4.5 Inch Scale
Let me preface this review by saying Raphael is my least favorite turtle and I detest everything about the 2014 movie designs but when TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com sent along a Raphael for me to check out, I couldn’t necessarily refuse. Much to my surprise, there’s a lot to like about this Raph figure. In fact, it’s a really fun little figure.
Perhaps the nicest thing about this figure is that Playmates have done a good job replicating the actual movie design, without necessarily going so far as to translate the utter ridiculousness. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Raphael has the least ignorant redesign on the surface. Whereas the other turtles have random crap stuck to their bodies, Raph is pretty normal aside from the hunchback shell and skirt.
In fact Raph definitely channels the Next Mutation designs, which I actually loved. Clearly this goes overboard, but at least he’s not wearing glasses and oversized sneakers. So is this still worth your hard earned cash? Let’s find out! Continue reading
Some photos of Playmates new TMNT movie figures have snuck out. The Michael Bay produced Turtles movie has been doomed from the start, but even if you had some hope that at least the designs of the titular heroes might be good, think again. These photos give us our best look at the designs to date. They’re easily the worst versions of the TMNT ever created. It’s like the Jim Lee Turtles had sex with the Next Mutation Turtles and then were mutated by a radioactive turd. Yes, they’re that bad.
It’s clear that the problem here isn’t Playmates, but rather the designs themselves. Even though the 1990 movie was done with much more rudimentary technology, they managed to capture the essence of the TMNT. These new desgins look terrible, not only in form, but function. The Turtles all have odd shaped bodies, different sized heads and of course, layers of clothes.
Oh and I almost forgot, the Turtles are apparently giants now. Some movie stills show the TMNT towering over April and other humans. It’s as if the guy behind this movie was intentionally trying to strip away all the elements that were recognizable while still leaving just enough to lure in nostalgia fans and unsuspecting kids. Oh right, Michael Bay.
For what it’s worth, the figures themselves also look terrible. The articulation seems almost non-existent. This could be an early draft, but I’m guessing it’s closer to the final figures. So why do they look so bad? I get the feeling that even Playmates knows these designs won’t sell and that the movie will cause a fan revolt and they want to focus more of their efforts on the popular Nick TMNT figures.
I am cringing at the thought of this movie actually seeing the light of day. The Turtles are getting so popular right now that it’s the PERFECT time for a well done movie to hit. Unfortunately, what we’re getting is the exact opposite.
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
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.
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…
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
Well Playmates has finally gotten around to showing off their sculpts for the next round of Classics figures. It’s Rocksteady and Bebop. Two of the most requested and popular figures in the toy line’s history. When Peter Laird gained control of the TMNT property fully a few years back, he took a very hardline stance against Rocksteady & Bebop. He couldn’t see them reinvented in any fashion as serious characters. As a result, Playmates never made any new toys of them, despite wanting to at times.
However, Nickelodeon doesn’t have such restrictions on Playmates and we knew that eventually a Classics line would have to include Shredder’s favorite mutant cretins. And they’re finally here in the plastic. After the success of the regular Turtles, we’ve all had high hopes that these goons would look just as good.
And look at that image. Perfect in just about every way. Man, I would pay $50 or more for these figures. Don’t they just look perfect?! I can’t wait to have these figures from Playmates… Oh, right… I almost forgot. These AREN’T the figures that Playmates is giving us, but rather a Photoshop manipulation from a guy on the forum named “grungethemovie”. So what are we getting? Take a look behind the cut…