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