While they’re still not brilliant designs, the new suits in the Power Rangers reboot weirdly work way better as toys. Why? Because the toys don’t have that weird bowling-ball-esque texture, and the bright, shiny color actually makes them feel way more like Power Rangers.
Bandai unveiled the first toys from the Power Rangers movie at San Diego Comic-Con today, and naturally, they’re action figures of the Rangers. While we might ooh and aah over the fancy articulation, or the fact they’re in scale with Bandai’s upcoming line of Legacy Power Rangers figures (promising toys of every incarnation of the show), the thing that stands out the most to me is that by removing the swirly, hyper-detailed texture of the suits, and brightening the colors in the process, these suits have a much closer aesthetic to something you’d expect out of the Power Rangers.
Seriously, replace the silver on these toys with white, and they’d feel much more in line with the classic spandex of the original Mighty Morphin’ rangers. I guess, for a franchise that was all about the giant robots and big weapons and tons of monsters every week (that you could then turn into merchandise), the fact that the new Rangers work better as toys to sell is kind of perfect.
No details about when the figures would be out were announced—after all, the movie is still just under a year away—but I’m looking forward to these a little more than I am the actual film for now.