Action Figure Review: M.O.U.S.E.R.S. from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates
These guys are really tiny (only about an inch and a half tall) but look great next to the turtles. Actually, I think these guys could work with a lot of different toy lines- who can say how big or small a robot should be? These could be great as little Horde drones of some kind for Masters of the Universe Classics, or to terrorize smaller lines like Mystical Warriors of the Ring or M.U.S.C.L.E. As mentioned above, these guys come seven to pack. They're all the same sculpt, but come in three different colors (three silver mousers, two gunmetal mousers, and two black mousers).
While these guys don't have a ton of articulation due to their size, what articulation they do have is completely awesome and sturdy. I have probably spent more time playing with these guys than I have with any other action figure that's come out this year. Each Mouser features swivel hips, a ball jointed head, and hinged jaws. The articulation is tight, smooth, and makes these guys loads of fun. The combination of the opening mouth and ball jointed head really allows for some great, dynamic poses with these guys. The swivel hips are nice because you can make the mousers walk, fold them up like battle droids, and even find weird ways to combine them (while recording the last Confirmed Epic Podcast, I tried to make a Mega Mouser-zord while Brad put them into provocative poses with one another).
The sculpts are simple but nice. The basic robotic look of the Mousers is captured here, including their odd, oversized feet and bulbous heads. If you look in their mouths, there's actually some sculpted texture in there to give them the look of a palate. There's also a hatch on their underside, either for maintenance or for emptying anything they've chewed up and swallowed.
These guys are one of my favorite action figure purchases this year. While I'm sure most kids and collectors can appreciate how cool the idea is of giving you multiple Mousers in one purchase, you really have to get your hands on them to see how fun they are. Even fans of the vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line should dig these, as they'd go great with those guys, too. This is a nice set, and an easy Great and a half. If they came with maybe one more Mouser (a white one would be cool) or perhaps even a little rat, I'd easily go all the way, but as it stands these guys are still darn good and darn fun.
While Big Bad Toy Store doesn't have the Mousers in stock yet, they do have lot of TMNT stuff available, including pre-orders still available for the TMNT Classics Bebop and Rocksteady.
I've reviewed most TMNT releases from this year, including:
Ninjas in Training: Leonardo & Donatello
Ooze Scoopin' Donnie
Ooze Tossin' Raph
Shredder (SDCC 2013 Exclusive)
Stealth Tech Donatello
Stealth Tech Leonardo
Stealth Tech Michelangelo
Stealth Tech Raphael