, which are a slightly more compact design than the standard boots we’ve been seeing on other Rangers in this line. The articulation’s great in concept, but perhaps a little iffy in execution, as on my figure, her feet tend to fall off at the ankle during posing a lot. This also makes her not exceedingly stable on her feet, so she falls down a lot. I’m not a huge fan of this. In contrast to Magna Defender and his permanently attached cape, Ranger Slayer’s cape is totally free floating, and doesn’t actually attach to the figure. Ultimately, it works out okay, but it does mean it falls off a lot, which I’m again not the biggest fan of. At the very least having it peg into her back would have helped. The final issue with my figure is one that isn’t a line-wide one, but is an annoying one nevertheless. It seems the head on my figure wasn’t quite properly molded, resulting in the socket for the neck joint not actually clicking into place. It just sort of wedges on there, and never all that securely. That, coupled with the cape and the feet, really makes posing her a pain. Moving past all of that, I will say that the figure has a good *looking* sculpt, and I particularly like the way the cape has been sculpted so dynamically. Her paint work is decent, but probably the weakest of my Series 5 set. There’s a few spots of noticeably missing paint, and some sloppy edges, especially on the legs. Ranger Slayer includes her Bow of Darkness, Blade Blaster, a stock of three arrows, a shooting arrow effects piece, and two sets of hands (gripping and fist/flat combo). It’s too bad she didn’t also get an unmasked head, especially given that Drakkon got one, but at least she doesn’t feel like she comes up too light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I haven’t really followed the comics from Boom, but I have been aware of some of the broad strokes elements, which included Drakkon and Ranger Slayer, both of whom have some pretty nifty designs going for them. I missed out on Drakkon’s initial release, but I definitely didn’t want to miss this one (or any of this series, really). Ultimately, this is a figure I had pretty high expectations for, and unfortunately, especially in the case of my personal copy, I definitely feel a little bit let down. She’s not a bad figure, and she still does have an impressive design, but she’s just not quite as playable as I’d like. Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing Hasbro go back to the comics well again for things such as the Ranger Sentries. That’d be pretty cool.
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