Over the years, I have slowly transitioned from someone who constantly plays with action figures to some one who… well, prominently displays action figures and constantly contemplates playing with them. Sitting here in my office I can easily reach out and grab:
- A LEGO version of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing from Star Wars (the original version with the “yellow” figurine)
- Jay and Silent Bob action figures, shaking hands and sharing smokes with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock toys
- Just about every Green Lantern fig available, from Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, to Medphyll and Alfred E.Neumann
The list could go on, but you get the idea. One subset of my geekery that is surprising absent from display is Power Rangers, and if there’s one thing people react frequent this site would know about me, it’s that I really like Power Rangers. So I’ve decided to rectify this, and with the help of some excellent reproduction decals and a little elbow grease, I’ll have my original Ranger Megazord toys display-ready in no time, starting with the original Red Ranger’s Tyrannosaurus Dinozord!
Before we get into the meat of the restoration, lets have a quick peek at how this toy would’ve looked back in its prime in 1993:
Now to contrast, this is what I had to work with when I pulled the toy out of storage after 20 years:
Notice that most of the decals had been completely removed or had fallen off, leaving giant globs of once-sticky residue all over the piece. Luckily, this figure didn’t have any real detachable parts, so the toys as a whole was intact (which is more than I can say for some of the other figures in the collection, but more on that in future discussions).
After working on the goop-covered areas for about 45 minutes with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and AVON Skin-So-Soft sunblock spray (I always keep some on hand for this kind of work, you’d really be surprised how well that stuff de-sticks old stickers and glue), and giving the figure a good rinse off/air dry, it was time to apply the new labels.
Enter Reprolabels, one of the best places I’ve found online to purchase reproduction decals for older toys, ranging from early PR figs to just about every iteration of Transformers toys out there. It took a little while to apply all of the new stickers to the figure (mostly due my nervous, coffee-addled, and otherwise naturally shaky hands), but when all was said and done, I was thrilled with the end result:
And there you have it. The new decals are a marked improvement over what was originally packaged with the toy, and features many segments that were altogether absent from the original look, including chrome detailing on the tail, red and black sections to better detail the tops of the legs, and the cannons found inside the mouth. In fact, if I had one complaint for the whole experience (and it’s a minuscule complaint at that) it would be that there was no placement diagram included with the new decals, so I had to go online and look up a few pics of the actual on-screen costume to figure out where they should go. Overall, I was extremely happy with the project as a whole, and the new decals have really breathed new life into this old toy.
Join me next time when I take a look at restoring the rest of the figures that make up the original Dino Megazord… and MAY THE POWER PROTECT YOU!