The four new Nickelodeon turtles are great toys, but I kept having this nagging suspicion that something was missing (you know, besides the Shellraiser and awesome new sewer playset that I can’t afford). Then I realized that the turtles are infinitely more fun when they have baddies to kick around.
So hot on the heels of my Shredder guest review over at TheDaytimeNinja.com, I thought I’d do the loveable cannon fodder that is the Foot Soldier.
One of my biggest Ninja Turtles influences as a kid was the TMNT Arcade game. This was an amazingly fun game that really ended influencing how I played with my turtle toys. My figures now fought in similar ways to the game by clearing an area of baddies and moving on to the next obstacle.
But even more influential was how the Foot Soldiers were portrayed. Making the original characters robots allowed the turtle to be more violent against them, while at the same time giving me my first inspiration to army build using a single figure. It also showed me that Foot Soldiers came in many colors and were specially programmed for specific attacks and weapons. This also led me to a disappointing discovery that I’d never get the army of rainbow colored robots that my turtles deserved.
Nick’s new Foot Soldier definitely has its differences with the 80’s Playmates version. The biggest is that the modern Foot Clan is made up of humans instead of robots. I don’t really know how this plays out in the cartoon when it comes to violence, but I somehow doubt they explode when they get knocked unconscious. These new soldiers do have one advantage over the originals. Playmates has already made a red version of the figure that comes with the Dragon Chopper!
The Foot Soldier has an entirely new body with a nice amount of detail to the sculpt. I wouldn’t say it’s more complicated than the turtles, but it definitely looks better than the ultra plain design to Shredder’s body. I’m particularly happy with his compound eyes, more than likely due to Kamen Rider. I also like that his suit is a bit puffy, but his arms and legs are wrapped tight for battle. Continue to page 2…