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Napoleon Bonafrog – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Napoleon Bonafrog was a hard guy to get a hold of.   There are still season one figures warming the pegs, but it is rather impossible to get my hands on some of the newer guest characters.   I am not fond of the previous season of TMNT,  where the Turtles spent their time on the farm, and running around through the forest.   There were some highlights, like the Vision Quest episode that gave us the Mystic Turtles.  Mostly there was some really strange stuff, like the mutagen car that tried to eat Casey Jones.   A few of the characters did stand out, and those made it to the shelves…presumably.   I am still looking for the Dark Dream Beaver, but it looks like they are listed on the back of boxes, but coming out much more slowly.    We end up with a lot of mixed story lines in waves.  We got Dimension X (space suit) Turtles, while we are still waiting for figures from last season.  So, things seem to be weird there.

Napoleon Bonafrog is a character that really stood out in the last season, since he was pretty much an homage to Napoleon Dynamite, and had him pegged to a T.   The figure is a pretty good representation, but that does not mean he is perfect.    Look-wise, he is great.  He has the mannerisms, with the great face, the giant forearms, and the fantastic clothes that include his unicorn shirt that says “Happiness is Friends,” as well as his amazing fanny pack.  Not to forget about his mud hat, that looks like a poop hat.  He comes with one accessory, his “Razor-Sharp Spear.”

The articulation is a bit wonky.  He has strange shoulder and hip joints that allow for swivel and pivot movement, to allow for some range of motion, but it is pretty robotic.  There needed to be one more joint in the elbow and knee to really work well.  He also has neck swivel, which is pretty standard with the secondary characters in the TMNT Playmates line.

Overall, I am glad I was able to find him, and add him to the collection.  He is a bit of an odd figure, and that is a good thing.   I would like to have seen more articulation in the figure for posing and photography, but a lot of these figures have been slight misses here, so you shouldn’t be too surprised.

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Mystic Turtles – from Season 3, Episode 8 – Vision Quest

This was an amazingly fast turn around from show to toys. The show aired on TV probably one week before I saw these in the stores. I still haven’t seen them again in the week since, but I am sure they will be making a comeback.

I loved this episode. If for nothing else than the fact that the Turtles are finally getting their acts together and getting prepared to get off of the farm and back to New York.

I was very excited to see they were made these figures. They looked so cool in the show. Well, there are some short comings to each figure and it has pushed me to want/need to try my hand at customizing. It has been many moons since my model car days, but but I am ready for the challenge. I want them to look as good as the show.

Donatello:

Donnie might be the best prepared figure of the four.   He comes with his giant axe that he uses to bring down a mountain.  He also comes with a sledge hammer and a rope.  I assume the sledge hammer is supposed to represent the large hammers the foot soldiers used to try to bring rocks down on Donnie’s head.  Well, close but no cigar.  The hammers they used were much more crude and rudimentary.  He was never actually seen “climbing” the mountain, but I guess that is what the rope is supposed to represent.

IMG_3620I went back to the show to grab some reference photos the fastest way I knew how… camera phone.  The main details of Donatello are there.  There are just a few changes needed.  The colors are too bright on all of the purple.  He is missing a bunch of detail colors on his wraps as well, but at least they are all there.

Leonardo:

Ever since waking up at the farm, Leonardo seems to have a thing for the bow and arrow.  I was so happy to see that they actually went ahead and moved his swords to his hip as they were in the show.  They are gigantic though.  They seem way out of proportion.  His bow looks pretty good.  Maybe something can be done about both of them.

IMG_3627He has got all kinds of stuff wrong with his coloring.  What is up with the blue pads and belts?  Ah well, we will work on that.   And look at his sheaths on his left hip.  Those are pretty skinny and allow his arms to fall to his side.   I think I am definitely going to have to do something about that.  And it looks like the last part is the quiver on his back.  He can’t fight with only one arrow.

Michelangelo:

The head sculpt on Mikey is killing me.  He has such a chubby little face.  And smiling?  No, no, no!  This was not a time of smiling.  He has all of his wood bark armor, which is a great start.   He also has both of his kamas that he used so well in his spirit fight.  He was pretty hard core.

IMG_3615Overall his coloring is pretty good.  The orange is a bit bright in his head.  In the show it was much more of a peach color.  Something also has to be done with his pads.  And his Kamas need to be recolored as well.

Raphael:

Raphael might be the roughest of all.  He is going to take the most work to get into fighting shape.   Thankfully, once again all of the main details are there.  First off, he has a giant red thing around his neck.  I don’t know what the flat brain substance is, but it is NOT on his costume in the show.  That has to go.   He also has a flame thrower that doesn’t exist.   They gave him wraps around his arms that hold the tubes the flames came out of.  He never held anything like that in his hand.  Speaking of holding things in his hand, the Tegaki is terrible!  The main shape is sound, but it is made of rubber, and it is near impossible to get straight in his hand.  Besides that fact, he only came with one.  He needs two, so it will be easy enough to make two new ones as it would be to try to match the one that is already made.

IMG_3607There is also some work to be done with the fuel packs on his back.  They will need at least some paint, if not also some details.   Tubes will have to be made to go from the tanks to his wrist launchers.  One high point is that he came with a belt that has loops for his sais.  Now all he needs is a pair of sais that will fit in there.  I think that was a nice touch, since it seems Raph loves/needs his sais at all times.

Well, there you have it.  Four new Turtles.  They are a great starting point.  They look really good overall.  I would generally be happy with just putting them on my shelf, but I have that nagging feeling that they could be better.  So they are going to be my test subjects to see how well/if I can get them up to par.  Here goes nothing!


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…


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Half Shell Heroes – Leo with Glider Wings

Playmates, going for a younger audience with the toy line, came out with Half Shell Heroes, which fits in their cute lineup of other figures from different licenses. Being the lover I am of all things TMNT, I had to pick one up. Of course I am starting with my favorite Turtle, Leonardo. He comes with Glider Wings that allows him to fly. Play with the wheel on the back, and his wings flap.  The clip that goes around his waist does a great job of holding him in place.  He also has shoulder restraints that flip into place for a little extra protection.

He is a cute little guy with some good articulation for his size. His two legs have a swivel at the hips. They move together. He also has joints at the arms that allow for good rotation.

I think the Half Shell Heroes are a great Evolution figure for the Nickelodeon figure line.  

He is bigger than the little guy, and takes on a younger look of the big guy.  I think he fits perfectly inbetween.   Pre-teen adventures await.

I think he is a great figure.  There is some good value in these little guys.  They are not outrageously expensive since they come with a figure and a vehicle for about $7.  There are also 2-packs with other characters from the show, both good and bad guys.    They also have vehicles of varying sizes, from the small that come with the main characters, to larger vehicles that come with a special version of the figure (wearing helmets and the like), to really large vehicles, like the Turtle Van.  It also looks like there is a giant playset.  I don’t think I will make it all the way to buying the big stuff. but the smaller stuff is pretty fun and won’t take up too much room on the shelves, or in the case of Leo, hanging from the ceiling in his glider.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Raphael and Michelangelo

With these two, I have the complete set… of four.  Not a whole lot to worry about getting in this line-up.  I am not that interested in the human figures, so with the addition of April, this line is done for me.   I can’t imagine they would come out with anything more that I would have to get.  I have been surprised in the past, so we will see.

Michelangelo:

Hmmm.  A face only a mother could love.  There was so much poo-pooing of the Turtles when the first trailer came out.  GAH!  Turtles with noses.  Michael Bay just can’t leave well enough alone.  Well, I think the problem was the design of the first face we saw, Mikey’s.   He does not have the best face of the four by far.

Moving on to the rest of the body.  A crazy 3-piece nunchuck along with a regular nunchuck.  No thanks.  That just hangs out there really weird.  One of the big problems for me is the lack of articulation on the wrists.  They can’t turn their hands to hold any poses.

He has on quite an interesting outfit.  No shirt, but a sweatshirt around his waist.  He has on either scuba pants or yoga pants. Can’t tell which.  And then there are the shoes with the toes cut out for his giant toes.   This is an awful lot of stuff going on with these figures.

Raphael:

I think Raph is my favorite of the movie figures.  He is much more toned down with more of a standard brown color of clothing.  I like the full head mask he wears.   He has some great details on his body, including the scaled skin the others don’t have.

I wish the figures (other than Leo) came with a place to hold their weapons.  It is strange to me that they don’t have anything on their belts.  That is one of the fun things about the Ninja Turtles that we just don’t get here.

Here we are.  Four Turtles and a Lady.  I really like how different each of the Turtles is from one another.  From the differences in outfits to the changes in skin color.  This is by far, not my favorite Turtle line, but they are a pretty good showing.  Now we just have to wait for the movie.


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!


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