As the kids who watched Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers grow up into nostalgia-driven collectors, Bandai is tapping into their wallets with more and more Power Ranger collectibles. I admit I dig MMPR (despite being a senior in high school when it was on) and I've been hankering for a Mighty Morphin' Megazord for a while. Unfortunately, the prices for a complete vintage Megazord are getting out of hand, so I decided to pick up this Dino Megazord from the newly released MMPR line instead. But does it impress?
Price: $25.00 at Wal-Mart
I'm having difficulty determining how this Dino Megazord is related to the vintage version. It looks like it's a tweaking of the vintage toy, but I'm not entirely sure which parts (if any) were reused. The most obvious difference is that the new Megazord is less bottom-heavy than the old, so that means that the bodies of the Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops were re-tooled. The chest shield is smaller, too, and the sculpt seems sharper. Also, the new kid doesn't seem to suffer from the vintage toy's microcephaly.
The new Dino Megazord is colorful, with some nice techno-detailing... and decals. Decals? Really? How quaint. I don't remember the last toy I bought that had decals... which means that they seriously date the toy. It would have been much better to lose them in favor of paint apps and sculpting detailing.
The looks of the Dinozords vary widely. The Tyrannosaurus is the coolest of the bunch, followed closely by the Mastodon. Both are good representations of the robots in the show and look great in their own right. But the Sabertooth Tiger looks like a Dollar General bootleg of a Voltron lion. And the Triceratops, which looks less like the cool tank from the show and more like a box with a dinosaur head, is worse yet. However, the biggest crap fest of the bunch is the Pterodactyl. Yipes.
Still, what's most important is the look of the Megazord, which is pretty nifty... if a bit antiquated.
Dino Megazord only features 4 points of articulation: swivel shoulders and swivel hips. The transformation of the Mastodon's legs allow the Megazord's arms to hinge inwards at the elbow, but it's such an awkward movement that I'm not going to count it. A simple swivel joint at the elbow and the neck would have gone a long way to make this dude more dynamic.
The Dinozords are similarly weak in this category. Tyrannosaurus is the star (once again), with a hinged head/jaw, swivel arms, swivel waist, hinge knees, and hinge ankles. Sabertooth Tiger can swivel its shoulders and hips (and hinge its head up, I suppose), and Pterodactyl has a double-hinged neck. The other two, Mastodon and Triceratops, have no effective articulation. Poo.
Dino Megazord comes with its signature sword and a couple of guns that can only be used in Tank Mode. Yawn. I guess Megazord doesn't really need anything other than its sword, but it would have been cool to have something like a Dinozord key included.
25 bucks for a transformable robot of this size is pretty much par for the course. It's larger than similarly-priced Transformers, but much less complex. And considering how much the vintage Dino Megazord goes for these days, it's a pretty good deal for Power Ranger fans needing a Megazord.
Dino Megazord gets points for being a somewhat well-proportioned representation of my favorite Megazord. But I'll also give it this: it's a fun toy. It can not only split apart into its individual Dinozords, it can also switch into Tank Mode. You'll likely remember that Tank Mode was pretty much worthless in the show. But it was featured regardless, so it's nice that the toy can accommodate. Also, those fun, highly saturated primary colors really pop on a shelf full of realistically-decorated collectible figures. There's no mistaking that this is a toy, and it seems to beg you to pick it up and play with it.
This is far from being the definitive Dino Megazord. The sculpt is an improvement over the vintage version, but it's certainly not something that's particularly impressive. The articulation is poor and the accessories are ho-hum. But it's a bewitchingly fun toy with primary colors that mesmerize me. This figure is a long way from something that would be considered a worthy rendition of the robot from the show, but it'll do until we get that Ultimate Dino Megazord.