It's hard to believe, but Power Rangers has been around for nearly 20 years. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the franchise and Tamashii Nations is going to celebrate it as we'd hope. Over the coming months, Bandai wants to know what you would like to see come to the S.H. Figuarts line. Given how well they've taken to our Dragon Ball Z requests, I'm hoping the same will come of Power Rangers SHF releases.
After the jump, I've compiled my list of top 5 hopes that will come to release in S.H. Figuarts. You'll be happy to know that they are not just the five different rangers of Tommy Oliver. Join me, won't you?
I'm going to start by going over some ground rules about my list. I'm leaving off the original MMPR team and any iteration of Tommy. It's pretty much a guarantee that they'll be made, so I'll focus my attention to things that aren't immediately on the mind. I'm also just limiting this to S.H. Figuarts as the Super Robot Chogokin discussion is for another day. With that said, let's get started!
5. Gold Zeo Ranger of Power Rangers Zeo (Chouriki Sentai Ohranger)
I'm starting this list off with the series that came after the original, Zeo. It was a weird series and the point at which some people bailed. If you made your way through it, it wasn't a bad series though maybe that's just nostalgia talking. Looking back at it, I wasn't the biggest fan of the shape-themed helmets, but at the very least, the Red Zeo Ranger is a good candidate to be made if just for the fact it's Tommy underneath the mask, however I'm not picking him. That honor will go to the original red, Jason. He's got a great shield (an accessory I love a bit too much) and his helmet shape isn't a star.
4. White (Drago) Ranger of Power Rangers Dino Thunder (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger)
I'm going to skip Tommy's last Ranger form in favor of something much better. I'll go with the new version of evil-turned-good in the form of the White Ranger from Dino Thunder. Originally named AbareKiller in Abaranger, (can't use that name in a kids' show!) the suit design just oozes slick. (He has a shield!) It doesn't hurt that there's parallels to Tommy's Green Ranger, especially in the design. Seeing this in its actual proportions and not the hulk-like figures done by Bandai of America would make this an easy buy for me.
3. Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd and Goldar of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger)
Okay, so I'm kind-of bending the rules I set here, but what can I say I like bad guys. As great as it would be to get all of the original MMPR, they need someone to fight. I believe Goldar would work best as a release as he could be paired up against any of the SHF, not to mention the upcoming Super Robot Chogokin of the Dino Megazord. Rita is a long stretch and human faces don't have the best track record with the SHF line. Lord Zedd would be amazing figure but I don't think he'll fly well with Bandai as he's a MMPR creation. As amazing as it might be, it's sadly just a thing of dreams most likely.
2. Doggie Cruger of Power Rangers S.P.D. (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Let's talk here. Yes, it'd be easy to do the Ranger form, but let's give Doggie his well...dog form. I love the police uniform, so it's a very easy sell for me. I like what Bandai has done with Kamen Rider and their villains and I believe their sculpting would translate to a great Doggie. When SPD aired in the US, they changed Doggy from a fur-skinned to a scaled-skinned dog. With a Figuart, it'd be difficult to translate the fur, so a US based design would be the way to sell it. Also, I demand that he be given his sunglasses as an accessory.
1. The Psycho Rangers of Power Rangers in Space (Denji Sentai Megaranger)
This is easily my favorite design to come out of the Power Rangers franchise. Like with Rita, Zedd and Goldar, the Rangers need someone to fight. Even though I don't have in my list any of the PRiS team, I don't need them as a reason to release the Psycho Rangers. Look at their suit designs and find a way to say that they wouldn't make a great figure. Sadly, they've never even been made at any point. If there was ever a time and way to do them, what better way is there to rectify that mistake than the sculpting and articulation of the S.H. Figuarts line?
I'm sure that I've left out some of your favorites or there's just something wrong with my list to you. Let us know in the comments what figures you'd like to see Bandai incorporate into the S.H. Figuarts line and better yet, let Tamashii Nations themselves know.
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