Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon Shredder
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5 Inch Scale
By: Playmates

I’ve wrote at length about the 1988 Shredder figure and how the majority of my main Turtle “playing” time was dependent on getting to use my cousin’s Shredder figure. Eventually that Shredder lost his head and got a transplant head from a Galaxy Fighters Daton figure.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Review

Although that original Shredder figure wasn’t very good, he attained a sort of mythic quality as a result. Eventually I got a Shredder and several other Shredders came out, but truth be told… None of the Shredder figures have been very good. I wasn’t sure this one would be any better.

Nickelodeon Shredder Review

Amazingly, this figure is much better than I thought. There’s a lot of opinion on the internet about how this guy sucks. You know, because he’s missing one pivotal piece of articulation. Does this truly mean this figure is no good? Read on to get a complete review and see if it’s worth your $9!

At the beginning of the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles hype, I wasn’t sure about the designs of this show. Even for the art. The logo seemed generic and it just didn’t do anything for me. Yet, now it’s starting to grow on me. The green, purple and tiny splashes of orange, really pop.

So the package has helped win me over. I can see these as being colorful and exciting in the toy aisles. It’s definitely going to stand out on the shelves. The design of the card is universal though and it lacks the originality of the TMNT cards.

Inside Shredder is wrapped up in these sort of strange plastic twist ties. They’re not rubber bands, but they’re not wire twists either. They’re not too hard to untie, but I don’t recall seeing these types of ties in any other toys. The sword is wrapped in a rubber band and can bend on the way out.

Much like the card art, I haven’t been sold on the Shredder design. I can’t really hold that against the figure though. The sculpt just has to replicate the art.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Nickelodeon Review

Yet again though, once I got this guy in hand, he’s winning me over.

I guess it’s not entirely fair, because I knew a couple of tweaks would make him better. Once I made a couple of cosmetic changes, this guy REALLY felt like Shredder to me.

By adding the vintage Shredder cape and belt as well the 2007 TMNT Movie Shredder claws, I think he’s instantly better. Of course the figure doesn’t come this way, but it should. These are all Playmates parts. Playmates, take my advice. I’m sure the check is in the mail.

There are plenty of things I don’t like though. Like the blades on the arms, legs and shoulders. The leg armor is really strange. Worse is the fact that foot is sculpted up.

Shredder Review

It serves no purpose. Unlike a lot TMNT figures from Playmates, this pose doesn’t even make sense because it’s so minor. It should just be flat. There’s no dynamic pose here. It’s just annoying.


The feet are also huge, but that doesn’t bother me too much. That’s part of the design. I’m not a fan, but I don’t hate it.

The paint work is minimal, but not particularly sharp. There’s tons of unpainted parts and the paint that’s there is sort of sloppy. Parts of his face isn’t painted well and his eyes are just very bland and uneven.

There’s some flashing on the helmet on mine, which is annoying.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Review

Scale wise, he’s an interesting fit.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Review

He’s one of the tallest Shredders to date.

Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon Shredder Review

I actually prefer this figure to the 2K3 Shredder, because he looks less like a robot and he’s more poseable. The 2K3 Shredder was one of the best Shredders for a long time, but I think he’s better.

Shredder Review

At least he doesn’t have spinal cord problems!

He’s almost 6 inches tall. The top of his head is just about 5 1/2 inches, but the top point of his helmet is right at the 6 inch mark. However he’s not going to fit in with Marvel Legends or anything, because he’s not 6 inch “scaled”.

Scale Shots!

So moment of truth. How’s the articulation!?!

He’s missing knee joints. That’s really the major flaw. But it’s certainly not a deal breaker. The rest of the articulation is quite good and it’s the BEST ARTICULATED SHREDDER EVER… So that has to count for something.

It’s fairly poseable, but it could definitely be better.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Review

Your mileage may vary, but I wouldn’t let that one articulation point put you completely against the figure. He works well with the other figures.

Shred-head doesn’t come with much. He’d be better with a belt, a cloth cape and some claws. But I’m beating a dead horse with that.

He comes with a sword that only narrowly fits in his hand. It’s a bit too small.

The sword is about the size and consistency of a GI Joe sword. Which is kind of odd, because it fits the Foot Ninja really well. Shredder, not so much.

The sword isn’t terrible, it’s very plain, but the sculpt is okay. No paint though.

Ninja Turtles Shredder

You also get two throwing stars/shurikens.


He can hold the shurikens in his hands. That’s pretty cool, as often these small accessories can’t be held.

So it’s $8.99… It’s far from perfect, but it’s the probably the best Shredder to date. Don’t discount this guy just because articulation snobs hate on him. If you’re looking for a decent Shredder, this guy isn’t bad. With a little work, he can be great. These days he’s very much worth the $9 they’re charging.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 7
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Sword, Ninja Stars
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10

As someone who’s bought a dozen Shredder through the years, trying to fill a hole I’ve had in my heart since I was a kid… This is the first Shredder I’ve been really pleased with in a long time.

Ninja Turtles Shredder Review

Your mileage may vary.


I would check it out, but I’m going nuts on this toy line.

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Ninja Turtles Nick Shredder & Foot Review

It’s time once again to shine a spotlight on some of the incredible customizers out there in the toy collecting realm. Here’s another bright spot, with one of my favorites, The Shredder! Customizer WhiskeyTango over at the Fwoosh cranked out this Shredhead which is a mixture of styles.

This Shredder is no joke. Combining elements from several styles, this figure comes together to make one of the baddest badguys around. How did Whiskey do it? Here’s what he had to say over at the official thread:

A guy over at saw the turtles I did and wanted me to make up ole’ Oruku Saki for him. He wanted him to be kind of a mix off styles, with an emphasis on the unreleased NECA Shredder, and the one from the 2k3 series, so I got to work on him. His head is from Conan with a sculpted helmet and styrene additions. His body is a FO Punisher with Hand Ninja upper legs and Conan hands. I originally tried sculpting his blade armor, but it didn’t work out, so now his shoulders are MM Dark Knight pads with styrene blades, and his leg and armor armor is all styrene. I got really lucky that he wanted him to share some style with the 2k3 shredder, cause that version only has three blades per piece of armor, as opposed to some styles that have like 9. I might have killed myself if that was the case. Enjoy!

For more visit WhiskeyTango’s thread over at the Fwoosh, where you can maybe even get him to make a custom figure for you.

That’s it for this edition of Custom Creations Corner, but if you have a cool custom you want spotlighted, drop us a line and maybe you could be featured right here!

Ahh, the good ol’ days. It was 1988 when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toy line came to fruition and it would be that same year that I discovered them. My first TMNT acquisition was also my introduction to the TMNT. My brother walked to the store with my great grandmother (who did not drive), which because I was considerably younger, was not allowed to do. Often when they would go, he would have her pick out toys for my cousin and us. All three of us stayed with my two grandmothers during the summers.

This would be not only where I first discovered the TMNT, but it would be the only time for decades that I would see a Shredder figure. They stopped into a place called Wicklows, which had once been Gillam’s World. There he picked up a figure for each of us, from the brand new Ninja Turtle toy line. My brother got Leonardo, which became his favorite Turtle. I got Mikey, who became my favorite. My cousin ended up with Shredder. My cousin hated this, enough that I actually recall him crying about it. We quickly convinced him that Shredder was really cool and as it turns out, Shredder was pretty darn cool. He was also impossible for me to find.

The cartoon had not aired yet in our neck of the woods. I recall it airing shortly after we had the figures, but we learned of the TMNT through the back of the package bios. It was great. It showed you just how cool that toy line was. Sure, Shredder may not look like much now… But back then? That was one of the coolest action figures I had ever seen. Of course, I was really glad I had gotten Michelangelo, but I couldn’t help but think how cool Shredder was too.

Of course what made Shredder legendary in my mind was the simple fact that I never saw him again. I had a TON of Turtles figures as a kid. Shortly after those original purchases, I was able to get Rocksteady and Bebop. Eventually along came Baxter Stockman and a whole host of other characters. Shredder and the Foot Solider were figures that I so desperately wanted, but always eluded me. This was a repeating theme in our household as we always seemed to never have the main villain. Not having the Foot Soldier? It wasn’t a huge deal (and that’s really a story for another time) because I had tons of bad guy figures and mutants… But not having Shredder?!

The Turtles without Shredder was like a sandwich without bread. This meant that Baxter Stockman had to be promoted to leader of the bad guys in my TMNT world, since clearly Rocksteady nor Bebop were equipped for the job. Heck, I wouldn’t even get Krang for many more years as well… So it was hard times. Eventually I made a makeshift substitute as documented in a previous post (Meet Shredder Circa My Youth) and it seemed as though my cousin was intent on never bringing Shredder around when we would play. He always had some excuse. I think he did it just to torture me.

And then of course, when he did bring him around, he was missing his head! I wrote about that before, but suffice to say, I was even envious of headless Shredder. Around 1993 or so I would finally get a Shredder… Super Shredder. It was bittersweet at best, even though I really like that figure. I still wanted that original Shredder.

Eventually Ebay would come around and sure enough, Shredder would be mine. As it turns out, this is a fairly below average figure. His body is contorted in such a way that he can’t do a whole lot of posing. Hell, just STANDING is nearly impossible for this guy. And he’s missing a shirt… I don’t know why.

I guess it could be worse. When Playmates first started tinkering with their 25th Anniversary re-release of the figure, they nearly omitted his pants!?

[For the record, the 25th Re-Release did come with pants, but why they actually used a non-pants proto on the back as opposed to using the classic figure is a bit of a mystery.]

It’s a strange figure, though. The spine is all contorted and he sort of looks like Zelda from Pet Semetary from behind. The blue armor doesn’t do him any favors, either. Of course this figure was repainted into Toon Shredder and that figure actually looks a billion times better, just by having a more accurate paint job.

It seems that Playmates would pay tribute to that pronounced spine in their late 90’s release of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Shredder figure.

Interestingly, that Shredder figure would become my favorite for many years. Although I don’t think that design has aged particularly well either. C’set la vie, Shredder.

Whatever the case, I have fond memories of this Shredder figure. Even if I never really had him as a kid. He was a big part of my childhood, without ever actually being in my collection. I’m glad to have him now, even if he sort of sucks outside of that time capsule. Now if you excuse me, TONIGHT WE DINE ON TURTLE SOUP!

Does this guy look like the Shredder to you? Well, not really me either. However when I was a kid I used this guy as the Shredder. At least until the Movie Star Shredder came out. In fact this old Remco figure’s head ended up placed on my cousin’s decapitated Shredder figure. He is wearing a helmet and has matching colors. That’s close enough right?

Say what?

Yeah when I was a kid I couldn’t find a Shredder figure for nothing. Baxer Stockman took the charge as de facto leader of the Foot Clan in my playings as a kid, but my cousin had the elusive Shred-head. So anytime we met up, he always brought his Shredder. At some point though, my cousin ripped his Shredder’s soft rubber head off and did like all good kids do… Lost it.

That didn’t detour me any. I made sure that my cousin brought his Shredder figure’s body with him when we met up to play. Sure enough I used this old Remco head and shoved it on there. Shredder was REBORN! He then promptly got his ass kicked by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Hilariously I would take the head back after play. Which meant that the only time my cousin and I would have a Shredder was when we met up and recombined these two pieces. Good times. Hey it wasn’t perfect, but it sure beat Baxter Stockman!

Ah, June 2009. It was a more innocent time. That’s when I bought this figure. I know this because that was also when I reviewed the Mini Mutants Shredder Exoskeleton toy. I say it was an innocent time, because NECA had announced that Wave 2 of the TMNT figures would be coming in October of that year. As October of 2010 starts to stare me in the face, I am slowly coming to the sad realization that NECA TMNT Wave 2 is never coming.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mini-Mutants
Michelangelo & Exoskeleton
2 1/2 Inch Scale
By: Playmates

The Mini-Mutants were some of the last TMNT figures to be released by Playmates and apparently were a pretty big success. As with all things, sadly they had to come to an end eventually and these exoskeleton vehicle packs were among the last figures released.

Shredder and his fightin’ Foot Clan’s mad scientists have created giant exoskeletons to wreak havoc on the city! Donatello quickly assembles four totally tricked out TMNT exoskeletons to even the playing field. Make that, BATTLE FIELD! Also Michelangelo is a party dude.

Interesting side note, spell check recognizes Michelangelo, but not Donatello. I originally picked these up on clearance, mostly because I just wanted a new Ninja Turtle toy. Is this still a worthwhile plaything though? Continue reading