After buying Leo, I was tempted to round out the crew, but didn’t want to pay the $20 apiece my LCS was charging. I stayed strong. It paid off! My wonderful wife saw fit to bestow the Turtles on me for my birthday! She did well too, they were $15 each!
This is going to be a quick review; the second page will be a 25 picture gallery. The primary reason is because the four TMNT Classic turtles are all essentially the same figure. So, in case you missed it, or if you want to be refreshed on the particulars including basic articulation and scale, head back to the Leonardo review. This time around, I’m just going to cover a few things unique to Mikey and then let the Page 2 Gallery do most of the talking.
The first unique thing about Mikey is that he’s appropriately a deeper green than his turtle brothers. I’ve always liked that the guys weren’t all the same shade and I’m glad that, even though the figures have a heavy cartoon influence, the new figures kept their unique shades. I think it works best with Mikey because his dark green plays really well with the orange. Leo is my favorite, but Mikey really catches my eye when they’re all together.
While the basic construction is identical across all four figures, Mikey features a few non-standard pieces. There’s the back shell which is only different because it doesn’t feature the hole in the back for the bandolier strap like Leo’s, so he shares this shell with Raph like Leo shares his with Don.
Unique to Mikey are his head, bandana, and two belt pieces. The belt pieces feature his “M” on the front and four slots to store his nunchuks on his back. Mikey’s bandana is my favorite and you might think that odd, but it’s because he can be posed to look like he’s tying it. That was pretty damn cool.
While Leo’s head sculpt had a grimace that matched his original, that’s not the case here. Mikey is the one classic collection turtle that’s not showing off his pearly whites. The original had his mouth open on the right, but this Mikey is sealed up tight. It’s a fine sculpt and it’s a stern look that blends in with the others, but since he looks cartoon-inspired, the stern kinda misses the mark for him. I don’t know if I’d want him “being silly” on the shelf, but it might’ve been interesting.
Mikey includes the sewer stand and a pair of nunchuks. The nunchuks are a ton of fun because they feature a metal chain. That means they look cooler and I don’t have to worry about them breaking. Two pluses. In some of the pics on the gallery, you’ll see the nunchuks appearing to defy physics and gravity. This is actually something you can do at home. Simply snag a twist tie and strip it down the metal wire (or just go out and get some metal wire, if you’re not trying to take some impromptu pics for a review late at night) and then weave the wire through the chains with enough leftover to curve it around the handles at each end. Instant poseable nunchuks!
Anyway, these have skyrocketed to some of my favorite toys of late. I got some cool birthday swag, some much more expensive than these guys, but they’ve been a blast. All four have been taking up valuable space on my desk, just constantly getting into trouble with one another. They look awesome, pose great, and still possess that strange cool toy quality that TMNT exemplifies. The only things I don’t like are the pupils (which I’ll slowly white out after each review) and the fact that there are no TMNT villains!! Superposeable heroes need superposeable villains or they start turning on each other…
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