Sunday, July 8, 2012
Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Basic: Leo, Raph, Mike, Don action figure review
With this level of detail I was shocked to see "Playmates Toys" on the package. Playmates has just set the bar for 'kids toys' which these are of course aimed at. The facial expressions on the brothers are excellent. Michelangelo's gin, Raphael's grimace, Leo's cocky sneer, and Donatello's stoic faces are just perfect for each one. Yes, they have three toes. You will quickly forget this however and an avid customizer could easily Apoxie-sculpt the two together.
Articulation is far beyond what I was expecting. These guys have amazing ball jointed heads that can tilt in any direction for great expressive poses. Ball shoulders/elbows/knees, and swivel wrists. The hips aren't truly ball but move up and turn like the Gargan Venom figure so they can sit or run. It works just fine for ball-style hip range however. These are similar to the ball-in-cup Marvel legends style and work the same way. The 'groin' part of the front shell is a floating piece that moves so they can get into a sitting pose. The range on the elbows and knees can be tweaked by removing some pad-strap-plastic inside the elbow or just heating them up so they can get a full 90 deg.
Paint application is really nicely done. Each skin color is molded in color and uses a nice matte plastic. The bandanas, eyes, pads, and gauze are all painted with very little slop tho I did see a Leonardo on the pegs with white leaking on to his mask. Pick the best ones. The range of plastic colors here is really amazing as even their belt colors are slightly different.
Accessories abound in this series and are styled like the vintage TMNT figures, all attached to little sprues. Clip them free and you get a truly amazing assortment. Each turtle comes with their signature weapons but have alternate versions. Raph has half-sai, Don has a 3-piece bo staff, Leo a samurai sword, and Mike a chained kama. But they also get two throwing stars and secondary weapons. Leo has three great looking Kunai knives you'll want duplicates of.
So what's the verdict? Go out and buy these. RIGHT. NOW. Get yourself what have to be the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures since NECA's take. The three-toed feet might take 5 minutes to get use to, tops. Then you'll forget all about it. Customizers take note, all the heads swap. Their primary weapons store in the back as well which is a nice feature. And you get a ton of highly detailed weapons for just $8.99. In 2012 where your average figures are pushing $16 that's a deal. Our sponsors Past Generation Toys and Big Bad Toy Store have them so snag these turtles up!