7 Inch Scale
Despite being one of the core villains in the TMNT mythos, Rocksteady hasn’t gotten a figure in decades. To be fair, when the Ninja Turtles were relaunched in 2003, Rocksteady and Bebop were omitted as characters. Since that time, they’ve remained a fan favorite and now that Playmates is making a toy line in honor of the long history of the TMNT, Rocksteady (along with Bebop) was a natural choice for the line.
Even in the vintage line, Rocksteady and Bebop only recieved two “regular versions. The first release and the mutating version. None of the subsequent releases had a regular style, instead they tended to be doing some sort of wacky action or job. Playmates has had a lot of years to come up with a standardized look for the character, but what they’ve delivered here isn’t exactly that.
The TMNT Classics line has been a bit of an amalgamation from the beginning, but they also have a bit of their own style to them. There doesn’t appear to be a real rhyme or reason to their choices at times, but that doesn’t make this Rocksteady any less awesome. It’s clearly the best Rocksteady on a variety of merits. Continue reading
5 Inch Scale
Snakeweed (briefly called Stinkweed) was one of the first additional mutant villains we saw in the new Ninja Turtles line. It should be no surprise that he was also one of the first introduced in the Nickelodeon cartoon. Surprisingly, despite coming in earlier in the line, he’s in a lot of ways better than some of the later creations.
Snakeweed represents a real change in philosophy for the Ninja Turtles line, offering up quite a bit of articulation and completely new functions that previous TMNT figures have never had. Yet, this is very clearly a Playmates toy, with many of the stalwart pieces we’ve come to know from the house of Turtle. So is this figure worth adding to you collection this holiday season? Continue reading
5 Inch Scale
In the 1980′s TMNT cartoon, Leatherhead is sort of a generic mutant villain who spoke like he was the reincarnation of cajun chef, Justin Wilson. In the Archie TMNT comics, Leatherhead developed beyond this point to actually become a hero. However, it was in the original Mirage comics that Leatherhead got his start.
In the Mirage comics, Leatherhead is an important character as he’s the only other “mutant” created by the TCRI mutagen. Unlike his cartoon counterpart, he’s actually a brilliant creature, who was raised by the Utroms and wants to get back to their homeworld, as he only really feels at home with the Utroms.
The new Nickelodeon show has Leatherhead be a bit closer to his roots, but since the Utroms (Kraang) are evil, he’s more of a generic mutant than anything. Leatherhead loses some of his special qualities because of this, but he’s still a character that has appeared a few times and has potential to be more. So how is the action figure form? Continue reading
One of the oldest traditions in the world of action figures is the vehicle. Almost every toyline in the 1980′s had some sort of car, plane or contraption to cruise around in. Oftentimes they had multiple vehicles, many of which made absolutely no sense. The concept of vehicles in toylines is almost extinct these days, but Playmates still worships the old gods, and the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles toyline has cranked out more vehicles in their short year on the shelves than just about any other toyline on the market today.
While some of the vehicles are wacky and par for the course for the turtles, one of the newest vehicles shipping is the Kraang Hover Drone, which is a vehicle that more or less appears in the cartoon itself. In the Nickelodeon cartoon, the evil Kraang are shown flying on all sorts of vehicles similar to this. While I can’t say 100% for sure that one exactly like this model has appeared, it’s certainly not out of the realm of potential vehicles they would use. Continue reading
The TMNT figures have been out a full year now and amazingly, we haven’t been flooded with nothing but variants. Yes, we’ve had variants in the past year, but the amount isn’t that much. One of the nicer sets of variants hitting the shelves in the past few months has been the “Stealth Tech” turtles. This Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo (who we’re looking at today) in spy type gear. As variants go, this makes a fair amount of sense, because you can imagine that the TMNT might put on some extra gear for a top secret mission.
Whether it’s lurking through the shadows to sneak into the TCRI building, or trying to stop some other Kraang plot, the Turtles have gone stealth before. Another thing that’s worth noting about these newer figures, is that they are softer more “animated” sculpts, to better reflect the Nickelodeon cartoon show. I’m not sure if that’s a positive or a negative thing, to be quite honest. Continue reading