Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Leonardo

Released in 2015 via Playmates toys, the TMNT classics line was an attempt to bring the classic characters from the 1980s back in a new form and appeal to older fans of the franchise in a collector style way. The front of the card is very reminiscent of the original 1988 figures with the sewer bricks in the background and the figure inside the card. Now, these are based on the 1989 cartoon series, rather than their toy counterparts.

Before we get into the figure itself, his accessories are a manhole cover figure stand in a silver paint job with a black wash. The TMNT logo is raised and there's a name plate. He comes with his dual Katanas in a silver paint scheme with blue handles.

These figures are highly detailed and amazingly sculpted for a 6 inch figure and comes with a wealth of articualtion. The figure can move at:
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Upper arm
  • Biceps
  • Fingers
  • Abs
  • Hips 
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Toes. 
The paint apps are bright and vibrant. There's not much other than greens and browns, with the blue thrown in for detailing. The sculpting on the face mixes up the 1989 cartoon face, with the half mouthed scowl of the original toy. 

These figures manage to take on some heavy hitters in the realm of collector figures like McFarlane, NECA, Mattel and Hasbro to name but a few, and really win out. The articulation is amazing for a figure of this scale. He holds his accessories well and they don't feel loose at all. I would highly recommend these figures to any fans or collectors of the TMNT franchise. You can find them on the secondary market and some places will probably still carry them,