UPDATE 3/2/10 11:30PM Hi! I had to change the polls (erase the old ones and add new ones) for the Best/Worst Bandai America Toy Ideas for PR because I notice some didn't get votes and add some that I had forgotten before like the Retrofire Megazords and Super Legends Chase figures.
I started a poll on the best and worst Power Ranger toy lines and it was suggested by fan Julian Lindo for me to do a retrospective on the toy lines. I have covered the toys as expensive as I can on Ranger Central.com. I will only touch on a coupe of things, like the parts on the polls, favorite toys and worst Bandai America idea.
8 inch Figures The 8 inch Figures started with the 1993 MMPR toy line and it ended with Power Rangers in Space. More here.
Evil Space Aliens The bad guys, started in 1993 season one toy line as 8 inchers. Then the smaller figures started in season 2. Figures of various monsters ended in Turbo. With In Space, they only made two villain figures. Until Wild Force and Ninja Storm and Operation Overdrive, they made three different villains. With Ninja Storm and Dino Thunder and SPD, they made re-paints of the footsoldiers.
For characters they don't know their names yet, they call them 'Evil Space Aliens'--this has happened to Broodwing, Hidac, Chiller, and Dai Shi. Monsters that have gotten the wrong name were Hammeron, Visceron, Captain Mutiny (Space Buccaneer), Barbarax (Space Android), and Camille (Melle).
12" Kelzak figure (the only know 12 inch figure) that came with Ninja Storm Warrior Pack
Auto-Morphin Figures They started out in season 2 of MMPR and ended in Turbo. They came back for Lost Galaxy, and Wild Force.
Girl Assortment Dolls with cool helmet masks, started in season 2, they did plan for figures for Zeo but they never were made. The helmet masks continued with the 12" male figures, starting in Time Force.
Battlizers Battlized Power Ranger figures started in 'In Space.' They were all different, they started looking awfully similar to 'Wild Force.' Ninja Storm, they were all the same exact design and have remained that way, all the way to Operation Overdrive. Battlizers have gotten different names in toy lines.
Black & Gold Megazord
Bandai America only made two-one for the 'dino' Megazord and one for the Galaxy Megazord. More here.
5.5" figures They started out as diecast like the 8" ones in season 2 but they were PVC/plastic in Zeo and continued that way until RPM.
4 inch figures It started out with Kamen Rider Dragon Knight and has continued into the 2010 MMPR line.
Vehicles In almost every series from MMPR season 2 to Dino Thunders, girls got bikes. Most bikes were re-painted from Sentai counterparts. For example, the black Thunderbike (Season 2) was repainted green Kiber Machine from Dairanger (1993). The Season 3 Shark Cycles were re-painted Kakuranger (1994) Shark Machines--which were only Red, Yellow and Blue, they were repainted and duplicated to make Pink, White and Black cycles. For Lightspeed (1999), they repainted one Red Bike for the Rangers. The Yellow bike was in the series but not in toy form. They sold the sidecars separately. Time Force (2000) had original PR bikes, all 5 available in toy form. Wild Force (2002), 5 bikes inspired by the Wolf Roader from Gaoranger (2001)--the give were available in toy form too. Ninja Storm (2003) bikes were inspired/repainted by the Thunder Baris from Hurricanger (2002). SPD was the first series to not have bikes for girls. More Here.
Quadro Super Battlizer Different Battlizers have different names, like this one from Dino Thunder.
Talking Figures MMPR Season 3 started with talking figures, including Lord Zedd. They had different phrases. Continued with Silver Ranger, Wild Force to Operaiton Overdrive 12" figures. The 5.5" SPD figures, they talked but Pink and Yellow only made noises--no talking. None of the actual actors ever voiced any of these figures.
MorphMax Battlizers Mystic Force, transformed figures into some kind of snake-like dragons.
Transforming Megazords Bandai America had the brilliant idea to make even more Megazords and negate having the actual Megazords from the series! With this monstrosity (You can tell I hate it), they did not release the Flash Point Megazord. They planned to release more of their own in Jungle Fury but they didn't make them.
Auxiliary Trax Cycles Well, the whole system. Up here is the RPM Formula Transporter. But from Jungle Fury, they could put togehter vehicles with zords and this continues with MMPR 2010.
Mix & Morph In MMPR 2010, inspired by the Ben 10 Mix & Morph figures, you can dismember these figures to mix and match, making new figures.
Power Rangers Heroes Re-releasing figures from past series. It started in 1998. This ended with Mystic Force in 2009.
6.5" Red Ranger Anniversary Figures With the 15th anniversary, came these 6.5" Red Ranger figures but many fans complained that they were all of the same mold.
Retrofire Megazords Started in 2009, there were High Octane, Mighty Morphin', and Wild Force Megazord, Titan, RPM Valvemax and Thundersaurus. They had planned SPD Delta Squad Megazord, Retrofire Zeo Megazord, Jungle Fury Jungle Pride Megazord, andMighty Morphin Dino Megazord, but the line was canceled.
Super Legends Chase Figures In 2008, they released Green Ranger, Lord Zedd, White Ranger, Gold Zeo Ranger, Super Samurai Green Ranger, Green Samurai Ranger (with shield) and Titanium Ranger. They were planning to release Red Zeo Ranger and Pink Ranger but the line has been canceled.
Super Legends Extreme figures These figures were released last year (2009) and no more figures like this have been released.
Repainting and Re-Packaging The repaints and re-packaging began with SPD, where they put Dino Thunder toys with this playset. But repaints were common with Battlizers and weapons. But completely re-using toys from other series...
The 'Xtreme Dragon' from the Mystic Force line was actually from Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog Dragon (1998). This re-paint was fine but I didn't like the other repaints and abundance of repackaging.
The first female to ever get a 12" figure was Tori but she was hard to find. You can notice her helmet is 'battle damaged'--it was showed off in the ToyFare but it was never released (I think). So yeah the Blue Wind Ranger is the only one to get a 12" figure.