I missed out on Power Rangers as a kid, so Dino Charge Red Ranger is my first - I think - toy from the line. There might be a Happy Meal toy in a box somewhere, but I missed out on the awesome Zords and particularly amazing big action figures at the debut of the line around 1993. I got this one in a Hasbro goodie bag, so my first handshake with these kids is in a collector line for adults. That's kind of weird.
Tyler Navarro has the actor's head, which is kind of remarkable. Brennan Mejia looks a bit younger in the photos, but Hasbro did a pretty good job making the hair a little feathery while laying a great print-out of his face over the sculpted mug. The helmet is no slouch either, with the T-rex motif covering his face mask. I dig it and I can see why kids loved this line for so long. Robots and dinosaurs and bright colors? Sign me up!
The head and hands pop off and can be swapped. Standard gripping fists can be replaced by a punching fist or a chopping hand, which adds to the posing action. The figure has at least 34 joints and a belt covering one of them, and it's pretty great at assuming any of a number of combat poses. The figure also has the newish extra shoulder joints we started seeing in other lines in 2019, allowing for forward and backward shoulder movement.
What's more, the figure has a sword with optional energy blasts and a blaster. Do these have names? I don't know - the sword looks great, though, with a nicely painted hilt and a yellow blade. Less gorgeous is the blaster, which is painted yellow over dark plastic. This isn't a good look, as we've known for years on other action figure lines. It's OK - but it would be nicer if molded in the same plastic as the yellow blade. The Red Ranger has no problems holding his weapons, or standing up, or sitting. This is a really good figure.
I can see why people are so excited for these - the 6-inch scale line is well-engineered with lots of great detail. Short of putting a spandex suit over an armature, I don't know what they could do to make it better. It's fine, it's good, and room for improvement would jack this up to a much higher price point. Nicely done Hasbro, but now we're going to have higher expectations for other 6-inch action figures.
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