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POP Vinyl Ninja Turtles

Vinyl Pop Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Series 1)
Michelangeo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Splinter & Shredder
#60 – #65

3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Funko
$10

My friends over at Fun.com invited me to take a look at a few Funko Vinyl Pop figures in celebration of their big push for more toys and collectibles. They have tons of Funko Pop Vinyl figures at great prices and it only made sense that I take a look at the TMNT figures. Series 1 is based on the classic Fred Wolf Ninja Turtles designs. It includes the four turtles as well as their sensai Splinter and their arch rival, Shredder.

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There isn’t a ton of nostalgia TMNT product out there right now, but I expect more and more of it to hit shelves as the new Ninja Turtles movie draws closer to release. Among the various things that are out there, these Funko Pop Vinyls are actually pretty nice. Definitely better than some of the other stuff we’ve seen. It’s a testament to Funko’s knowledge of the “nerd” industry for them to have so many awesome licenses under one roof.

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The other really nice thing about the Funko Pop Vinyl line, is that you can collect tons of different characters all in the same style. Which is basically unheard of in this day and age. Or if you’re only a fan of a single property like the Ninja Turtles, you can just get their whole series.

Packaging:
The box is pretty typical for the series. It’s functional and has a nice design to it. Each of the turtles have their individual color for the box itself. This helps add some nice diversity to the line.

MichelangeloShredderSplinterLeonardoRaphaelDonatello

Shredder and Splinter both have green graphics. The side has a little photo of the toy, so you could display the boxes by their sides as well.

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I really quite like the boxes. While I’m not a MIB type of guy I think the Funko Pop Vinyl boxes display really well. Especially since you can see the figure inside. The graphics are almost as attractive as the actual figure itself.

Comparison Time
Sculpt/Paint:
Funko could have easily just completely duplicated the four turtles and only modified a head sculpt for each one. Swapping in different weapons. Instead, they made unique head and body sculpts for each figure.

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Each of the figures have little touches like a particular pose that helps it stand out from the other.

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Shredder looks really good, but there’s definitely part of me that wishes he was in a battle stance or pointing. The problem is that the TMNT all have a bit of a dynamic pose, but Shredder is just sort of standing there.

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He looks good with some backup, though.

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The paint work is a bit weak, but not terrible by any means. There’s some bleeding and overspray here or there. At this price point and considering the demographics, it’s hardly a deal breaker.

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But the major issue is just quality control in general. While little bits of paint overspray suck, there are scrapes and chips abound here. Again, it’s not a huge slight, but it’s definitely something I’d like to see Funko tighten up. I know I’ve heard this complaint across the board, but as I understand it, Funko is working to improve QC.

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My Splinter has the biggest issue, as his head seems to have been bent down onto the shoulder. This wouldn’t be an issue if not for a bit of the glue from the head not being dry, causing the head to sort of bond to the shoulder. It came unglued easy enough, but it left some glue fragments and it leaves his head at a permanent tilt.

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On the plus side, that does seem to give him a bit more personality.

Articulation:
Articulation on this line is next to non-existent. For some properties that works better than others.

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For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I’d loved to have seen a couple of swivels. Even if it was just arms and elbows.

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I realize articulation is not a key to these types of figures, but it would have made these slightly more fun as desk toys.

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Even so, you do get a single swivel at the neck.

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Despite having less articulation than the TMNT Batsus, I prefer these Pop Vinyl figures.

Accessories:
Each of the TMNT come with their core weapons. but they’re not removable. The sculpts are pretty good on the weapons, though.

Value:
These figures retail right at around $10 and for that price, you can’t hardly beat them. They’re not necessarily action figures, but they fill that void between toy and collectible. It’s an affordable collectible that you won’t mind taking to the office. Plus they’re nearly indestructible, so you won’t have to worry about breaking them. You can snag these figures and a ton more of Funko Pop Vinyls as well as other stuff, at Fun.com’s Collectible Toy Section.

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Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 7
Articulation – 2
Accessories – N/A
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

Despite a couple of small QC issues, I have to give these guys a solid 8. They’re not being held to the same standard as a high priced collectible and for that I’m a bit more lenient. That’s not to say that these are bad by any means. They have a lot of charm.

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If you’re looking for a fun desk toy or something to go onto the bookshelf, these guys are right on the money. If you’re looking for something that’s more of a toy, you might search out some of the actual figures. Either way, these are a great nostalgic throwback to the old Ninja Turtles and great way to give a gift to a fan. Particularly if you have a friend or loved one who’s not quite ready to commit to full blown action figures. Check out Fun.com’s Toy Section for more and thanks to them for the samples for today’s review.

5 Responses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pop Vinyl Figures Review

  • I was hesitant at first with these but was quickly persuaded to buy them all. With the variety of characters they have now, the great sculpts, and excellent price point it is very tough to find a reason NOT to buy them! They were also one of the first to market and 2014 is looking like it may get crowded.

    Great review!

  • Gotta admit, that Shredder is just adorable!

  • DEADPOOLISTHEMAN316 says:

    They have such charm about them. I dig them a lot. $60 for the set seem more than fair. I think my desk at work (already decked in TMNT stuff) will need these additions

  • Shredder & Splinter are so darn cute. Those were my first purchases. Still haven’t scooped up all the Turtles.

  • Stack says:

    TMNT was one of the properties that finally convinced me to pick ups some POPs. I managed to get a set with pretty decent quality, but POPs in general, even for the price point, have some of the worst quality control I’ve ever seen. I doubt they’ve ever rejected a POP because it looked too bad.

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