Packaging - ***
The classic figure has a nice retro logo, as well as classic graphics.
Neither is collector friendly of course, but they are sturdy and should
hold up to peg and storage wear.
The new line has a sharper, more
angular design to the package, but if I had to choose I'd pick the
classic. There's just something about that old school look that works
with this license no matter what year is on the calendar.
Sculpting - ***1/2
These are two very different turtles, but I like both styles.
My preference is really with the
classic, but modern kids may find the skinnier arms and legs a bit odd
looking. Neither figure has a lot of detail, but the classic has even
less texturing and definition.
The new version is shorter,
obviously (the classic is just over 6", the new is just over 4"), which
was probably a marketing move to ensure parents would realize that the
figures really are distinctly different. He also has more detailing,
especially on the wraps and pads.
Paint - ***
Neither figure has a ton of detail, and many of the colors are just
what the plastic has been cast in. There's a few details though, like
the eyes, and there's enough slop and weak edge lines to pull the score
down a bit.
The new design lacks pupils -
it's a little creepy. The classic figure has then, but the whites are
pretty sloppy, with plenty of paint getting outside the edge.
It's also a personal preference
and not something that effects the score, but I have to say I prefer
the classic green to the more puke colored new versions.
Articulation - Classic ***1/2;
The articulation is surprisingly good on both of these figures, and the
joint count (and usefulness) is much better than almost every other
current mass market line out there.
Let's start with the new figure.
He has a true ball jointed neck, and it has a tremendous range of
movement. It's my favorite joint, and they've done it exactly right.
He has pin/disc ball shoulders,
elbows, hips, and knees, which means all these joints can move forward
and back AND turn 360 degrees.
There's no ankle articulation
due to the design, but it's a minor issue at best. There are cut
The classic version goes farther
across the board. He has the same ball jointed neck, and once again
it's just about perfect. He also has pin/disc shoulders, hips, and
ankles, but he goes even better with double pin knees and elbows, and
there's cut biceps and thighs to increase the mobility of the legs.
There's a mid chest joint as
well, and the three fingers and two toes are all individually
articulated. That's pretty impressive!
So why not fours? Each has one
issue that holds them back from getting at least a half star higher in
this category. For the new Mike, it's a stuck hip joint that just won't
free up. I know it should, but I haven't been able to break it free.
Hopefully that's a figure specific issue, and not a bigger problem
across the run.
On the classic Mike, it's a
bigger problem. All the leg joints are very loose, making it tough to
take advantage of all that great articulation. Again, I'm hoping it's
not across the line, but loose joints are always a major annoyance when
they show up.
Accessories - ***
The classic figure only comes with three accessories - his two chuks,
and a display base designed to look like a sewer manhole cover.
The base works well, and has
posts for either one or both feet. The sculpt and paint job are good,
and it does allow you to pose Mike in some more dramatic ways than you
could pull off without it.
His weapons are well sculpted
and include real metal chains, not cheap plastic imitations. They look
good, although I couldn't get him to hold one under his arm.
The newly designed Mike also
comes with two chuks, but these have plastic chains. There's also a
scythe weapon on a chain, as well as four different stars - two of one
size and two of another. That's a nice group of weapons, but they are
all in a single color, and some are still attached to the sprue. Both
of these are cost saving measures, which relates to a better score in
the Value section.
The back of the shell on both
figures have loops for the chuks. They work perfectly with the classic
version, but with the new version, there's some issue with the chains.
If you squeeze them together to fit one in one loop and you'll end up
with a stress break. Instead, stick one handle from each in either
Fun Factor - ****
These aren't super detailed figures but they are great toys,
showing that cool action figures with well done articulation and
accessories are still possible. Too many action figures on the pegs
right now have no decent accessories, crappy articulation, and a higher
Value - Classic **1/2;
At $17, the classic is running at the average for most 6 - 8" figures.
With the metal chains and high level of articulation, it's a better
value than most at that price, but it's still not cheap.
The new figure is smaller of
course, but has good articulation and accessories as well, and is only
$9. That's a rare price point, even for small 3 3/4" figures from other
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!
Overall - Classic
***1/2; New ***
I think that Turtles fans should be happy - they're getting another
nice set of figures, and Playmates is paying a lot of attention to the
articulation and poseablity of these.
The classics are well worth
picking up, even at the higher price point, and had Mike's legs been a
little tighter, he might have even been a four star figure.
The new designs aren't quite as
good, especially the skin color. But again Playmates paid particular
attention to the accessories and articulation, making them great toys
first. They've certainly had trouble with some other lines in recent
years, but they still know how to give the Turtles the love they
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - Classic ***1/2; New ***
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - Classic **1/2; New ***
Overall - Classic ***1/2; New ***
Where to Buy -
I've only seen the classics at Toys R Us, but there's nothing on them
about being an exclusive. The regular figures for the new show, along
with the vehicles and playsets, are available at just about every
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