Finally!! My very 1st owned sentai S.H.Figuarts collection & it’s Dragon Ranger from the famous Sentai show of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger!! Featuring Yamato Tribe Knight Burai is Dragon Ranger of the Zyurangers and the “Warrior of Power”. He was the son of the Black Knight, and the elder brother of Tyranno Ranger Geki. Atleast, that’s what I saw from the show… Something we need to notice that there are 2 versions of S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ranger which is the original Japanese & US Market Ver. (labelled with the American adaptations franchise) Mine one is the original Japanese. In this version Dragon Ranger has a overall green colored box with a bronze colored like inner tray paper for the background of the figure showcase, sounds pretty plain, isn’t it? & he comes up with a standard but neat accessories.
He comes with 2 weapons, 4 pair of hand accessories, & bonus parts of Powerful Ranger from Japanese version.
Dragon Ranger is the first regular sixth member of a Sentai team (though, there’s X1 Mask which only appeared in one episode of Hikari Sentai Maskman), he entirely wearing teal green outfit with a diamond shaped white motives on his upper body, white colored neck collar, white belt with Dino Buckler, boots, & gloves. Each boots & gloves has a golden colored lines & the motives are a long shaped triangle. He also dons his trademark Dragon Armor, the armor is comprised of a golden chestplate and two golden armbands & not forgetting his black colored Zyusouken’s sheath for sure… For me, it is the best Dragon Ranger figure so far & the best Sentai design I’ve ever seen. I’d never forget this classics, since I was a child. S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ranger was released in 2013 & in the quality control wise, he got the latest articulation points. But, like my Ichigo Sakurajima Ver. the same thing still happened by the lacks of his upper bicep cut articulations, but twisting the upper bicep can still do the work a bit… Unfortunately, the worse thing that his Dragon Armor was quite in the way to move his shoulder higher or rotate it 360 degrees. Also, the figure don’t have a diecast material at all & it feels so light when I hold it.
Dragon Ranger’s helmet sculpt was strongly resembles to his image in the Sentai show counterpart. The details looks really convincing especially on the side view, the fin shape of his helmet looked so prominent. It feels like looking a real helmet of Dragon Ranger… However, I gotta be honest the helmet wasn’t that show accurate as the shape of the line of his helmet nose like is bigger/rounder than in the show where the the line looks more thin & sharp. The black eyes on the dragon shaped style wasn’t painted quite good, the black eyes was supposed to be a bit bigger & fully painted. But, it’s still a good one, the efforts are still done pretty good. When I first saw this prototype last year ago, I instantly interested & eager to get him.
Perhaps, one of the reason why Dragon Ranger was more popular than his partners is that his accessories thing on his design, such as his trademark stolen Dragon Armor aside being badass or a loner. Dragon Armor was actually not made to be sticky or molded to his body, because I can still push/pull the chestplate barely… For real, we can actually remove it from his body, unfortunately to remove the chestplate we need to cost some hard effort… I eventually did it myself, & it tooked me a year to do this because I’m still my anxious of this precious figure, yeah I know I’m super lame… I’ve saw so many reviewers who did this & they seems they went very smoothly on removing them. The Dragon Buckler’s sculpt is made pretty accurate to how it looks on the show minus the font of “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger”. The boots sculpt shows some fabric details on his lower legs, other details is on his crotch & ass to upper body has a single line mold. Strangely his ass has a weird circular mold on it, I don’t recall myself that Dragon Ranger had this in the show… The Zyusouken’s sheath has an articulations that can be rotate 180 degrees, especially to create action scenes more dramatic & it’s removable, however… There’s a something missing from it, which is the loops, the original counterpart has it with loops. His articulations points are pretty standard to other S.H.Figuarts, except those missing upper bicep cut but, I can still twist his upper bicep a bit. However, I couldn’t do the crossed arms pose since his chestplate is in the way. The articulations of his shoulders are quite annoying for me, because the shoulder pad like feels too loose somehow. What freaks me out is, I’m afraid I’ll somehow broke those shoulder thing.
Articulation wise, we got a fully articulated head & neck that can be swivel it 180 degrees & bend down head but, he cannot look up much. He can also stretch his waist to the back.
We can swivel his waist 180 degrees & bend his waist to the side pretty nicely.
Dragon Ranger’s leg articulations are nicely made, we can create many dynamic posing for him as you can see I can lift up his leg pretty high. His knee joints looks good enough, although I can still see the silver bolt on the joints clearly. His elbow & feet articulations works the same like other SHF. However, Dragon Ranger couldn’t bend his waist much especially there’s a Dragon Armor that obstacled his movements.
Yes, Dragon Ranger crotch articulations can do gymnastic split pose & he can perform high kick smoothly. He also got swiveling shoulder articulations, moving hands up-down & rotating them, & he can raise his arms & can actually be rotated vertically as well but, it’s unfortunate that the Dragon Armor is in the way. Of course, he cannot do close hug arms.
This is how Dragon Ranger looks without his chestplate, on the back we can clearly see there’s a screw hole on it. In this form, we can actually recreate a scenes in the episodes of “A Mystery!? The Attacking Beast Knight God”. Where Burai lend his chestplate to Geki while Geki lend his Ryuugekiken sword to him. Atleast, the armorless Dragon Ranger can still do the job for that. Unfortunately, his armbands were molded from his arms, so we couldn’t possibly take this thing off from him.
Yes, without the armor we can move his arms more wider or raise them high, I can even do the crossed arm pose to him. However, despite being armorless he still couldn’t be able to do a close hug arms since he has no butterfly joints.
Bandai actually intended not to make the chestplate to be cast-off, especially to be share to other S.H.Figuarts. Mostly likely, for Tyranno Ranger which is why they made their own Armed Tyranno Ranger. Also, Overall, his trademark Dragon Armor is only good for an eye candy to make him looked more badass & gotta loved that details…
Behold, the Sword of Hellfriede & Zyusouken to summon the Guardian Beast Dragon Caesar! Perhaps, the most outstanding made accessories from Dragon Ranger, each weapons must be attached into his optional hand parts & Zyusouken can be inserted into his sheath. The insteresting part on Zyusouken is, the detail on the whistle allow us to stick it into Dragon Ranger’s lips. It’s like he’s blowing the Zyusouken’s whistle. However, one thing that I missed is… Dragon Caesar figure/toy for Zyusouken’s scene… T_T
Now, his hand accessories! From the box he comes up with a fistful hand parts, the extras are pair of outstreched palm, Zyusouken flute play hands, Holding hands for Sword of Hellfriede, & Holding hands for Zyusouken. Strange, they included 2 variant pair of holding hand parts for Sword of Hellfriede & Zyusouken… The Sword of Hellfriede must be attach into his holding hands that are not molded sticky to his thumbs, while Zyusouken must be with holding hands that molded sticky to his thumbs. The Zyusouken flute play hands got a different shape, right one for playing the flute, & left one for holding his Zyusouken. Frankly, it’s hard to make the Zyusouken’s pose properly, It tooked me 5 minutes just to make that pose.. The rest… Well, I think you know what to do with outstreched palm & fistful hands. But, one thing to note that his open hand are made a little different. Where the left one is more open wide, while the right one is more closed & strangely it can hold the Sword of Hellfriede & the Zyusouken compare to the right one. Each hands got a details of a line sculpt.
Only in the original Japanese version, Dragon Ranger is given a bonus parts for Powerful Ranger feature. The parts contains alternate neck & alternate belt, shows a painted American flag on them. This accessories was meant to create a scene from the episode 5 of Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2, where he along with Tyranno Ranger acted like stereotypical American alpha male bullies. Well, I don’t like this at all so, I don’t use this more often although it’s fun to use for trolling. To change them, all you have to do is pluck out his head 1st. Then followed by his original white neck & insert the Powerful Ranger neck one. Same goes to the belt, you have to pluck out his waist joint & replace his original white belt to Powerful Ranger ones. Also, you will have to replace the Zyusouken’s sheath into the Powerful Ranger’s belt.
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE US MARKET VER.
Owh, wait! Wait! I did mentioned there are 2 versions of S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ranger which is Original Japanese & US Market Ver. The US Market was given their own box labelled with the American adaptations franchise. & It says in a different name instead of Dragon Ranger, of course they used their American counterpart’s name… However, the frontal box was slightly more fashionable I must say, it was colored bronze added with some fx motives on it. The inner tray paper was colored teal green added with the Americanized series logo on it, but somehow It looks reversable because the original Japanese had it oppositely. (teal green colored frontal box with a plain bronze colored inner tray paper) But, the back view was overally teal green like the original Japanese looks but more plain & minus the Powerful Ranger photos. Actual contents has no different at all except in US Market version, Powerful Ranger parts are not given due to the Bluefin doesn’t have the rights to Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger franchise. Well, I might dislike Powerful Ranger parts, but it’s a bit better than having only 2 weapons & interchangeable hands… So, I’m glad to get the Japanese one. If I ever got the US Market one, then I won’t be discussing Powerful Ranger parts in this review. But, this doesn’t mean I’m going to ask you to get the Original Ver. better, I have to admit that adaptations got a better designed box although you’ll only missing those extra neck & belt part, nothing else. & to tell you the truth, exchanging those parts was pain in the arse for me & he looks stupid with them. Besides, nobody knows much about Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger than the adaptations. However, since the US Market named him as “Green Ranger” some people complained that he’s not green but, more like teal. Well, that’s true since he’s not originally called “Green Ranger” in Japan.
Right, Dragon Ranger became my favorite S.H.Figuarts sentai collections! Because I really-really like his design! & Yes, this is a very recommended S.H.Figuarts, because he almost looked accurate to his show counterpart. If you’re looking for a decent Dragon Ranger figure, then this is your best choice! Although, I’m still a little dissapointed.. By the way, I haven’t mentioned about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers at all, right? Well, after watching Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, I was totally shocked on how MMPR stole Zyuranger’s costumes… My biggest dissapointment, Power Rangers ruined my childhood alot on admiring them. When I was a child I used to watch MMPR, then I’ve always admired Power Rangers & unwittingly admired America for creating such a great heroes… But, to know the truth behind Power Rangers is really painful… 20 years believed how great MMPR but turned out as a adaptations… Yes, I know there’s Zyu2 & The Movie version but frankly that didn’t help me at all. Tommy Oliver, the legend? That would make Burai, the true legend because he’s the original version, right?
Pros: I gotta admit the sculpt work of Dragon Ranger are tremendously marvelous, he looked so accurate to his Sentai show counterpart.. Another intense work from Bandai. I like how they made a separated Dragon Armor between his body.
Cons: As usual I hate swapping those hand accessories same goes to Powerful Ranger parts but, surprisingly swapping Dragon Ranger’s hand parts ain’t painful like my other S.H.Figuarts. The limited of his arm’s movement due to his chestplate. Lastly, perhaps this is only me, my Dragon Ranger’s right crotch articulations came to be a bit slipper/loose to move.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Whoa… I really wished Bandai could have been add this extra head sculpt exclusively for US Market one, rather than missing Powerful Ranger parts….
GO!! GREEN RANGER!!! YOU’RE GOING DOWN!!!!!
Now, that’s Tommy’s trademark backflip kick!!
Wrong! This is what I call Backflip kick!!
DESTROY THE POWER RANGERS!!
KYORYU SENTAI ZYURANGER FOREVER!!