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Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: M.O.U.S.E.R.S. 7-Pack

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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.

This review is part of the genius Toy Review Advent Calendar put together by the excellent PoeGhostal and Noisy at ItsAllTrue.net – and they’ve managed to get back into the game of reviewing!

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December 12th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Dogpound

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For those of you watching the new cartoon, this review contains spoilers for it. The true identity of Dogpound is revealed on the packaging and it certainly makes for an interesting twist on what I assumed was just a bulky, brawling character. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read this review. Or read this character’s bio. You’ve been warned. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 29th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Fishface

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With the first wave of the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles, I got to judge the figures on characters that I already knew and loved. Well, except the Kraang but that one is close enough to a few familiar brains that is doesn’t count. But with the new cartoon, what makes me excited is the return of mutants. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 26th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Metalhead

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The second wave of the new Nickelodeon TMNT figures have finally started to show up on the east coast (being located in Boston means it takes forever for Playmates’ toys to get here). This micro wave includes a new hero and two new villains, but they are included in existing assortments so good luck hunting for them! Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Dragon Chopper with Dragon Fang Foot Soldier

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I’ve got to hand it to Playmates; I think they’ve learned some valuable lessons about how to package figures are vehicles together. If any character should get released multiple times with minor variations, it’s a troop builder. Raphael with a helmet and gloves may not be super exciting, but taking a classic Foot Soldier and making a Dragon Fang Foot Soldier? I don’t care if he never appears in the show, that is awesome. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Master Splinter

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There has never been a good Splinter toy ever made. This sounds harsh, but between the bucktoothed original, the scarecrow impersonator in Next Mutation and the brittle 2k3 figure, Splinter usually gets the short end of the stick. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 14th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Kraang

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Nickelodeon is clearly messing with people just to see how they will react to this. In the original comics, the Utroms were an alien race that looked suspiciously like a brain and accidentally created the ooze that made the turtles. In the original cartoon, Krang was an extra-dimensional lizard monster that got severed from his body and ended up looking like a brain in the most 80s robot suit ever. Now with the newest Nickelodeon cartoon, the Kraang are a race of evil brain shaped aliens! Read the rest of this entry »

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August 10th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Foot Soldier

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Troop builders are an interesting prospect in the toy world. When done well, they are excellent ways to get people to buy the same toy multiple times. But the bane of a troop builder is being short packed. And right now, the Foot Soldier is really suffering from it because he’s packed only once or twice depending on the case assortment! Which would explain why Toys “R” Us is out of stock, because you need more than one, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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August 8th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: April O’Neil

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With the exception of The Next Mutation, all the Turtles toy lines have included their human compatriot – April O’Neil! Whether she’s a lab technician or a news reporter, April is there to give the guys some level of access to the outside world. When you really think about it, four home schooled boys are going to have some serious social issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 6th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Raphael

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When I was first introduced to the Ninja Turtles, Leonardo was always my favorite and Raphael was my least favorite. Looking back on it though, I finally realized they are two sides of the same coin. Raphael is fueled by passion and impulse while Leonardo is controlled and calculating. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am