Playmates has revealed its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con – an 11-inch vac-metal plated Metal Mutants Leonardo. Long-time TMNT fans may recognize the Metal Mutants from 1995, when Playmates released the four turtles and Shredder under that moniker. Playmates gave some hints as to why Leo is bedecked in metal this time around, saying, “There was a previous Metal Mutants line, but that was more about animal spirit armor, not exploring Dimension X.”
No word yet on the price of the exclusive. I imagine we’ll see more Metal Mutants from Playmates at the big show, but wonder if there will be more in the 11-inch size or if Leo will be a one-off.
But if you’re going to spend that kind of cash, why not go for this set of the four Turtles that have been customized to match their actual first movie appearance? Cowabunga! Ends Thursday, June 18 at 4:00PM PST.
The good news is that Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, buoyed by the success of the Nickelodeon animated series, had the number one SKU in boys’ toys last year. That means a lot more basic and deluxe figures, as well as branching out into new expressions for the brand.
The bad news is that within the mix, the Classics line did not perform to expectations. So for those of you hoping to expand beyond the Turtles, Rocksteady and Bebop, with the Shredder and Krang figures shown in prototype previously, you are out of luck. Classics is on hiatus for now, but could be revisited as the sequel to the TMNT reboot hits screens in 2016.
When Playmates first revealed prototypes at San Diego Comic-Con last year for Shredder and Krang in their 6-inch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics line, I heard a lot of comments about their small stature compared to the turtles. While I can concede the point, about Krang especially, I think Shredder may still fit in nicely with the turtles from NECA’s Turtles, who are slightly smaller than the ones from Playmates.
Now I’ve come across pictures of an upcoming import figure of Krang, said to be coming from First Gokin (Tong Meng Ex) in June this year. It has a huge 10-inch mechanical body – Krang can be removed from the cockpit in its torso, and the cockpit has an internal light-up feature. The body looks like it has a decent amount of articulation, comes with interchangeable hands / axes, and has some diecast metal parts.
From time to time I get questions from readers on where to find stands. Back in the day, McFarlane sold them online, but stopped several years back. Pro Tech stands have been the de facto stand-in, but start at 44 cents a pop, although they get cheaper in big quantities. But at 24 cents a stand, the EE deal is pretty damn good; the cheapest the Pro Tech stands get are 33 cents each, but you have to buy over 500!
EE has got five color options – clear, white, tan gray, and black. These should work with all your Hasbro 4-inchers – G.I. JOEs, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones (although I don’t know many who have these) – and 4-inchers from other lines, like Playmates Star Trek figures.
Hopefully we’ll see some better deals as the week progresses, but for now, cheap stands are a decent start. Happy shopping!