|This is my favorite version of the Red Ranger's look in any of the series.|
If any of you are familiar with or have read my main art blog, you'll know that I spent a few years growing up in Aviano, Italy because my father was stationed at the air base there. Italy was a bit of a bizarre thing for me, as it marked a new infusion of two vastly different cultures into me at the same time.
Italy must have specialized in importing all it's children's programming from Japan, as I remember watching a LOT of Anime that was dubbed in Italian. But I do remember one program, "Denshi Sentai Denziman" or as I seem to recall it being called in Italy, "Electric Squadron", that was so cool because it was real people, giant robots, and monsters.
Years later, my younger brother became a huge fan of some localized show that was getting a lot of promotional buzz. When I saw it, I didn't make the connection at first that I had seen much of the footage almost thirteen years prior. I think it was the fact that new American actors were spliced into the action that seemed so familiar to me. It was a fairly polarizing moment for me as once I realized what Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was (Although it really should not have been as I was a die hard fan of Robotech, and for many of you Macross fans out there, I know how messed up Robotech can be for you).
Anyway, fast forward quite a few years, and right about the time I start looking at the U.S. released stuff on Ebay for Megazords and Rangers, Bandai's S.H. Figurarts comes out swinging with a series of releases of the original series Power Rangers that are so articulated and detailed at a height of 5 and a half inches, it was astounding.
I know what you all are thinking (my GOD man, shut up and show us the pictures!!), so here we go!
|The packaging is great, loaded with a premium look and feel, great design, and action poses aplenty all over it.|
But again, it's a box. A box holding a Red Ranger that is doing all kinds of show inspired poses in all the photos, with his accessories all looking super accurate...
So does he hold up once the box is opened?
|They were serious about ensuring that he was safely packaged.|
|I know these are hand poses from the show, but it also looks like either the Sign Language Edition Red Ranger or "throwing up gang signs" Red Ranger.|
|Switching out the hands is very easy.|
|All three weapons look amazing, but the Dragon Dagger... holy cow this thing rocks.|
|The filigree patterns on the sword, the little color flourishes on the Blade Blaster, this is what I am talking about when it comes to that extra mile for a collectible.|
|Like a glove...|
|The Dragon Shield Armor looks great, and the Red Ranger is able to have his feet, ankles, midstep, hips, chest... all of it to allow for him to stand in a variety of ways, even with something like his sword out in front of him.|
|Red Ranger is just a bit smaller than Raven Warrior (Gothitropolis)|
I keep thinking my insane discount finding luck is going to run out at some point.
|I'm thinking later I may have to come up with some better backgrounds/dioramas for these shots.|
Until next time, cherish the good things in life, keep your hobbies and interests alive, and be kind to your fellow beings. - Mario, the Rogue Hobbyist.
|Item||Mighty Morphin Armored Red Ranger|
|Made by||Bandai S.H. Figuarts|
|Classification||Modern - Released in 2014|
|Procured||Barnes & Noble, KC|
|Investment||$19 (Red Dot Clearance table)|
|Trivia & Fun Facts||The first Power Rangers show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, debuted on August 28, 1993 and was a production that was produced initially by Saban Entertainment, cobbled together by using footage from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai, produced by Toei Company mixed with American actors and new footage.|