Action Figure Review: Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive) from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)
Amazon review of him, I wrote:
"I'm really disappointed with this figure. The Shredder usually makes an awesome toy, but I'm not exactly sure what happened here. He looks ok as part of a display, but if you put him by himself or try to play around with him, I think you're going to be disappointed. Hopefully, Playmates revisits this character down the line (although there is a talking version with a cape available currently) because this guy just doesn't cut it for me."
Well, now Playmates has released a new version of Oroku Saki that was a SDCC 2013 exclusive. He's taller, articulated a bit differently, and features vac metallized blades and armor. He's also $35, about 4 times the price of your standard TMNT figure. Is he worth it? Read on and face the Shredder to find out...
Shredder is about 5 3/4 inches tall from his boots to the top of his head. He's sculpted with his legs stretched out a bit, so he'd probably be around 6 inches if he were standing straight. This makes him a good bit taller than the turtles, which isn't out of line with how they're portrayed. Stylistically, he'll fit in well with the rest of your Nickelodeon TMNT figures--he's not any more or less detailed than they are, and the vac metal doesn't look out of place here.
Shredder features the following points of articulation: hinged knees, ball jointed hips, a swivel waist, ball jointed shoulders, swivel wrists, swivel neck, and hinged shoulder pads. The articulation isn't terrible, but it's not much better than the first Shredder figure released last fall. While this Shredder features hinged knees, he's missing the hinged elbows from the first release. Why not both? Honestly, those two combined would have really helped this figure to excel, but as it stands he's pretty much equal to the first release in regards to the articulation. The hinged knees definitely give Shredder some better standing poses, but the arms are largely preposed.
The paint is OK--it's not too different from the first release, except for some minor shading on the chest and thigh armor and the shiny blades. The vac metalized blades are quite nice. I'm not always a vac metal fan, as I think it makes some figures look really cheap, but on Shredder it looks great and doesn't seem like it's going to flake off under normal wear and tear. Most of the damaged side of Shredder's face is depicted with paint, and it makes him look like a "Saturday morning cartoon friendly" burn victim.
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