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Vault Review: Nickelodeon Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles Metal Head

I was lucky enough to run across the new TMNT Metal Head on my trip to Target last weekend.  So instead of another Transformer Prime figure, I decided to make this Tuesday a Turtles review and rush him to the top of the pile of toys that’s still waiting to be done. Those figures aren’t in any hurry anyway!

Metal Head was always one of my favorite figures in the original Turtles line.  With his glowing eyes, chrome body, and interchangeable hands, this mecha-turtle was always at the top of my list when picking toys to play with.  So it was never a question whether I was going to pick up his newest incarnation, especially after how much I really enjoyed this new line.

I was disappointed when I saw pictures of the figure people were finding in stores.  The retail Metal Head was lacking a gun arm, grimacing face, head antenna, and a large amount of detailing in the wires along his torso.  These were the details shown on the prototype at the 2012 Toy Fair, but for some reason they didn’t make it to the final version.

Some of the changes from the prototype I understand.  Although I particularly liked the scowling face, it’s technically not as show accurate as the new head.  I think the antenna was probably cut because it would have been small and easily broken, since these figures are definitely meant to be played with.  But what really kills me is that they took away his gun hand.  That had such a great look, and would have been a fantastic alternate hand feature.

But even with these new changes, I still really like how this figure looks.  Accurate to the show, he’s smaller than all the other turtles.  But Metal head clearly makes up for it in bulk with his stout tank-like look.  Even against larger villains like Shredder, who towers over him, Metal Head still has the mass that makes him look like he’s impossible to knock over.

This figure may not have all the details of the original, but there were still enough to make me happy.  The tubing and wires in his torso are a good start.  I also really like the armored plates that cover his wrists and knees.  Just like on the show, he has a power display on the top of his head.  But my favorite detail on this figure is his shell, which was made from a New York City manhole cover.  I love that these turtles scavenge material from their environment.  Continue to page 2…

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Mutant Ninja Turtles Metal Head