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A perfect blend of style, design, and nostalgia!
on July 28, 2012
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a way of popping up every few years with fun new ideas while still maintaining their original charm of being four, fun loving teenagers which are quite proficient in the martial arts. I still remember first discovering the TMNT on the shelf of a toy story my grandmother always took me too and for some reason they captivated me. Maybe it was the numerous weapons they came with, the colorful packaging, or the weird variety of characters in that first wave of action figures? Whatever the case, I'm thrilled the TMNT are still around and making a huge comeback. With IDW publishing an excellent monthly comic and reprinting nice collected versions of the original black and white comics, a new cartoon from Nickelodeon premiering soon, and a movie on the horizon, this seems like the perfect time for Playmates to jump in and play off of the nostalgia of adult fans who first encountered the turtles as children. With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection, Playmates has done much what Mattel has done with Masters of the Universe Classics, Bandai with the Thundercats vintage collection, and Hasbro with the Star Wars vintage collection, the G.I. Joe 25th anniversary line, and certain Transformers releases: Recreate beloved vintage action figures in a larger scale with modern articulation and detail. These turtles are recreations of the original action figures with a smattering of detail from the cartoon series. I think Playmates has been highly successful in their endeavor, but read on to learn more!
* Michelangelo, like all his brethren, is just amazing to look at! The colors, texture, and size of the figure really cater to the fond memories of the original toys while offering something better than what we saw in the past. While Michelangelo has pupils (the original toys didn't- that came from the cartoon) the facial expression and head sculpt is a dead on recreation of the original figure.
*This guy is articulated! The package proclaims 34 points of articulation, and they're right. Think of any joints you'd find on any other hyperarticulated action figure (double knee and elbow joints and ab crunch) and add individually articulated fingers and toes. There's nothing this turtle can't do!
*Mikey comes with two nunchucks. They're both silver with orange wrappings and feature real metal chains. Very, very cool and when he's cracking jokes and not skulls, they easily fit into the loops on Mike's belt (which is brown, like the cartoon, and not black like the original toy).
*Each turtle comes with a display stand that looks like a manhole cover. It has the TMNT logo and Michelangelo's name on it. Stands are always a plus in my book!
*I kind of wish Mikey came with another accessory or two. The original figures came with all kinds of extras like throwing stars, fist daggers, other ninja weapons. An extra or two would be appreciated.
*This isn't a complaint, just a warning: It wasn't on Michelangelo, but one of my TMNT classics had some issues with his finger joints (it was Raphael). If your finger joints are stuck be very careful with them, as I could see them possibly being somewhat fragile.
Overall: Of all the many action figures I've purchased this year, these might be my favorites. They're extremely fun, a perfect blend of the vintage looks of the toys and cartoon, and look beautiful as a set. Just having them sitting on top of my entertainment stand almost brings a tear to my eye from time to time. Playmates did a brilliant job with these and I hope we see more characters down the line.