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, seems pretty plain simple, isn’t it? But, atleast he comes up with fittable & 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 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 armor and two golden armbands & not forgetting his black colored Zyusouken’s holster for sure… And comparing to the original counterpart, the real Dragon Ranger’s spandex color was actually looking like a shiny metallic green, not plain green like the figure. Idk if it’s actually metallic green or my eyes deceived me but, who cares about that, the figure is still looking good. For me, it is the best Dragon Ranger figure so far and 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 and sharp. The black eyes on the dragon shaped style wasn’t fully painted, the black eyes was supposed to be a bit bigger. And the mouth visor is a little too wide on the figure compared to the real deal. But, it’s still a good one, I appreciate the efforts. When I first saw this prototype last year ago, I instantly interested on getting 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 armor barely… For real, we can actually remove it from his body, unfortunately to remove the armor we need to cost some hard effort… I eventually did it myself, & it took 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. His bottom has a weird circular mold on it, I don’t recall myself that Dragon Ranger had this in the show… The Zyusouken’s holsters was articulated that can be rotate 180 degrees, especially to create action scenes more dramatic & it’s removable, however… There’s a something missing from it, 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 Dragon Armor is in the way. His wobbly shoulder pads are quite annoying for me, they can be pain in the arse whenever I want to recreate arm posing.
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. Unfortunately, despite his complex articulated legs, I cannot make a side split pose for him due to his wide butt made of hard plastic.
Yes, Dragon Ranger crotch articulations can do gymnastic split pose & he can perform high kick smoothly. He also got swivable shoulder articulations, movable hands up-down & rotation, & 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. His ankles are also movable and there’re also articulated thigh cuts on his upper thighs that allows us to swivel his thighs but, very limited. His socket joint inside his crotch can be move down and we can also swivel his thighs. Which I can make a good cross legged sitting pose for him.
This is how Dragon Ranger looks without his Dragon Armor, 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” or “Gung Ho!” in MMPR version. Where Burai lend his Dragon Armor 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 wasn’t intended to make the armor 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…
Dragon Ranger is included with 2 kinds of weapons, 1st is the Devil Sword of Hellfriede, Burai’s 1st weapon it was given to him by Witch Bandora in order to drive Burai insane due to the side effects of its power. And 2nd is Zyusouken (Beast Play Sword), Burai’s signature weapon given by Clotho, the spirit of Life, the sword can be also use to summon the Guardian Beast Dragon Caesar by playing it as a flute. The details of both sword are very outstanding, the sculpt almost replicates the real deal. Both weapons must be attached into his respective hand parts and Zyusouken can be holstered into his holsters. The interesting 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 despite it’s a mouth plate. These accessories can be very dangerous especially for kids so, keep them away from children!
Now, his hand accessories! From the box he comes up with a fistful hand parts, the extras are pair of open splayed hands, Zyusouken flute play hands, grasping hands for Sword of Hellfriede, & grasping hands for Zyusouken. Strange, they included 2 variant pair of grasping hand parts for Sword of Hellfriede & Zyusouken… The Sword of Hellfriede must be attach into his grasping hands that are not molded sticky to his thumbs, while Zyusouken must be with the sticked 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 took me 5 minutes just to make that pose.. The rest… Well, I think you know what to do with open splayed hands & 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 recreate 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 holster into Powerful Ranger’s belt.
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE US MARKET VER.
There are 3 versions of S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ranger which is Original Japanese, US Market Ver. and the SDCC exclusive. The US Market was given their own box labelled with the American adaptations franchise (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). & It says in “Green Ranger” name instead of “Dragon Ranger”, of course they used their American counterpart’s name… However, the frontal box was slightly more stylish I must say, it was colored bronze added with some fx motives on it. The inner tray paper was colored green added with the MMPR logo on it, but somehow It looks reversable because the original Japanese had it oppositely. (green colored frontal box with a plain bronze colored inner tray paper) But, the back view was overally 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. While the SDCC version is an exclusive release only sold in San Diego Comic Con 2018 to celebrate 25th anniversary of Power Rangers, which the figure was once again labelled as the Power Rangers franchise but, features very different box and got alternate unmasked head of the Green Ranger.
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/Green Ranger figure, then this is your best choice! Although, I’m still a little disappointed by the inaccurate helmet sculpt but, not really a big deal I think….
- Solid sculpt work and details.
- Clean Paintjob.
- Good and realistic proportioned Dragon Ranger figure like in the show.
- Currently one of the best Dragon/Green Ranger action figure ever made.
- Some paint problem but, it’s tolerable.
- That wide butt obstacled his leg movements to create split pose.
- Missing butterfly joints.
- Hard part swapping especially swapping the Powerful Ranger parts.
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!!