Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Toy Week: 5 inch to 4 inch to 5 inch again



5.5" figures to 5" figures
They went from 5.5" Auto Morphins in MMPR to 5 inch figures in Power Rangers Turbo. They remained that way until Mighty Morphin Reversion in 2010. No official reason has been given to why they change from 5.5 to 5 but through the years, the molds and articulation have changed. During the Disney Era, some figures were show-accurate and not show-accurate.

5 inch to 4 inch Figures
Bandai announced the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reversion figure would be to be 4 inches, along with Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, because of the economy and to save on plastic. Fans didn't like this but by Megaforce they put up with it. 

4 inches back to 5 inches
For some unknown reason, they went back to 5 inch figures with Super Megaforce, they kept doing 4 inch but with limited paint and limited Rangers, no female Rangers. I think the reason they did 4 inch figures with limited articulation and color for younger kids. Having a 4 year-old nephew, he takes off a lot of paint off the figures with his play. But fans don't like the idea of kids having 'cheap toys.' Fans love the 5 inch 'Action Heroes' but no one knows about why the size change occurred.

Calf extensions
Picture thanks to andr0s81 of Rangerboard
Later Legendary figures are slightly taller, having long calves. Shades of Grey says that MMPR Red, MMPR Green, Lightspeed Rescue Red, Zeo Red, Samurai Gold (also TRU 6-pack), Samurai Red (also TRU 6-pack), and Megaforce Red (also TRU 6-pack) are ones he spotted with longer legs.

Size Chart
I attempted to write down what figure sizes from Bandai (not counting plush, jumbo or child size figures) were available through the years, I might have forgotten some, kindly leave a comment on it with attitude please. Only comment once, I have to approve it.
MMPR - 8 inch, 5.5 inch, 3 inch
Zeo - 8", 5.5"
Turbo - 5 Inch
In Space - 8", 5"
Lost Galaxy - 4", 5", 10"
Lightspeed - 5", 10"
Time Force - 5", Talking Figure size (?)
Wild Force - 5", 6.5", 12"
Ninja Storm - 5", 12"
Dino Thunder - 5", 6.5", 12"
SPD - 5", 6.5", 12"
Mystic Force - 5", 6.5", 12"
OO - 5", 9", 6.5", 3.5", 5.5", 8", 12"
Jungle Fury - 5", 6.5", 11", 12"
RPM - 5", 6.5", 7.5"
MMPR 2010 -  4", 2"
Samurai/Super Samurai - 4', 6.5", 10"
Megaforce - 4", 6.5", 10"
Super Megaforce - 4", 5", 6.5", 12", 10"
Dino Charge - 5"

3 comments:

Shades of Grey said...

I think they are actually correcting ALL of the earlier figures. I don't have evidence for each one but these are the earlier single carded figures I have found with new calves

1) MMPR Red
2) MMPR Green
3) Samurai Gold (also TRU 6-pack)
4) Lightspeed Rescue Red
5) Zeo Red
6) Samurai Red (also TRU 6-pack)
7) Megaforce Red (also TRU 6-pack)

Martin Serrano said...

Can there be an update post with comparison pics on the sizes of the different Rangers? Also, can there be a way to tell what versions of MMPR Red and Green I have outside of the package?

Martin Serrano said...

Can there be an update post with comparison pics on the sizes of the different Rangers? Also, can there be a way to tell what versions of MMPR Red and Green I have outside of the package?