Monday, June 17, 2013
Action Figure Review: Leatherhead from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates Toys (Confirmed: Good)
There are three figures in the newest series of TMNT figures: Snakeweed, Baxter Stockman, and Leatherhead. I've already reviewed Snakeweed, and haven't found Baxter Stockman yet, so it looks like today I'll be taking a look at Leatherhead. Leatherhead has been a character who has been depicted as being both an ally and an enemy to the turtles during his long history. Originally appearing in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 in 1987, Leatherhead first appeared as a baby alligator that got exposed to mutagen while staying with the Utroms. Eventually, he even wound up living with the turtles in their sewer den. The new Nickelodeon cartoon (on which this figure is based) also depicts Leatherhead as a friend and ally to the turtles, while the original toy line and cartoon series depicted him as a villain. He spoke with a Cajun accent, lived in the Everglades where he hunted the punk frogs, and often partnered with the Rat King. If you buy him, then he's your toy and you can make this version of the mighty mutant alligator fight for whichever side you want! Learn more about Leatherhead after the break....
Leatherhead features ball jointed hips, a swiveling tail, ball jointed shoulders, and a swivel neck. That seems like pretty limited articulation, and for the most part it is. Still, the presence of a few ball joints does give you some posing options. He's very easy to keep standing, but a few extra joints would have went a long way towards making this a better figure. Still, he's just a little preposed, so his limited articulation still makes small movements appear somewhat dynamic.
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