The third wave of Hasbro’s Power Rangers Lightning Collection has likely surfaced online.
In a series of Walmart online toy listings found by Twitter user @PowerRangerTalk, Wave 3 of the Lightning Collection will evidently feature:
•Red Ranger (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
•Gold Ranger (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
•Blue Ranger (Power Rangers Beast Morphers)
•Lord Drakkon (BOOM! Studios’ Comics)
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Yellow Ranger is also expected to release as a Lightning Collection figure, but may not do so until a later time.
The lineup will still lean heavily on Hasbro’s skew towards male characters, bringing the Lightning Collection’s total to 20 male characters and 1 female character.
Three of the characters in Wave 3 will be a part of the dino-themed teamup coming to Power Rangers Beast Morphers in 2020, with all but Lord Drakkon expected to appear on the show. The upcoming teamup is the likely reason for the third wave of Hasbro’s toy line leaning very heavily into Power Rangers’ dino-themed seasons (click here for more on the upcoming teamup episode).
While unconfirmed, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Red Ranger figure will likely feature a human head for Jason Scott, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Yellow Ranger figure will likely feature a human head for Trini Kwan. Hasbro stated at San Diego Comic Con 2019 that they have no plans to release an action figure with more than one human head (click here for more on Hasbro’s San Diego Comic Con comments).
The Wave 3 figures are expected to hit stores in late 2019, or early 2020.
At San Diego Comic Con 2019, Hasbro also officially announced, for the first time, the complete Wave 2 of Lightning Collection action figures, which includes the long-rumored:
• Pink Ranger, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
• Magna Defender, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
• Red Ranger, Power Rangers Beast Morphers
• Gold Ranger, Power Rangers Beast Morphers
The Power Rangers Lightning Collection is a line of action figures with an emphasis on quality. The line will span over time to include action figures based on different Power Rangers heroes and villains, each with a premium design.
Each action figure will include weapons, accessories, and swappable heads. Some figures, where necessary, could include multiple accessories or swappable heads.
Action figures in the Lightning Collection line will stand at 6 inches tall, and feature 27 points of articulation. Hasbro will also be including optional special effects with each figure.
The brand new toy line will be Hasbro’s equivalent to Marvel’s Legends line, or Star Wars’ Black Series line. Many fans will liken it to Bandai America’s previous Power Rangers Legacy line.
The strategy marks a different approach from Bandai’s, the former maker of Power Rangers toys from 1993-2018. While Bandai planned its Legacy Figure waves around the release of complete seasons, Hasbro appears unafraid to jump across all 25 years of the Power Rangers timeline. Some fans may be excited to see representation from every point in Power Rangers history (with villains included), while others may grow weary of the possibility that they may never see complete teams released.