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Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160WXR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)
Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160WXR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)
Offered by MYeHUT Inc
Price: $29.47
50 used & new from $21.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Gray parts partially melt in sun!, October 7, 2014
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Although this device's main selling point is that it is solar powered, the soft gray areas become sticky in the sun. It appears that these parts of the device partially melt in sunlight.

This makes it uncomfortable to hold the device because it leaves a residue on your hand.

I tried washing these areas, but it remains sticky. Instead, I cut up paper on stuck it on these areas so that I can still pick up the flashlight without getting my hands all sticky.

At this price point, I would have thought that they would have tested the materials enough so that this solar-powered device could, you know, go in the sun. Very disappointed with the quality and build.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser
Price: $34.30
102 used & new from $27.19

4.0 out of 5 stars TMNT 2013 Shellraiser, July 9, 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*This is a plastic vehicle that rolls around surprisingly well for its size. It can hold around 7 toy figures standing inside the vehicle and around 11 placed on top of one another. It does have a few gaps on the doors though, so if you are doubling this vehicle as a toy transport, note that some of the toy accessories (ninja weapons, guns, etc) could fall out

There is some easy assembly required:
1. The four grey levers above each tire and the two mud guards (put these in before the tired)
2. The four black tires
3. The two red cannons on the left side and top of the vehicle
4. The grey spring mechanism goes into the vehicle from the right door

More alarming than the assembly described above, there is a fairly intimidating sticker sheet. However, you don't really have to put them all on. The vehicle looks fine even with only a few of the stickers on. I am not a fan of the graffiti-style artwork on the sides of the vehicle (did the Turtles graffiti their own van?) so I left those off. A little customization and uniqueness about your toy vehicle couldn't hurt and can help distinguish your toy from a friend or neighbor's.

*Amazon asks for an "educational rating". This is a hard plastic toy of a ninja turtle subway car-converted street vehicle so the educational value is minimal.

Collector's Perspective Review
Since their earliest incarnations, the Ninja Turtles have always had a fan-favorite toy vehicle. Whether it be their 1980s Party Wagon or the 2000s Battle Shell a four-wheeled family vehicle has been a time-honored TMNT tradition. The 2013 Shellraiser does not disappoint.

In this 2013 incarnation of the 2012 television series, the Shellraiser arrives in the form of a subway car converted into a street vehicle. If you look on the underside, there are traces of the subway car wheels but these can be difficult to spot after you snap on the big plastic wheels.

Pros
+From the outside, the vehicle looks fairly impressive. It may seem strange that this armored car has no traditional windshield, (just some armored grating where the windshield should be), but that is before you realize that this is an armored subway car with over-sized street wheels. It goes well with the Turtles' ingenuity of re-purposing abandoned materials into weaponry. Definitely not a toy you see every day.

+The vehicle is a good size. About 13" long and 8" in height (from the tires to the cannon on top). You can fit all the turtles plus a few friends inside.

+Fairly accurate to the screen version, although it features an extra side cannon that is not seen on-screen. This cannon was added to help hide the spring mechanism.
The Shellraiser in the show featured a bottom hatch to access the Turtles' Ninja Stealth Bike. The bike (sold separately) cannot actually fit underneath the Shellraiser but given practicalities of building that feature into the toy, I really can't count this as a screen-accuracy failure.

Cons
-The inside of the vehicle is entirely empty and this really is the main drawback of the toy. There are no seats or controls (not even a steering wheel!) inside of the vehicle. Your turtles will either have to stand around in the empty room inside or just sit on the floor. If you are creative, you could build your own seats (What is this? A dollhouse?!) and add some controls but given the history of the other vehicles, it's a real shame that no seats or controls came sculpted inside the vehicle.

-The main action gimmick is a spring-loaded button that when pressed, a turtle can shoot out (with a lot of force) and spin to knock down enemy figures. While amusing, this does not seem very high-tech. The Shellraiser is supposed to be the Turtles' most state-of-the-art vehicle.
The 1980s turtle van had a side gimmick as well: a spring-loaded seat that hit enemies. In the 80s show the seat also boasted a laser turret. I suppose the Shellraiser's spinning gimmick is more ninja-themed but it does not appear to be very high-tech for such a supposedly high-tech vehicle.

Overall, this is a great toy. With the Shellraiser in hand, turtle fans finally have a vehicle to put all their heroes in and drive them around to missions (or pizza take out).

Note: There is also a Lego Shellraiser version available if you or your household TMNT fan also happens to love Legos.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Plush X-Wing fighter with "shoestring" laser cannons, April 4, 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*This is a soft, plush, X-Wing toy. There are no hard parts so no worries about kids throwing it around the room to make it "fly". It will not clobber dad in the head or take a chunk out of the wall. It is also about six inches in length, so no real worries about it being a choking hazard.
*Amazon asks for an "educational rating". This is a soft toy of a (admittedly cool) sci-fi space fighter jet, so the educational value is minimal.

Collector's Perspective Review
As a fan favorite spaceship, the X-Wing, arrives in a soft, plush form. You might assume from the blue astromech droid dome in the socket that it is Luke Skywalder's X-Wing (aka Red 5), it unfortunately isn't. As you can see from the three red markings on either side of the wing, this is Red 3 and according to Wookiepedia, was flown by Luke's doomed Tatooine buddy, Biggs Darklighter.

Pros
+From most angles, the spaceship styling matches a squished, super-deformed, cutesy X-Wing. Because of this "squashed" look, the ship's cockpit panels, wings and laser tips are all vaguely screen accurate but fun, if you like that sort of thing.
+The paint apps DO go all around the ship. Although on the underside, this is mostly on the wings and engines. Unfortunately, there are no landing gear or proton torpedo ports painted on the underside of the nose cone.

Cons
-The blue R2-D2ish astromech droid is just painted on. This is probably my largest complaint. The cockpit, engines and laser cannons are all "sculpted" onto this toy. I don't see why the R2-D2 droid head isn't a 3-D "dome" too. Astromechs serve an important purpose in space combat and in the Star Wars trilogy as a whole. I think they deserve more than just being a painted-on 2-D image.
-This is probably the cleanest X-Wing I have ever seen. It has that fresh-off-the-factory floor look. Like all the vehicles in the original Star Wars movies, X-Wings were usually depicted on-screen with a lot of space dirt, grime and battle damage all over the fuselage. Understandably you wouldn't want to hand your child a "dirty" toy but I'm sure your kid can add their own grime and "battle damage" to this toy in record time.
-The four laser cannons at the tip of each wing are made of a shoestring-type material so they are a bit droopy. Now, I can see why they did this: if these were rigid plastic, they would pose an eye-poking problem for your kid or easily snap off and pose a choking hazard. Still, I wonder if there was a more elegant solution than this.
-Red 3? Honestly, Luke Skywalker is the hero kids love. This toy really should have been Luke Skywalkder's Red 5. Would it have killed them to paint in the extra red stripes? No R2 dome and Red 3 markings... Sheesh, the manfuacturer seems to be in full cost-cutting mode.

Overall, this is a fun, child's toy. Obviously, when compared to plastic model or Hasbro toys, this plushie toy is going to lose in the detail department but it WILL also survive a lot more impacts when thrown around the room or when its nose cone get plunged into your child's gaping, saliva-filled mouth for a chewing session. Your Hasbro X-Wing probably also wouldn't survive a trip in the washing machine. Until your kid is ready to handle a more expensive (and less durable) Star Wars toy this little plush starfighter will do fine.


Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
by William Shatner
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Shatner Rules" plays it up for comedy rather than providing insight, April 1, 2013
Shatner's new book "Shatner Rules" plays it up for broad laughs, and reads like a mixed bag of self-parody and stretched truths. There are one or two serious, self-reflection moments and these turned out to be the real gems in this book for me. This included the destitute period of his life after a divorce left him doing theater while living out of van, the shock of returning home and losing his second wife and contemplating mortality after reaching the age of 80. These open and honest sections of the book provide the most insight into Shatner's personality and character but unfortunately these passages are too few and far between, sandwiched amongst dozens of (self-admitted) shameless plugs for Priceline.com, his "spoken music" albums, and audio books (including the one for this book itself).
Suffice it to say, I would have appreciated it more if he focused on the serious topics. In one of this book's last sections regarding mortality, Shatner admits he does not confront his end as bravely as Kirk might and really, who would? Kirk was a fictional character, Bill is not. But he shares how he faces the end as the best any real, human person can. I thought this section was really insightful and I would have appreciated more of this type of material in this book instead of a random comedic stories interspersed for the sake of a laugh. For example there is a (seemingly) over-embellished story in here about how his underwear was stolen from his hotel room and held for ransom but it leads nowhere.
Because of the short, random stories in this book, there are only a handful of things (aside from the above) that really jumped out at me. These include: The passage mentioning his second Star Trek movie, "The Wrath of Khan". It is odd that neither Shatner nor the editors caught the misspelling "Kahn" although this name is in the title of one the most famous Star Trek films. For example, in his other auto-biography, "Star Trek Movie Memories", Shatner mentions he didn't think too much of killing off Kirk in "Star Trek: Generations" until after it was done filming. Whereas in this book, he said it gave him pause. Shatner also says he holds no ill-will against his Star Trek co-stars and does not understand their anger with him but then goes to great lengths to emphasize their current pettiness, actions and also emphasizes how he was the star of the show and they were minor characters. These could all be true, but it probably will not help bury the hatchet if/when his co-stars read his book. If he ended this passage with just the apology, without getting in a few extra digs in, he would have across as the bigger person.
Overall, the structure of this book (90% fluff, 10% honest and thought-provoking passages) leaves you feeling a bit light. But the serious passages that do have meaning provide some limited insight.


Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel)
by John Scalzi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.57
64 used & new from $4.24

5.0 out of 5 stars "Redshirts" not just a Star Trek parody, March 27, 2013
I picked up this book because I had heard really good reviews from friends and that it was specifically a good read for "Star Trek" fans. After the first few paragraphs, I was a little confused at first because nothing seemed familiar except the term "Redshirts". For example, all the characters talk about the Universal Union, the USS Intrepid and Captain Abernathy. However, after a few pages in, I picked up the not-so-subtle parallels and matched up the USS Intrepid's characters to the (TOS) USS Enterprise's characters. They pretty much match 1-for-1. Going in, just know that "Redshirts" is not a Star Trek expanded universe tale but that it is also not strictly a parody of Star Trek. If anything, it is a parody of a parody of Star Trek (this will make more sense when you read the book).

A good, fun read that gets surprisingly philosophical and also very heavily meta. In the later parts of the novel, you could say that the author kicks down the "fourth wall" and eventually turns the tale into the direction of a sci-fi "The Neverending Story".


Transformers Generations Fall Of Cybertron Series 1 Autobot Jazz Figure
Transformers Generations Fall Of Cybertron Series 1 Autobot Jazz Figure
Offered by Asland
Price: $25.89
27 used & new from $24.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Cybertron Jazz review or "What becomes of the broken hearted?", March 7, 2013
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Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*Slightly difficult transformation to get a "clean car" look. It is rated a Hasbro Level 2/Intermediate but it could be a bit more difficult to get all the panels to completely line up.
Note: There is one small hand gun accessory. It is fairly small so be sure not to lose it. It is also small enough to be considered a choking hazard.
*Amazon asks for an "educational rating". This is a Transformer toy, so the educational value is minimal. This figure might be educational in the sense that it requires spatial thinking to shift and move the figure's parts around to successfully achieve each mode. Memorization is also required to transform the figure without instructions. If you consider a Rubik's cube to be educational, then education-wise you could consider this a simplistic Rubik's cube.

Collector's Perspective Review
A fan favorite character, Jazz, returns to the latest Transformers line. This figure is a tie-in to the "Fall of Cybertron" video game product that came out in Fall 2012. Unfortunately this figure suffers from issues in both its car mode and its robot mode. Although the problem is somewhat lessened in car mode, most Jazz fans and collectors will be disappointed with this figure.

Pros
+From most angles, the car styling matches the game fairly accurately. The windshield panels, wheels and spoiler are all in-game accurate.
+The video-game model had wheels within the robot feet. This looks great on a game, but it can be difficult to make this work on an actual toy. Rather than ignore these feet wheels, the toy designer/sculpter decided to make it work by adding "fake wheels" within the feet then to hide the actual wheels behind two panels in robot mode. In essence, Jazz has 6 wheels but only 4 are visible in each mode. A small touch, but it is appreciated nonetheless.

Cons
-If you look from the top down in robot mode, Jazz has a giant hole in his chest. You can literally see right through it. The 1980s toy line occasionally had problems like this but for a toy made in 2012, this is completely unacceptable.
-Jazz's car mode has no rear bumper or exhaust. Instead Jazz's robot hands are sitting there plain as day. This breaks the illusion of the car. Going by the game design, the rear of the car should have a rear exhaust and bumper.
-No paint apps on front grill. A game-accurate black grill with red headlights would have gone a long way towards making this figure look better. Instead we are given generic, blue headlights and bottom grill.
-Jazz's head looks a bit wrinkled and old. Jazz is a fairly young character but this toy's head has shrunken cheeks and looks largely unappealing. The blue and silver colors used for the head on this figure also do not match the G1 head (black) or the in-game color (white). At least Jazz's trademark sunglasses are still black.
-This is a very small figure. This is the smallest deluxe-sized Transformer toy that I own. Jazz is dwarfed by every other toy in my collection in both his robot mode and his car mode. Hasbro seems to be in full cost-cutting mode.

Overall, this is a mediocre Transformers figure. Size, accuracy, problematic transformation and visible parts, Jazz has a lot of problems across the board. This figure was the first in the line of Hasbro's new Deluxe-class Transformers figures and it is plainly obvious that there were failures here.


Transformers Generations Voyager Class Grimlock Figure 6.5 Inches
Transformers Generations Voyager Class Grimlock Figure 6.5 Inches
Offered by Toys on Fire
Price: $41.95
36 used & new from $26.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grimlock, King of the Dinobots!, March 7, 2013
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Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*Relatively easy to transform (Hasbro Level 2/Intermediate)
Note: There are two accessories, including a shield and sword. Both are fairly large and would be difficult to be considered a choking hazard. Just don't lose them (or Grimlock will have to rely on his robot fists or his dino mode to deal out damage instead). ;)
*Amazon asks for an "educational rating". This is a Transformer toy, so the educational value is minimal. This figure might be educational in the sense that it requires spatial thinking to shift and move the figure's parts around to successfully achieve each mode. Memorization is also required to transform the figure without instructions. If you consider a Rubik's cube to be educational, then education-wise you could consider this a simplistic Rubik's cube.

Collector's Perspective Review
Grimlock, "King of the Dinobots" returns to the latest Transformers line, "Fall of Cybertron". Although this game came out in Fall 2012, he is just getting a figure release in Feb/March 2013 (better late than never, right?) While not perfect, Grimlock is a fun figure. Unfortunately he is not entirely game-accurate but he is still a worthy addition to any TransFan collection.

Pros
+Light up dinosaur head and chomping action. (Batteries included!)
+The figure's robot looks excellent. In Grimlock's robot mode, he stands tall and is as beefy and brawny as he should be.
+As a "Voyager-class" figure, Grimlock towers over the "Deluxe-sized" Fall of Cybertron figures in robot mode.

Cons
-Oversized tail. Compare this toy's tail to the game or even just the box art and you'll notice that Grimlock's tail is way too big and doesn't seem to match the size of the rest of his body. This is especially noticeable when Grimlock's tail is up in the air instead of dragging on the ground.
-No "jet boosters". In the Fall of Cybertron video game, Grimlock's dino mode had "jet boosters" on his back to help give him a speed boost as he is running. As cool as these looked in the game, sadly these were not sculpted onto this figure.
-Dinosaur mode has very little articulation. Grimlock in dino mode, cannot move at the head, neck, thighs, elbows, claws or tail. He only has movement at his teeth, dino knees, shoulders and toes. Since Grimlock is a robot T-Rex, you can imagine that there was huge potential for some great poses (e.g. roaring into the sky, tail wrapped around the side, one leg stomping on Megatron, etc) but the severe lack of dino articulation is a disappointment. It makes you wonder if this toy really took advantage of 21st century toy manufacturing technology. As it is, this dino mode has essentially the same articulation that the 1980s Grimlock toy.
-The dino arms are hollow on one side. It would have been nice if these were fully sculpted all the way around. Elbow joints would have gone a long way here too.
-There are hollow areas in the dinosaur mode because the dino head folds into a hollow belly space to allow the robot mode's chest to light up. Because of these hollow areas, Grimlock's dinosaur mode looks a little incomplete when viewed from underneath.
-The head transformation is different from the 1980s G1 Grimlock. I know the designers wanted the dino head to fold into the chest so that the light-up gimmick would do something in both modes but I would have been happier if they had just stuck with the G1 transformation instead and keep the dino head as part of the robot's "backpack". This would have avoided the unsightly hollow dinosaur belly problem and a G1 transformation would have provided some nostalgia for G1 fans.
-The robot shoulders are on stiff, ratcheting joints. These ratchets make Grimlock a little bit more difficult to transform. It would have been a lost smoother, easier and even quieter if they were on ball and socket joints instead.
-From behind, the robot mode's legs look strange. The robot knee caps also seem a bit too large. I also have difficulty getting robot mode into a sitting position.
-There is no paint on the robot chest area, just the yellowish-beige color of the plastic material itself. One of the many highlights of the original 1980s figure was that Grimlock's robot chest and his dino toes boasted a brilliant golden metallic paint job. These literally glittered in the sunlight. By comparison, this Grimlock's robot chest and feet are somewhat dull.

Overall, this is still a great Transformers figure. A bit of nostalgia and just the fact that he is a big robot dinosaur helps me overlook the problems mentioned above. This isn't a "Masterpiece" figure so we can't expect everything, but I was hoping that modern day technology would have given us a bigger and better Grimlock figure.


Transformers Generations Deluxe Starscream
Transformers Generations Deluxe Starscream
Offered by Toy Hunter Shop
Price: $49.99
5 used & new from $46.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fall of Cybertron Starscream "Decepticons: I, Starscream, am your new ruler.", February 12, 2013
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*Easy to transform (Hasbro Level 2 Intermediate, but seems easier than other Level 2s)
*Note: This is a "stocking stuffer" size toy
*Note 2: This character is a "villain", not a hero. If that sort of thing bothers you as a parent.
*Amazon asks for an "educational rating". This is a Transformer toy, so the educational value is minimal. This figure might be educational in the sense that it requires spatial thinking to shift and move the figure's parts around to successfully achieve each mode. Memorization is also required to transform the figure without instructions. If you consider a Rubik's cube to be educational, then education-wise you could consider this a simplistic Rubik's cube.

Collector's Perspective Review
Better late than never: Starscream returns to plastic in the latest Transformers line, "Fall of Cybertron". Even though the game came out in Fall 2012, this figure is just hitting online retailers and shelves now (Feb 2013). While not perfect, Starscream is a good looking figure in both modes with just a few problems.

Pros
+The figure sculpt looks great. Both robot mode and jet mode look game-accurate. Yes, you can see the back of Starscream's head in jet mode, but it really isn't that noticeable (it's the BACK of his head afterall!). For G1 fans, rest assured that Starscream's robot mode resembles his 1980s character design with an updated Cybertronian alternate mode to fairly accurately match the game models shown in War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron.
+GREAT light-piping. What this means is that if you hold this figure up to a ceiling light/sunlight, the translucent plastic in the top of the head "pipes" the light through the figure's eyes giving it a smoldering orange glow. Nice touch.
+Fairly simple transformation.
+For Jetfire/Robotech/Macross fans: Starscream can do a "Gerwalk" aka "walking jet" mode. It's not in the instruction manual but if you're a Macross fan, I'm sure you can figure it out on your own.

Cons
-The paint job is a bit simplistic. A lot of the jet mode is just dull grey plastic with some molded details but no paint details to make the sculpt really stand out. At this price point, more paint detail, especially in jet mode, would have been appreciated. It's also a shame that only the Takara releases use metallic paints (Hasbro must have something against metallic paint). As the saying goes, "diecast metal is a lost art" but there's no reason we can't make plastic at least LOOK like the metal heroes and villains these figures represent.
-The forearm peg holes for the guns are a bit too small for the gun pegs. Sometimes I feel like the pegs are stretching out the arm holes.
-Traditionally, Starscream's nullray weapons are mounted higher on his arm, usually in the bicep or shoulder area so that his entire arm is extended when he fires his weapons. As a result, the gun placement on the forearms on this figure seems a bit too low. It would have been nice if they had molded two more peg holes to give us an option of pegging it higher.
-The ankle joints are way too tight. I managed to get one ankle to move but I am reluctant to move the other too much because I feel as though they'd snap off (a la "Ah! My foot!" -Starscream in TF:TheMovie).
-In the WFC and FOC games, Starscream's jet mode has a "boost" configuration and a hover configuration. Essentially, the tail fins are V shaped in hover mode but they fold together so that the tips touch to form a pyramid "^" shape in boost mode. This figure's jet mode is permanently featured in "boost" mode. But it would have been nice to see some tail flap articulation so that both jet modes could be used.

Overall a pretty solid figure. I was hoping Starscream would come out with the first game (WFC), but since they kept the same basic game model in both games, this FOC figure does fine.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Metal Head Action Figure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Metal Head Action Figure
Offered by Extreme Toys and Games!
Price: $16.98
45 used & new from $12.95

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Metalhead Review, October 25, 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
Parent's Perspective Review (Collector's Perspective Review below)
*Fun "robotic ninja turtle" figure
*There is one small missile "fireblast" accessory included -about an inch long. Take care not to throw it out with the packaging!
*Note: This is a "stocking stuffer" size toy

Collector's Perspective Review

Pros
+A classic TMNT character returns.
+Like all the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtle figures, these figures are priced much more competitively than their Star Wars or Transformers counterparts in "brick and mortar" stores. Big plus if you can find them for the in-store price.

Cons
-Paint apps suffered a bit. The character's yellow "headband" is only painted in the front of the face while the sides of the head are just the grey plastic color even though you can see the "headband" sculpt continues a bit on the sides. The back of the packaging even shows that this yellow is supposed to wrap around the head a bit more for the "headband" effect. This figure could have also really benefited from a more metallic paint job instead of the usual dull grey plastic-look.
-No elbow articulation. The arms only move up and down at the shoulder and swivel at the forearm. I like my figures to be able to bend at the elbow as it gives the figures more display poses and play value.
-Figure is shorter than the other TMNT. Even Mikey, who is the shortest of the line.
-There's not a whole lot of accessories here. Just the missile accessory even though the package mentions 1) a flame thrower and 2) a missile launcher, you only get the missile accessory. The original 1980s TMNT figure came with a backpack, replaceable hand and a mini satellite dish. This new Metalhead's missile is not spring-loaded, it is a "flick fire" meaning you have to flick with your finger from behind his elbow (an unsightly hole in the back of the arm) for it to fire. This weapon "feature" is probably what eliminated the elbow joint as the firing hole has to be stationary to work.
-The Metalhead packaging artwork also had an antennae sticking out of his head. None here, just a plastic circle around where the antennae should be.

Overall
Not a bad figure, but so far from this toy line, it does seem like the four "main" turtles are the only ones with full articulation and the best paint details. I feel like Metalhead also has more of an "animated" look than the other turtles. His overall appearance just looks more cartoonish. Metalhead's forearm gauntlets also remind me of Ultimate Iron Man, whose repulsors fired out of the forearm instead of the palm of his hand. Could really have used a few more accessories. Still, Metalhead is a fan favorite and he is easily the best of the second wave of TMNT toys. Pick him up for the nostalgia or if you never got a chance to grab the 1980s version.

Final Comments
I guess what is really hurting my review are all the some missed opportunities to have fun with the "robot turtle" theme here: Since Metalhead is a robot turtle, his shell could have been designed to open to reveal a weapons storage locker inside the body cavity (guns, spare nunchakus and ninja stars for the turtles, pizza oven, etc). Elsewhere in the franchise (TMNTIV/Turtles in Time) Metalhead also had some neat abilities that modern toy manufacturing could have had fun with: Pop open his chest to reveal hidden laser guns. Telescoping fists that can extend to "punch" enemy toys, etc.
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Trident Kraken Case for Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T GSM Only) - Black
Trident Kraken Case for Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T GSM Only) - Black
2 used & new from $11.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Rubber. Lots of rubber., October 24, 2012
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Heavy, big, bulky. Also, the transparent plastic film will reflect and ruin your flash photos in no time flat.

If you expect that you will be dropping your iPhone A LOT and you will only take photos in broad daylight then this case might work great for you. Otherwise you might want to try something else. I went with one of the leather wallet/iPhone combos that resemble an Indiana Jones "Grail Diary"-style book.


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