Our Power Rangers Monday segment continues! Last week, we shared with you our Top 5 things that were not adapted from Super Sentai and got a lot of great responses. It’s always fun to take a look at the “what if”, as many fans who aren’t dedicated followers of Super Sentai had no idea about Gosei Green or the entire scenario revolving around Shinken Brown. Thanks for your feedback and for enjoying the article!
For this week’s topic, we put up a poll asking you to pick which topic we discussed today – and while the vote was close, the one that edged the others was the Top 5 Must Own Power Rangers Toys! This one was a little more challenging to write up because so many of the toys have Super Sentai counter-parts, leaving us to almost have to focus exclusively on the action figures as opposed to the Megazords. However, we did come up with a list that we feel is pretty awesome.
Before you read in to it – we didn’t include anything from the Legacy collection or from the S.H. Figuarts toy lines. Why? Because everyone knows that you MUST own those items. They are simply masterpiece quality figures and Megazords that every Power Rangers fan should own. That, honestly, left some slim pickings – we didn’t want to focus on the “rare” as we can do that in a future update (we’re looking at you Gold Lost Galaxy Megazord!). So take a seat, lean back, and fire up your browsers to find these must own Power Rangers toys! Please click “Read More” to begin your adventure!
Right off the bat – you should own everything with the title “Legacy” in it. Simply put, they are awesome and amazing and are beautifully crafted for collectors. That being said – we don’t need to put those toys in here. The same goes for anything S.H. Figuarts of Power Rangers. Those are also collector oriented and therefor are not included in this list. This list is entirely of non-collector oriented Power Rangers toys that are just too awesome to pass by. That means, in our opinion, you should never pass up an opportunity to own these items.
We know there’s a large collection of Japanese toys out there that many people think are worthwhile – and while we agree, this article is going to be focused simply on products with the label of Power Rangers. Nothing against those collecting Super Sentai items – we love them too – but that’ll be a different article.
It’s also important to note – this is not meant to be a Top 5 Rarest items. So that means we’re not including things like the Gold Lost Galaxy Megazord or the Mystic Force Mystic Light Knight Wolf Red Fury from Power Rangers, or GaoPanda or Skydor from Super Sentai. If you are a serious collector then you already know what those items are. If you’re not, save up a couple thousand dollars and hound eBay and Yahoo Japan auctions for a chance to own those.
So without making you wait any longer – here is our list of Top 5 Power Rangers Toys You Must Own!
5 – Super Legends Assortment
(MMPR Green, MMPR White, Zeo Gold, Lord Zedd, Titanium Ranger, Ninja Storm Green x2)
During Power Rangers Jungle Fury, Bandai of America decided to begin their promotion of “Power Rangers Super Legends” (probably due to the video game of the same name). In the main action figure line for the current series (Jungle Fury), we began getting “chase” figures as they were described, meaning a case full of Jungle Fury action figures would also carry the two chase figures per wave. The first wave contained Lord Zedd and the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, the second wave contained the Mighty Morphin White Ranger and Zeo Gold Ranger, and the third and final wave contained the Lightspeed Rescue Titanium Ranger and Ninja Storm Green Samurai Ranger (in his un-armored mode).
These figures were very popular with the Power Rangers fan base, and the final wave containing Titanium and Ninja Storm Green Samurai were harder to find as they came near the beginning of Power Rangers RPM, and traditionally first wave case assortments don’t last very long at retail. To make matters even more frustrating – there was two Green Rangers from Ninja Storm – Super Samurai mode and regular mode. Have fun tracking those down!
We put these figures on the list because it was Bandai of America’s first real recognition of the history of the characters in quite a long time. Plus, it gave us easily the best representation of these figures for that time period (S.H. Figuarts for the MMPR figures have since been released, putting all other variations to shame). We would have liked to see more paint applications applied (I want to say it’s Lord Zedd who doesn’t have any painted details on the back of his character). Either way – if you can find these for a relatively cost-effective price, we recommend picking them up.
4 – Power Rangers RPM Super Legends Extreme 7.5″ Assortment
(RPM Red, RPM Black, MMPR Green)
I do not personally own these figures but I have heard some decent things said about them. While they may not be the most amazing figures, the attention to detail is apparently absurd (in a good way), especially with the RPM Power Rangers in this assortment. They are taller than what you usually see (7.5 inches to be exact), but with the attention to detail they are worth adding to your collection (especially the RPM Rangers). The weapons are painted down to nearly every last detail, and the helmets for the RPM Rangers look incredible.
This was also the first release of the Mighty Morphin Green Power Ranger in quite some time, a tradition that has now continued almost yearly in some way, shape, or form.
3 – Power Rangers Time Force Toys’R’Us Exclusive Time Force Deluxe Megazord and Deluxe Shadow Megazord Two-Pack
(Japanese Megazords, wtf?)
So by the time Power Rangers Time Force rolled around, Bandai of America had begun dabbling in the “changing the Japanese mecha” department. Because of that, the normal releases of the Deluxe Megazord and Shadow Megazord do have some changes from their Japanese counter-parts. But then something strange happened.
Toys’R’Us released an exclusive two pack containing the two Megazords. And if you picked one up, you’d notice that the Megazords included were the actual Japanese versions, un-altered. This wasn’t advertised on the packaging in any way, and at the time it wasn’t necessarily clear if Bandai of America knew they had an older fanbase or even if they knew there were fans of Super Sentai now emerging thanks to the power of the Internet. Either way, if you picked one up or manage to find one, you’ll have two American packaged Japanese Megazords.
While the norm is now that BoA releases the Japanese version of the Megazords exclusively through Toys’R’Us, that wasn’t the case back during Time Force. This set, when you can find it, is still relatively affordable (and available, I found two via searches just the other day while researching). With Time Force being such a fun series, a chance to own the Japanese versions of the Megazords at an affordable price (and in American packaging), it’s hard to pass this up.
2 – Power Rangers RPM Dino Rangers
(T-Rex, Mammoth, Triceratops)
Power Rangers Jungle Fury spoiled us because we received three brand new Power Rangers that were not in the Super Sentai version of Gekiranger. So when listings came out for three new RPM Power Rangers, fans began speculating what it could mean. Sadly, what it meant was that we got three new toys and that was it. But these toys have become top on a lot of collectors’ must-own lists and for good reasons.
Coming at the tail-end of the toy line and meant to be related to the Paleomax Megazord, we received three new Power Rangers – #10 Mammoth Ranger, #11 T-Rex Ranger, and #12 Triceratops Ranger. They kept the numbering system used for the zords in Power Rangers RPM to represent which zord was theirs, and their suits were an entirely new design that gives them the “wearing a jacket” type of look.
Because these figures were released at the end of the Power Rangers RPM toy line, they are harder to find and demand a slightly higher price on the after-market. But they are simply awesome figures – if you happen to find one at a decent price, pick it up. And even more props if you’re somehow able to cosplay as one.
1 – Your Favorite Toy We Didn’t List
Okay so some of you may think this is a bit of a cop-out, and maybe it is. But our biggest issue was finding a toy that was universally enjoyed by everyone. We had suggestions of morphers, older Megazords from 20 years ago, roleplay items, but those are items that not every single person feels they MUST own. We had suggestions of the Shogun Mode Red Samurai Ranger, the Mega Blade, the Titanium Morpher, and one we almost went with which was Silver Titanus.
Truth be told – we probably didn’t list your item above. And that’s why this #1 belongs to you and your choice of a must own toy. Personally, I love some of the 5″ Legendary Rangers from the Super Megaforce line, but not everybody agrees (it’s hard to compare them to S.H. Figuarts and somehow argue that they do the character justice).
So join our discussion and tell us your number one MUST own toy from Power Rangers. Did we list it? If no then what is it? In the future we will do another update that many of you have suggested we do – the Top 5 Rarest Power Rangers toys. Because the United States isn’t like Japan, there are nearly no “lucky draw” or “sweepstakes” toys (except for a certain Lost Galaxy Megazord), so the list is going to be made up of items that were limited in release (whether only a handful made it out or it didn’t get released at all but some factory samples did). So come, join our discussion and share your top 5 Power Rangers toys!