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 sai, 4 interchangeable heads, 4 shuriken, a pizza, and a shield.
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.Wicked!
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.
* 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.
* Raph comes with his signature weapon: A pair of sai! They're wicked looking little things and I love that he can wield them a few different ways. While most of the sai is simply molded in a grayish plastic, the tsuka and tsukagashira have been given a brown paint application to liven things up a bit.
* 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.
* Raph comes with a few extra accessories, the best of which are a pizza and four shuriken. Raph's shuriken are different from Leonardo's and they in fact look a bit more wicked. The pizza is a very simple sculpt with a sticker on the top to represent the toppings (I see pepperoni, onions, and jalapenos).
* The toe isn't broken but it does tend to pop off. I haven't had this problem with any other figure in this line, so perhaps it's just a fluke, but my Raph does have a loose toe. It's annoying and not at all movie accurate.
* I don't dislike this shield but I do find it odd that Playmates went with a hole in the front. Doesn't the hole in the front of a shield kind of negate it's purpose? This could have turned out much, much cooler.
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)! Raph gets a Great and a 1/2 rating from me as he's quite possibly one of the best action figure values you'll find this year despite a few flaws!
I have reviewed a few other Raphel figures from the Nickelodeon inspired line such as Battle Shell Raphael, Ooze Tossin' Raph, the D&D inspired Raph the Barbarian, and Stealth Tech Raphae. From the 2014 film I also reviewed Raph in Disguise.
If you want to check out the other three figures in the line, links to the reviews are below:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection
Donatello (The Secret of the Ooze, 1991)
Leonardo (The Secret of the Ooze, 1991)
Michelangelo (The Secret of the Ooze, 1991)