Monday, August 19, 2013
Action Figure Review: Stealth Tech Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Confirmed: Great)
The accessories on this guy definitely remind me more of the large accessory complements that Playmates gave most of the first series figures rather than most other figures in the line (such as the disappointing arsenals for Splinter, Metalhead, Leatherhead, and Baxter Stockman). The Stealth Tech and spy theme has really been carried over into Donatello's equipment, although there is one accessory that no one seems to be able to identify. First, Donatello comes with an 18 inch rappelling line with two clip hooks (a smaller and a larger hook) and a small clip that can attach to various points on his harness. All of the turtles come with the accessory, and it actually is really fun. I was able to actually use it to have the turtles posed as if they were scaling a wall. Secondly, Donatello comes with his traditional wooden stick, except this time it's molded in black plastic and looks to have a different grip. It's a little on the short side, but fits nicely in his hands or in the sheathe on his webgear.
Raphael's Sewer Spy Goggles? They had a periscope attachment. How about the Headdroppin' Turtles? Everyone had a periscope! Heck, as a kid I had this super cool green periscope that had the TMNT logo on it. The handles folded out and everything. I can't find one on-line for the life of me, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat! Anyways, long story short, I'm pretending this is some kind of periscope device for Donatello.
Donatello also has the goggles which can be removed. These are really cool and look like perhaps a mixture of nightvision goggles and perhaps a viewing device so that he can see whatever his drone robot is seeing. Goggles and nightvision are always awesome, so Donatello gets major points here.
Donatello the Undercover Turtle from the vintage line. I hope to see that version get some kind of update in the Nickelodeon based line sometime soon.
I've reviewed a few figures from the new TMNT line by Playmates Toys, including Leatherhead, Ooze Tossin' Raph, Snakeweed, and Stealth Tech Raphael. I've got many more TMNT reviews coming, so stay tuned and stay tubular! By the way, I don't see individuals of this exact figure on BBTS, but they do have a preorder for basically every figure released so far in this line for $219.99. It's 24 figures total with duplicates of only Raph, Michelangelo, Shreddar, and Leonardo. Ends up being about $9.16 per figure, not bad considering these guys sell for 8.99-9.99 on average. Save money and save gas if you haven't dived into this line yet.