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Raphael might be crude, but this figure glitters like gold!
on August 1, 2012
Playmates toys has just released a new TMNT toyline to coincide with the new animated series debuting in Fall 2012, and so far the toys have been pretty good. While the side characters and enemies like April, Splinter, and the Foot Soldiers have been somewhat of a mixed bag, there is no denying that the turtles themselves are four of the finest action figures you're likely to find on the market today, especially significant when you realize these are mass market figures and not specifically aimed at adult collectors. I'm looking at Raphael today, my personal favorite turtle. Has Playmates has done Raphael justice? Read on!
Articulation- hinge/peg ball jointed knees, peg/hinge ball jointed thighs, peg/hinge ball jointed shoulders, peg/hinge ball jointed elbows, swivel wrists, true ball jointed neck.
Accessories-two sai, two sai w/ only one yoku (the side prongs), 2 shuriken (throwing stars), and 2 hook swords.
*While the figure does somewhat resemble the new animated series, it resembles various comic incarnations of the character also. Raphael looks much more serious than the animated stills from the Nickelodeon, perhaps due to the fact that the toy is sculpted with a wicked grin and pupiless eyes. The various pads and wraps on his arms and legs give this figure a very cool vibe.
*The sculpt is not only excellent, it is unique to Raphael alone. None of the 4 turtles share any parts. Raph's skin texture, muscle build, and dents in his shell and chest are all his own. Raph appears to be a bit bigger than all the other turtles.
*Not only is his weapon set pretty nice (6 blades and two trhowing stars) but Raphael can hold all of his weapons well. In fact, his hands are sculpted so that he can hold his sai like a typical dagger or with his fingers wrapped around the blade and between the side guards. Raph holds them this wa often in comics, so its cool to be able to do this.
*I have none! This guy is solid all around!
Overall: This guy is so wicked and I'm thrilled to have such a great Raphael. I love how much quality and character Playmates has put into the four turtles in the new TMNT line and I would recommend that any TMNT fan picks them up. Not only do they look exceptional, but they're also fun just to pick up and pose. I really look forward to seeing where this line goes in the future!