Thursday, October 10, 2013
31 Days of Toy Terror: Kraang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates Toys
Articulation- Swivel hips, true ball jointed shoulders, true ball jointed head.
Accessories- 2 alien pistols, Kraang alien (he's removable from the robotic body-maybe the robotic body is actually the accessory then?)
*Sometimes a figure just wins you over because of appearance and concept, and in this case the Kraang does. A well armed robotic body with an evil looking pink brain in the stomach certainly should appeal to kids, as I think it's just a fabulous looking figure.
*The Kraang alien is removable! Not only is he removable, but he's actually rubbery and squishy like a real brain (I imagine). His facial expression is priceless and he really does resemble the Krang from the '87 series. His tentacles have been reported as being a little fragile but I've had no problems so far. Besides, a removable brain is still a really cool feature.
*My biggest negative is with the robotic body's legs. Not does the robot only have swivel hips, but he has no other articulation. No knees. No ankles. Nothing. This wouldn't be atrocious but for that fact that Playmates has chosen to give the Kraang robot a "battle pose" his legs are pre-posed at the knees and his left foot is pre-posed at a 45 degree angle. You're only going to get one pose out of this guy and it is a hard one to keep him stand in.
Overall: I probably could be a lot harder on this figure, but the concept is so incredibly cool that I'm really happy with the figure. As I keep reminding myself everytime I review a TMNT figure, this is a mass market toy marketed towards kids rather than adult collectors. I find myself more and more impressed with what Playmates is putting out. So many mass market lines these days are junk, but Playmates has seemed to really put a lot of hard work into the TMNT stuff. I think everyone wins in that situation.
Confirmed: Good and a 1/2
I've reviewed a ton of the new TMNT figures, including:
TMNT by Playmates Toys (2012)
Ninjas in Training: Leonardo & Donatello
Ooze Scoopin' Donnie
Ooze Tossin' Raph
Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive)
Stealth Tech Donatello
Stealth Tech Leonardo
Stealth Tech Raphael
If you're wanting to get into this line, check out this huge set of figures in stock at BBTS: 24 figures for $219.99, which makes them just a little over $9 each- that's cheaper than retail!