The PoP! Stars give their take on the latest and greatest in Action Figures and Toy Lines in eight (succinct) parts.
The staff here at PoP! were stoked with the New York Toy Fair announcements of all the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product coming from Playmates (omigod that Sewer Lair…), set for release to coincide with the debut of a new Turtles cartoon series from Nickelodeon. Besides a line based on the new cartoon series, Playmates is also taking cues from Mattel‘s Masters of the Universe and DC Universe Classics lines, bringing our favorite old school Heroes-In-A-Half-Shell designs to present day with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics. The first wave of Classics will feature the four turtles in the style of the 1988 cartoon, with the added bonus of contemporary sculpting and articulation.
While I was a huge Turtlemaniac in my pre-teens, and owned most if not all of the action figures and vehicles, it was always rather puzzling that most of the core characters never really got an accurate representation of their animated designs in action figure form. Playmates did eventually try to (over)correct this mistake with their line of Toon Turtles (Donatello, pictured right), featuring the party dudes rocking toonier designs, iridescent paint apps and goofball action features.
But that was then, this is now. Playmates is selling us on the concept of a Classics line, and I’m buying. I would like to see this line plumb the depths of the TMNT roster, but first, we need to get the A-listers on shelves.
Check out my 8 picks for a Wave 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics!
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