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 nunchaku, 4 interchangeable heads, 2 combat coldcuts, 3 donuts, and a doughnut box.
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!
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 that match their vintage toys. It might not be movie accurate but it feels right.
* As you could probably guess, Mikey comes equipped with two pairs of nunchaku. They're not connected via leather cords like in the film but it's tough to argue with getting some accessories that utilize actual chains. There aren't any paint apps on these but there is a bit of wood grain sculpting.
* The shell is quite 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 turtles.
* 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.
* Of all four figures in this set I do believe Michaelangelo has the best accessories. First, he gets the "combat coldcuts" from the opening fight scene. To this day few moments in a movie get me as pumped as hearing the TMNT 2 theme and watching them fight the bad guys in the mall. These are really sill accessories but they're something that I absolutely love. Just the fact that these exist pretty much makes my year.
* The other accessories that Michelangelo comes with is a doughnut box and three doughnuts. Remember in the film when the turtles attempt to use the doughnuts to disguise a retro-mutagen pill to revert Tokka and Rahzar back to their regular animal forms? Now you can reenact that scene! The box doesn't open and close but it is hollow and you can fit the doughnuts in side. Incredible!
* Because the fingers are all individually articulated, it takes a bit of finesse to securely place weapons in Donatello's hands. I remember this problem with the earlier cartoon inspired Classic Collection figures and I can't say I'm glad to see it return. It definitely seems to promote the idea that these are for display rather than play as the weapons and accessories can easily fall out of the hands when the figure is shifted. Just be patient and try different things out and you should make it work, though.
* Michelangelo might be the weakest figure in the line due to the fact that his head looks overly toy-like and his mouth is wide open. I don't mind the open mouthed expressions at all but I'm definitely wishing Playmates had painted the inside of the mouth black or something.
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)! While Mikey's weaker head sculpts and paint work bring him down a bit, he's still getting a Great and a 1/2 from me as he's quite possibly one of the best action figure values you'll find this year!
If you're looking for more figures of Michelangelo, check out my reviews of the D&D themed Mikey the Elf and the ultra stealthy Stealth Tech Michelangelo.
I've also reviewed two other figures in this series:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection
Donatello (The Secret of the Ooze, 1991)
Leonardo (The Secret of the Ooze, 1991)