The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are extremely popular right now. The new cartoon on Nickelodeon is getting a whole new
generation of kids hooked on the property. But Playmates know that it is not just young kids that are fans. So they
are looking to cash in on fans of the 1980's cartoon as well with a series of detailed, highly articulated figures
based on the designs from the Fred Wolf cartoon. NECA set the bar high for classic style TMNT figures with their Mirage
Comic inspired figures a few years ago. Now it's time to see if Playmates Toys is prepared to step up their game to meet
Packaging - 8/10Each Classic Collection figure comes in a large, cylindrical shaped blister attached to a large, seven and a half by twelve inch card. The figures do a great job of filling the visible area of the blister while an insert at the bottom shows the figure's name along with illustrations of the four Turtles in their vintage cartoon designs. One of the cooler touches to the design is the return of the brick wall graphics for the background. It is a very nice touch. The back of the card has a brief description of where the design of the figures comes from, a large illustration of the toon style turtles and a small photo of the four figures. I'm not a great fan of the fact that they used one generic back for all four figures or the fact that it doesn't highlight the actual toys very well. On the plus side, the packaging seems to be quite rugged. The sets that I received were rather poorly packaged and shipped in a case that didn't actually fit them, but they still made it to me with little to no wear or damage.
Sculpting - 8/10Playmates did a wonderful job of capturing the look of the original toon Turtles with the Classic Collection figures. The proportions are great as are the head sculpts. I'm not thrilled with the way they designed the hands. There is a section of the hand that extends from the back over the joint at the base of the fingers. The intention was to hide the joints. Instead it makes the hands look too thick and makes the joint look even worse. I can live with that though. There is always going to have to be some compromise between the sculpt and articulation. There is one issue that really annoys me, the scale. The Classic Collection figures are about 6.25 inches tall. When you consider that the toon Turtles were quite short, that would make these at least 7 inch scale. So they are completely out of scale with any other TMNT toy ever produced. They don't even mix with other toy lines since that is such an unusual scale. Hopefully we will see more of the line to give the Turtles some of their allies and someone to fight. If not, these will become great figures that are quickly forgotten.
Paint - 7/10The paint work on the Classic Collection figures is not very elaborate. But everything that needed to be painted is and it all looks good. And any greater detail would have probably worked against these figures since they are meant to portray the appearance in the cartoon.
Articulation - 8/10The packaging for the Classic Collection figures touts "34 points of articulation." That includes:
Accessories - 6/10Each Turtle comes with his signature weapon(s) and a large manhole cover stand. The weapons are nicely sculpted and painted. And all of them can be stored in the figures' belts. The bases aren't really necessary since the figures can stand quite well on their own. But they can be useful if you want to place them in an action pose.
Value - 7/10The Classic Collection figures are available for $15 to $20 each. For $15 they are impressive figures. But they don't quite go the extra mile to make them must own figures. If the line grows beyond just the Turtles, that will help. But if you are a fan of the original cartoon and want a nostalgia fix, these should suit your needs perfectly.
Happy Hunting:The Classic Collection figures don't seem to be showing up in many brick and mortar stores. I have seen them in Toys R Us locally, but that's it. (And they were more expensive there.) But they are available from a few web stores including Target.com and Toysrus.com. Unfortunately finding them in stock could take some persistence. They have been selling out regularly along with the other TMNT toys for a while.