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Last year was a wonderful year to be a ranger fan, and 2008 is shaping up to be even more morphinominal! The current live action series, Jungle Fury, is incredibly good. The rumors of Power Rangers being animated for 2009 have been laid to rest, and next year’s version of the series tentatively titled Power Rangers: RPM will keep the live action series going strong. There are even rumors of a Power Rangers Jungle Fury/Power Rangers Ninja Storm team-up going around online from a very reliable source on the ranger message boards (Hi Poweranimals!) which will only make Jungle Fury even more incredible. But to my amazement Ban-Dai has gone above and beyond the call of duty and produced two chase figures in the current Jungle Fury toy line. The two figures are of the original Green Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and the most menacing villain in all of rangerdom (In my opinon anyway) the diabolical Lord Zedd. Both figures are recreated in the old school Mighty Moprhin Power Rangers toy packaging complete with the original MMPR logo. Both figures are simply gorgeous and the sculpting and colors of the two figures are top notch. But enough rambling, let’s move to the figures themselves:
**MMPR Green Ranger:**
This figure is amazing, it really makes me stand up and shout “Dragonzord” when holding the figure in my hands. The sculpting of the helmet is dead on just as it appeared on the TV show, and the colors are bright and vivid. The gold dragon shield is just beautiful and the morpher on the belt is even colored gold, just like the suit on the television show. The green ranger also comes equipped with his dragon dagger weapon, and it fits quite nicely in the belt holster attached to the right of the green ranger’s belt. I really hope one of these rare figures ends up in the hands of the legendary Jason David Frank (Mr. Tommy Oliver himself) because this figure is truly amazing. One of the best sixth rangers of all time has finally been given his due and this figure is a must have for any true ranger fan. This figure gets an A+ and I’m proud to have this in my collection.
“Oh Hell Yes!” That was my reaction to opening up this incredible action figure of the great and legendary Lord Zedd. I own a version of Zedd created back in 1994 but it doesn’t compete with this version at all. This Zedd is poseable and much less bulky than his original action figure. The colors are bright and vivid, giving off the evil energies pulsating through this legendary ranger foe. Zedd comes equipped with his incredible “Z” staff and his face is truly horrific for a toy (a good horrific, the toy is incredibly true to the costume on the show). The attention to detail on the sculpt of this figure is perfect, even the bars on Zedd’s mouthpiece are crafted perfectly. I can almost hear Robert Axelrod’s terrifying voice (the voice actor who portrayed Zedd) when I hold this figure in my hands. The greatest villain of PR has finally received his due, once again my hat goes out to Ban-Dai for creating such a perfect Zedd Figure. My only suggestion to Ban-Dai? When are you guys going to produce a figure of Thrax, the son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa (seen on last year’s 15th season team up, Once A Ranger)? With a Zedd figure this perfect I can only imagine how a Thrax figure would turn out. I bet it would be awesome! This Lord Zedd figure receives a A+ as well, I can’t wait to pit this Zedd figure against my white ranger figure to recreate their fight from Season 3’s “The Changing of the Zords, Part 3.”
Overall, these figures are a must have for any ranger fan. Yes, I understand they are hard to find. I understand fans might get frustrated searching for these toys without much luck. But remember what Tommy said in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, “To those who posses the great power, anything is possible.” I believe all ranger fans have the power within them, so heed those words while searching for your figures. I wish you all the best of luck. Once more, thank you Ban-Dai and thank you Omar for letting me add to morphinominal figures to my collection! I can’t wait until the next two chase figures are released later this year. The next two are of the White Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and the Gold Zeo Ranger. I have no doubt they will be any less perfect, these chase figures are simply amazing.