Growing up in the 90s, there are several shows I remember from childhood that I loved. With the rise of the DVD, came a chance to relive those classic memories. Unfortunately, many of those shows I loved as a kid, I realized I loathed as an adult (I cannot tell you how disappointed I was after buying every season of "Saved By the Bell" and realizing how much I hated that show shortly thereafter).
But "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" is not one of those. Sure, it's campy, cheesy, and VERY 90s, but it's also wonderfully entertaining, and it's something I'm looking forward to sharing with my son.
So, as soon as I saw Power Rangers Pops, I knew they had to be mine.
First of all, the nostalgia is off the charts. This feels like a toy that could have been made back in the 90s, and that's a good thing. One of the key components of a MMPR toy is that it features the Dinosaur Coin symbol on the chest. Those symbols never appeared on the chest of the characters in the TV series, but they were almost ALWAYS there on Power Ranger toys. And it's beautiful on this Pop!
The design and paint job is pretty much perfect and a match to the original suit.
One thing I did notice right away is that this Pop seems shorter than others. The second thing I noticed was the helmet felt strange.
I'm not 100% certain, but I think the helmet is not made of vinyl, like the rest of the Pop, and most Pops in general. I think it's a hard plastic mold. As to why they would use plastic instead of vinyl, I'm not sure. It's possible they wanted a shinier finish. But it does stand out as odd (though, not necessarily bad).
The only drawback to the helmet, it seems, is that it sits lower than normal heads. It seems the chin is molded to hang lower, and it covers up half of the T-Rex emblem on the chest. I feel like they could have set the helmet a little higher without obstructing the view of the chest.
Overall, I'm extremely happy that this is a part of my collection. There are no official variants of this Pop.
Pros: Nostalgia city. Classic MMPR toy standard chest emblem. Nearly perfect representation of the Red Ranger. Shiny head.
Cons: Head sits too low, covers chest emblem. Weird, hard plastic head.
Estimated Value: $60.00 (According to The Pop Price Guide)