As I said in my review of the SDCC 2013 exclusive Shredder, there's no doubt that the Shredder is one of the most iconic villains around, but has he ever truly had a perfect action figure made in his likeness? He's had plenty of figures, and I've owned most of them, but I've never felt that there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Last year when I bought the entire first wave of Nickelodeon's TMNT figures, I was really disappointed by the Shredder. On my Amazon review of him, I wrote:
"I'm really disappointed with this figure. The Shredder usually makes an awesome toy, but I'm not exactly sure what happened here. He looks ok as part of a display, but if you put him by himself or try to play around with him, I think you're going to be disappointed. Hopefully, Playmates revisits this character down the line (although there is a talking version with a cape available currently) because this guy just doesn't cut it for me."
At SDCC 2013 Playmates released an exclusive version of Oroku Saki that was taller, articulated a bit differently, and featured vac metallized blades and armor. He was also $35, about 4 times the price of your standard TMNT figure. I decided that the figure simply wasn't worth the money. At the time, I didn't realize that Playmates would be relasing the same exact figure (minus the vac-metal) in the regular TMNT line for around $9. Is this guy an improvement and worth your money? I'd say definitely, but read on to learn more after the break.
Shredder is about 5 3/4 inches tall from his boots to the top of his head. He's sculpted with his legs stretched out a bit, so he'd probably be around 6 inches if he were standing straight. This makes him a good bit taller than the turtles, which isn't out of line with how they're portrayed. Stylistically, he'll fit in well with the rest of your Nickelodeon TMNT figures--he's not any more or less detailed than they are. Remember, this is simply a repaint (or perhaps the exclusive version was a "pre-paint") of the SDCC figure, so if you have that one you know exactly what to expect.
Shredder features the following points of articulation: hinged knees, ball jointed hips, a swivel waist, ball jointed shoulders, swivel wrists, swivel neck, and hinged shoulder pads. The articulation isn't terrible, but it's not much better than the first Shredder figure released last fall. While this Shredder features hinged knees, he's missing the hinged elbows from the first release. Why not both? Honestly, those two combined would have really helped this figure to excel, but as it stands he's pretty much equal to the first release in regards to the articulation. The hinged knees definitely give Shredder some better standing poses, but the arms are largely preposed and not as versatile as I would have liked.
The paint is OK--it's not too different from the first release of Shredder from last year. While the SDCC figure featured some minor shading on the chest and thigh armor along with the shiny vac metalized blades are quite nice, these features are missing on this guy. The blades and armor are a slightly shiny gray, which looks fine for this figure. Most of the damaged side of Shredder's face is depicted with paint, and it makes him look like a "Saturday morning cartoon friendly" burn victim. I do like the splotchiness on the face paint though, as it gives it a bit more character.