The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) action figures finally reached our shores and, luckily, I am now an adult with purchasing power so I quickly snagged my favorite turtles off the shelf – all of them. HAHAHAHA! Take that, younger self, who only had 3 of the 4 turtles! HAHAHAHAHA!
Anyway, while Playmates’ new batch of toys may arguably be the best TMNT figures released so far, there’s definitely room for improvement. The figures themselves are pretty great considering they’re really made for little kids to play with; good sculpt, nice articulation, clean paint application. I’m honestly pretty happy with the figures as they are. Their accessories, on the other hand, not so much.
While the figures they came packed with are detailed and nicely painted, the accessories/weapons for the turtles are rather bland. While I am totally digging that fact that they came in their sprues like the ones from my old 80′s toys did, I really wish they were a little more detailed.
I really can continue bitching about stuff but bellyaching will get us nowhere. Time to make things spiffy!
Michelangelo’s nunchucks look lame out of the package. They kinda look like nunchucks but they’re really just bent plastic sticks – they’re an insult to nunchucks everywhere.
Fortunately, replacing those hideous plastic chains with real ones is a simple process. All you need are some screw eye bails, a length of tiny chain, and your favorite bladed instrument. Simply cut off the fake plastic chains and then replace them with the real tiny chains. If you don’t know the steps between the cutting off the fake chain and replacing them with real ones, you’re probably too young and you need adult supervision; get adult supervision, kid. If you’re an adult and you don’t know what the hell just happened, you’re not worthy to be called an adult; get adult supervision.
Anyway, the same process applies for Mike’s kusarigama (chain-sickle) and Donatello’s three-section staff; just add the appropriate length of chain for each weapon.
Also, for Donatello’s bo and three-section staff, I decided to use some thread sealing tape for their handles. Simply get a length of thread sealing tape then wrap them around the sculpted handles on Don’s bo and three-section staff. Voila! Awesome-r weapons!
Next: PAINTING! But that can wait as I have work to do! =)