Power Rangers Super Legends Extreme
RPM Wolf Ranger
By: Bandai America
$7.90 Retail / $13+ Online
Let’s make a long story short. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Power Rangers because there’s like 80 seasons streaming on Netflix right now. I honestly can’t put my finger on exactly what I like about the shows, but I watched through the Green Ranger saga and then through the entirety of Jungle Fury. Loved it. All of it. I started the next show, RPM, when it occurred to me that I had bought one of those toys last year during the Mighty Morphin’ reunion tour or whatever that was.
Behold, Power Rangers Super Legends Extreme RPM Wolf Ranger. Well he’s certainly got an impressive title, does the toy hold up?
Again, I’m not much for packaging. The main reason I’m showing it in this case is because there’s apparently at least two Super Legends series under the Power Rangers banner, this one being Super Legends Extreme.
The window box-style packaging is very attractive and does a great job showing off the figure. They even have the famous lightning bolt molded into the window for some nice display. The back shows the other figures available in the line and shows a 4+ rating, even though on the front it’s clearly labeled as “Collectors’ Edition.” ‘Kay.
“Now Aunt Billy, how many time have I told you not to call here and interrupt my Kung Fu?” – Black Dynamite
What can I say? He looks great. A darn sight better than a lot of Power Rangers toys, anyhow. I’m not a fan of the wide stance, though. I go for a much more vanilla look in my displays just for space’s sake and while it might look good for some action poses, it also leaves a lot to be desired. It may be difficult to tell, but he is slightly pre-posed. There are some wrinkles in his pants, a little twist to his midsection, and the stripes on his arms are bent slightly like the fabric’s twisted. I almost wonder if he was designed to be a stable figure, similar to the sword-slashing Power Rangers Samurai figures on shelves right now.
The costume appears pretty accurate to the show. It’s harder to tell on his costume than on the other Rangers’, but the large discs on the sides of the helmet are designed to look like tires and hubcaps/rims. The effect is duplicated nicely on the figure, and the whole helmet with lights and all imitates the look of a hot rod (or I guess more accurately his Wolf Zord Car Thing) rather nicely.
The chest is also duplicated quite well, with the wolf’s head number 5 emblem recreated intricately, including even the outlines in first black and then white. They don’t even do that kind of detail on some of their 12” toys!
The detail is pretty crisp on all the costume elements. The morpher on his left arm may be missing some paint apps, but there’s no question as to what it is with the sculpted buttons and throttle. And the pistol is absolutely fantastic! I would have never realized it in the show, but for the first time I see that it’s designed to look like a gasoline pump nozzle, complete with handle-length lever. That’s a really cool idea. It’s not obvious unless you’re looking straight at it and shows a nice design commitment from both the show designers and Bandai alike. The peg on the side of the pistol fits into a hole on his belt, and looks great stored there.
It may be difficult to see, but Bandai did something kind of interested with the paint on the costume. They sort of did this light airbrush dusting of silver over some of the contours of his leg and torso. To me, it looks like they were trying to mimic the natural sheen of light on the shiny spandex (that’s right, Dr. K, I called it spandex!) and I think it actually works. It’s not blatant, and if you’re just passing by the figure you may not even notice it for a while because it looks so natural.
The paint on the rest of the figure is solid and fairly crisp, though the gold on my belt is a little splotchy in places, which does draw the eye a bit because the rest of the paint looks so good. The only thing I really wish they would have done is to give either the helmet or visor a slightly different gloss of paint to differentiate. Just woulda been purty is all. Oh, and as bland as the belt buckle is, it is decked out only in silver on the show.
Lastly, he does come with a display stand which I really do love. It’s in a nice silvery grey plastic and the design is really cool. There’s a rod that comes up with a ratcheting joint that plugs into his badonkadonk to raise him off the ground for cool poses and the base itself is the lightning bolt that’s been a staple of Power Rangers since the original Mighty Morphin’ days. Nice work on that one, Bandai!
I was going to toss another quote in here, but the only wolf songs I know are “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Of Wolf and Man,” so you’re s-word out of luck, mister!
From bottom to top because sometimes I like to get freaky! We have hinged ankles, swivel boots, hinged knees, swivel-hinged hips connected in a V-shape to the torso, swivel gloves, hinged elbows, swivel biceps, swivel-hinged shoulders, and swivel neck. Honestly, the neck may be on a ball joint as there is some slight wiggle, but the helmet doesn’t allow any tilt in any direction so I can’t say for sure.
So all in all, he’s not bad. The biggest knock I have for the figure in terms of articulation and maybe even overall is that he has no swivel waist. Which is stupid because there’s a cut there. He’s two separate pieces and the mold lines don’t match, so I KNOW it’s two pieces. So why not a peg for some swivel, dude? It would improve his posing tenfold and help to get ride of that pre-posed look I was talking about earlier. If they were worried about how the shape of the belt and suspenders would affect the swivel, then just put the cut under the belt. I can’t understand for the life of me when anyone would build an action figure comprised of two parts that don’t allow for movement in the parts at a point where a person has rotation.
The stand adds some good fun to his action. It doesn’t raise him terrible far off the ground in the lowest and therefore front-facing position, but it’s enough to imply movement. The Rangers don’t fly much anyway.
The stand also allows for that vanilla pose to be a little more achievable. And with some clever twisting and flailing arms it’s not so hard to put him in one of those “OH-NO-THE-MONSTER-SHOOTS-US-WITH-LAZERS-BECAUSE-AS-ADVANCED-AS-THEIR-TECHNOLOGY-IS-THEY-HAVEN’T-DISCOVERED-BULLETS” explodey blast things that always send ‘em soarin’. Nice.
The articulation isn’t up to par with most “collector” figures out there right now and feels a lot more like a toy. The inclusion of waist and thigh swivels in addition to carving out the head and hips to allow for maximum posing would have done a lot to make this figure a friendlier add to your shelf. And I might be nuts, but it does feel like Wolf Ranger’s ankle joints are much looser after posing him for the last few days. At first I thought it was just my hot lights I use in my reviews making the ankles soft, but they do appear to have weakened a bit making some poses harder to achieve.
So let’s get this out of the way first. I have no idea what scale this guy is.
The big difference between the Extreme Super Legends line and the regular Super Legends appears to be scale and detail. The sites I’ve looked at list it as 7.5” tall, but as you can see in the picture, he’s about the same height as Marvel Legends Black Bolt (6” scale). Given his wide stance, though, you could maybe bump him up to 6.5” if he could stand straight up and heels together. But you can see him next to 8” Lion-O and see that he’s at least an inch and a half shorter.
I only bring it up because I know some people are a stickler for scale, and his is a bit of an odd one. Otherwise you’ve got a great looking figure, two really nice weapons, decent articulation, and a floating base all for $7.90. For me, anything labeled with the word “Collector” that falls under the 15 dollar mark is pretty good. Not everyone will be so lucky as to find one on clearance 2 years after the show is over, but I’d say a cool twelve bucks is the most I’d spend on him. If you really like the character, of course you’re going to pay what you’re going to pay. For the action figure fans, though, you won’t be missing out on anything too spectacular if you decide this one’s online price is too expensive for you. The original price on the sticker says $16.99.
8 bucks – Gooooooood.
17 bucks – Baaaaaaaaaaaaad.
Wolf ranger is not a bad figure for the price I paid for him. He’s a bad figure for the original price, though. Keep in mind that this figure comes from 2009 and was commanding higher prices then than even DCUC with similarly-scaled accessories. If you can manage to find him on the cheap, I say he’s a pretty cool figure and matches up pretty nicely with 6” figures. If you’re into customizing, I’ll bet there’s a lot you could do to improve this figure and make him really worth your time. As-is, I wouldn’t bust my hump to try and track him down, but he’s definitely a unique piece within the Power Rangers banner and the included stand does give him some nice presence on the shelf.
Thanks for reading and as always, it’s just a toy. Open the darned thing.