Friday, 5 December 2014

White Ranger: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (S.H.Figuarts)

S.H.Figuarts White Ranger
Now here is the coolest and everyone's favourite Power Ranger of all time, the White Ranger! He got the most awesome Zord, has the most astonishing suit, and an epic sword that can talk. Besides to being bestowed with such great coolness, this newcomer has been granted a leadership role to lead his team of colour-coded fighters with the Red Ranger as his wingman to battle the forces of evil! If I was Jason, I'd be miffed! The Red Ranger has always been like the "Optimus Prime" in the group, not until this new lovely fella came along that made the more experienced Red Ranger second in command. It's just uninspiring, but that just my impression... this story in particular.

As far as my impression goes with the S.H.Figuarts White Ranger, also uninspiring! White Ranger has a decent range of movement (I'll give him that) but it has his fair share of issues mostly because of the poor amount of accessories.

The White Ranger only comes with two interchangeable hands... just TWO interchangeable hands and that's not even half the amount of what the S.H.Figuarts Red Ranger, the Green Ranger and all the other Power Rangers in this toyline have. He got a couple of fisted hands (left and right), a cleft hand on claw-attack mode, and a weapon-holding right hand. Speaking of weapon, his signature sword- the Saba has two interchangeable blades, one is short and the other one is long for which I don't know why Bandai made that. It is completely unimportant and undeserving of praise.

I can't complain with the paint application though. You see none of those sloppy gloppy paint jobs like with some of those Marvel Legends. This figure is clean, scuff-free and smudge-free! You can tell it by the way they painted his headgear. All throughout, the colours of white, black and gold have been consistent.

The sculpt captures all of the features the White Ranger has. The emblem over his chest and the design on that belt buckle is pinpoint accurate. The head/face sculpt is perfectly done without the strange feel that something is deformed. He also got the sheath plugged at the side his hips to keep his Saba, and it is also sculpted very well to house his weapon. I am very pleased with the sculpt and paint of this figure.

One of the many things S.H.Figuarts is good at is the incorporation of joints and hinges. Let's head down to the articulation! The neck is a double-ball pegged that allows the head to rotate and lean at almost every angle. He got armpit joints that allows his shoulders to move forward and rotate. He got double-jointed elbows and ball-hinged wrists. Surprisingly, there is no waist swivel (correct me if I'm wrong) but he got the diaphragm swivel as a replacement. His hips are on double-ball joints, so it allows his legs to extend and kick at any direction. The White Ranger got double-jointed knees, rotation at the ankles, ankle rockers and toe joints!

It's a shame that the playability of what's suppose to be a high-end Japanese import toy is limited because of accessories that are lacking. At a 60-dollar price point, paying that amount for an S.H.Figuarts White Ranger is not satisfying. It is not worth the money! You can however enjoy the pristine look of the character that is so much accurate to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show.


  1. I like the White Ranger but the Green one is my favorite.

  2. These are very articulated figures and they look cool for any poses you do :)