2020 Power Rangers Survey Hasbro’s Lightning Collection

From time to time, GrnRngr.com asks fans across the world to take surveys to gauge current fandom interest in various subject areas. All data is collected anonymously and overall results are shared with the online Power Rangers community once the surveys are completed.

Do you collect Lightning Collection figures?

Answer % of Votes
Yes, specific favorite characters 40%
Yes, all of them 38%
Yes, specific favorite teams 14%
No 8%

What is you number one favorite thing about Lightning Collection figures?

The most common recurring theme amongst people’s answers was the actual physical appearance of the Rangers themselves, with the sculpt of the figures cited most often both for its original qualities (life-like wrinkles) as well as perceived improvements over their Legacy Collection predecessors (realistic/non-overly-muscular torsos).

Next up in popularity was articulation & posability - these figures are able to mimic iconic poses used in the show.

Coming in at a close third were the presence of civilian heads followed closely by the anthology approach leading to a wide variety of characters from different seasons.

Finally, accessories were a commonly mentioned trait - both in terms of weapons and effects parts.

What is you number one least favorite thing about Lightning Collection figures?

More than one in ever three respondents mentioned paint - more often than not this was an issue of incorrect application (i.e. not aligned, completely out of place) but lack of finer details was also mentioned.

Over 28% of respondents mentioned something that fell into a large category related to general poor quality control or inconsistencies between releases of members of the same team.

The next most frequent thorn in respondents sides was poor actor likenesses regarding the civilian heads, with multiple users referring to them as some variety of “nightmarish”.

Honorable mentions go to general availability (especially outside the United States), too much focus on MMPR, and missing accessories (Zeo Ranger III’s Power Weapons mentioned the most).

Which series would you be interested in purchasing future Lightning Collection figures from? Select all that apply.

Percentages represent the portion of total survey respondents who selected the series.

Rank Series % of Votes
1 Power Rangers in Space 60.3%
2 Boom! Studios comics 59.2%
3 Power Rangers Time Force 58.6%
4 Power Rangers Dino Thunder 54.6%
5 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 53.2%
6 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue 52.9%
7 Power Rangers S.P.D. 51.7%
8 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 51.1%
9 Power Rangers RPM 50.9%
10 Power Rangers Zeo 50.0%
11 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 49.4%
12 Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers 48.9%
13 Power Rangers Mystic Force 48.3%
14 Power Rangers Ninja Storm 46.6%
Power Rangers Super Megaforce 46.6%
16 Power Rangers Jungle Fury 46.3%
17 Power Rangers Dino Fury 46.0%
18 Power Rangers Turbo 44.8%
19 Power Rangers Wild Force 44.3%
20 Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge 43.4%
21 Power Rangers Beast Morphers 40.2%
22 Power Rangers (Super) Samurai 35.1%
23 Saban’s Power Rangers (2017 film) 33.6%
24 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 29.9%
25 Power Rangers Megaforce 29.0%
26 Power Rangers Operation Overdrive 28.2%
27 Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel 26.7%
28 Other 14.4%

Respondents who selected “Other” were asked to specify what other series they were interested in:

  1. 40% of users who specified an “Other” series mentioned Power Rangers HyperForce.
  2. 20% of users who specified an “Other” series mentioned unused Super Sentai series, with Dairanger mentioned multiple times.
  3. 16% of users who specified an “Other” series mentioned at least one of the other Saban Entertainment shows - BeetleBorgs, VR Troopers, and/or Masked Rider.

Please rank the series you would potentially purchase Lightning Collection figures from in the future.

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures from at least one specific series.

While the previous question measures the series as if all are equal, this question is meant to demonstrate how passionate respondents are about the various series.

Rank Answer Points
1 Power Rangers in Space 4906
2 Power Rangers Time Force 4559
3 Boom! Studios comics 4173
4 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 4096
5 Power Rangers Dino Thunder 4015
6 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue 3904
7 Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers 3839
8 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 3811
9 Power Rangers Zeo 3795
10 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 3793
11 Power Rangers S.P.D. 3660
12 Power Rangers RPM 3530
13 Power Rangers Mystic Force 3285
14 Power Rangers Ninja Storm 3267
15 Power Rangers Jungle Fury 3104
16 Power Rangers Turbo 3095
17 Power Rangers Wild Force 2990
18 Power Rangers Super Megaforce 2846
19 Power Rangers Dino Fury 2537
20 Power Rangers Dino (Super) Charge 2436
21 Power Rangers Beast Morphers 2106
22 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 1933
23 Power Rangers (Super) Samurai 1920
24 Saban’s Power Rangers (2017 film) 1771
25 Power Rangers Operation Overdrive 1467
26 Power Rangers Megaforce 1350
27 Power Rangers (Super) Ninja Steel 1049
28 Other 783
total possible points 9831

Results are weighted based on individual rankings. A “perfect score” would be achieved if every respondent who would purchase any Lightning Collection figure ranked a given series #1.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures of recurring villains (i.e. Rita, Zedd, etc.)?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 85%
No 15%

Any particular villains near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection villain figures.

Nearly 90% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single villain on their wish list.

  1. Mentioned by over 30% of respondents, Astronema was by far the most popular response. Possibly unsurprisingly, Ecliptor came in second, listed by over 20% of respondents.
  2. Partners of Goldar ranked third and fourth, with Scorpina mentioned by over 15% and Rito Revolto listed by over 13%.
  3. The number five spot, listed by over 12%, went to Anton Mercer himself, Mesogog.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ransik, Zen-Aku, Divatox, Darkonda, and Emperor Gruumm.

Honorable mentions go to Diabolico and the Machine Empire (almost always listed as a group, but King Mondo named most as an individual), who both finished just outside the top 10.

At the time of the survey, figures had been released of Lord Zedd, Goldar, Rita Repulsa, Blaze, Drakkon, and 6 of the Psycho Rangers.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures of “monsters of the week”?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 60%
No 40%

Any particular “monsters of the week” near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection monster figures.

71% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single monster on their wish list.

  1. Named by over 25% of respondents is the Evil Space Alien featured in so many of the early promotional materials (and the unaired pilot), King Sphinx.
  2. Over 20% of respondents replied with a pair of perennial “P” favorites - Pumpkin Rapper and Pudgy Pig.
  3. Rounding out the top 5, GrnRngr.com monster mascot Eye Guy was named by 16% of respondents followed by yet another season 1 fiend, Knasty Knight with almost 10%.

After that, the field gets very varied - if your favorite Monster du Jour isn’t one of the popular choices, it’s just as likely to be a unique pick from just about any season.

That said, it takes until spot #13 to find a monster that isn’t from MMPR and that honor goes to everyone’s favorite pizza chef, Mad Mike.

At the time of the survey, no figures had been released of any “monsters of the week”.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures of “disposable baddies” (i.e. Putties)?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 65%
No 35%

Any particular “disposable baddies” near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection “disposable baddies” figures.

Over 78% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single “disposable baddies” on their wish list.

  1. Mentioned by nearly 35% of respondents, Quantrons were by far the most popular response.
  2. Over 30% of respondents named Tenga Warriors, with some respondents preferring the “Tengu” spelling used in the first feature film.
  3. The top 5 continued with more Zordon-era cannon fodder: Cogs (22%), Z Putties (20%), and Piranhatrons (15%).

Honorable mentions go to Cyclobots, Tyrannodrones, and Stingwingers, each named by over 10% of respondents.

At the time of the survey, figures had been released of the Putty Patrollers.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures of supporting characters?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 66%
No 34%

Any particular supporting characters near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection supporting characters figures.

Over 79% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single supporting character on their wish list.

  1. Perhaps unsurprisingly, over 47% of respondents named the iconic duo of Bulk & Skull.
  2. In a distant second place, and named by almost 15% of respondents was the famous sage Ninjor.
  3. While over fifty secondary character were named, the only other two that were named by at least 10% of respondents were Dr. K (almost 12%) and Ernie (just over 10%).

At the time of the survey, figures had been released of Zordon and Alpha 5.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection figures of Megazords (i.e. non-combining figures in the 6” scale)?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 57%
No 43%

Any particular Megazords near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection Megazord figures.

Over 83% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single Megazord on their wish list.

  1. With just over 15% of respondents mentioning it, the Astro Megazord was the most popular request for a potential Lightning Collection figure release.
  2. With just under 15% of respondents mentioning it, the original Megazord came in at a close second.
  3. The next two answers appeared the most in the submissions - the Delta Squad Megazord and the (technically-not-a-Megazord) Dragonzord.

It should be noted that nearly 7% of respondents had some variant on all Megazords as their response.

At the time of the survey, no figures had been released of any Megazords.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection role-play items (i.e. morphers, weapons, etc.)?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 74%
No 26%

Any particular role-play items near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection role-play items.

Almost 85% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least a single reoleplay item on their wish list.

Of those respondents, over 83% responded with a morpher and nearly 60% with a weapon whereas just over 5% responded with a specific helmet and just under 5% with something that doesn't fall into one of those three categories.

  1. Morphers: the overwhelming favorite was easily the Astro Morpher (~14%) which was requested by over twice as many respondents as all other morphers except the second place finisher, the Turbo Morpher (~9%). That said, even more respondents replied by saying all morphers (~17%).
  2. Weapons: over 8% of respondents named the Quasar Saber as the role-play weapon they would like to see get some love, followed by a general desire to be able to complete the Power Blaster (~7%).
  3. Helmets: more people requested helmets in general than all other specific helmets combined, but the top two requests were the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger and the Zeo Gold Ranger.

At the time of the survey, role-play items had been released of the Dragon Dagger, the Power Morpher and the Red and White Mighty Morphin helmets.

Would you be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection Megazords in a “deluxe” scale?

Answer % of Votes
Yes 76%
No 24%

Any particular Megazords near the top of your list?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection Deluxe Megazord figures.

Almost 71% of respondents who answered Yes to the previous question provided at least one Deluxe Megazord on their wish list.

  1. Over 21% of respondents listed the Astro Megazord, continuing to show Power Rangers in Space’s strong popularity for seemingly any collector’s release.
  2. Close behind at just over 18% is the Legacy release that was seemingly pulled from our grasp, the Shogun Megazord.
  3. Finally, tied with just under 10% each are the Thunder Megazord and Wild Force Megazord.

It should be noted that roughly 4.5% of respondents had some variant on all Megazords as their request.

What is the one “must have” feature that must be present for you in a Lightning Collection “Deluxe” Megazord?

This question was only asked of those respondents who reported that they would be interested in purchasing Lightning Collection Deluxe Megazord figures.

Answer % of Votes
Combinability
(individual zords and bigger combinations)
36%
Premium materials
(quality plastic and diecast where appropriate)
28%
Premium paint
(and no stickers)
23%
Premium articulation
(for posability)
13%

Any other items you’d like to see released as part of the Lightning Collection?

While many respondents took the opportunity to provide a wish list of items that fall in the above categories, the intent of this question was to determine if there is interest in exploring other areas. Two general categories stood out among those submissions:

  1. Playsets/Dioramas: many respondents expressed interest in having settings to display their Lightning Collection figures in, with the Command Center being the most often listed. Other submissions included various Ranger headquarters, villain lairs, and Megazord cockpits.
  2. Accessory Packs: Rangers are known for their often vast arsenals and respondents want to see these items made available for their Lightning Collection figures in any way possible.

What is you favorite Lightning Collection release so far?

While the variety of answers cover almost all of the releases so far, one item was named more than twice as often as any other single item - the In Space Psycho Rangers 5-pack.

In second-place, a three-way tie between the Mighty Morphin Lord Zedd & Rita Repulsa 2-pack, Wave 2’s Lost Galaxy Magna Defender and Wave 3’s Mighty Morphin Lord Drakkon.

Close behind in fifth-place was Wave 5’s Mighty Morphin Ranger Slayer.