Friday, 14 August 2015

Nerdversity Reviews: Power Rangers Legacy Dragonzord

Released in July 2014, Legacy Dragonzord was released in Wave 2, alongside the Green Tommy wave, which also featured the Dragon Dagger, Gold Team Morpher, Titanus and the 5 inch figures. 

The front of the box is almost identical to the original 1993 toy. There are new additions in the LEGACY DRAGONZORD logo and the 11 inches picture. The box features the new version, rather than the 93 toy.

The side of the box has the story of Power Rangers in relation to the TV show. There's a nice graphic of the rangers that's also featured on other toys.

The back of the box has a nice action shot of the Dragonzord and combination pictures of the Dragonzord in Fighting Mode and Mega Dragonzord. It also features the story of the Dragonzord in relation to the TV show

Like the Megazord, it has a data file card. It's a reference to the original 1993 toy, which also had the same data card. 

The inside of the box is the same cardboard insert that was featured with all the other zords. The accessories included are: 11" tail, tail top, two sets of hands and the staff. There's also a set of instructions. As all the details are tampographed on this time, there are no stickers to put on. 

Dragonzord stands a whopping 11 inches from the tip of the crest to the bottom of his feet. He's also 11" inches long in the tail. He features two pairs of hands. One of which is a relaxed pair and the other is fingers extended in Missile Launching pose. If you have owned the Dragonzord toy before, he transforms exactly the same way, despite being an all new mold. 

Unlike the original toy's tail, the Legacy version is completely articulated and can be posed in the familiar drill or even whipping position. 

Megazord and Dragonzord together.

Dragonzord with the "Missile Launching" hands

Dragonzord forms nicely and easily into Dragonzord in Fighting/Battle/Warrior mode, or as Jason often referred to in the show, Mega Dragonzord, which is incorrect. 

The Power Staff/Dragon Staff is so huge when combined with the tail and shield, that it's barely possible to fit all 14 inches of it into frame, but the Dragonzord looks great holding it.

The Mega Dragonzord is by far the most awkward of all the three modes to get right. It takes a lot of fiddling and makes the Dragonzord very top heavy. I hope the 2015 reissue from EE fixes this. 

Although the box doesn't state it, the Dragonzord is part of the Zord Builder Line, so it can also be broken down to base parts and the parts used with any other megazord which is also part of Zord Builder. 

Side by side comparison of 1993 vs. 2013

1993 vs. Legacy - Fighting Mode

Legacy vs, 1993 - Mega Dragonzord

In all honesty, Bandai really knocked the ball out the park when they released Legacy Dragonzord. It was a great update on the original 1993 toy. Despite the lack of electronic sounds, the increased articulation and detail really makes up for it. The Mega Dragonzord is the weakest of all three modes and could have done with some extra engineering to make it work better with the Legacy Megazord, but the standard mode and the Fighting Mode make up for this shortfall. However, that's just our opinion and as usual, your mileage may vary.

Would I recommend this to people? absolutely yes, If you can find it cheap on the secondary market or wait for the EE reissue, then yes. Or if you live in the UK, go through A1 toys and get it. It'd look great on any shelf.