Review: Dino Charger Power Packs – Series 1 Wave 1 (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Dino Charger Power Packs – Series 1 (Wave 1)
$7.99 at Most Major Retailers (Purchased from Target)
Like the Ranger Keys before them, the Dino Chargers also have packs to help expand your collection. Each pack retails for roughly $7.99 ($8.99 or $9.99 at some locations) and includes two Dino Chargers and a small dinosaur figure based on the main Charger in the pack. Additionally, to make collecting more interesting (and to get you to buy every Power Pack) the second Dino Charger included in these packs are “Fossilized” versions. While the outside casing is the same, the picture inside has a brown background, and transfers between the skeleton of the dinosaur to the printed picture! The Dino Charger packs available in the first year are all labeled Series 1 (16 known at this time), but are separated into multiple different waves. Our first wave of Dino Charger Power Packs consists of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Parasaurolophus, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and Triceratops.
The T-Rex Mini Zord comes with the T-Rex Charger (1) and a fossilized Ammonite Charger (20).
The Para Mini Zord comes with the Para Charger (2) and a fossilized Deinosuchus Charger (12).
The Stego Mini Zord comes with the Stego Charger (3) and a fossilized Styracosaurus Charger (14).
The Raptor Mini Zord comes with the Raptor Charger (4) and a fossilized Iguanodon Charger (18).
The Tricera Mini Zord comes with the Tricera Charger (5) and a fossilized Diplodocus Charger (16).
The Mini Zords are incredible. At the core they’re poorly painted, and don’t offer a lot of playability, but there’s something I love about them. The main gimmick is that the Zord can split in two, and a Charger can be placed in between the two pieces. It doesn’t encapsulate the entire Charger, so the end product is kind of funny looking. Regardless, you can mix and match the two halves of the Zord to create some fun combinations. With over 30 Power Packs more than likely getting released over the course of the seasons, we’re definitely going to get all 24 known dinosaurs from Kyoryuger. That’s the greatest part. They might be a bit “chibi” style, but we’ll be getting toys for all of the guardian Zyudenryu that never got toys in Japan. That’s just awesome. The Chargers themselves are nothing really new. Of course these packs give us a few new Chargers we never seen before, meaning new sounds in the Dino Charge Morpher. While the fossilized Chargers don’t offer new sounds different from the main ones, they’re a unique thing we can do to help expand the collections. The effect is cool and I really like it.
Overall, these packs are great. While releasing 3-4 Chargers a pack instead of two would be more efficient, it lets us keep the price point of the Ranger Key Packs while getting a really awesome dinosaur toy too. The toys are really great and help give an added edge to these things over the Japanese release style or the Ranger Key Sets of the past. They’re a great way to get all the Chargers, and I can’t wait to see more dinosaurs pop up over time.