Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[Toy] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leatherhead Figure Review 2013

Toy has posted a new item, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leatherhead Figure
Review 2013'

Earlier this week I reviewed the first of the trio of new Spring 2013
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figuresBaxter Stockmanand today Im back with the
second entry. Baxter Stockman was pretty unremarkable, and earned an average,
ho-hum grade. Today Ive got a figure that I have much higher hopes for, as it
just may be the most-anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2013 figure:
Leatherhead! Unfortunately, Leatherhead also turns out to be the most
disappointing Ninja Turtles action figure so far

The Right:
From the classic Ninja Turtles comics to the vintage and 2003 TMNT cartoon
series, Leatherhead has always been a fan-favorite character (though
interpretations of Leatherhead over the years have varied quite a bit). So I was
really pleased that Playmates Toys chose to make Leatherhead available in the
first few series of the new Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles figure line. Great choice.
Leatherhead has some of the very best sculpting of any modern Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles action figure. The leathery scale texture covering Leatherheads
body is outstanding, and the wraps around his feet and forearms look great as
well. The scales running down Leatherheads back look equally detailed and
But my favorite part of this Leatherhead figure is the head sculptthe piercing
eyes and crooked, asymmetrical teeth on Leatherhead are tremendous. Leatherheads
head looks exactly the way I remember it from the Ninja Turtles 2012 cartoon,
which is just the way it should be.

The Wrong:

They had two Leatherheads at my local Target store where I picked these new
figures up. Both of them had poor quality-control on the paint apps. I picked
the one with a big green splotch on his chest because the other one was painted
even worse. Quality-control hasnt been a big problem on the Nickelodeon TMNT
figures line so far, but I suspect the paint wash on this production of
Leatherhead figures is going to be a problem.
The articulation on Leatherhead is some of the worst in the entire Nick Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure line. He has just six points of articulation:
a swivel head, a swivel tail, ball-jointed shoudlers, and ball-jointed hips.
Thats it. With that limited amount of articulation, theres not many cool poses
you can get Leatherhead into and have him stand stably, and to be frank, theres
not many different poses you can get Leatherhead into at all. This clearly isnt
Playmates Toys best effort.

The Ridiculous:

The scale on this TMNT 2013 Leatherhead figure is so off that its downright
ludicrous. I understand that theres no deluxe figure line to include a larger
Leatherhead in, but the Leatherhead action figure that Playmates is selling us
here is so undersized its pathetic. You cant have April O Neil and Master
Splinter towering over this iteration of Leatherhead. You just cant. Wonky scale
is one thing, but this Leatherhead looks totally out of place amongst my other
Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures.

Where Can I Buy It?!
The 2013 Leatherhead Ninja Turtles figure has just been released to store in the
last week or so. Right now hes available for under 20 bucks including shipping
from Amazon, which is a pretty decent price. Or if you want, you can hunt for a
deal for Leatherhead on ebay.
Overall: Any way you look at it, this Leatherhead figure is a train wreck. From
spotty paint applications and being completely and utterly out of scale to
having some of the weakest articulation in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2013
figures line, this Leatherhead is a massive disappointment. About the only thing
going for this TMNT Leatherhead action figure is some nice sculpting work and
the fact that hes Leatherhead. If I knew this 2013 Leatherhead Ninja Turtles
action figure was going to be as poor as he is, I honestly dont think Id have
plunked down 10 bucks for him.


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