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Friday, February 12, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Action Figure 
(4 Pieces/5 inch)  


Emerging from their hidden lair in the sewers, this band of reptile brothers confronts the wondrous and hostile world of New York City, facing enemies more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.

 

                         Leonardo - Leader & King of the Katana Swords.
 
In 2012, Nickelodeon launched a new half hour CG animated TV series, introducing a new generation to the heroes in a half shell. Building upon its enormous success, Nick partnered with Paramount Pictures in 2014 to launch a full length feature film. Since then, the series has continued to expand the TMNT world, and a big screen sequel is set to launch in 2016.
                                 Raphael - Hot-Head & Sharp Sai Expert.

We’ve gotten quite a few looks at the upcoming live action/CGI hybrid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesmovie over the past few months, but as of Toy Fair 2014 Playmates’ corresponding action figure line was still under wraps. Chinese language site ACToys has posted new photos of the figures, however, giving us all a look at the hoodie wasted, puka shell rocking quartet in all their ball jointed glory. We’re painfully trying to reserve full judgement until trailer footage from the movie arrives in April and maybe even through the film’s August 8 release date but for now we can safely say this much about director Jonathan Liebesman’s heroes in a half shell, Jim Lee’s 1996 TMNT figure designs were cooler.

                                    Donatello - Inventor & Weaponeer.


         For what it’s worth, the LEGO sets based on the film all looked like a lot of fun at Toy Fair (and if you hate the new Turtle designs, you can easily swap them out for the Nickelodeon Mini figures and enjoy the sets). From a toy design perspective, however, the execution of translating the highly-accessorized new movie designs into figures with Playmates’ traditional “mutant Mass” plus collector-friendly amounts of articulation doesn’t seem… handsome. These figures could merely represent an action-feature accessory segment of a wider toy line with other figures potentially offering a more pleasing aesthetic, but… for now many fans are probably just relieved they still have the expanding Nickelodeon toy lines and 6″ Retro Collector’s Figure Series to fall back on, to say the least.
                   Michelangelo - Jokester & Hard-Hitting Nunchuck Hero.

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