Yep. It’s another pleasingly-scaled prop for Power Rangers fans with adult-sized hands and kid-sized imaginations. And, er, preferably a Megazord-sized wallet as well because this ain’t no pocket money toy. Toys-R-Us have it listed for a monster sum of £89.99, which is roughly $136 US dollars when translated to American. Whether or not it’s worth that much is a question best saved for… later on in the review.
At first blush it looks like a better-painted remake of the original 90’s toy, but it’s actually a whole new tooling. To start with, its slightly bigger in every dimension, which really is saying something as the original is a chunky bit of kit anyway. The distinctive teeth are made in die-cast metal and chrome, along with the barrel tip and the core of the gun. Everything else is plastic but it’s still got a nice weight to it.
Aside from the new paint job, it has a refined, slightly angrier looking sculpt. The handle has a matte finish grip, which is a nice touch. It would’ve been cool to have gone a step further and had a soft rubbery finish, but what do we know? We’re not allowed to design toys any more since “the incident”. In better news, little Brandy is recovering well.
GET TO THE CHOPPER
Right. Pressing the trigger gets you some “pew pew pew!” noises and some explosions – which always follow in the same exact rhythm you fired the shots in, which is clever – but you’ll probably be bored after squeezing a few out. It’s time to transform into blade mode then, which is actually pretty awesome. You pull the top part of the gun back as you’d expect, but you have to hold a small button on the side of the gun to fold the handle back and complete the transformation. This is because of the crazy strong ratchet that holds the handle in place in either mode, so you can swing the thing around to your heart’s content. Another button pops the blade out like a flick knife, which makes you feel like a badass in an 80’s gang movie. In blade mode the whole thing is considerably bigger than the original, and has actually got a slightly menacing point to it. We like!
You can play the Power Rangers theme song by holding down the trigger, which is something we’ve come to expect from the Legacy series (despite this function actually being incredibly annoying to anyone else in the room) and you can also access a few clashing blade noises instead of having to do them with your mouth, like when you were a kid. Of course, as kids we never imagined that twenty years on we’d be able to buy a perfect replica of the Ranger’s signature weapon in toy stores (even if there was always that one kid who said he had a working dragon dagger or the actual Megazord or some other bullshit) and that’s exactly what this is. A perfect replica, we mean. Not bullshit.
Anyways. On to that price. Is this thing worth it? It’s certainly a step up from the original, but it’s more of a baby step than a full-on acrobatic leap. If you don’t have or never owned the original (we can’t expect everyone to hang on to their old tat for twenty-plus years now can we?), and you’re looking for an awesome display piece, then we think you should absolutely plump for it. If you’re more into playing rough with your toys, save your money for the classic version and buy two!
KNOW THE SCORE
From now on we’ll be rating everything on Toy Meets World’s Score-O-Meter (patents issued and pending) which grades the toy out of five in different categories, before giving it an average score. A low score on Quality, say, means the thing’s likely to break apart into sharp pieces when so much as touched, while a high Value score means you get a lot of features or parts in exchange for your hard-earned. Fun is… well, do we really have to explain fun? You remember fun right?