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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.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Stealth Tech

Away I went on a camping trip.  Of course, I thought of a photo shoot while I was away, so I took my newest acquisitions, the Stealth Tech Turtles with me to see what I could do with them.

The four Turtles this time around get a little bit of Stealth Tech.  I skipped the last four, where they were flinging ooze.  I was much more interested in this set.

We start off with a group shot of the 4.  Not an easy thing, to pose these guys on an uneven rock, with a fairly quick moving creek all around.  As you can see, each character comes with a largely black outfit with accents in their colors.   They have attachments on their shells that give them their tech.   They all come with their standard weapons, with a few modifications.  Michelangelo’s nunchucks are black and have a cord instead of chain.  I assume to make it quieter.   Leonardo has two new swords, in a tech style scabbard that attaches into a hole on his back.  It does not stay attached too well.   Raph and Don have black versions of their standard weapons, but there is not change otherwise.

Michelangelo has a listening gun that attaches to his belt, as well as a visor that has a microphone.

Leonardo has a crossbow.  In this picture, he left it behind to begin the attack with a Mission Impossible sort of drop.  All 4 characters come with zip lines.  They have hooks on both ends, that are great for repelling as well as zipping.

Donatello is looking off into the distance.  Maybe for his robot, somewhere, either doing what it is supposed to be doing, or maybe it is broken, like many of Don’s inventions.

Poor Raph.  Growling and scowling as he does so well.  Unfortunately when it came time for his shoot, I pulled him out, and he was missing one of his sais.   I think it must have fallen off when I was doing the first shoot of all 4 guys.

There was an error with my Raph.  He did not have a hole in the second sheath.  I had to drill it out with a pin vise.  Easy to do, and a nice tight fit.  It was the other sai, in the larger hole that had fallen out.  Oh well, this stuff happens.   I am thinking it is time for a little project I have always wanted to do.  Metal weapons for the Turtles.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The rest of Wave 1

There were three more figures recently released to go along with the initial release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Two more bad guys and one good guy.

Dogpound:

A walking-talking dog with spikes on his hand and back.  Definitely not a good guy.  One of Shredder’s minions, in the style of the original Bebop and Rocksteady.  We get movement in the shoulders, wrists, neck, and hips.  No torso, knees, or elbows.  Looks like the theme is set.  Outside of the initial 4 Turtles, we are going to get limited movement for this line.

From the back:  The big shell spikes and and tail come in the package, and need to be clicked into place.  Nice and easily done.  The tail has a ball joint for movement.

Dogpound and Raph can have a staring contest to see who can grit their teeth into a more menacing face.   Just remember boys, you want to be careful, your face might stick that way.

Fishface:

A fish with mechanical legs, arms, and a horrible underbite.   He is a good looking figure.  Again, limited in the articulation, but he has great details that make up for it.   I have one problem with my Fishface, and I am wondering if anyone else has the same problem.   On my Fishface, he has two right arms.   The shoulder joint on the left arm is clearly not correct since it looks to be in place when it is facing toward his face.  He has the correct hand, just not the right arm.

A look at the back.  He has a scuba tank that covers his gills.  The tubes are either soft plastic or rubber that allow the head to move.

Metalhead:

The good guy of this trio of figures.

I was excited when I saw Metalhead.  He was a character I remembered from the original show.  He has the standard neck, shoulder, hip articulation.  He also comes with knee articulation.   His right arm is stationary at a bent angle to hold the flame that can be flick-fired from the elbow.

It is good to have knee articulation, on at least one of the extra figures.

A nice touch on the back.  A New York City manhole cover for a shell.

I was surprised at how short Metalhead is.  I would have expected Donatello to make a robot that was at least as tall as he was.

In all, these are three good figures.  They add a bit of brightness and peculiarity to the rest of the TMNT figures.   Each is unique and a good addition to the set.


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.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Support Staff

Part 2 of my look at the new Ninja Turtles will focus on the supporting characters of the show.  This includes, Splinter, Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier.
First we will look at the leader of the Ninja Turtles, Splinter:

Splinter is a great looking rat.  He has a lot of color in his face that really makes him stand out.   He is wearing a robe that is made of a rubber type material.  It has a slit down the back that allows for his tail to hand through.

I was a little disappointed with the articulation of Splinter.  He has good shoulder articulation, both a ball and swivel.  But that is where the majority of the articulation ends.  He has a twist at the end of his sleeves for wrist artic.  His head is also on a swivel.  His legs have joints at the hips to allow his feet to be moved forward and back, but he really cannot stand unless they are in one specific place.  He does have some articulation in his tail where it meets his body.

Unlike the Turtles, and April, Splinter only comes with his staff.   No Ninja Arsenal with this figure.

Now, onto the bad guys.

Shredder:

Second figure into the support staff, and I saw a trend coming.   No knee joints.  This is not going to make for fun playtime when all of the bad guys can only stand there.    Shredder has his trademark bladed armor.  It is a bit bulky on his wrists and around the feet. The rest of it is really nice.  He comes with a small sword and two throwing stars.  The sword is WAY too small.  He cannot even hold it in his hand without it flopping around.  And, he does not have a place to carry it.  Everyone else comes with some sort of sheath for their blades.  Not for Shredder.

Kraang:

Ah, yes.  The alien brain himself.  Kraang is in his robot body, who is equipped with two laser guns.   As you might expect with a super thin figure like the robot, it does not have much along the lines of articulation.  Think of it like a giant-sized Battle Droid from the Star Wars line of figures.  They share a pretty similar stance.  The robot does have a little bit more movement in the shoulders.    It does have one stance it can hold, otherwise it will fall over.

Kraang himself is a rubbery little guy.  Easily removed from the body of the robot, Kraang has a whole bunch of thin tentacles.  I can see these being broken off by kids really easily.

Foot Soldier:

By far, my favorite of the bad guys.   He again, does not have knee joints or elbow joints, but he does come with two swords, and 2 throwing blades.  He has good articulation other than the lack of the joints mentioned.  His coloring is very basic, but that is what you would expect from the soldiers of the bad guys.   We will be looking at a variation of the Foot Soldier next time, when we look at a few of the vehicles.

The thee bad guys so far.  It will be fun, if we get some of the animal based bad guys.  Hopefully they will have the knee and elbow articulation of the Turtles.

All together, that is quite an array of color.  The heights are really well done, leaving the Turtles a little shorter than the humans.  The four Turtles are better figures overall, but the other figures are not terrible.   All of the figures are well made, and well executed.

Up next, we will look at two of the mid-sized vehicles, the Ninja Stealth Bike, and the Dragon Chopper.  Both have some nice features, and both come with a figure.  You will not want to miss these two.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The rest of the Turtles

A few days back, I looked at Leonardo, from the new toy line featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  A day later, I had to go back and get the rest of the Turtles.   I also bought the support characters, and today I bought two of the vehicles, so stay tuned for that.  The vehicles are pretty cool.

Today though, we are going to look at the rest of the Turtles:

Donatello:

NERD!!!   Haha!!  I love Don.  He always came up with the best gadgets in the original show.  Not that they all worked, but he gave it a try.  He has light skin, and dark wraps.  With the purple mask, it looks good.   He comes with a bo staff, as well as extra weapons that are staff related.   Donatello have the distinct ability to put his arms down to the side.  There are indents in the side of his body to allow for his arms to drop further than all three other Turtles.  It gives him a taller, leaner stance.  Add in the smaller, round head, and you have Donatello.

Michelangelo:

The jokester, prankster, and all around pizza-lovin’ fool.  This version of Mike reminds me so much of the original toys.  He has his trademark sideways smile, and the color is so bright.  Add in the orangeish weapons, and you have quite a throwback figure.

Raphael:

 

Ah yes, Raphael.  The Turtle with a chip on his shoulder.  Any reason to get into a fight with this one.  The darkest of all in terms of skin color, as well as moods.  His mask has the ties flying in the wind in that great classic look that goes all the way back to the original comic series.  Outfitted with a pair of sais, he is able to hold one of them in the upside down fashion that he is known to do.  Give him a grimace and a crack in the top of his shell, and he looks like he is ready to brawl.

The Four!  Good to see them all together.   Some reuse of body parts, but enough differences in paint and heads and shells that you really do get to see quite a difference.   You can also see the range in heights.   Leo and Raph are close to the same.  Don is a lot taller, and Mike is shorter.  All of their weapons can be stored in the back of their belts.

Turtles ready for action.   If you are interested in seeing more pictures, including the extra weapons that each figure comes with, click on the Flickr section over on the right side of the blog.   Have fun.  Up next, the support character, Splinter, Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier to round out the first 9 characters in the new series.


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