Raphael since he was my favorite turtle, but I wasn't overly impressed with him. The Stealth Tech Turtles, however, captivated me. Any figure dressed in tactical styled spy gear automatically registers on my action figure radar, so these guys ended up in the armful of TMNT figures I purchased last week. Ready for a look at Stealth Tech Raphael?
|"It's Raph! A little too Raph!" L to R, Space Cadet Raph (1990), TMNT Raphael, Stealth Tech Raph (2013), and Nickelodeon's TMNT Raphael (2012)|
yoku (the little side prongs). They fit well in Raph's hands or in the sheathes on the back of his webgear. Next, he comes with a handheld battering ram that looks like a more advanced model of a modern piston-firing battering ram. Raph can hold it with both hands, and the cap of the battering ram is removable. All of the Stealth Tech Turtles come with an 18 inch rappelling line with two clip hooks (a smaller and a larger hook) and a small clip that can attach to various points on Raph's harness. It's a fun accessory, much more so than a grappling hook launcher, and looks pretty cool. Lastly, Raph features his goggles which can flip up and down. They do plug into his head but can be easily removed (although that will leave two holes in the side of his head). Since Raph seems to be focused on getting in to buildings and fighting CQB, his goggles seem to be more like standard ballistic goggles rather than night vision or something.
I really like this figure, probably more than I'm supposed to. The combination of fun accessories, tactical gear, and my favorite turtle really make this into a fun action figure that's also a really good toy. You could fiddle around with this guy all day while waiting for the pizza guy to show up and have no worries whatsoever. As a mass market toy targeted towards kids that I picked up at retail, I feel justified in easily giving Raph a Great and a 1/2. Besides, giving him any less would just piss him off! I hope Playmates and Nickelodeon are really committed to the show and the toy line because after having just watched the first few episodes this week, I'm hooked.