Unboxed

Unboxed: NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Super Shredder

I remember my second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie experience better than the first one.  Although I managed to see both in theaters, the second one was a complete surprise as I was told we were “too busy with soccer games”.  My father, who was not a fan of sitting through kids movies in theaters, must have had an extra warm heart that weekend.  I remember after my soccer game asking if we could see it expecting him to say no.  I was shocked when he was like “let me talk to your mother”.  After a brief chat on the walk to the car it was decided, we were going to the movies.  We then stopped by the house to change and check the paper on when the next showings were.  As I mentioned, my dad wasn’t big on taking us to the actual movies so the fact that he took me to this one gives it an extra special place in my heart.

I knew they would try to go bigger with new characters and expand on the previous movie but was not expecting Super Shredder.  Although it wasn’t the climactic ending I was expecting it was still cool to see what would happen if Shredder juiced up on mutagen.  NECA did a great job with this one bringing Super Shredder from the big screen to action figure.  Although he is considered a Walmart exclusive, NECA did have a limited amount up on their site as well.  If you missed out on those it looks like you are at the mercy of Walmart.  I can’t express enough how grateful I am to the gang at NECA for listening to the fans and finding creative ways to help get these figures into more collectors’ hands instead of the scalpers.  There are many issues with distribution and licensing that not everyone understands so the hard work to find ways around them is definitely appreciated. (more…)

Unboxed: NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Slash& Leatherhead

The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon in the 80s was what got me into the turtles so the toon line by NECA is one of my favorites. The only problem is they are everyone else’s favorites too, making them hard to come by at retail.  With a little patience I do eventually find them. It might be months after all the cool kids get theirs, but I eventually get them without having to feed the scalpers. After not having much luck finding NECA’s Toon Casey Jones and Foot Soldier my expectations weren’t high on my ability to find Slash and Leatherhead either. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I snagged the last one at my main Target the other day so quick after release. (more…)

Unboxed: Playmobil Back to the Future Delorean

I happened to be in Walmart on the first and was lucky enough to find the new Playmobil Back to the Future Delorean. Playmobil revealed their new Back to the Future offerings this past year at NYCC. The Back to the Future franchise is one of my favorites, and I am a firm believer that one can never have too many Deloreans.

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Unboxed: NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rocksteady & Bebop

 

I never thought I would see the day when I would have an easier time finding NECA’s Rocksteady and Bebop over toilet paper.  These are indeed some strange and unprecedented times we are currently living in.  The corona virus has been disrupting everyone’s day to day routines so finding a few Rocksteady and Bebops on the shelf was a refreshing sight.  Sure, all the boxes were dinged up but I didn’t care.  Like most, I have been looking for what felt like forever.  I was just glad I could finally get them without feeding the scalpers.  For whatever reason, I missed out on the original Rocksteady and Bebop as a kid so it was that much sweeter to finally get these.

As I mentioned earlier, all the boxes had some sort of slight damage, like smashed corners.  I know finally finding them in the wild only to have damaged boxes would frustrate some further, but this wasn’t an issue for me.  Since I usually always take my figures out of the box, I made sure to grab the one with the most damage.

Like most, I have been juggling working from home and schooling my 4 children at the same time so I am just now getting to play with them.  Once you get them out of the box, you’ll get Rocksteady and Bebop who each come with a pistol and rifle looking blaster along with multiple sets of hands for each.  The sculpts are screen accurate to the cartoon, and the great paint work really makes the figures come to life.  The figures have 13 points of articulation, and once you get the joints moving they give the figure many different poses.  These figures seemed to have very stiff joints and it wouldn’t be wise to force them and have them break.  As always, if you meet resistance, try a hair dryer or warm water to loosen the joints.  The elbows and knees are both double jointed making for a huge range of motion.  The mouths also open, which allows for a few different facial expressions which gives them even more personality.

One noticeable frustration with Bebop is the chain wrapped around his wrist.  It always slips and takes a few minutes and patience to get back on properly.  On Rocksteady, it would be the knife on his back.  The way it is loosely on there I can see that breaking with over use.  Those minor issues aside this is another solid pair of cartoon figures.

The wait for new wave of cartoon figures wasn’t supposed to be long. But, like everything, the corona virus has caused delays.  In the meantime, Rocksteady and Bebop are still restocking to Target shelves.  But, if you don’t feel like trying your luck, you can always feed the scalpers on the secondary market.

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Unboxed: NECA Splinter, Shredder, & Foot Soldier TMNT Movie Figures

To say the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is one of my all-time favorites is an understatement.  By 1990 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were by far my favorite franchise and I was all about turtles at the time.   I had a TMNT themed birthday party, nothing but turtle Christmas, and the movie was one of the few times I remember seeing my Dad in a movie theatre.  But for whatever reason, I had a ton of cartoon based action figures but never bothered for the live action versions.  Of course, that all changed a couple of years ago when I saw NECA was releasing a line of movie figures.  Until recently, Playmates was the sole maker of TMNT figures.  The only reason I think NECA (and others) got any sliver of the license is that fact that any TMNT figure they release is some sort of store or con exclusive.  NECA always does their best to get things to as many people as possible.  That said, some of these figures are harder to come by than others.  What I have learned is patience is key.

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