As the Legacy Blade Blaster is being released today (23rd November) in the UK at MCM London as an Early Bird teaser, we thought we'd take a look at the original toy from 1993.
Released in 1993, the Power Gun/Sword came packaged with the morpher in a special boxed set. I can only assume this is based of an early pre-production name, as I can't think why it wasn't named the Blade Blaster. It came in a large box that featured graphics of Jason transforming into his ranger form and then a T-Rex, 2 open areas that feature the Blade Blaster and the Morpher. Right off the bat, you can see that the barrel is in black and gold, rather than red and white, like the TV show.
Taking it out the box, it fits nicely in the hand, even as an adult and is near enough to be a 1:1 scale replica of the weapon from the show. There's some chrome on the T-Rex teeth on both the handle and the head. There's chrome on the barrel too. If you have a vintage one, be weary as the chrome will eventually rub off and expose the white plastic underneath, this is extremely common on the rear of the gun, as that's where the rear "jaws" meet and rub. It's less common on the sides, rex head and barrel, but can occur through playwear.
The Blade Blaster takes a square 9 volt battery. Yes, it has lights and sounds. The gun makes a "laser" sound and the end of the barrel lights up. I'll let you be the judge on how it sounds. Many have likened it to a 1990s rape alarm,
Transforming it to sword mode is simple. Slide back the T-Rex head, swing up the grip until it clicks and the teeth meet. Flick out the blade from the underside. It still fits nice and snug in the hand and it still feels like there's some serious heft to it. The grey blade is made of a softer, rubbery plastic and is blunted. There is no danger of ever poking yourself in the eye as it's a safety blade.
Despite being released in 1993 in the US, the mold is actually from the 1991 Zyuranger Rangerstick, which has been repainted and given a new set of stickers for the US market.
Now, lets take a look at some of the variants and re-issues.
Released at around the same time, here's the Green Ranger Gun/Sword. However, this one doesn't transform as it's a water pistol and permanently stuck in gun form.
Released in 2010 by Disney, It's smaller than the original toy and is about as show accurate as you can get from a Disney toy. It transforms and doesn't have the same level of detail as the original toy and doesn't make sounds when the trigger is pulled, only the T-Rex eyes light up
The final version, the Legacy one being released today at MCM, sometime in November for the rest of the world and the UK. It features a completely show accurate paint scheme as it is taken from the original props. It transforms just like the show, has a spring locking and flicking blade and it even plays the Power Rangers theme.