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Bebop and Rocksteady – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Finally we get around to these two.   Not to say that the other mutated bad guys from the current show aren’t good, or in Tiger Claw’s case, great.  But these two NEEDED to show up.   I think the design of the figures does them justice.  Now they just need to show up on TV.  If you follow the show, you know the Turtles have been stuck out in the woods for this part of the current season.  It has been a weird part of the series.  I hope they go back to New York soon.  And when they get there, I hope these two are waiting.

These two could not be more different from one another, and that is why they will work so well together.

Hammer and Sickle are Rocksteady’s weapons this time around.   He is about what we get from the TMNT bad guys.  Swivels at the neck, shoulders, wrists, waist, and hips.   He does not move all that much.  It would have been great to see a little more from him.  He has some good details on him, from the wrinkly skin of the rhino, to a pretty intricate outfit including a separate piece that makes up the shield attached to his chest with criss-crossing belts.

A punk in leather is a pretty good design choice for Bebop.  He has almost as much articulation as the Turtles, which we never get in a bad guy.  He includes neck swivel, ball joints in the shoulders, a cut joint in the waist, ball joints at the hips, and even knee joints.  He also comes with a wheel on his back, and one on each heel.  They call if “Wall rolling action” on the box.  Guess we will have to wait and see what that all means when he gets on the show.  He comes with two bombs.  One is flat and can fit in his weirdly formed hand.  The other is egg shaped, so he cannot hold it.

In all, these two do a good job of recreating the original bad guys.  We will have to wait and see if they sound like idiots again, or if they may actually be a match for the Turtles.  Time will tell…


Casey Jones – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Um, oops.  I have been sitting on these pictures since March.  There has been a lot going on in life, and something had to get bumped.  It was poor Casey Jones.  And it is even sadder being that he is a great figure.

I love the Playmates figures for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show on Nick, but I have HATED the human figures. They lack articulation big time.  That is, until Casey Jones came along.  He has all of the major articulation the Turtles has, plus a swivel in the waist.  Nicely done Playmates.

He comes with his baseball bat and hockey stick.  Both “weapons” attach to his back.  I would like to have seen them in a color other than white, but maybe I will have to go back in there and touch them up.   The hockey stick is not even the right stick.  Casey in the show runs around with a goalie stick, so a little off there.  It can’t be that hard to hand make a hockey stick.  Challenge accepted.

With his best Turtle friend and greatest antagonist, Raph, Casey is a great scale to fit with the Turtles.  He is slightly taller.  With some figures like Shredder, it was apparent they were trying to get him to fit in the same size bubble as all of the other figures.  This time, it worked.

 

Now all I need to find is Spike.  You know, Raph’s little pet turned angry alien Turtle?  Yup, he is coming, and I hope he is great.


Turtle Sub – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Donatello in scuba gear, teamed up with a Turtle Sub.   Nice going guys. This one is fun.  Of course, for those that watch the show, this is a scaled down version of the larger sub.  It works well at this size.

The interior is empty except for steering and a viewer.   The outside is where all of the fun is.  At the front, the jaw is hinged with spring action for biting.   There are two places for missiles, but only one of them is actually a launcher.  Boo!  How hard would it have been to make them both fire?   The flippers rotate, as does the periscope.  Finally, there is a holder for Donny’s bo staff.

Inside is a tight fit for Donny.   He has to take on a weird position to get all the way down there.  It is a good think the Turtle Sub has a rounded back.

Overall, a good set.  Don’t go for this one if you just want Donatello.  He has some special stuff, the bladed bo staff, as well as a knife that gets held in place on his leg.  Otherwise, he is not terribly great.  If you are after a fun vehicle that won’t take up all that much room, this is a good buy.   The sub looks good, and it functions well.  Enjoy!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – M.O.U.S.E.R.S.

Yesterday we looked at the new little Turtles in Training.  Two in a pack.  Today we are looking at the Mousers that come 7 in a pack.   Knowing I was going to have fun with photos, I grabbed two sets, to give me 14 in all.  Oh what fun!!!

The set comes with 3 light grey, 2 dark grey, and 2 black figures.  They have opening mouths, a ball joint on the neck, and moving legs at the hips.  This is about all the movement you would expect, or want with these little guys.

These guys are nice and light weight.  With the articulation, they were so much fun to pose and create scenes.  I think the dynamics of my display is going to be so much better now that the Turtles will have someone worthy to fight.

You will not be disappointed with this purchase if you are a collector of the Turtle line.   Even if you only collect the original series Turtles that are out, you will probably want to grab this set.   It is like a bag of chips, you can’t have only one.   You will need to grab at least two packs of these great little guys.  7 is a great number to fight one or two Turtles.  If you want to fight all of your Turtles, you will need more.

More fun battle pics on my Flickr page.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ninjas in Training

is there anything cuter than little ninjas?   Nope, I don’t think so.  These guys are fantastic, small versions of their well known Teenage counterparts.   Each character comes with their standard weapons, but in wooden form.   They all have a ball joint at the neck.  They twist at the waist.  They have shoulder movement as well.   I was not sure I was going to dig these guys, but that shoulder motion really put them over the top for me.

They look so good compared to their Teenage selves.  I really, really like the little wooden weapons.  They are so cute.    I was a little worried about the legs not having any articulation, but with each set of legs having a different pose, there is more than enough movement in the rest of the body.

Yup, cute and cool, all at the same time.  Good movement, well designed, and tiny weapons.   AND, you get two in one pack, so half price for a half pint.  Works for me.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vehicle 2 – Dragon Chopper

The Dragon Chopper, the only vehicle for the first wave of the Ninja Turtle line.  It is a good one though.

It’s rider, The Dragon Fang Foot Soldier, Is a recolor of the standard Foot Soldier, with the addition of the helmet and harness.  The helmet is removable, which is one advantage over the Raph figure.  Any Foot soldier could wear the helmet.  It would be a little tight on a Turtle’s fat head.  😉

The detail work is really amazing for this vehicle.  From the amazing dragon head, to the wheels.   There are little details all over this bike.

Make sure to get that harness nice and tight, and your rider will stay in place with no worries.   The bike rolls really well, but it is only a two-wheeler, so it will fall over.  I really like that they added a very nice double kickstand to allow for the bike to stand.

This is a time lapse of the rider being thrown out and over the front of the Chopper and into position to fight:


He is wearing a harness that have an attachment point in the back to allow connection to the arm.
When the button is pushed, a very strong spring propels the rider out of the seat, he does one flip in the air, and lands on his feet.  The flip is so fast that I was unable to capture it in the time lapse photo.  I am going to go back and try to get it on video.

The directions say that you can put a Turtle in the harness and flip him as well.  I have not tried it, but they gave lots of extra room in the harness.

Overall, a great mid-sized vehicle.  We get another soldier for Shredder’s army, and a very well executed design.  I was a little worried about the arm being in the way, and looking strange, but since it is metal, it was made small, and does not interfere with the overall design.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vehicle 1 – Ninja Stealth Bike

Ah yes, the vehicles.  It is always fun to look at vehicles for larger scale figures.   GI Joe and the like have great vehicles, but these larger scale vehicles tend to have some heft to them.   Today I am sharing the Ninja Stealth Bike.  There are two in this size, which come with drivers.   Both have a bit of a “gimmick” to go with them.  This one has the best features, but the Foot Soldier’s bike is pretty good too.

As you can see, this version comes with Raphael.  This version is called Stealth Ninja Raph.   He looks just like his standard version of Raph, with two major differences.   One, is the helmet.  He comes with a helmet molded into place.  His visor can be raised and lowered, and it is really nice and clear.   The other feature are driving gloves.  Really, they are just the lower hands painted black, but a nice inexpensive addition that helps him stand out.  The only complaint I have is that I would like to have seen a removable helmet so any of the Turtles could ride the bike.

Raph comes with his sais, which go in holders in the back of his belt.   It is really nice that he can ride in the bike with the sais in place.

Raph slides down into the bike without a problem.  A nice touch that will allow kids to easily play with this toy.  The details are outstanding on the bike.  Starting at the front, the wheels have a turtle shell pattern.  Followed by headlights (which would be good in the sewers).   The main body of the bike is green, and actually matches Raph quite well.  I was a little worried about the front end being too flimsy with the arms reaching out so far to the front wheel.  But it is nice and solid.

As we move to the back of the bike, you can see the really nice details on the engine(s), including a pair of jets when he needs a little bit of speed.   As I get back here, I see the stickers.  Thankfully, they are already installed all over the bike.  No one will be complaining about that I am sure.

The top drops down, and the side fold in to encase Raph in a shell of protection.  I was not so sure how I was going to like the bike in this mode, but it looks really good in person.    It was a little tricky getting Raph down into the lowest position he could go in the seat to make sure the shell would be able to stay closed.

Down low, you can see Raph hiding in the shell armor.  If you press on the tab sticking out of the back part of the roof, the shell will spring apart and reveal Raph underneath.

This is a great vehicle.  Well made, well executed design, it comes with a driver, has special features, and it rolls like a champ.   I don’t think there is much that could make this bike any better.  I see some potential improvements in people doing a little detail painting.

Up next, we will look at the Foot Soldier’s idea of a bike, the Dragon Chopper.  It has quite a feature that you will NOT want to miss.


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