I love it when toy companies finally learn. Over the last two and a half decades, Mousers have been in a weird limbo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe. The first one was far too big, the second ones, while impressive, were accessories to a less than exciting figure and with NECA, they were great but a challenge to track down. But after all this time, Playmates hasn’t just gotten them right, they’ve gotten them perfect.
Baxter Stockman is the creator of the “Mobile Offensive Underground Secret Excavation and Retrieval Sentries” called Mousers. These highly intelligent robots are programmed by Stockman to search for items around the city and steal what is valuable. They are trained to defend themselves by using their strong jaws to chew through anything that comes their way. The Turtles have their hands full with these little fiends roaming the city.
WEAPONS: Razor Sharp Jaws
TEAM: Baxter Stockman.
On paper, these figures sound kind of dumb. Seven identical figures with only a single paint application, barely any articulation and aren’t even 100% show accurate. But I don’t care because at the end of the day, they’re what a toy should be: fun.
Each M.O.U.S.E.R. (I’m not typing that out again) uses the same sculpt, but what a sculpt it is! The sharp angles and slightly bent legs are perfect for these little robotic machines of death. The mousers hit the perfect height of being in any scale. They look right battling the original figures, Next Mutation, 2K3, NECA, Classics and Nick – how perfect is that?
The sculpts are phenomenal and do a great job mimicking the Nickelodeon cartoon’s design, and look better than the 2k3 chickens (they look like chickens, right?). Even the articulation is right. With a hinged jaw for chomping, a ball jointed neck and two rotating legs, the balance is perfect allow the mousers to be displayed hunched over or standing straight. And you can easily dismantle the head and jaw for battle damage and general carnage.
The only paint application is the red sensor “eye” on the top of the head on all but two of the figures. It’s foreboding in all the right ways and gives the figures just enough of a pop – though paint inside the mouth on all of them beside the black ones would have been really cool. Three of the mousers are cast in silver, two in steel and two in black. While not 100% accurate to the show, it works perfectly to give the figures some depth. As someone who grew up playing TMNT video games on the NES, it makes sense for Shredder’s forces to be multicolored!
Retailing for somewhere between $7 and $11 depending on the day, the phase of the moon or whatever else influences action figure prices, the mouser 7-pack is a home run. Averaging out to a little over a dollar a piece, these figures just work. Any TMNT fan from any era will appreciate them and they come together as their own army ready to take down anyone who opposing them. Now I just have to keep myself from buying every set I see on shelves.
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