Playmates has been making large scale versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures almost from the beginning. But
for all of the versions of Giant Turtles that they have made over those years, they rarely go beyond just the four Turtles.
Which means that all of those Giant Turtles have no one to fight. But Playmates finaly decided to rectify that issue for the
modern TMNT line with the first giant bad guy since Bebop and Rocksteady back in 1991, an 11" version of Shredder.
Packaging - 7/10The giant Shredder packaging is the same as the previous 11" figures. The open front box means you get a good view of the toy. They have updated the graphics on the sides with Shreder's image as well as adding a photo of him to the back panel. All of the exposed edges do leave the packaging prone to damage.
Sculpting - 5/10The sculpt for the giant sized Shredder is surprisingly plain. There's nothing particularly wrong or missing. But with a figure of this size there is a lot more opportunity to add texture and other small details. But they did not do that. There are also two minor issues with the figure. The first is that there are a lot of exposed screws on Shredder's back and the insides of the arms and legs. The ones on the insides of the limbs are not an issue. But there are a dozen of them that are easily visible when the figure is viewed from behind. The second issue is that since the limbs are formed from two pieces that are screwed together, there is a seam running down each one. They are well hidden on the thighs. But they stick out quite a bit on the upper arms and leg armor.
Paint - 5/10The paint work on the giant Shredder is very basic. But it looks nice. The face turned out quite well. It would have been easy for the eyes or teeth to come out poorly. The rest of the figure is fine, but certainly isn't impressive.
Articulation - 5/10The giant sized Shredder has fourteen points of articulation:
Accessories - 4/10Giant Shredder comes with four accessories: a removable helmet, a sword and two throwing stars. But as with just about everything else with this figure, there's not much here to impress. The throwing stars are the nicest of his accessories. But he has no means of holding them or storing them. So they are kind of useless. His sword is nicely sculpted. But it would have looked ten times better if they had taken the time to paint it. But that still puts it ahead of his helmet which is extremely simplistic and fitted well for his head. I suppose that will help to avoid any paint being worn off of the figure's face though.
Value - 5/10Ginat sized Shredder sells for $20 in most stores. That's not that much for a large scale figure like this. But being such a mediocre figure in every way, the only thing that really justifies the price is the fact that if your kid likes playing with the large sized Ninja Turtles that have been produced over the last few years, you have exactly one option for a villain figure to go with them. And this is it.
Happy Hunting:Giant sized Shredder was shipping with the other large Turtle figures for most of the later half of 2014. But thus far I have not seen any indication that he is still shipping to stores in 2015. So if you do want one, the time to act is nowwhile there is still some old stock available in stores.