Action Pose – Metalhead vs Leonardo

Have you seen the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show on Nickelodeon?

It is awesome! I’m a fan of the 2003 Turtles, with it’s darker attitude and great storylines, but this show is like the TF Animated of TMNT. It’s got a nice mix srs bsns and comedy, and a lot of fun.

Do you know those Troll Dad comics?

Splinter is Troll Dad.

As for the toys, the main turtles are great, with lots of articulation, but every other figure in the line seems to have skimped on it. There’s a lot of “THIS IS AWESOME!” and “Y U DO THIS PLAYMATES?” in the line, but at least they gave us awesome versions of the Turtles.

Metalhead stands firmly in the middle when it comes to articulation. His lower half is just as articulated as the main turtles, but with a bit more range of motion. His head is on a balljoint just like the main turtles, and also has more range of motion.

But his arms have swivel forearms and swivel shoulders. No elbows, or even hinged shoulders.

And yet, he’s still cool.

Spry sparring partner.

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Metalhead is cool because he’s Metalhead. And also because Derrick J. Wyatt did his character design. There’s so much of a great look about him, that it pushes past the complaints about the arm articulation. The forearm swivels also help, allowing for more expressions.

The only other figure I really want this line to make is an updated Slash. If Playmates can do that, IT SURE WOULD BE NICE IF IT HAD AS MUCH ARTICULATION AS THE OTHER TURTLES.

Just in case they’re listening. :)

~Matt Booker

6 thoughts on “Action Pose – Metalhead vs Leonardo

  1. I was thinking of starting up a new TMNT 2012 collection, since the four Turtle figures were so good. But I just couldn’t bring myself to buy into a line that shortchanged the villains’ articulation so badly (no-knees Shredder? Come on!). That said, the writing of the show is pretty fresh (from the couple episodes I’ve seen); you’re right about it being the TF Animated to the angst of the previous versions.

  2. At least the Turtles and Metalhead don’t have the standard Playmates ‘dynamic pose’ on the feet. The Kraang has that really badly, and Shredder kind of does. If you pose Shredder with his feet flat, the toes on one of his feet are pointing up.

    I was never a fan of that, even on the original figures. I didn’t like the lack of articulation on them as a kid, but it bugged me even more that they had weird bent knees and feet. That’s great for squatting, not so much for kicking.

    ~Matt Booker

  3. I saw that, and it looks really cool.

    Before I got the figure, I was thinking of chopping it up to add some joints, since with it being a robot it’s a lot easier to make added parts look good. After I got it I found the arms didn’t bother me too much, but I still want to add some articulation later on. I’ll definitely take a closer look at what he did when I try it out.

    ~Matt Booker

  4. I can recommend getting one if you’re that interested. Articulation is pretty high on the list of things I want from an action figure, and Metalhead has enough charm (and leg articulation) to make up for it.

    ~Matt Booker

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