Nickelodeon

I was able to get some photos of the next round of the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles figures due out. What makes these photos interesting, is that they follow the same guideline of “leaked” figures that were revealed earlier this week in an online list. That list, mentioned the Kirby Bat and Squirrelanoid specifically. Also on that list was a Nick Rocksteady and Bebop… So this could be interesting. Of course, it could also mean nothing.

Mutagen
First up is Mutagen Man, who we pretty much knew was coming. Mutagen Man was actually set up in the first season of the show, so we can expect him to be a major character in at least one episode. Perhaps several of Season 2. While he looks okay, he really lacks the fun and gruesome nature of the original. Just compare…

MutagenMan1
I think the original Mutagen Man is still a lot more fun. I will likely still pick up the new one, but it won’t be as memorable. I do applaud Nick for recreating the character.

Kirby
Next we have the Kirby Bat. I’m not sure what this character will be all about, but as is typical with the TMNT, it will tie into Jack Kirby in some way. The figure doesn’t look particularly interesting to me. And frankly, a bit grotesque. Maybe he’s an artist who gets turned into a bat? Continue reading

Fishface Figure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nickelodeon
Fishface
5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates
$8.99

We’re finally back to reviewing some stuff here at Infinite Hollywood. November is sort of “Ninja Turtle November” because we’ve got quite a bit of Turtles action to get to. First and perhaps most importantly, is the awesome new Fishface figure. Fishface is one of the two new core “hench mutants” on the show. In a nutshell, he fills one of the “Rocksteady and Bebop” roles. Although up to this point, Fishface has only appeared in one episode and in his human form as a streetwise thug, named Xever. He’s scheduled to reappear this week, so perhaps he’ll get turned into a mutant then.

Fishface TMNT

One thing I do like about the character thus far, is that he’s been presented as a tough, no nonsense type of guy. This could translate into him becoming one of the Turtles’ more prominent foes, but it’s hard to say at this point. From an action figure standpoint, this is Playmates at it’s best. Here is where we see that removing some of the strict limitations that Peter Laird imposed on the 2003 cartoon, leads to more exciting action figures. Fishface is a mutant piranha with robotic legs. It’s brilliant and screams old school Ninja Turtles.

Fishface TMNT

Another nice part, at least from my perspective, is that Playmates hasn’t went overboard here. Fishface looks and feels like a classic TMNT character, but he isn’t covered in needless garbage and funk that often adorned vintage Ninja Turtles figures for seemingly no reason other than to add in a “gross out” value. I’m glad to see it’s gone. Fishface looks to me like one of the Archie Ninja Turtle characters, had they been made into a toy if taken straight from the comic models… If that makes any sense. Unfortunately finding Fishface has not been easy. He’s part of a Wave 1 1/2 revision, which includes Dogpound and Metalhead. Those two can be found very easily, but Fishface is much more elusive.

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Ninja Turtles Legos

In even more proof that the Ninja Turtles are back in a big way, Lego has announced that they’ve snagged the exclusive brick building license for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is both a great thing and a bit of a bummer for TMNT fans. On one hand, Lego is far and away the leader in this category of the toy market. That market is constantly growing and Lego remains king.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego

However for fans who remember Mega Bloks take on the Ninja Turtles franchise a few years back, will recall that they produced a lot of neat sets. Lego may be the leader in the field, but they’re hardly the innovators these days. Their bodies are the most outdated and overrated, lacking the unique sculpting and overall articulation that their competitors are introducing.

 Ninja Turtles Review

Still, with a big rollout at NYCC and a platform as big as Lego, the Ninja Turtles will no doubt thrive in the brick building toy aisles as well as the traditional action figure aisle. The sets shown look pretty good and it’s nice to see Lego adding some unique sculpting. It’s a bit of a shame that they refuse to update their body to match some of their competitor’s in terms of articulation. Regardless of that, TMNT and Lego will make an interesting and presumably great, fit.

Donatello the Playboy

Think you’re seeing double? Think again.

April O'Neil Variant

It has come to my attention that Playmates has released a variant of the April O’Neil figure in the new Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles line. The variant is a simple paint variant and I have no idea if this is as a result of a simple factory error or change in material or if this is a “correction” as the first batch of Aprils were slightly off color model.

Which is the real April O'Neil?

The changes are minor, but you’ll notice that in my April O’Neil Review that my April had reddish orange hair and a slightly dark, muted yellow shirt. The newer Aprils that are shipping out have a more brown color hair and a brighter yellow plastic shirt.

Different Aprils

Given that the color of the shirt has changed (and that requires more than just simply swapping paint) I’m going to assume that Playmates felt that the first run of April O’Neil figures were off model. There are several other changes to the figure that seem to confirm that as well.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon Splinter Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Nickelodeon
Splinter
5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates
$8.99

Splinter is the Turtle’s father and sensei. He’s the wise old rat who not only taught them to be ninja teens (presumably just the ninja part), but helps to guide them through the world. He’s sort of like Mister Miyagi, but you know, furrier. Splinter has historically had two origins, but now technically has three thanks to IDW’s newest take. The original Mirage story is that Splinter was the pet rat of Hamato Yoshi and learned everything he knows by watching Yoshi. After The Shredder kills Yoshi, Splinter ends up accidentally mutated and swears revenge for his master.

Splinter and the Mousers

In the Fred Wolf cartoon, that most TMNT fans were first introduced to, the story is slightly different. In this version, Hamato Yoshi IS Splinter and was mutated as a result of Shredder trying to kill him. Nickelodeon’s new take on Splinter seems to be in line with that, although we don’t know the particulars. We just know that Hamato Yoshi is Splinter.

Splinter to the Fore

Confession time… It’s sacrilege to some Turtles fans, but I always preferred the concept of Splinter being Hamato Yoshi. It makes more sense as to why he’s so adept at the ways of the ninja and it also gives him a slightly more immediate reason for revenge. The Mirage story is a case of revenge for revenge for revenge, which gets a bit complicated. Also it’s more plausible to me that a man can turn into a rat than a normal rat can learn martial arts… But it’s hard to argue “logic” in a property that’s heavily reliant on suspension of disbelief.

Anywho, Splinter is back in the fold as usual and he’s back to being Hamato Yoshi. So does Nickelodeon really knock it out of the park with this Splinter, or is this toy a rat trap for your wallet? Continue reading