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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I managed to find the Power Rangers R.P.M. Full Throttle figures on ebay for a good price. Managed to finally find a cheap Gold Ranger figure, it was still slightly more expensive than the other Power Rangers R.P.M. figures I have though. I have now completed my Power Rangers R.P.M. figures collection as I won’t be bothering with the Dinosaur inspired figures in this toy line as they were not featured in the show.

My only complaint with this figure line is the angle of the male rangers heads, they are all looking down at the floor. This pose looks fine in the pre packaged poses but it looks like the males are looking at the floor in the poses I like to use in my display. The female rangers have ball joints in their necks and it would have made these figures look much better in my display if the male rangers shared this feature. Finally completed another season’s figures though, not sure which season I will try to complete next as it depends on the price of the figures.

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

Power Rangers RPM figures collection complete!
Power Rangers RPM figures collection complete!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I managed to find the Power Rangers R.P.M. Full Throttle figures on ebay for a reasonable price. I received my Green Shark Ranger today and I just need to find the Gold Ranger now as I won’t be bothering with the Dinosaur inspired figures in this toy line as they were not featured in the show.

Now I own a few more of the male ranger figures from this line, I still stand by the comments I made in my first R.P.M. post about the strange angle on their heads / necks. All of the male rangers appear to be looking down at the floor which looks fine in the poses they have whilst in their packaging but quite odd in my display with figures from other seasons. The female ranger figures have a slight ball joint to the neck and it would have been much better if they included this feature on the male figures too.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Green Shark Ranger Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Green Shark Ranger Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far (just need Gold!)
Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far (just need Gold!)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons (Street Saber, Turbo Cannon, Zip Charger, Rocket Blaster and Turbo Axe)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons (Street Saber, Turbo Cannon, Zip Charger, Rocket Blaster and Turbo Axe)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons Combinations (Road Blaster and Turbo Plasma Launcher)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons Combinations (Road Blaster and Turbo Plasma Launcher)

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure's Weapons Combination (RPM Enforcer)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Figure’s Weapons Combination (RPM Enforcer)

Friday, February 8th, 2013

I have only just got around to watching the last few seasons since Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. I thoroughly enjoyed every season up to and including Power Rangers Mystic Force (except some of the first half of Power Rangers Turbo) but Operation Overdrive was a very difficult season for me to watch. There were a few good episodes, especially the episodes featuring the past rangers and the revelation of the Red Ranger’s identity. But apart from that I have to say that Operation Overdrive was probably one of my least favourite seasons and I found myself avoiding watching it and other subsequent seasons as a result. Many of the Overdrive episodes were poorly written, it took me a long time to relate to the characters and I found that the so called wire-fu (martial arts choreography achieved using invisible wires attached to the stunt actors) had all but replaced any actual martial arts skills.

With the announcement of the 20th Anniversary season Power Rangers Megaforce, I decided it was time I caught up on recent events in order to properly enjoy the anniversary celebrations. I can’t see myself ever getting around to doing full reviews of seasons but I did want to say a few things about the episodes I had missed:

Power Rangers Jungle Fury was a very enjoyable season in the end but I did find it started out with some of the same gripes as with Operation Overdrive. But I really enjoyed R.J’s character and the overall development of the team members was exciting to watch. The wire-fu was still a staple of many of the fight scenes but it was made up for by the well written “rangers in training” story line, making the characters far easier to relate to than with Operation Overdrive.

I must admit I was shocked in a really good way when I finally got round to seeing Disney’s final season – Power Rangers R.P.M. I’d heard it had a darker tone but I never expecting to see a post-apocalyptic theme in Power Rangers. This was quite a bold move for a show that’s obviously for kids but it really felt like the Disney writers had finally heard the cries of Adult fans and it’s among my top 5 seasons to date. I can’t say there were any filler type episodes, each instalment added something to the overall story arc and the “end of the world” feel made the threat posed by the villains seem a lot more believable. When I first saw designs for the original Sentai series – Engine Sentai Go-Onger, I was not really fond of the suit / mecha designs. But the exceptional story telling and darker tone of this season actually made them grow on me.

Power Rangers Samurai started a little weak for me but halfway through the first season it got a lot better. It was great to see the return of Ricardo Medina of (Cole Evans – Red Wildforce Ranger) but who’d have guessed he’d be playing a bad guy?! Despite the continuity issues this raises (why does Cole look just like Deker? lol) his portrayal of Deker is enjoyably gritty. This is also the first time that Power Rangers has added it’s own suit / weapon designs to the original Sentai footage and they Mega Mode suits look awesome! By the end of the first season, I’d grown quite fond of the Samurai cast and had definitely developed a soft spot for Emily the Yellow Ranger.

While the first season mainly focuses on the training and growth of the team as with most recent Power Rangers seasons, I must admit I’d been longing to see a team of well trained rangers as with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Zeo. Master Xandred also seemed a little weak as far as main villains go throughout most of the first season. But I’m glad the second season – Power rangers Super Samurai seemed to focus more on a strong, developed team fighting an impending final battle with the Nighlok and also strengthening Master Xandred’s character as a fearsome threat to the world. I felt that the last scenes in the final episode could have been better. It was strange to think that a season with such a strong friendship vibe would end with the rangers parting ways like they’d never been friends at all, especially after having such an adventure together. But I understand that the writers were probably intending to show the rangers being freed of their inherited responsibilities as rangers.

The teamup movie felt very rushed which is strange considering it was longer than your average episode. I felt Scott’s character was almost nothing like the noble fighter pilot we saw in the R.P.M season but rather spends most of his time being arrogant and obnoxious to the Samurai team whether under the monster’s influence or not. It would have been nice to see the whole R.P.M team reprise their roles and have a little more interaction with the new team.

It’s nice to be back up to date with my favourite show again. I have now seen every episode to date and it was great fun having a Power Rangers episode marathon catching myself up. It’s also great to see Haim Saban at the helm of Power Rangers once again, the quality of the show and the American released toys have really improved since his return and I can’t wait to see what else Saban have planned for the Anniversary. I saw the first episode of Megaforce when it aired and I really enjoyed the references to Day of the Dumpster! Man I want that Morpher!!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Apologies for the recent hiatus on this blog. As mentioned in my previous Power Rangers R.P.M post, I’ve not been able to add much to my collection over the last two years due to various financial commitments and space issues.

Found some great prices on ebay for the newest additions to my Power rangers R.P.M Full Throttle Figures collection and I received the first two today the Black Wolf & Blue Lion Rangers. I have the Green Shark Ranger on it’s way too but I have yet to find a reasonable price for the Gold Ranger figure to complete my collection.

Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Black Wolf Ranger & Blue Lion Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Black Wolf Ranger & Blue Lion Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers RPM figures collection so far
Power Rangers RPM 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