“Dino Charge Mini Toy Review 1”

December 3, 2014

Our first Dino Charge toys are now available at Toys R Us stores, and I wanted to do some quick reviews & pictures of the toys.

First up is the Deluxe Dino Charge Megazord. I really like this Megazord, and I didn’t actually think I would. The size of it is great, not too big, but still large enough to feel massive. The three Zords look really good on their own, though there is some missing paint details. I like that each Zord has a feature that is activated by the Dino Chargers. The Megazord mode itself is easy enough to form, and look very cool & colorful. There are the normal points of articulation, plus some extra Zord Builder connectors. However, unlike the Deluxe Legendary Megazord, there aren’t connectors everywhere, just on the side of each leg, and on the top left shoulder. I do wish the full sword & shield form was fully accessible, but just having the sword is good. The translucent T-Rex Dino Charger is an awesome plus.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

The Para & Raptor Zords are great additions. Each Zord has a great design, and a good range of poseability. Again, there are areas of missing paint, but I can overlook that. The Dino Charger activated features are really good. The Raptor Zord’s claw feature looks impressive. Combining these with the T-Rex for a new Megazord combo makes them even more fun.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

I decided to only get the Dino Cycle with the Red Ranger, since this is the one cycle that will appear in the show. I’m very pleased to see Bandai America return to making cycles that will fit 5” figures. It’s also good to have an actual poseable figure included with the cycle. Granted both the figure & the cycle lack some paint detailing. The cycle still looks good, but a bit more silver would have helped. The two individual dinos look okay, but still a bit off with the lack of paint. There are Zord Connector ports on these pieces, allowing you to connect them to various Megazords.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

I was looking forward to the US Deluxe Dino Saber, and I’m pleased with the result. The saber measures about 19 inches, and the weight is very well balanced. Where the Japanese version felt like it would break if it was swung too hard, this sword is perfect. The best feature of the saber is the blade. It is a good size, and lights up when you press the trigger button. There are a series of three clashing sounds, and then a special slash attack sound when you insert a Dino Charger. It cannot read what Dino Charger you put into it though. It just recognizes that there is a charger in it. The jaw does not open, but it is still just as fun loading the chargers into the saber. The small paint details that are missing do not take away anything from the saber.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Now we have the Deluxe Dino Charge Morpher. I always look forward to the morpher, and this one does not disappoint. Now I should say here that yes, I did paint my Morpher. While I don’t think the Morpher looked completely bad with the missing paint, I still wanted mine to have all the details. So I used a silver Sharpie, Testors Acrylic paints, and a steady hand to make my Deluxe Dino Charge Morpher look accurate.

The Morpher is a very fun toy, with tons of continued play value. Just as a blaster alone, it looks great and feels very sturdy. I would have liked for it to be just about a quarter of an inch bigger, but it’s still fine. There are a series of blast sounds that it cycles through, and causes the “Energize Chamber” (as I’m calling it) to light up. The real fun comes from using the Dino Chargers. The Morpher recognizes all the Dino Charges, and has two voices that call out phrases for them. After inserting a charger, the Morpher will say “*name of charger* Engage. Energize!” That is your cue to then spin the Energize Chamber. Once you do, a charging sound will activate. Finally, press the trigger, the morpher will call out, “Unleash the Power” and the Morphing sounds will occur, followed by the Morpher calling out “*name of Dinosaur* Power Ranger *color*.” When you press the trigger after this, it causes a new blasting sound. If you spin the Energize Chamber again, it will repeat the morph process from that point forward.

You can combine the Deluxe Dino Charge Morpher with the Deluxe Dino Saber to form the Dino Cannon. Now due to the longer blade on the saber, this combined form ends up looking a bit different from the show. However, the size and overall look is still good. This mode activates a new blast sound from the Morpher.

I highly recommend the Morpher for kids & collector alike. Collectors will enjoy it, and can easily paint it like I did. For kids, they’ll love using all the Dino Chargers with it, and it is even a bit educational in teaching the names of Dinosaurs.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

If you haven’t yet, also download the Dino Charge Scanner App. This is, hands down, the BEST Power Rangers App Bandai America has made. You can level up you rank, scan your Dino Chargers, view the Spring Dino Charge toys, put together your toy wish list, earn coupons & wallpapers rewards, take pictures & add Dino Charge elements to them, and morph yourself into the Dino Charge Rangers. The Morphing element is much improved over the Super Megaforce App. This new app will track your head movements, and keep the helmet on your head, giving you a much more enjoyable experience. Finally, the app has the Dino Charge theme song, and it’s free!

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

I think the Dino Charge toy line is off to an outstanding start, and should only continue to get better.



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