Review: TMNT 25th Anniversary Fugitoid

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To say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a profound impact on me growing up would be a giant understatement. I devoured the cartoon, toys and any part of Turtle-mania that I could get my hands on. I dressed up as Raphael for Halloween when I was three. The first toy I ever remember getting¬† was a Leonardo for my third birthday. Even now, 21 years later, my room is littered with figures hanging from the walls, NECA’s TMNT on top of a bookshelf and a long box full of comics in my closet. The Ninja Turtles are the reason I started reading comic books, the original source of my love for superheroes and were a fundamental influence on making me the person I am today.

Having said all that, it makes sense that this year being the 25th anniversary of the turtles was truly a time for me to reflect on the impact that these four terrapins had on me. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, Playmates re-released the some of the original figures, which I passed on because I got them the last time they had been released. But there was one new piece coming out that had been the dream of Peter Laird for decades: a vacuum-metalized Fugitoid.

As the year of the Turtles’ 25 anniversary was coming to a close, the figure was finally released and it’s definitely interesting. Fugitoid’s not really a toy. It reminds me of the staction figures that the Four Horsemen made for Masters of the Universe after the toy line ended. He’s a shiny, non-articulated statue.

Now, I have some personal gripes with Playmates and their treatment of collectors, along with the fiasco about NECA’s TMNT toys. So this may be one of the first real collectors items they’ve released in a long time. First off is the packaging. I understand this was created as a display piece (and Laird said that Playmates originally wanted to just pack him in a clear plastic bag) but the packaging is downright disappointing. It’s a plain white box that just says “FUGITOID COLLECTOR FIGURE.” Maybe it’s a piece of genius, minimalist packaging but something tells me it isn’t.

For those who don’t know the story of Fugitoid, here’s what the last version of the figure said (back when he had real packaging):

It was a dark and stormy night far across the universe when the most brilliant scientist on the planet D’Hoonnib, Professor Honeycutt, received a distress call from his worker robot, Sal. Honeycutt, still wearing his parapsychological Mentawave helmet (a device for boosting mind powers like telepathy and telekinesis) from an experiment-in-progress, ran outside in response to Sal’s call. While disentangling Sal from some conductivity coils, the two were struck by lightning, destroying Honeycutt’s body… but not before triggering the Mentawave helmet and transferring the Professor’s mind into Sal’s robotic body! This tragic turn of events was witnessed by the warmongering Federation General Blanque, who had been spying on Honeycutt in order to learn about the peacenik professor’s Teleportal device – an invention capable of transporting beings from planet to planet as a means to promote peace, not war… and certainly not the General’s Federation soldiers, nor the Triceraton forces warring with the Federation! Sal/Honeycutt goes on the run and is branded a fugitive from both Federation and Triceraton justice – and thus the Fugitoid is born! But it’s not until the Fugitoid hooks up with the space-hopping Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that the real action-adventure begins!

The figure itself is a stunning piece. While it looks very similar to the TMNT 2K3 release of Fugitoid, it’s a completely new sculpt. His stance looks great with him reaching forward. But there isn’t much else to say about the figure other than the fact that he’s vac-metalized. That means three things: he’s near impossible to photograph, a finger print magnet and will probably chip over time if anything touches him.

The scale of the figure is a little odd, but mostly matches the 2k3 series of toys. He’s too small for the new TMNT figures and the NECA ones but he works well enough. He’s relatively cheap – only $13 but currently has a very limited release. Your local comic shop may be able to get him through Diamond but your best bet with either at Big Bad Toy Store or Entertainment Earth.

This figure reminds me a lot of the 5th anniversary Leonardo gold statue that came out in 1992. He’s not a toy and really seems like a big “Thank you” to Peter Laird after all his years of hard work with the turtles. He’s a piece of history and something every fan should have.

Written by jestergoblin

December 1st, 2009 at 7:56 am

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