Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line is arguably the best high-end collector action figure on the market today. The most direct competitor is the Figma series from Max Factory, but their character selection rarely expands into Western pop culture. Hot Toys and Play Arts Kai are amazing, but their scale and price exclude them from a lot of collections. S.H.Figuarts, however, wins on almost all levels. They are affordable at anywhere in the $30-60 range. Their 5-6" scale fits in nicely with most modern action figures. And their licences are fantastic: Sailor Moon, Super Mario Bros, Megaman, DC Injustice, and of course the Power Rangers (among others). This Mighty Morphin Power Rangers line may be the first widely-distributed figures seen in US stores, but I've been drooling over all the different Ranger iterations for years. Just go to eBay and search for "SHFiguarts Pink" and you'll be tempted by the variations too. But before you head down that eBay spiral, let's check out this ultra-articulated Trini below!
Full confession: I don't own this little beauty. My friend Carl very graciously offered to loan me his new Yellow Ranger for an unboxing and photo session. I'm super grateful because I covet these figures but won't be able to budget for them anytime soon. Getting to play with her firsthand really scratched that "must-have-now" itch. Thanks again, Carl. I'll return her eventually I swear.
One amusing thing about these figures is that they are so articulated that I didn't realize I had her neck cocked at a funny angle until I was editing these photos. "Making sure all the neck joints are aligned" isn't usually on my pre-flight checklist.
The small plugs to cover the screwholes on her back are a nice touch.
One awkward thing I noticed is that the girls seem to have really long feet in proportion to their legs. I wonder if they actually have the same feet as the men. Or maybe they just have to be longer to accommodate that "ball of the foot" joint.
Trini comes with a ton of accessories: Three extra sets of hands, a pair of sais, two guns (one for holstering, one for blasting, and a large axe thing that I couldn't make her hold or pose with for the life of me.
I'll just let the pictures speak for the rest of the review. This is a great figure.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the SHFiguarts Pink Ranger (Thanks again Carl).