The Power Rangers have returned once again, in their endless cycle of resurrection, with their latest incarnation: Power Rangers Samurai. That's right all you fans of color-coded heroes, the hard-fighting, Megazord-driving, teens are back on TV and this time they've got badass swords and new cell phones! As usual, Bandai has brought out a wide range of toys to appease the massive Power Rangers audience and today we're taking a look at their line of 3 3/4" Power Rangers Samurai action figures! Do we think they're worthy to stand next to Snake-Eyes and Luke Skywalker on your action figure shelves? Read on to find out!
The packaging doesn't have info for the individual characters, but here's the synopsis from the back of the blister card:
A new generation of Power Rangers must master the Samurai Sword and mystical Symbols of Power which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth. Under the guidance of their all-knowing mentor and the aid of their devoted animal Zords, they battle the dark forces of the Underworld and a mysterious Warrior bent on destruction.
All of the figures utilize one of two base bodies: one male and one female. The individual sculpting is saved for the helmets and the weapons. The sculpting on each figure is clean and simple. All of the detailing has been cut into the design of the figures, including the texturing of the suits and the raised designs on the helmets. The overall sculpts are well done for this size and walk a line between realistic and caricature for, what we assume, is the younger fans.
When it comes to paint, this line keeps it simple. Most of the figures have been molded in their correct primary colors, so the need for addition paint is low, and what has been added is pretty clean for figures of this size. However, the eye-gougingly bright outfits could have benefited from a darker wash or shading in order to allow the eyes to see some of the finer detailing that gets washed out by the overall color, as you can see in our photos.
On the articulation front, these Power Rangers Samurai figures score higher than we thought they would at first glance. They feature ball-joint necks, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel elbows, swivel wrists, swivel/hinge hips, hinged knees, and swivel boot tops. While the Power rangers would have benefited from more articulation (of course, we think every figure could), the movement they ARE capable of still makes them very poseable. Not only that, but all of the joints on the figures are tight and hold their positions well.
Each figure comes with two of the same accessories: the silver sword and their Samurizers. Both of the pieces also attach to the sides of the Ranger's hips by way of a peg and hole. Other than that, each figure has their individual weapon, from the Fire Ranger's massive Final Fantasy-style sword, to the Water Ranger's odd Nerf-like bow. All of the weapons fit in the figure's hands tightly and would be easy for even younger kids to manipulate.
Overall, we're calling this line a winner over some of the previous Power Rangers offerings. Without any action features and some decent articulation, these toys look pretty good on a shelf or in a kid's hands as they slam them together mercilessly.
For more info on these and all other Power Rangers-related toys, be sure to check out Bandai's official website.
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