A few months ago it was announced that new additions would be coming to Walmart’s Retro Power Rangers toyline, these being 7-inch action figures of iconic Megazord suits from across the history of the franchise. One of the biggest selling points for these releases is their VHS-inspired packaging to invoke the memories back in the day of recording your favorite episodes of the teenagers with attitude. These new releases have just started releasing both in stores and online at Walmart and today let’s take a look at each of them and what they have to offer.
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The first two entries in this line are none other than the original 2 Megazords from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the Dino Megazord from Season 1, and the Thunder Megazord from Season 2. For the outside of their packaging, each Megazord is seen with relevant villains posed around to oppose them. For the Dino Megazord, this includes Rita Repusla as the season antagonist and Goldar as the main opponent as he was the first to fight this Megazord in the season. Thunder Megazord swaps these roles out for Lord Zedd and Pirantishead.
Inside both of these boxes is the VHS aesthetic in full force with custom hand-drawn inspired labels and a matching tape look. The backsides of these inserts are where the figure itself lays, packaged in tissue paper as part of Hasbro’s new Plastic-Free Packaging initiative appearing in all of their toylines.
The Dino Megazord and Thunder Megazord come with exactly what they need to, each having their swords seen in the series. While this is all Dino has there is a sheath given with Thunder as well. For articulation these figures are nothing crazy, their arms, hands, and head can move around along with limited movement in the legs. They aren’t the most amazing versions of these figures but for their price, they make for great display options, especially with the backdrops included in the back of the VHS inserts.
Other than MMPR the next Megazord to appear in this Wave is the Galaxy Megazord from Lost Galaxy, being the most detailed of the 3 it also comes with a sword like the others but has the bonus feature of also including a removable condor backpack that can be balanced in the hand like the weapon seen on screen. For this box, the opponents seen are Trakeena and Gasser.
THE MYSTERIOUS ZORD
For the final entry in Wave 1, Hasbro decided to release its own version of Ninjakon. This “Megazord” was never seen from Ninja Storm but was released exclusively in the Bandai America toy line back in 2003 as a repaint of the original Ninjor toy from MMPR Season 3. As both a reference to that strange toy-only item as well as an opportunity to save costs with mold reuse Hasbro has repainted the Retro Morph Ninjor figure released also at Walmart last fall to give Ninjakon another chance to enter collections.
For this reason, Ninjakon functions exactly the same as the Retro Morph Ninjor figure and can swap between battle modes and includes and sword with a sheath. The only new pieces for this release are the chest plate and heads for both modes, with his default head being brand new but his warrior mode head being the same as Ninjor except for a new smirk added to the face.
Despite never appearing in the series the villains on the box trend continues here as well with the Ninja Storm villains Lothor and Zurgane.
All four of these Power Rangers Megazord releases are available both online and in stores at Walmart as well as limited quantities on Hasbro Pulse retailing for $15.49. A second wave of four unknown choices is also in the works for later in 2022. You can check out an in-depth look at all of these releases as well as how they scale with the Power Rangers Lightning Collection in my video here:
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