Deluxe Titanus The Carrier Zord
Review by Christopher Andre
First, a bit of history.
When Tommy and Jason went on a quest to find weapons capable of destroying the super putties, they stumbled upon Titanus, who was guarding them. After getting the weapons, Zordon informed them that Titanus was an ally, and would lend a hand when needed. A few episodes later, Titanus combined with the (yet unnamed on screen) Megadragonzord and formed the Ultrazord, the mightiest zord in that season. Titanus was forgotten when the Rangers powered up to the Thunderzord, but was re-activated and modified to combined with the Ninja and Shogun Megafalconzords to form a new Ultrazord.
Now, let’s talk about the real thing.
Titanus is a HUGE toy: 22 inches long, around 10 high. Even knowing the beast’s size, I was still surprise when I got it. Out of the box, Titanus is easy to assemble… safe for the FORTY or so stickers to place. You’ll never convince me that a 4 year-old kid can do it, but I digress. Even left alone, Titanus is a heck of an addition to a collection.
The monster has two modes: “carrier mode” and “attack mode”. In “attack mode”, the tail becomes the cannon, the back opens up to reveal a compartment design to house a Megazord, and the chest comes out. And of course, it has a motor, meaning you can make it roll around and dribble while watching it.
But the real fun starts when you combine it with the Original (sometimes called “mighty” or “Dino”) Megazord and the Dragonzord. Titanus was released three times. First during the MMPR season 1, Then MMPR season 3 (dubbed The Return of Titanus, including a non-functional version of the Dragonzord chest plate) and finally “Space Titanus”, during the PRiS arc (the poor thing got the head and pawns cut off, and a modified chest).
The Ultrazord is definitely something to be reckoned with. Huge, heavy and scary. The Dragonzord’s tail and chest become Titanus Tail and “chest”. Titanus’ chest and pawns become chest pieces and gloves for the Megadragonzord. The chains are used as reins. Even if that combination is smaller than the next season Ultrazord, it has a little something making it more impressive.
You can also use Titanus as a “carrier” (hope so, that’s its name “The CARRIER zord”) of sort, by connecting the chain to the harness, snap them under the Megazord “Tank mode”. When the motor is activated, he’ll move around like Titanus.
Finally, you can combine Titanus with either the Shogun or Ninja Megafalconzord (or any megazord that is roughly the Original’s size), to form new ultrazord combinations. A re-release of Titanus, dubbed “Return of Titanus”, including the Dragonzord’s chest plate, have been specially made for that purpose (and to make some extra money).
The only differences with his Japanese counterpart are found in the stickers, modified to fit the Power Rangers line (understand big Ms and lightning bolts…). Even the motor and Zyurangers logo have been left untouched.
I highly recommend this zord if you are a fan of Super Sentai. A must have if you loved the Saban Era of Power Rangers. You don’t know what a real Ultrazord is until you have seen this one.
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|Posted 20 November, 2011 - 15:56 by Christopher Andre|