Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Action Figure Review: Stealth Tech Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates (Great and a 1/2)
The only point of articulation that the original Leonardo had that this Leonardo is missing is swivel wrists. Otherwise, he's a fairly articulated mutant: ball jointed knees, ball jointed hips, ball jointed shoulders, ball jointed elbows, and a true ball jointed neck. These guys are sturdy and meant to be played with by kids, so no worries about breakage. I didn't have any QC issues, either. These turtles would make excellent toys for younger kids who are rough with their action figures, something that can't be said of many toys these days.
Sam Fisher. Leo's got a determined look on his face and his night vision goggles can swivel up and down to either be used or to rest on top of his brow. His traditional bandanna looks great as it's actually a separately sculpted piece which really adds some depth to the sculpt. The same is true of his knee pads and elbow pads, all of which have some cool textures on them. Leo's clad in a lightly armored sleeveless bodysuit and pants with boots. His toes are exposed on the boots, so let's hope he doesn't stub them! His web-gear is covered with goodies such as the T-phone, pouches, a length of rappelling cord, and a carabiner to aid him in his undercover hijinks.
As with most TMNT figures, the paint is quite simple. It works fine here, however, as all of the necessary colors seem to be in place. The web-gear and all of Leo's pads are molded in blue plastic. The rest of the parts of the figure are either molded in green or black and then painted. Other than a little slop on the fingerless gloves, the paint job is pretty neat and clean. While I'd love to see little elements like the T-phone painted, that just seems unlikely to happen in this line.
I've reviewed quite a few TMNT figures from Playmates, including:
Baxter Stockman ,
Leatherhead ,Ooze Scoopin' Donnie
Ooze Tossin' Raph
The Rat King
Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive)
Stealth Tech Donatello
Stealth Tech Raphael
Collect them all!! While Big Bad Toy Store doesn't have Stealth Tech Leonardo in stock by himself, they do have him as part of a case of 24 figures for $219.99, which comes in at less than $10 a figure, cheaper than retail prices at most stores.