It was just the other day I was talking about the leaked info on the New Ninja Turtle Figures for 2013 and now I can show you detailed photos of all the speculated characters. Although Toy Fair is a few weeks away, the Hong Kong Toy Fair is already producing some information, including our first look at all the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product.
Much to my surprise, the Mousers are not a retread of the 2K3 sculpt, but in fact the most comic accurate Mouser sculpt ever done by ANY company. They look to have articulated heads, jaws and legs, but not knees. Playmates could have easily re-released their stellar 2K3 sculpt, but I have to give them props for this new Mouser sculpt. Even if I actually think the 2K3 sculpt is more accurate to the Nickelodeon source material. These Mousers will be super popular, and although it’s a 7 pack, it appears that half the Mousers are black. I’m not sure what that’s about.
Our first look at the new Shredder and Splinter is sort of disappointing. On one hand, Shredder comes with a cape now and a second unmasked head. He also may have knee joints, or at least knee bends in his sculpt. Splinter, on the other hand, is in some sort of training suit and he looks pretty terrible. Also in the lineup is our first look at some new unannounced figures, like the Toddler Turtles and special mission suit Turtles. The Toddler Turtles look fun, but don’t look better than the 2K3 versions. I’ll probably still pick them up, though.
We also finally got to see the sculpt for Leatherhead. He looks great and very cartoon accurate. Unfortunately he looks to be a bit short on articulation. His size seems pretty good, but obviously he won’t be 100% cartoon scale. In fact, to help reduce his bulk some, it seems as though Playmates sculpted him hunched over. I do find it strange he didn’t get more articulation, when some other bigger figures do have added articulation. Perhaps this isn’t the final version.
Rounding things out, we got previews of two more figures that we weren’t sure about. Rat King looks to be spot on with his cartoon model, but seems limited in articulation. Considering his design, I suppose that’s not too much of a surprise. The as of yet unnamed Roach villain, looks quite good and actually has some extra articulation. I’m not sure what’s the deal with Playmates giving some guys ball joints and not other.