More Zyuranger review!! No, it’s not SHF but, Tamashii Buddies Tyranno Ranger, Geki!! The leader of the Zyurangers, and Burai’s younger brother or better be known as either Jason Lee Scott/Rocky Desantos, the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger. Tamashii Buddies (TB) is a line made by Tamashii Nations produced by Bandai, the figures features them in deformed/chibi style accompanied by display base and wall. In this line, Tyranno Ranger only comes with their US franchise box. The box was overally white colored and made very simple with green lines and fonts with TB logo and the small “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” logo and it’s written “Red Ranger” however, the Japanese katakana was written “ティラノレンジャー” which reads “Tyranno Ranger” instead of “レッドレンジャー” or reads “Red Ranger”. The front box also features window for us to see the figure, while the product number of this series was 027 and it’s regular release. The back box features the other 2 products of this series, they are Ptera Ranger and Lord Zedd. I’m sort of understand why they didn’t include original Zyuranger series box because Lord Zedd doesn’t even exist in Super Sentai and I think they won’t sell much. Aside that we can see 1 photo of the full tower of TB figures and there’s an instruction manual how to deal with them. Okay, let see what’s inside!
The contents consists of Tyranno Ranger figure attached on his base display, 4 poles with the short one and wallpaper tray.
Every Tamashii Buddies figures were included with wallpaper tray for the figure’s background in order to display them with the pole. Frankly, I never expect the background would be a printed paper instead of making it assembled with the poles added with hard plastic tray like they did on the base with figure. How disappointing, because the paper looks so fragile and the ink may not last long someday. It’d be better if they laminate it. Tyranno Ranger comes with red with black shade colored wallpaper with a symbol of his Dino medal with some lightning FX resembling MMPR’s logo.
To display him with the wallpaper, you just need to attach the 2 poles on the back of the figure. On the base, you must attach them with the peg which directly on the bottom of the pole because, the other side has different location of peg joint. Then insert the wallpaper into one of the attached pole’s paper holes, then attach the other pole and match up with the wallpaper. And lastly attach the short pole onto the 2 pegs of the attached poles. Make sure to attach them properly and becareful not to attach them by force if you’re having problem because, the paper tray may be easily crumpled.
Well, it wasn’t a hard task to do, was it? This is how the stand alone TB figures look when displayed with their background. However, I’m going to remove the background for further review of the figure. First of all, as we know Tyranno Ranger wears red helmet with Tyrannosaurus Rex themed sculpt, red spandex with white diamond motives, gloves, boots, belt buckler with holster and ranger gun. All TB figures are unarticulated and so is Tyranno Ranger as well, in this figure Tyranno Ranger pose is standing with slight open legs, his arms bend to the front with his hand gripping into fist. The pose was like he’s ready to go power up/charging just like Son Goku’s charging up or goes into Super Saiyan, it’s because Tyranno Ranger’s proportions was a reused body from TB Dragon Ball series which most of the characters posed like this. Just look at those muscles, it can be assumed that his body was a reused from either Goku (Normal/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) or Vegeta (Normal/Super Saiyan). Tyranno Ranger or even Red Ranger didn’t appeared to be this bulky in the series, kinda funny to have deformed figures with such beefy body… But, it seems like in favor from the most MMPR toys which the Rangers made to be overbulked up, Tamashii Nations decided to make them bulky as well lol… Okay, let’s head into the details! Like every Tamashii Nations line, Tyranno Ranger also gets detailed sculpt work. As you can see those fabric details, belt, Dino Buckler and that sculpted Ranger Gun in the holster. However, they still can’t beat the detailed S.H.Figuarts figures which the Dino medal was left unsculpted to his Dinosaurus animal. The overall paintjob is pretty standard but, the buckler… It’s a little mess but, it’s the best I could picked. Wait… What?! Yes, once again Tamashii Nations still never learned their lesson to pay attention on the quality control or I’m always be the unlucky guy who gets the bad quality one. So, I had to picked the best one from 2 items I bought. The figure was glued to the base so, we cannot remove the figure from the display unless you’re crazy enough or maybe a professional customizer to do that. The whole figure was made from hard plastic, no metal/diecast included at all.
Tyranno Ranger’s helmet sculpt was done pretty nice although it’s still suffers some incomplete paintjob on the visors but, it’s not a big deal… The helmet is far from TV accurate since there’s some missing lines on several part but, since this is a deformed figures some itsy bitsy like that was uneeded. Atleast his helmet still shaped like Tyrannosaurus Rex, I’m actually liking his mouth because, I personally think the quality looked much better than SHF regular Tyranno Ranger one.
With pole and paper attached, the figure only looks good when you look them from any front angle but, other angles like side or back… They looked pathetic indeed, especially on the back one… Aside we can’t see the figure due to the background tray, you can clearly see the plain paper on the back of the background was left unprotected. Before getting this figure I was expecting that the back would also shows some interesting view, or if they’re lazy enough they can just create a board attached with that printed background paper but, they’re not. But, atleast we can still see the figure from side view, or you may want to remove the poles to see the back of the figure.
The poles also allows us to create TB tower but, in order to create the tower we must atleast have 2 TB figures. However, there are 2 different way on creating the tower, 1st if you want Tyranno on the lower you just need to attach the other 2 poles on the front holes of the base. if you still got the short pole attached above you need to remove it then you may attach the other TB series figure base onto the pole’s peg joint and you’re done. If you want Tyranno on the upper, you just need to do the same thing on the 1st way but, on the other TB series then attach Tyranno Ranger’s base on the peg joint of the poles from other TB series and you’re done.
Comparing with SHF figure, the difference is very clear… Since TB was done in deformed proportions but, like most chibi characters, TB Tyranno Ranger’s head also made to be oversized compare to SHF. However, their size may be different but, both still looks awesome when displayed together! I’m surpised on how I did TB posing on SHF accurately although, this posing is very simple to do. You can check on my SHF Tyranno Ranger review here.
Final thoughts… I have to admit, I’m more satisfied with this instead of the disappointment, although I had a hard times on choosing the best one just for this review. I’m happy enough this was made so I can continue collecting more Sentai series and that cheap price but, after touching them… Now, I understand why the figure was that cheap. No, no, it doesn’t mean this is not worth, on the contrary in terms of details of the sculpt work I recommend this very much especially on how cheap they are. This is one of the best addition for your collections, if you like and collect Super Sentai or Power Rangers figures/toys. Now, I’m waiting for the upcoming Dragon Ranger, Mammoth Ranger and Kibaranger! Actually, they already did the full team including the Daizyujin but, it’s just matter of time when they’ll get a release date….
- Good sculpt work.
- Good for displaying the figure in the cabinet or detolf.
- Good window box.
- Cheap price.
- Some incomplete and misspaint on the paintjob but, not a big deal to me.
- Bad quality on the wallpaper and looks easily crumpled.
- Body and pose reused from TB Dragon Ball series.
Tamashii Buddies: Red Ranger
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
He’s right behind you, Goku!!
Lol… Why would a Ranger stole that?
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