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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Having already bought the Red Time Force Ranger a few years ago, I was beginning to doubt that I would ever find the other figures from this toy line at a decent price. But, in the last month, I have managed to add the Blue, Green and now finally the Quantum Ranger to my collection.

I was also pleased to find that the last three Power Rangers Time Force figures I have bought all still have working lights / batteries. Many of the the toys that come in “try me” style packaging tend to have little to no battery power left, especially older toys such as these.

Just need to find the girls now!

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

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

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a figures kick lately and have managed to fill in many blanks in my Power Rangers figures collection. As mentioned before, I stopped collecting during the Power Rangers Turbo era but picked up the habit again during Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Unfortunately, this hiatus means I have some rather expensive gaps in my collection.

This month has been great for finding good deals on ebay on some of the older figures I’m missing as well as some of the newer figures too. I received my Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger figure today. I’ve noticed that Wild Force is the one season that I own the least items from (aside from my Growl Phone) and have also managed to find the Black and Yellow Wild Force Rangers. Sadly the Wild Force figures seem to be quite rare on eBay and are often more expensive than a lot of the Time Force figures, which is strange as Time Force is the older season.

Sadly the packaging was quite damaged for this figure but the seller mentioned this in the auction and, though I insist on only collecting MISB toys, I usually remove them from the packaging for display anyway. The figure itself comes with some great accessories that are painted for a change! But the paint job on the figure itself is not the best. You can see in the last picture (see below) that the his left glove has some paint missing. Also, as this figure line’s gimmick is the dual action feature, his legs are not posable which makes standing him up in my display a little difficult. I MUST invest in some figure stands!

Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger (boxed)
Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger (boxed)

Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger
Power Rangers Wild Force Red Ranger

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

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

I really enjoyed Kamen Rider Ryuki but have not yet seen any Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. I received my Souchaku Henshin Kamen Rider Ryuki figure today. Can’t wait to start collecting more Kamen Rider stuff once my money picks up this month as there’s a few Henshin Belts I’ve got my eye on!

Souchaku Henshin Ryuki (boxed)
Souchaku Henshin Kamen Rider Ryuki (boxed)

Souchaku Henshin Ryuki
Souchaku Henshin Kamen Rider Ryuki

I also received my second Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 figures. This time I went for Red and it is pretty much the same as the Green Ranger figure. Not sure when I will complete these as they are very expensive to import to the UK considering they are only 4″ figures. I’m pretty sure they will not be released in the UK so I guess importing is the only option.

Really want the White Ranger figure so that will probably be next. Stay tuned!

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

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Red Ranger (with Green Ranger)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2010 Red Ranger (with Green Ranger)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I’ve decided to start collecting the newer waves of Power Rangers Figures. I eventually hope to own every team but some of the older figures I missed out on are gonna cost me dearly. I have loads of figures from Mighty Morphin to SPD but I kinda moved on to Kamen Rider Souchaku Henshin Figures after that. I’m going to start with more recent seasons as the newer figures are selling very cheap on ebay at the moment. Then I can concentrate on finding the rarer figures to complete my collection.

Today I received my Operation Overdrive and Jungle Fury Red Ranger figures.

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers (packaged)
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers (packaged)

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Jungle Fury Red Rangers