Deluxe Ptera Charge Zord Armor Ranger
$19.99 from Walmart.com
The next wave of Zord Armors only brings us one new Zord Armor, and you know what? That’s okay. This release is the Deluxe Ptera Charge Zord Armor Ranger, which is just going to be called the Ptera Charge Zord Armor for the remainder of this review. As with previous Zord Armors, it includes the Zord Armor itself and a translucent “bike style” Ranger figure (in this case, a translucent Gold Ranger). Any 5″ Ranger figure of the Action Hero variety would be able to work with the Zord Armor just fine. Like others in the Dino Charge line of Zord Armors, it can transform from robot mode to dinosaur mode, and can be used in conjunction with other Megazords or Zord Armors via the ZordBuilder ports.
The figure, like those with the Dino Cycles, is really bad, and features five points of articulation, enough to be able to bend with the robot or sit on a bike. The translucent plastic is nice, if only to make it different than the actual one that came with the Dino Cycle.
The robot mode is actually sort of cool. It’s the same base mold as the other two, meaning we get stuck with the drill arms yet again. While they are slightly remolded to include little hands (since they act as wings for the dino mode), but it’s not enough new to make the toy worthwhile. The Pteranodon head on the shoulders is actually a nice touch to add a neat silhouette to the toy. The shoulders themselves are remolded a little bit to build on the dinosaur’s wing effect. As it is though, it’s definitely not bad.
The dinosaur mode has a lot of potential. The arms actually connect together to make decently convincing wings. The only drawback is the legs, which are obviously way to big to be convincing Pteranodon legs in any way shape or form. Upon closer inspection, there’s no other real place to hook them, so you either leave them off or deal with it. Leaving them off does make a really sleek flyer body that I really like.
The combination is fairly simple, and again leaves the legs dangling off the shoulders really weird. Thinking about it, the legs seem to be the most aggravating part of this entire toy in terms of modes and combinations. The combinations with both the Dino Charge Megazord and Ptera Charge Megazord is actually pretty neat in its own way. The profile it makes is pretty nice, though I can’t help but want something a little more than the silly drill.
Overall, the Ptera Charge Zord Armor is actually pretty decent, but still doesn’t really feel like a $19.99 toy. If you like the way it looks, and don’t mind the price, it offers a lot of fun ZordBuilder possibilities, and is probably the nicest of the three Zord Armors currently in the line. It’s not that bad at all, but not the best Dino Charge has to offer.