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Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power …

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

Ah, Mighty Morphin power Rangers. By now, I m sure everybody reading this knows that the footage was cobbled together from a bunch of Japanese shows, then combined with re-filmed scenes at Angel Valley, and then mutated a little more into the show that nineties kids grew up with. But the important thing is: Monsters. Whether it s a Kaiju series like Ultraman or a sentai series like any of the dozen or so used for Power Rangers, the shows will feature a new rubber suit every week! In times long past, the Power Rangers toy lines included plenty of such awesome beasties, but for the last decade or so nada. That has changed this year. We ve got monsters! FINALLY! And one of the most striking ones is Puzzler.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

Puzzler was an enemy in Power Rangers Dino Charge Thunder Ninja Turbo Storm one of those shows (ed. Dino Charge). His original Japanese name was Debo Kokokendo, and he fought with mazes, chess games, and by smacking people with a flag. So he s not even a super-current bad guy, but he s clearly memorable enough to warrant a toy. Yay!

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

This is a bright, garish creature, and until you realize the maze aesthetic, he almost looks like a weird electric tribal mashup. Although the paint is one of his big drawing points, it isn t perfect. He s practically unpainted in the back, as well as on his legs it s sadly lazy, because you can see so many details just left out!

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

Sculpturally, Puzzler has a lot going for him. It isn t ust a general maze design, you can actually spot the START and END points on his body, as well as a DEAD END in one leg (unpainted). Notably, he has an extra face on his torso is that his true face? It s hard to tell.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

The thing is, even in spite of the unpaitned parts, his sculpt is quite detailed. The maze can even be solved, if you feel like spending your time that way.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

The articulation, however, is criminal. It s so bad that I couldn t realistically get the usual twenty photos of this figure. He has swivel arms (which barely move, and have frozen elbows), ball-jointed hips, and hinged knees, but everything feels stiff and constricted. Puzzler can stand, or he can stand at kind of a crouch. He can hold his flag up, or down.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

The flag is a nice accessory. It reads GOAL on both sides of the banner, which makes sense since the exit to his maze is in his wrist. It s also show-accurate.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

Overall, despite the lacking paint and cheap articulation, this figure s visual design is good enough to make hi worth it. I can t think of any other toys on the market that look like this, though his face is somewhat reminiscent of those Tiki toys from about a decade ago, maybe.

Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Puzzler (Mighty Morphin Power ...

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