I haven't picked up any figures from Playmates' Nickelodeon inspired line in at least a year I have a true weakness for the original movies. Heck, I love the 2007 TMNT as well (and the accompanying toyline). For someone who was the perfect age at one of the heights of Turtle-mania in the late 80's and early 90's I have such incredibly fond memories of these films. I remember being so excited for the original film that I threw up in line, unfortunately meaning that I had to go to a later showing of the movie. While The Secret of the Ooze definitely doesn't hold up as well as the first film, I have to admit that as a kid and for years afterwards it was my favorite TMNT film. I liked the original movie as a kid but TSOTO just felt more like the cartoons and toyline to me which were my preferred methods of TMNT consumption as a child. While I sadly thought that the 2014 film was rather lackluster and forgettable (something that I find difficult to conceive of in a TMNT film) I do have high hopes for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows as it seems to be trying to capture the over-the-top feel of the current animated series. Will that movie turn out to be any good? Who knows? For right now let's focus on this Leonardo figure! Since there is a good amount of reuse between these figures, expect a good bit of reuse from my earlier review of Donatello from this line. Ready? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 1/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged toes, swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees,
swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge
shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists,
swivel/hinge thumb, hinged fingers, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: 2 Katanas, 4 shuriken, sheathes, TGRI canister, and broken TGRI canister.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* The tricky thing with the articulation on any TMNT figure is that the
turtles themselves have torsos that are oversized and not necessarily
designed for mobility. Mix that in with their crazy ninja antics and you
have an interesting juxtaposition of two different design philosophies
competing. Playmates has done an awesome job here with plentiful, useful
articulation. These guys rival any figure as mass market and possibly
surpass them. Incredible!
* I love the headsculpts on these. While these aren't insanely "movie
specific" they definitely have a film feel to them. I really like the use of a
separate piece of plastic for the bandanna over the eyes as it gives the
figure a bit more of a layered feel, as does the belt. It's also a
separate piece that, while not removable, helps the figure to seem just a
but more intricate.
Classic Collection figures
based on the original 1990 film which were released in 2014. Usually
I'd be a bit peeved by this reuse but honestly it seems to work here.
I'm sure there are differences between the costumes in the two films but
it's not something I can identify easily off hand. Furthermore, these
are decent sculpts. They're certainly not NECA quality or anything but
they're definitely quality work for Playmates. I'm just glad that they
didn't reuse the smoother cartoon based Classic Collection figures. I also like that Playmates did use different skin tones for the turtles. It might not be movie accurate but it feels right.
* Leonardo is packed with his two katanas. They're not the most complex sculpts but they work for these figures and do feature painted handles. They're neither overly bendy not brittle and look great in Leonardo's hands. They actually look pretty menacing, too!
* The shell is really detailed. Not only is the pattern fairly intricate
but there are also lots of little nicks and dents in it, too. The bulk
and heft of the shell also seems appropriate for these film inspired
* I've always loved the brown pads and belts the guys wore in the films.
There's just something cool about them and they look great here.
They're separate pieces that, again, give the figure a bit more layered
appearance, something I love.
Collection Agency Brad and I will be discussing the current trend of high end 1/12th scale lines such as S.H. Figuarts, Mafex,
Figma, and others. Take a look at those lines and the typical mass
market collector lines like Star Wars Black, Marvel Legends, and DC
Comics Multiverse: Which of those groupings does this line more
resemble? I'm really leaning towards the higher end lines simply in
terms of what's offered. Playmates has given collectors and TMNT fans a
pretty great gift with these and me and my little one are having a
blast (she loves the TMNT)! Leo, like Donatello before him, also gets an Epic rating from me as he's
quite possibly one of the best action figure values you'll find this year!
I've reviewed a few different Leonardo figures from the Nickelodeon series, including Battle Shell Leonardo, the diminutive Ninjas in Training: Leonardo & Donatello, and the tactical Stealth Tech Leonardo.
I've also reviewed Donatello from this same series.