Playmates continues to impress me with their new Nickelodeon TMNT line. It shouldn’t be surprising that they know how to make excellent Turtles; they have been doing it for almost 25 years now! But with each version of the Turtles making changes, this line is the first time they are different sizes.
Impulsive, creative and very social, Michelangelo is the heart and soul of the Ninja Turtles. The runt of the litter, he may be the smallest of his mutant brothers, but that doesn’t make him the weakest (just harder to catch). Enemies beware! Michelangelo is master of the Kusarigama, nunchucks with a secret and a sharp surprise!
Michelangelo is often portrayed as the youngest of the four and this version keeps that streak alive by making him the smallest. Standing a bit shorter than Leonardo, Mikey is remarkable because he looks to also be a completely new sculpt! Of all the toy lines that could easily get away with repainting and reusing parts, Playmates sculpted each Turtle uniquely!
The sculpt is very similar to Leo but features a bunch of tiny differences. While the general look is the same, the placement of scratches, bumps and textures are all slightly different. Mikey’s face is grinning and thankfully doesn’t look crazy. Mikey’s belt is permanently affixed and is very similar to his 2K3 version with two loops in the back for storage.
Cast in lime green plastic, Mikey is a bit brighter than Leo. Like the other figures, a majority of the color comes from the plastic, not paints. The only paint on Mikey is his pads, wraps, mask, eyes and teeth. With brown wraps around his feet, Mikey’s overall look is very similar to Leo’s, though his front shell is a lighter shade of yellow. In a greatly appreciated move, the blue eyes from the animation style did not get transferred over.
Articulation is identical as well, but being a slightly smaller figure means some of it works better than others. The 11 points of articulation include swivel and hinge joints at the knees, hips, elbows and shoulders, cut wrists and a ball-jointed neck. It’s a good amount, though I would have loved swiveling biceps.
When first shown off, Michelangelo came with nunchakus that looked like the TMNT Classics version, and sadly those didn’t make the cut. Instead the figure comes with two nunchakus cast in a single burnt orange color that are so inflexible I worry they will break when stored in the belt.
The rest of the accessories came attached to a tree and include two different pairs of throwing stars and a kusarigama which is a cross between a scythe and a nunchaku – but since it is a single piece it ends up looking disappointing.
I really like how Michelangelo came out as a figure, but am disappointed by his accessories. The lack of real chains and the fact that the plastic already shows visible damage from putting the nunchakus in the belt makes me think they are going to snap in a matter of days. When I was a kid, my Michelangelo’s nunchakus snapped apart within days (and his hands always seemed to break off). So if you’ve got the Classics nunchakus lying around, give them to him to make a truly great toy.
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