In this latest generation of TMNT, we don’t have Bebop and Rocksteady or even Tokka and Rahzar, but I think Dogpound and Fishface have the potential to be equally good villains. The complete lineup so far features the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kraang, Metalhead, Fishface and Dogpound. They will be joined by evil scientist Baxter Stockman, early opponent Snakeweed, and another set of the Turtles in early 2013. Until then, we have plenty of toys from the new TMNT show to dig into, including Dogpound.
No TMNT line would be complete without their link to the human world, April O’Neil. Since I collect April figures, there’s no way I would pass her up, but was she worth it?
Part of the first wave of toys based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the radical rat Splinter is the sentient sensei of the tubular turtles. The complete line-up is the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kranng, Metalhead, Fishface, and Dogpound. How sweet is this Splinter toy? Let’s find out.
The second wave of the TMNT toyline is here and that means Metalhead! The turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kranng, are joined by Metalhead and two yet-to-be-seen baddies, Fishface and Dogpound. The main episode featuring Metalhead aired this past Sunday, so let’s get to it.
In my review of the disappointing Kraang from the new TMNT toyline (featuring the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kraa[+a]ng,) I said I wasn’t that impressed with some of the toy designs at a first glance. That changed after I jumped in and watched the first three episodes. My childhood is safely preserved in this new fangled generation of CGI. I can even appreciate the small touches, such as Leo stating a kendo term in Japanese within the first five minutes of the first episode. How’s that for multiculturalism? I also liked how Metalhead looks from the second wave of the toyline, so I went to Walmart for some ‘field research’ on the matter. I browsed their selection as I had very much enjoyed in my youth, and found a healthy showing of the first wave. No Metalhead, though, so I figured ‘why not?’ to the Foot Soldier toy. Well, how did that turn out?
The first wave of the new TMNT reboot toys included all of the usual suspects (the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, and April O’Neil) along with one newcomer to mix things up. Instead of fan-favorite Krang, the extra-dimensional, brain-like conqueror that hangs out in the stomach of a fat android body, we get the Kraang, “extra-dimensional… brain-like conquerors” that hang out in the stomachs of skinny android bodies. I wasn’t overall impressed enough with the designs of this series to buy the complete set, so I went with just one toy from this line to add to my toy wall. Kraaang fit in well enough until I heard that Metalhead is part of the second wave. Sweet!
It’s that time again: Time for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be remade for a new generation. The green teens have been out of the toy aisles for a while, and this is the first new iteration of TMNT since they were purchased by Nickelodeon/Viacom. A new cartoon is coming later this month on Nick, and of course there are new toys from Playmates. Besides the four turtles, there are figures of Shredder, Splinter, April, Foot Soldier, Kraang, a sewer lair playset, a couple of vehicles, some larger talking figures of the turtles and Shredder, and some roleplay weapons. So there’s a lot things to choose from. Today we’re going to look at the basic turtles.