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Dark Beaver – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The stuff of nightmares. Dark Beaver is one of the four “Dream Beavers” that haunt people’s dreams and use their fear to gain power. Somewhere between a Carebear and Freddy Kruger, these guys are bad news.

The symbol on Dark Beaver’s stomach looks amazing. A white flame around a skull. This looks very close to the cartoon version.

They did manage to take away some of the ultra creepiness of the characters. These guys were really out there on the strange scale. A nice dark wash could really help him to look a little more like the cartoon version. He would need a little extra work around the face too.

Their size is made to fit into the packaging that sets the size. Unfortunately, that is something that has hindered this line from the first wave. They don’t want to make figures outside of the bubble pack size, so we get a generic size limit. The Dream Beavers are either really big (in the dream world), or regular size (in reality). It would have been really fun to see them come in two 2-Packs like we saw with the baby Turtles a while back.

I have seen a picture of Dire Beaver (Purple), but I haven’t seen it in person, or anyone who has actually found one in the wild. I will hold onto my excitement for getting more of the Dream Beavers until I see them, but it seems like four similar figures would be a natural choice for Playmates.

Overall, Dark Beaver is a good figure. He fits in well with the rest of the line, and a big red beaver with a skull on his stomach stands out in any collection. Anti-Carebears to you nightmares!

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Dimension X Space Battler Raphael – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Yeesh! I sure am glad I only grabbed one of these Dimension X figures. They are seriously weak! I decided to grab Raph. I am not sure what made me choose him over Leonardo, since he is usually my go-to trial figure.

These figures come with space gear, clearly for going into Dimension X. They are a standard figure with a new belt, and space gear (helmet, arm bands, hand things, and leg do-dads). They also come with futuristic weapons… or their same weapons with a tech flair to them.

The main problem lies in the execution of the Space Gear. Of course that is all there is to the gimmick of these figures, so that is pretty bad. The accessories are very bulky, and make the figure stand weird. The real problem is with the helmet. It just doesn’t fit. It seems like they used a body mold that is just too small to fit. In the pre-production photos, the heads are centered in the helmet, but in reality, the heads are way down low.

They used the Battle Shell version of the figures, which are a bit smaller than the original figures, and that could have played into the problems. If you look closely at the back shell, you can see the hinge. It doesn’t open, since the belt wraps all the way around.

Overall, not a good figure. The parts fall off easily, the figure stands weird, and he just looks off. It is best to save your money for some of the new figures coming up that look to be much better. There is also a big pack that comes with the Turtles in this gear, but it is chrome. It looks to have the same problem with a shiny package.


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.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles MiniMates – Wave 2

I love the number of accessories these guys come with.   Pizza in every box.  Weapons galore.   Don’t forget about the pets, Ice Cream Kitty and Spike.  What a great set of Turtles and secondary characters.  All of the figures come with a stand and a key chain.  I had so much fun taking pictures of these guys that I had way more pictures than I wanted to post here.  Check out the special album on my Flickr account for looks at the head swaps and more.

Leo comes with his standard head, along with scared face and Pizza Mask. Take off the pizza mask, and he has an unmasked face underneath.  He also comes with his two Katana as well as a grappling hook. He also comes with a pizza box.

Splinter has his cane and katana blade.

Casey and Mikey come with so much fun stuff. Casey comes with all of his sports gear including two hockey gloves, two hockey sticks, a baseball bat, and his scary mask. He comes with a painted face alternate head with his bandana wrapped around his head. If you take off his mask, you get a clean face Casey. You also get a set of hands to allow Casey to walk around in his normal street clothes.

Mikey comes with his nunchucks, happy face, smiling face, full pizza, skateboard, and Ice Cream Kitty.

Donatello come with a bladed version of his bo staff, as well as a grimacing face, love face, two slices of pizza, a mutigen finder, and a mutigen storage tank.

The Krang comes with a Krang, and a Krang’s gun. When you remove the Krang’s suit jacket, it reveals the Krang painted on the torso underneath.

This Donnie is the same version as the full color version, but you can see through him. He comes with his staff, but is missing the rest of the accessories.

The Krang in the set is the same as the Krang that comes in the standard set, but really, you need more than one Krang. It is a must for more bad guys.

Raph comes with his grimace face (standard for Raph), as well as a startled face. He also comes with two sais, three throwing stars, two slices of pizza, and Spike (before he went and got giant and mean).

Anton Zeck is decked out in his pre-Beebop gear. Someday he will be an ugly pig, but not quite yet. He does not come with any accessories, but he sports his awesome see-through mohawk.

I really like how they are all slightly different shades of green with different colors for their shells.  Even their pads and wraps differ.

Lots of good guys, some bad guys, and a lot of pint sized fun.

If you are looking for more pictures of these great figures, visit my TMNT Flickr Album Here. Click on my Flickr folder on the right menu bar for even more pictures.


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.


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