Power Rangers Super Samurai Metallic Coating Deluxe Action Figure Set
Review by SentaiSeiya
The Powe Rangers Super Samurai appear thanks to our friends a Bluefin Distribution.
You can pick it this Super set of figure at BigBadToyStore.com
In 2009, Toei aired the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger which gained massive popularity in Japan. However, due to its heavy Japanese themes, the show as skipped over for adaptation into a Power Rangers series by Disney. Then after the Power Rangers franchise returned to its original owner, Saban, Shinkenger got the American adaptation treatment in not only one, but two season of the show. Power Rangers Super Samurai is the second season of Power Rangers, which adapts the later part of the Shinkenger saga.
Commemorating this super-popular entry in the Power Rangers franchise, Bluefin Distribution produced a special 5-pack of the main Samurai Rangers in their S.H. Figuarts form.
This set is housed in a special box, which is actually only about 3 times larger than a standard S.H. Figuarts box.
This is due to the fact that all five figures are packaged in a single plastic tray.
Their weapons, interchangeable hands and accessories are housed in a second tray that sits under the first one.
While I applaud them for their space-saving redesign of the packaging for theses figure, I am not a fan of how the hands and the Shodophone are packaged; each Ranger has their set of these items in a divided plastic bag, that sits in a square recess of the plastic tray. This means that once you pop an accessory out it is tiny square in the bag, the only storage option provided is the square recess. This means that once you open up all of these tiny bags, you have 5 squares filled with a multitude of little hands and 5 Shodophones. Imagine the chaos that could result if you didn’t open the tray carefully and ended up with an assortment of hands all over the place.
All of the figures look great on their own and very accurate to how the characters look in the show. The great thing about this set is that you can get every one of the original Rangers, all in one shot.
Besides being a complete set of the original 5 Samurai Rangers, this set is also unique due to the special paint coating that was given to each of the figures.
For comparison, let’s check out the Super Red from this set with the one from the original release.
Besides the red being metallic with this release, the white is a more pearly white and the yellow trim is actually golden yellow rather than a fake-gold yellow.
While these Rangers may be sporting a new paint job on these Rangers, they still come packed with everything that was included in the original S.H. Figuarts release for these characters.
First off, each of the rangers comes with his/her own Samurai Spin Sword ( Shinkenmaru), for posing each character in their signature role call pose or just kicking some butt.
The sword can be held on the holster of each figure’s belt.
Besides the Shinkenmaru, each of the Rangers comes with his or her signature weapons.
Emily, the Yellow Ranger (Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow), comes with her Earth Slicer (Land Slicer)
Kevin, the Blue Ranger (Ikenami Ryunosuke /Shinken Blue), has his Hydro Bow (Water Arrow)
Mike, the Green Ranger (Tani Chiaki Shinken Green), has his Forest Spear (Wood Spear)
Mia, the Pink Ranger (Mako Shiraishi/ Shinken Pink), has her Sky Fan (Heaven Fan)
Jayden Shiba, Super Red Ranger (Shiba Takeru/ Super Shinken Red), has his Bullzooka (Mogyu Bazooka).
The Hidden Discs can be fitted into the slot at the back of the bazooka.
The Mogyu Bazooka also has articulated horns, which rotate a complete 360 degrees.
Besides weapons, the Folding Zords for four of the five Rangers is included in this set.
Blue’s Dragon Folding Zord (Ryuu Origami)
The neck on this little dragon is articulated and cave move back quiet a bit.
Pink’s Turtle Folding Zord (Kame Origami). This origami does not appear to have any articulation, but does sport some nice soft flippers.
Green’s Bear Folding Zord (Kuma Origami)
This guy actually has an articulated head, which can move up and down.
Yellow Ape Folding Zord (Saru Origami)
This little guy also has some articulation; his arms can be moved up and down.
These four Rangers also come with their Folding Zord in emblem mode.
So you can set them up getting ready to summon their Zords.
Now Super Red does not come with his Folding Zord, because that is an item that was included with the regular Red release. Instead Red comes with the Black Box (Inromaru).
This item is used mainly by Red to transform in Super Red, although the other Rangers also use it to transform into their super form.
The discs can be fitted into a tab inside of the Black Box.
This set come with two discs: one for the super form, the other to activate the bazooka.
Combining the Inromaru makes super Shinkenmaru
Then if you attach the Shinkenmaru to the Mogyu Bazooka makes the Super Mogyu Bazooka.
Besides all of the weapons, Zords and slew of hands, each Ranger comes with a Shodophone.
This time around we cannot call this item what it was called in the US version, because it is indeed a Shodophone. The Samuraizer is just a flip phone, that doesn’t quite look like the calligraphy pen that is the Shodophone.
Being an S.H. Figuarts set, these toys are the best iterations of these characters released. The articulation on these is way above what you can pick up at Toys R’ Us. Taking a knee and getting all sorts of poses is an easy task for these figures.
For the female characters, an extra skirt was included, composed of three separate pieces. There is the main piece in the middle, which is attached by popping off the top of the figure and is secured by the ball joint at the waist and four pegs.The two smaller pieces attach to a ball joint at the side of the thighs.
As for Super Red, he has a bit of extra articulation in the shoulder pads, which move upward to fee up the arms a bit.
So all in all, this set is not just badass, it is super badass. It fulfilled my need to own every one of the Shinkenger S.H. Figuarts. Some may not care for the fact that these figure do not have their original paint job. For me, however, the metallic paint is cool nod to the height of my own obsession with Power Rangers. Around the time that the first Power Ranges movie was released, Bandai of America was producing a few Power Rangers figures with metallic paint jobs. Going to Toys R’ Us with my parents and getting a mettalic Red Ranger fliphead is one of my fondest memories as a kid and a Power Rangers fan.
|Posted 5 September, 2013 - 16:11 by SentaiSeiya|