Legacy Communicator In-hand Review

We love a bit of die-cast here at TMW. The playthings of yesteryear were absolutely loaded with the stuff, lending them a hefty weight and an impress-your-friends factor that is sorely lacking in toys today. So we’re inclined to give the Legacy Communicator a solid 10/10 based on the fact that it’s more than 90% metal. We’re clearly biased, we know. But the metallic heft of the Communicator elevates it from embarrassing kiddies plaything to a Manly Action Device that you’d be proud to wear out and about – or even to your work/school/court hearing depending on your level of badassery*. This looks so real you’d expect a call from Zordon any minute.

*TWM accepts no responsibility for any social ostracizing that may occur.

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“Rangers, did you know you can claim for PPI? It’s simple and there’s no risk.”

SOUNDS LIKE FUN

You’d be hard pressed to miss your summons to action because this thing’s loud. Loud as fuck to be more specific. We guess that’s so you can hear it in a busy street or packed juice bar or whatever – so don’t hold it up to your ear unless you want your eardrums to crumble like a Japanese parking garage at Megazord time.

LOOK WHO’S TALKING

The lights and sounds are activated by a single button and are dished out in a set order for maximum role-play fun. You press the button and get the classic communicator noise. You know the one. Beep-beep-boo-boo-bee-beep. Press it again and you hear Zordon. He’s got a few different soundbites of sage wisdom. Stuff like:

  • “Teleport to the Command Center, immediately.”
  • “Morph [sic] to the Command Center. It’s urgent. We have a desperate situation, Power Rangers.”
  • “Congratulations, Power Rangers, on a job well done.”
  • “Power Rangers, I need you at the Command Center, immediately.”

The third time you get the teleporting sound effect or – very occasionally – a dud noise that means you’ve got a long walk to the Command Center ahead of you…

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We took this to the watch shop to get the strap fitted and the man laughed at us.

CROWNING AROUND

Sometimes you get Alpha 5 doing his classic “Ai ai ai!” bit, except they flubbed it so it sounds like “Ai ai aaaaaaaaah!”, which is disappointing. Also you can hold the button down for a few seconds and get the Power Rangers theme song. We weren’t tired of that two years ago, and we’re not tired of it now either.

They’ve made some changes to the screen-used design but they’re small and barely noticeable. We remember the crown of the watch extending as a sort of antenna but try as we might the Legacy one won’t do that. On the plus side it wins points for having changeable strap things in the box, so you can customise it to your liking. The left and right sides aren’t interchangeable, so make sure you don’t lose one or you’ll have a tough time replacing it. You get five colours and – surprise surprise – the green one is absent from the standard release. Groan…

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It’ll end in tears if you try this, sunshine.

STRAPPING LAD

We’ve got to mention that Ban Dai know their audience and the Communicator is obviously designed to fit a fully-grown person, which is good for most of you reading. But the younger ones – or those with a smaller build – will definitely have to take the bastard thing to a watch shop to have a few links taken out of the strap. While slightly annoying, it’s infinitely better than finding out that your brand-new gizmo won’t fit. So full marks there.

KNOW THE SCORE

Another place it gets top marks is quality, as it’s a sturdy bit of role-play kit that’s as fun as you’re willing to make it. It’s a shame we had to play into the stereotype of stingy Brits and mark it down on value though. Our Scrooge McDuck money vault is 65 quid lighter because of this (that’s well over 90 dollars for our American friends), and we can’t help but find ourselves yearning for a time when fun didn’t have such a steep entry price.

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Legacy Blade Blaster Review and Comparison

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.

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And you thought only Kimberly had a nice pair…

SIZE WISE

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.

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Why is everything… chrome?

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!

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Top: Legacy version. Bottom: Yesterdays news.

THEME’S FINE

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?

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