Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Shouts Leonardo & Michelangelo Figures Review
As shown at New York ToyFair 2017, Playmates Toys shown off their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Shouts figures, which consist of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael that are based on the current Nickelodeon series. This new line of figures comes with a voice chip with lifting up the right arm, and the same voice talent used for the figures can also be seen on the show, which in Leo’s and Mikey’s case are Seth Green and Greg Cipes.
Thank you to Playmates Toys for sending along their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Shouts Leonardo and Michelangelo figures for review.
Availability: April 2017
Leonardo stands at just over 5-1/2″ tall and features a voice chip that speaks when the right arm is raised up. The voice chip speaks several different phases including, “Hiiiyaaa” and “we’re ninja’s.” The right arm is connected to the body using a spring, and if you keep the arm raised while he’s speaking, the phase such as “Hiiiyaaa” continues mid-word until you lower the arm. The left arm is connected using a swivel-hinged joint, which swivels back and fourth. Leo has limited points of articulation, which includes a ball jointed neck, swivel hips, and swivel calves.
The paint apps are very nicely done, and he is painted in a dark green, with blue bandana’s, and a brown chest harness. There are some missing paint apps on his feet and wrists, as the sculpted bandages are there, but the white deco is missing. The sculpt has some great texture added to it throughout the sculpt, and there are several different textures ranging from the bandages, to the body and shell. The head sculpt is nicely done, and his eyes are painted looking to the left.
What is missing however are accessories, and on the back of the strap over the shell, is a hole where the sheath to hold the swords could have be plugged in. At one time he may have been planned with accessories, given the triable hole on his back and open hand sculpts. This however was likely changed when tooling costs came back.
Michelangelo includes all of the features, articulation, and paint apps as stated above. With the exception that his spoken words are different, and he comes with his iconic orange bandana and pads. The words include “This is epic,” “look out,” “no way” and “hi-three.”
Mikey stands at 5-1/2″ tall, and also has two holsters sculpted on his back to hold nunchucks, which are not included with the figure. His head sculpt is nicely detailed with a facial expression showing some wacky expression as he yells out the words above.
Overall, these are definitely interesting figures, and we especially like the phases they yell out. The downside here is that the accessories are not included, they have limited articulation, and they are taller than the basic 5″ line.