Action Pose – Donatello vs Leonardo

A lot of people are interested in the new Classics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Playmates, but while I have some nostalgia for the 80’s cartoon, I’m more of a fan of the 2003 show.

I actually haven’t bought any Turtles action figures since, well, probably since I was a kid. Regular readers will know I like articulation, and a modern action figures without elbows are knees usually don’t cut the mustard.

But the new Nickelodeon Turtles have knees, elbows, and more. They even have softer shells on the front so they can have better range of motion in their legs. They don’t have ankle joints, and their elbows and knees could use a bit more range, but those aren’t things I worry about.

Thankfully, these Turtles don’t completely look like they do on the Nickelodeon show, using a lot more detail and realism than the smooth and blocky models they’re based on.

And that’s actually why I like them. They’re a good mix of cartoony looks and realistic detail. Each turtle is a completely different mold, with different heights for each and even different styles. Michelangelo is short with fairly smooth skin, while Raphael is covered in scars, has a cracked shell, and is more muscular than his brothers.

So for my collection, they’re like what Classics is for Transformers, an updated and more articulated design.

On with the action pose!

There is no calling dibs on the last slice of pizza.

Click the picture for the full version!

So, dear readers, are you more interested in the Classics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or the Nickelodeon ones?

~Matt Booker

2 thoughts on “Action Pose – Donatello vs Leonardo

  1. I guess I haven’t seen the Nickelodeon update. I used to watch the WB/CW Toonzai series that featured Back to the Sewer. But I thought that was the 2003 show?

    I didn’t know that Michael Bay just shelved a live-action project, where the title was changed to “Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles,” because he didn’t like mutant in the title.

  2. The Nickelodeon show comes out in September. Mirage completely sold TMNT to them, actually. Like all Nickelodeon shows, it looks a bit goofy and aimed at younger kids, and the animation is very bright and simple cgi.

    It has Sean Astin playing Raphael, and Jason Biggs playing Leonardo. That’s a bit unexpected, but I could see it being okay.

    And yeah, the 2003 version was the WB/CW show. Despite having a terrible opening theme, the show was actually pretty great. It borrowed a lot from the Mirage comics and was a bit dark and gritty. It eventually turned into ‘Fast Forward’ where they were in the future, and while I haven’t seen that I’ve heard it’s not very good. I also haven’t seen ‘back to the sewers’.

    And yep, the Michael Bay produced movie was thankfully shelved. Details leaked about them being part of an alien race and that they were in their twenties instead of being teenagers. There was a lot of backlash about it, and the people involved in the project kept assuring people that it was good while also not confirming or denying the alien rumor. There was more backlash, and then it was announced that it was put on hold.

    ~Matt Booker

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