Another back to action!! Yup, I’m not finished yet on reviewing another SHF Super Sentai/Power Rangers, it’s going for another stupid worthless release of S.H.Figuarts Unmasked Red Ranger from Bandai Tamashii Nation! If you thought it’s worthless why you bought it? Well, I got my own reason why but, you don’t want to know. Firstly, Unmasked Red Ranger in this figure is none other than Jason Lee Scott, he’s a fictional major character in the Power Rangers franchise, Jason is best remembered as the original Red Ranger from the first entry of the franchise, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as the leader of the original team of Power Rangers. He later becomes the second Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo. His last appearance was in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode “Forever Red”. He has been portrayed by actor Austin St. John in most of his appearances. The figure features Jason Lee Scott/Austin St. John exclusive head for his red ranger form. He was released in 2018 along with the Unmasked Green Ranger and sold exclusively in SDCC 2018. You can actually see, the Red Ranger box has printed “Event Exclusive” while the overall box was colored red with printed every Power Rangers team background and the box was designed to have a half window for us to see Jason Lee Scott’s head in his Red Ranger suit while the helmet was included as an alternate head and the inner tray paper was colored silver just like S.H.Figuarts Tyranno Ranger’s inner tray paper. The front box was completely dominated by the large old promotional photo of SHF Tyranno Ranger while the title of the figure was printed with “Saban’s Power Rangers” logo. The box also got printed “25 years you’ve got the power” with the artwork of Red Ranger doing a jump kick. Now, the Japanese font is written “レッドレンジャー” or reads “Red Ranger”. The back box was overally colored black and white, in black we get to see several photos of old SHF Tyranno Ranger promotional photos and the large photo of Unmasked Red Ranger, Red printed font of SHF figures introduction and black and white “warning” print, while the white part only featured with warning print and “Blue Fin Distribution” logo. As the box stated, the figure was released to celebrate Power Rangers 25th anniversary and for sure it’s a limited release okay, it’s unboxin’ time!
Red Ranger comes with Red Ranger helmet, Power Sword, 3 forms of Blade Blasters and 4 pair of alternate hands. Well, another downgrade compared to the previous release….
According to the character’s history, Jason is a martial artist from the fictional town of Angel Grove, California. In the beginning of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, he and his closest friends Zack Taylor, Billy Cranston, Trini Kwan and Kimberly Hart are selected by Zordon and Alpha 5 as the five “teenagers with attitude” to become the original Power Rangers and defend Earth from the forces of the evil Rita Repulsa. When Zordon first confronts the teens to give them their powers, Jason is the only one who initially believes him. Jason becomes the Red Power Ranger, and is given the Dinozord Power Coin of the Tyrannosaurus, obtains the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord (a colossal assault vehicle), and is made the team leader. He leads the Rangers into many successful battles against Rita’s monsters, establishing a rivalry with Rita’s number one henchman Goldar. Jason’s notable form is his Red Ranger form, he dons red spandex with a diamond shaped white motives on his upper body, white colored neck collar, white belt with Power Morpher, boots, and gloves. Each boots and gloves has red diamond shaped motives and there’s also a white colored Blade Blasters holsters. Comparing between Jason’s actual appearances in his Red Ranger suit, in his early appearance we get to see that Jason’s Ranger suit seems to have shiny metallic colored red but, in his later episodes his ranger suit seemingly became like a cheap fabric but, notable differences are from his belt and holsters which they got black lining and his morpher seems to missing the black lightning mark. However, in this figure they’re not actually follows Jason’s actual proportion since this is the same body of SHF Tyranno Ranger based on the suit actor but, Austin St. John’s proportion in his younger days looks similar. Since the figure got the same body of SHF Tyranno Ranger so, I’m going to skip on how the articulation works. This review is going to be focussing mainly on Jason’s heads with his other accessories and of course… Comparison between the original release.
Dear God… He’s not even better than both Tommy, he’s even worse than Tommy… He looks nothing like Jason/Austin St. John at all, the only thing’s resembles is only his left side layered hairstyle a bit… Looking from his hairstyle, this Jason is based from his very early appearance in MMPR espcially on episode 1. Jason had this hair until the half of the 1st season of MMPR. Like Tommy, he suffered the same face printing marks but, I gotta admit the face’s paint app is pretty clean and his mouth/lip is still alot better than Tommy the Green Ranger version. Jason’s hair was painted solid dark brown to black-ish, his skin color is pale yellow and his expression is shown to be either serious/emotionless/upset/sad with closed mouth but, Bandai was only trying to make a standard serious expression for him but, his expression does indeed captured one of Jason’s expression in MMPR’s 1st episode. Jason’s head also movable and works pretty much the same as SHF Tyranno Ranger. The figure also included with Red Ranger helmet, you can either use it for Jason wearing his helmet or make Jason holding it. Once again, it’s the same SHF Tyranno Ranger’s helmet, the awkward thing is after comparing between the helmet, Jason’s head is freakishly bigger than his own helmet?! These reversed size makes him like the helmet is actually wearing the head lol….
Red Ranger comes up with his Power Sword and 3 types of Blade Blasters, Power Sword is the personal weapon of the Red Ranger. It can be combined with the other 4 ranger’s personal weapons into Power Blaster to perform a finishing moves like Howling Cannon did. Blade Blaster is the sidearms given to every rangers, it can be form into 3 mode: the default mode as stick mode that can be holstered, sword mode and ray gun mode. Yup, they’re another recycled accessories from SHF Tyranno Ranger. They had the same sculpt and paintjob.
Red Ranger comes up with 10 option hand parts in total. Out from the box, Red Ranger has his fistful hands attached on both wrists. The alternate are a pair of grasping hand for holding Power Sword and Blade Blasters (Stick and Sword), grasping hands for Blade Blaster’s gun mode, a pair of open splayed 2 fingers for recreating the Red Ranger’s trademark pose and a pair of semi open splayed hands for holding his helmet. Well, their purpose is exactly the same like how I reviewed my old SHF Tyranno Ranger but, one of a pair of grasping hand was sculpted a bit different but, they still used for holding the weapons except Blade Blaster’s gun mode. Once again, I’m not gonna use it because, the weapon’s paintjob would greatly leaves paint transfer on his hands. Beside, he’s an overpriced figure so, I don’t want to ruin them. Instead I used my old Tyranno Ranger’s hands for him. Semi open splayed hands was specially made for this Red Ranger since Tyranno Ranger didn’t have alternate Geki head so, he didn’t come with that hands. However, all of these hands are actually the same hands that came from SHF Unmasked Green Ranger.
I’ll be damned… Red Ranger stands out both Green Ranger and White Ranger?! I assumed it’s because of Jason’s oversized head that made him tall but, not really… Even comparing shoulders to shoulders, Red Ranger is still taller… Well, because the original SHF Tyranno Ranger is taller than both Dragon and KibaRanger so, Bandai did reuse the exact SHF Tyranno Ranger’s body, didn’t they? You can check my SHF Unmasked Green and White Ranger review here.
Well, yes… But, uhm… Is it just me? I feel like from the side view Red Ranger is still slightly taller than even the Tyranno Ranger but, there’s fabric sculpt around his neck which resembles to SHF Mammoth Ranger. Seems like Bandai was also reusing some part of SHF Mammoth Ranger’s body but, Mammoth Ranger himself stands equally to Tyranno Ranger himself. From the coloring, they appeared to be the same but, Red Ranger’s body seems to have doff red finishing but, his glossy red colored helmet is pretty much the same. Frankly, I can’t tell the difference from the helmet color except from their mouth plate. You can check my SHF Tyranno and Armed Tyranno Ranger review in here and here.
Red Ranger’s helmet joint was also permanently attached to his neck joint for swapping between Jason’s head, it’s pretty much the same like Armed Tyranno Ranger, while the regular Tyranno Ranger’s neck joint was permanently attached under his helmet in order to swap the neck piece of bonus Akibaranger part. So, these figures were made for different purpose so, we can’t attach Jason’s head into Tyranno Ranger’s body.
The hands between Red Ranger and Tyranno Ranger were done in the same white colored plastic but, the sculpt grasping hands for holding Power Sword and 2 Blade Blasters of Red Ranger is different compared to Tyranno Ranger’s grasping hands. Other than that they’re the same but, they still used for the same purpose lol.
Like the unmasked Green and White Ranger, I didn’t noticed these differences at first but, after I comparing the painting of Power Sword and Blade Blasters between Ryuugekiken and Ranger Stick/Gun/Sword, they appeared to have different paintjob as well. Bandai was clearly downgraded the detailings of Red Ranger’s weapons but… Feel free to point out by yourself.
Well, in “Gung Ho!” episode Tommy lend his Dragon Shield minus the arm bands to Jason temporarily so, we get to see the Red Ranger sports the Dragon Shield. In this picture, I simply attached my old Dragon Ranger’s armor into unmasked Red Ranger’s body and the armor fit perfectly nice. Afterall, it’s the same body format lol.
And thanks to the attached joint on the neck of Armed Tyranno Ranger’s helmet, this allows us to do headswap of Jason’s head into Armed Tyranno Ranger’s body to recreate Unmasked Armored Red Ranger. Yes, I’m fully aware that there’s no unmasked Armored Red Ranger but, I did this mainly for fun since we never get to see Jason using Tommy’s Dragon Shield….
I also did head swapping Jason’s head into Powerful Ranger parts but, like how I did on Tommy’s head this custom cost some little effort, you’ll need to remove the Red Ranger’s neck joint using hair dryer or hot water and attach it into Powerful Ranger’s neck part. Again, this appearance doesn’t even exist and had nothing to do in Power Rangers universe, since Sentai World didn’t relate to it. The American flag was meant to create a joke for Power Rangers regarding most people especially fanboys mistakenly thought Power Rangers were originally made in America.
If you’re not happy with Red Ranger’s missing Thunder Slinger and Ranger Slinger accessories you can just use your old SHF Tyranno Ranger or the US Market Ver.’s accessories to recreate Jason’s using his Thunder Slinger. Unfortunately, I’m sort of understand why Bandai didn’t include this accessories because, the Thunder Slingers were only used 1 time in “Gung Ho!” episode. The Ranger Slingers also made a very brief appearance as well but, they’re actually just used for stock footage after the rangers using their Thunder Slingers. Well, sounds lame, huh? In Zyuranger, the Thunder Slingers were used around 2 or 3 episodes.
Still the same thought like Tommy, I’m not really happy with the Jason’s head as well but, still a little better having extra head than just one helmet. Atleast, the only thing I’m grateful for this figure. Likeness? Another bad choice to pick because, Bandai clearly did it with zero intention since everything seems off from the head. What’s worse their price is no different from the original release on these day which they already skyrocketed alot. I say do not buy this figure, unless you’re an MMPR fanboy or it’s your first time collecting this line so, help yourself.
- Solid sculpt work and details.
- Clean Paintjob.
- Good and realistic proportioned Red Ranger figure like in the show.
- Currently one of the best Red Ranger action figure ever made.
- Some paint problem but, it’s tolerable.
- Crappy quality of the Jason’s head.
- Complete body reuse from S.H.Figuarts Mammoth Ranger with Tyranno Ranger’s helmet.
- Hard part swapping especially swapping the hand parts.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5
Somewhere in 2002….
Oo, Tommy? Your smile is creeping me out.
Not you too, Jason?!
I knew it….
Well, they never get along in real life….