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I don’t know what is going on at LEGO this year when it comes to the capstone sets in each line. The Avengers Quinjet was bland, the Goblin King Battle was haphazardly designed and now Ninja Turtles joins the fray with this set. Read the rest of this entry »
As a kid, there were three playsets everyone wanted to own: Castle Grayskrull, the Technodrome and the Sewer! While a LEGO Castle Grayskull isn’t a reality yet, getting a LEGO Sewer is awesome. Then again, the idea that another generation will find the idea of living in the sewer appealing probably will be an issue down the road. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a crazy few weeks for me as a toy collector. At the end of June, I was legitimately worried about what I was going to review because I knew I only had three LEGO Lord of the Rings sets left – that was it in my stockpile! After that, I didn’t have a clue of where to go. But then my favorite characters of all time showed up to rescue me: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Like most kids born in the mid 80s, I was addicted to the turtles. But unlike most kids, I never outgrew them. Once I was able to read, my cousin exposed me to the dark and gritty world of the TMNT comics, which in turn lead me to reading the Archie series on the spinner rack at Shop ‘n Save. And I stuck with them through every Saturday morning scarfing down bowl after bowl of Ninja Turtles Cereal that came with those awesome bowls or cracking open those disgustingly sweet Turtles Pies (which I still don’t know how m mom ever allowed me to eat something that green and cream filled). Read the rest of this entry »
Over half a decade ago, I stopped collecting most toy lines. Once Toybiz lost the Marvel license, the original wave of Hasbro Marvel Legends was enough for me jump ship and I began collecting only smaller scale toys. The original intent was smaller figures would take up less space, but my Super Hero Squad and LEGO collections violently disagree. Read the rest of this entry »
Aside from the latest Marvel and Halo Mega Bloks figures, I only intentionally bought Mega Bloks for myself twice ever. First was the Mega Bloks Galaxy Space Station which I got simple because of how exceptionally cheap it was. But after that, a long time passed before Mega Bloks got the one license I knew I couldn’t resist: Ninja Turtles. Read the rest of this entry »
Since Playmates figures collectors will buy all their stuff anyway, they can ignore that market entirely. That’s the only reason I can come up with for why Shredder was originally only available in a $20 playset. Read the rest of this entry »
As the idea of a multiverse grew within the TMNT world, Playmates seemed to jump at the idea for one simple reason: it allowed them to completely ignore continuity. Characters from the original comic, Fast Forward and even stuff that was just made up for the toy line could be filed up different multiverses. Read the rest of this entry »
The Ninja Turtle Mini Mutants first wave was a mixed bag – the villains were fantastic but the turtles made little sense given their “stealth” attire. Of course, Playmates later showed their hand by including the regularly colored turtles only with the vehicles. So if you wanted turtles that were the right colors, you had to buy a vehicle. But if you wanted a bad guy for the turtles to fight, you were stuck with a turtle wearing pajamas.
The second wave of the TMNT Mini Mutants line goes way back and gives each of the turtles a new look as members of the Paleo Patrol. But instead of pairing the turtles up with the likes of Savanti Romero or Renet, they came with some weird “dinosaurs.”
For years, the Golden Calf of Playmates Toys was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Those bushido following anthropomorphic creatures turned Playmates into a rival of Mattel and Hasbro during the late 80s and early 90s. Ever since then, it seems like they’ve been desperately trying to reignite that fire. So instead of being the leader, they’re turned to following trends. So when Hasbro found themselves with a hit style, everyone else soon jumped on the Heroes-style bandwagon.
But Playmates seemed to take a slightly different approach with their revival of the Mini Mutants line. The figures are slightly larger, slightly less stylized but more articulated and detailed. Read the rest of this entry »