both variations of the Foot Soldier, but the figures themselves are exactly the same). The distribution has been quite good on these thus far, so hats off to both NECA and GameStop. Like the Shredder and the Foot Soldier, Splinter was also part of the SDCC 2019 exclusive set "The Capture of Splinter." While there are a few display pieces and accessories missing, the GameStop releases do deliver all of the figures to collectors in a more budget friendly offering. Splinter is a key TMNT character and the movie version is absolutely one of the most lovable incarnations of the turtles' sensei (though I really love the 2012 and IDW versions, too). Let's check out Splinter after the break...
Height:5 3/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge toes, swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/hinge knees, thigh swivels, swivel/hinge hips, swivel tail, bendable tail, balljointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, double swivel/ hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, balljointed neck, and balljointed head.
Accessories: Nunchaku, pizza slice, TCRI canister, canister lid, cloth robe, and belt.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars
Director: Randy Falk, Sculpt: Trevor Zammit and Alex Heinke, Fabrication: Roger Fernandez and Anthony Minichino, Paint: Jon Wardell and Geoffrey Trapp
* Splinter is another hit for NECA in this line. He looks eerily realistic thanks in part due to excellent sculpting and the very realistic soft goods robe. The figure really has a very ethereal quality to it that reminds me of Splinter's almost ghostly appearance at the end of the film when he confronts the Shredder on the rooftop. His full body is sculpted under the robe and everything looks amazing. (If you want a true "Spirit of Splinter" figure then NECA did release one as a Loot Crate exclusive).
* I mentioned Splinter's fabric robe above but I'll reiterate again here that it's very, very good. Seriously, the material, the design, and the way it fits the figure is exceptional. It's very tattered and worn, but that's fitting for the character. NECA doesn't often use soft goods on their 7 inch scaled figures (they save that for the Mego styled figures) but it works here oh so well.
* I still think the Jim Henson designed costumes and puppets from the 1990 film are way more convincing than the majority of the CGI characters to have shown up in the 30 years since and NECA's figures really pay homage to the craftsmanship exhibited in the film. Even little details such as the design of Splinter's leg and feet are convincingly captured.
* While his arms are very slender, Splinter feels quite durable and well made. Just be gentle with his joints at first in case anything is stuck. I didn't have any problems getting him into some incredible and emotive poses. If you take off his robe, you can also pretend that he's your pet rat who mimics your martial arts moves. He's a scaled action figure and a prop replica in one!
* Splinter's tail is traditionally articulated at the base and bendable throughout. That's a cool feature that helps with posing and aids in balancing the figure.
* Splinter doesn't include the shackles that the SDCC set came with but he does come with a few accessories that set didn't include. Fist up is a slice of pizza. The Turtles themselves includes these, so it is a reused accessory, but does it really ever hurt to have more pizza?
* The second accessory is the TCRI can. This was included in the SDCC 2018 boxed set of the turtles themselves, but I never got that set so this is an extra nice inclusion. One end of the tube is removable (there's nothing inside) and there's even a crack on the side. Who doesn't love a family heirloom?
* The last accessory that Splinter comes with is the pair of Michelangelo's nunchaku which Splinter uses during his rooftop confrontation with Shredder. The nunchaku are plastic but the cord connecting them is a wire, perfect for posing them.
* While the other figures in the line come with alternate hands, Splinter does not. This is quite unfortunate because it means that he really can only hold the canister of ooze well. I'm kind of surprised we didn't get any extra hands here, as NECA usually doesn't overlook those details.
* When I took off Splinter's robe for the pictures I noticed that the fur on his body feels a little tacky. I don't know if it was an issue with the paint (it still looks perfect) or some kind of odd reaction between the plastic and the robe but the figure just had an odd feel to him. Weird, huh?
If you're a fan of Splinter, I've also reviewed Dojo Splinter from the 2012 TMNT line and the Eekeez Splinter from FOCO.
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Action Figure Review: Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by NECA
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