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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I was lucky enough to find another Power Rangers Time Force figure on eBay at a very cheap price to add to the Blue and Red Ranger figures I already have. Was not sure if I would ever get close to completing the Power Rangers Time Force team when I bought the Red Ranger a few years ago as they are either scarce or expensive. But this month I have managed to find the Blue, Green and Quantum Rangers MOC on eBay at some pretty good prices considering their age. Just need to find the girls now!

I was also very pleased to find that the batteries / light up feature was still working on both the Blue and the Green Ranger figures I have bought this month. Quantum ranger is on its way!

Power Rangers Time Force Green Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Time Force Green Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Time Force Collection so far
Power Rangers Time Force Collection so far

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 toy line has proven very difficult for me to complete. Not only because they were never released in the UK but also because they quickly became rare items on eBay. However, I have decided to persevere and try to complete these figures as they are perfect for display with my Power Morpher collection. I play to create a battle diorama on the top of my morpher display case once I have all the figures I want, using some Tamashii Stage Act. 4 stands I have.

Anyway here’s the Blue Ranger figure I received today. Managed to get a good price on this one but it seems the last 3 rangers are going to be expensive, especially the female rangers.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Blue Ranger (boxed)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Blue Ranger (boxed)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Figures collection so far
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Figures collection so far

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

I’ve been behind on my morpher collection for some time so decided to fill in some of the blanks. I have not bought a morpher since Operation Overdrive!

This is the first Bandai of America Morpher that I have bought for some time as I usually spend the extra cash on the Japanese versions. But this morpher does not have a Japanese counterpart as the Solar Morpher used in Power Rangers Jungle Fury is an American creation and not the same as the Sentai Changer.

After reading Linear Ranger’s review of this toy, I was not expecting much. Most adult collectors have agreed that this morpher is for the kids only due to its small size. However, I cannot believe how bad the American released morpher toys have become. Firstly, this toy does not even look like the sunglasses used in the TV show but also the toy is very poor quality. The ear pieces are difficult to attach and the clip on plates for each ranger colour are very ill fitting, to the point that the button becomes difficult to press especially with the Red Ranger plate. The sound effects are ok but nothing special.

I kinda got what I expected here so I’m glad I found this morpher as cheap as I did. Thankfully, this Amercican morpher is a one off and I will be buying Japanese versions of the R.P.M morphers.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Solar Morpher (boxed)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Solar Morpher (boxed)

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Solar Morpher

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Blue Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Blue Solar Morpher

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Solar Morpher
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Solar Morpher

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I’ve made a few recent additions to my Power Rangers figures collection last month and thought I would upload some updated photos of my figures.

Sadly, as I stopped collecting during Power Rangers Turbo but started up again from Power Rangers Dino Thunder, I have some large and expensive gaps in my collection to fill.

My next purchase is definitely going to be some sort of peg type stands for my figures as I hate it when my figures fall off the shelf as it is a long way from my shelves to the floor.

My Power Rangers figures collection so far 1
My Power Rangers figures collection so far 1

My Power Rangers figures collection so far 2
My Power Rangers figures collection so far 2

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This is the last of my recent purchases to arrive, a Power Rangers Time Force Blue Ranger figure.

I managed to find this very rare figure on eBay at a very cheap price which more than made up for some of the pricey female ranger figures I have purchased this month. I already bought the Red Time Force Ranger two years ago and wasn’t sure I would ever find other rangers from this season again due to their rarity on sites like eBay. To be honest, finding this figure at the price I paid was a real stroke of luck and I doubt I’ll be adding any more figures to this season for a while. To cut a long story short, I stopped collecting during Power Rangers Turbo but picked it up again during Power Rangers Dino Thunder hence why I am behind on seasons like Time Force. Shame cos Time Force is actually one of my all time favourite Power Rangers seasons.

Also, I was surprised to find that the electronics / batteries are still working in this figure after all these years. The Red figure’s light up feature has not worked since I got it but I assume its due to the batteries needing replacing.

Power Rangers Time Force Blue Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Time Force Blue Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Time Force figures collection so far
Power Rangers Time Force figures collection so far

Power Rangers Time Force Blue Ranger (lights still functioning)
Power Rangers Time Force Blue Ranger (lights still functioning)

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Today I received my Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger figure.

As mentioned on Saturday, I kinda like the new design Bandai have been using for female figures since the Jungle Fury line but they are too flimsy and weak jointed to stand up in my collection. I also think they look too thin in the arms and legs compared to the male figures but its nice to see female figures that look feminine at least rather than a copy of the male figure sculpt as with earlier seasons of Power Rangers.

Thankfully, this figure comes with the Jungle Bo which I have used almost like a walking stick to help her stand up. Also, its dissapointing that, while still the same price as the other Sound Fury figures, the Yellow Cheetah Ranger has no sound effect feature.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury Yellow Cheetah Ranger (boxed)

My Power Rangers Jungle Fury figures collection so far
My Power Rangers Jungle Fury figures collection so far

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Recently, I mentioned that I’m very behind with my Power Rangers figures collection lately. The season I’m closest to completing is Power Rangers Mystic Force having previously already completed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Ninja Rangers, Power Rangers Ninja Storm and Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

As mentioned yesterday, I keep leaving the female figures to the last minute and then end up having to pay through the nose to get them when stocks are low at a later date. Unfortunately, Power Rangers Mystic Force was no exception and the Pink and Blue Mystic Light Rangers I received today were quite expensive not to mention that they had to be shipped from the US to the UK!

But anyway, my Mystic Force figure collection is now technically complete except Koragg the Knight Wolf, who is really a villain rather than a Power Ranger, especially in his purple form. The Pink and Blue rangers finish my display off nicely and come with their Mystic Morphers, Magi Staffs and light up shields. The blue figure’s right leg appears to be slightly bent which makes it difficult to stand up in my display but that’s to be expected from an approx 6 year old toy.

The Solaris Knight figure I have is Japanese and came with a set called MagiShine and Magi Scarpet. It was the only figure I could find that looked remotely like the show accurate Solaris Knight. He is slightly shorter than the Mystic Light figures but its not that noticeable.

Power Rangers Mystic Force Pink and Blue Rangers Mystic Light Figures (boxed)
Power Rangers Mystic Force Pink and Blue Rangers Mystic Light Figures (boxed)

Power Rangers Mystic Force figures collection so far
Power Rangers Mystic Force figures collection so far

Friday, February 24th, 2012

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I’ve been financially unable to add new things to my collection for almost a year and, as a result, I am very behind on the last few seasons of toys. So I decided to try to catch up on Power Rangers R.P.M Full Throttle figures first as these are selling quite cheap and are in a fairly plentiful supply on eBay at the moment.

With previous Power Rangers seasons, I have left the female figures to the last minute and have noticed that they tend to sell out first as Bandai must manufacture a smaller stock of the female figure as they are less popular with the mostly male demographic. Consequently, I’ve had to pay some steep prices to add the female rangers to my collection at a later date. So this time, I figured I would buy the female rangers first before they became expensive, difficult to find or both.

Initially I also bought the Red and Blue rangers too but, foolishly, I did not properly read the eBay auction for the Blue Ranger figure and bought the wrong one by mistake. I mistakenly bought the Rapid Pursuit figure when I wanted the Full Throttle. Of course, it didn’t help that the seller had the Full Throttle figure pictured in the auction listing but in the small print stated that it was actually the Rapid Pursuit. Hopefully, I can return it.

These figures lack the light up / sound effect features of previous seasons but come with some great accessories, most of which are show accurate. Nice to see a return of weapons that join together like they do in the show too.

The first thing I noticed about them when I added them to my existing display was how much smaller they are than previous seasons. They are at least an inch smaller than the Power rangers Jungle Fury figures I have. I was deliberatly holding off buying the new Power Rangers Samurai figures due to the smaller size but I didn’t realise the shrinking of standard Power Rangers figures began with Power Rangers R.P.M. A sign of troubled economic times I guess.

The Red Ranger figure looks great but I wish they would have painted the arms and backs of these figures. Also the angle of this figure’s neck / head looks a little strange in my display. It does not look so bad in the odd pose the figure is assuming while still in the packaging but, in my display, he looks like he’s staring at the floor instead of facing forward like my other figures.

While I was impressed with the design of the new female figures since Jungle Fury, they are a REAL pain to stand up in my figures display and look too thin in the arms and legs compared to their male counterparts. The legs and joints also feel very flimsy and it is very difficult to stand them without them falling over. I managed to get around this with Jungle Fury Cheetah Ranger by using her staff to assist her in staying upright but these R.P.M figures are not so easy.

I’m thinking of investing in some peg type figure stands anyway as my figures collection sits on a shelf that is connected to the outside wall of my house and, whenever someone slams the front door too hard, my figures fall on the floor.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Red Eagle Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Red Eagle Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Yellow Bear Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Yellow Bear Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Silver Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Silver Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Red Ranger, Yellow Ranger and Silver Ranger figures

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

First, I must apologise for the lack of updates to this web site. I have not updated it since 11th July as I spent most of last year unable to afford to buy new things for collection. After nearly a year of keeping myself away from ebay and the likes, in order to avoid temptation (lol), I decided it was time I caught up on the latest line of toys – Power Rangers Samurai.

After checking out some video reviews of this toy on youtube, I had to get one. Firstly, I was impressed by the main gimmick of the toy, the extending sword feature. But the more realistic size of almost 2 feet long is also a major selling point to adult collectors such as myself, as many previous Power Rangers sword toys have been very small compared to the props used on the show.

Having sadly only had time in my busy life to watch a few episodes of Power Rangers Samurai so far, I personally was very pleased with the inclusion of the Mega Ranger Mode suits and weapons. For me it was the first time in a long while that Power Rangers and Bandai of America had added something really cool of their own to the show besides the existing Shinkenger footage. From what I’ve seen so far, the rangers only seem to transform into Mega Mode when they pilot their Zords and their Spin Swords transform into their Mega Blades. The Mega Blade is used as a joystick by inserting its closed mode into the control panel of their Zords and in open sword mode when the rangers perform the Megazord’s final finisher attack.

I was quite surprised when I saw the design for this toy as it does not look like the sort of toy that Bandai usually release in America / Europe due to the mostly hard plastic construction of the blade parts. Most Power Rangers sword toys feature soft plastic blades for child safety reasons and I was surprised to find that only a small portion of the Mega Blade is soft.

I bought mine from Amazon as they seemed to have the cheapest price and couldn’t stop playing with the sword extension feature. The electronic sound effects are really cool and sufficiently loud. The toy also comes with a belt clip but the attachment part seems to fit a little too tightly to the Mega Blade and its difficult to remove when clipped onto a belt.

This toy is one of the best weapon toys that Bandai have created for Power Rangers and I would advise any Power Rangers fan to buy one, especially adult collectors.

Click here to buy a Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade

Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (boxed)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (boxed)

Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (closed)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (closed)

Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (open)
Power Ranger Samurai Mega Blade (open)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

One of Britain’s most promising London 2012 Olympic hopefuls has been transformed into a giant action figure to become a real-life Power Ranger toy.

Aaron Cook, 20, the current British Taekwondo Champion and one of the UK’S strongest contenders for a gold medal at London 2012 Olympics, is the only person outside of the TV show to wear the iconic red suit and the first ever honorary member of the Power Rangers.

To mark the occasion Cook will be exhibited in a giant 3 meter by 1.5 meter replica toy box at Westfield shopping center (Friday 1st July) in front of hundreds of Olympic fans.

Cook comments: “I was mad about Power Rangers as a kid so my parents took me to a local Taekwondo club in Dorchester where I fell in love with the sport. The rest, as they say, is history. I’m hoping that by joining the Power Rangers I’ll help to inspire British children to follow in my footsteps, which will hopefully include a medal at the London 2012 Olympics.”

The Power Rangers TV show started in 1993 following the adventures of five teenagers with attitude known as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as they battled to save the planet from evil space aliens. The show is broadcast in more than 60 countries and translated into numerous languages.

Toy maker Bandai is hoping that the immortalisation of Cook will kick-start strong sales of Power Rangers Samurai, the latest incarnation of the hugely successful franchise. Since its launch in 1994 Power Rangers has become the number one kid’s action toy selling over 24 million action figures world-wide.

Darrell Jones from Bandai comments: “Aaron is a fantastic addition to the Power Rangers team and an obvious choice to uphold the new Samurai values. We look forward to working with Aaron and hope his Power Rangers training holds him in good stead for the London 2012 Olympics.”