The first thing you'll notice about Raphael is that like the rest of Playmates TMNT figures, his sculpt is completely unique, including his headsculpt. That's incredibly refreshing to see in a day and age when most toy companies want to reuse as much tooling as possible. Raph's is decked out in a blue utility jumpsuit with black boots and gloves and a cool red harness that assumably keeps the ooze tosser strapped to his pack. I've actually seen some fan made customs of the turtles as Ghostbusters using these figures, so that certainly helps to convey the vibe they have. Other than the bandannas, Raph doesn't look too much like a ninja. Still, it's a cool and unique look and the outfit is covered with great detail. Check out the non-skid soles on his boots and the little respirator on his belt. The handle that controls the ooze thrower is actually permanently attached to Raph, not to the backpack. It's a nice rubbery plastic that doesn't feel flimsy at all. The only thing that threw me a bit is that this Raphael is noticeably shorter than the standard Raphael figure, although you're only going to notice that if the two figures are displayed together.
If there is a major disappointment with this figure, it's in the articulation. While he has a ball jointed head (that is not interchangeable with the previous figure) his other three joints only swivel: his shoulders and his waist. While the articulation on this line has been all over the place, the turtles themselves had some amazing articulation. I'm (shell) shocked that Raph has further articulation in his arms and absolutely no articulation in his legs.
The paint work is fairly good, especially for a mass market toy. There may be one or two minor sloppy lines, but overall things are clean and neat. Raph looks really good, especially the shiny black boots and gloves.
|The sais in the weapons rack are not included. They are from the first Raphael figure and are being used to demonstrate the weapons rack on the backpack.|
|These are the ooze chunks that came in the package.|
|I didn't use official TMNT ooze (sorry). I used some old Nickelodeon Slime.|
Like Raphael, Barbecue17 is cool but rude. He also has been know to toss ooze at his enemies whenever necessary. Check out his Flickr account before he tosses some ooze your way!