Can you believe it? Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Saban’s Power Rangers, the longest running, live action children’s TV franchise in history.
I feel like it was only yesterday when I said, “Hey, this reminds of Voltron!” But, I remember my nephew couldn’t get enough of his Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
The new Bandai toys shown off at Toy Fair feature both standard toys and role-play items. The big theme this year for combining both toys and role-play items to make bigger, badder toys. The Samurai set combines four zords and 3 Megazords to create one giant Gigazord. It’s an impressive feat of combining action. And, it creates on monster of a toy.
The estimate retail value of all the zords and megazords that combine to make the Gigazord is $150. However, for price conscious shoppers and parents, there is also a smaller scale $29.99 Gigazord that is a single-piece item.
In this photo, you can see which figures make up the Gigazord:
Check out the side view. The distance between the front and the back of the Gigazord is roughly five inches in depth. Pretty impressive for a combiner toy.
The role-play items also combine three parts to make a one giant Power Rangers Shogun Spear. In order to form the Spear, you will need to collect the Spin Sword and Black Box Morpher, which combine to make the Super Bullzooka, as well as a third item called the Mega Sword Blade. The Blade has four sounds you can play, while your swinging it around fighting off enemies.
Here is the top of the Shogun Spear. It’s at least three feet long. Although it’s got the precarious word “blade” attached to its name. The role-play item is designed for ages four and up so you don’t have to worry too much about injury. But, you should still warn your child on standard safety use.
Pictured below are all of the Power Ranger Samurai figures. The new line includes something of a joystick at the back. You can use it to control how your Power Rangers move and swing their weapons. If you hold up two at the same time, you can actually make your two Power Rangers fight each other. In a word — awesome.
Check out the full gallery of images below. Click thumbnails to enlarge:
The second half of the Power Rangers Samurai series, Super Samurai, debuts On Feb 18 on Nickelodeon.