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Wednesday, August 06 2014 09:00

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: A look at the Deluxe Combat Warrior Action Figures #TMNTweek

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Even as a kid (and later "Adult Collector") of action figures, I'd always had mixed feelings on the so-called "Deluxe" assortments. They present options that need to be considered carefully - especially if you can only have "one" - meaning, either the basic, or the deluxe. On one hand, the deluxe option may have a cool action feature that you have to have... but on the flip, that might mean sacrificing some poseability, and that might equate to a deluxe figure not being able to fit in your favorite vehicle. For Nickelodeon and Paramount's new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movie, this applies, as Playmates toys is offering all four turtles as Deluxe "Combat Warrior" variants - each in standard size to match the basic assortment, but with impressive battle features. Here at Rock Father HQ, we have Donatello and Michelangelo - both sent to us for review. While they do have to lose some articulation, they're quick with the wrists to wield their "Triple Terror Twist Nunchucks" and "Smack-Down Spinning Staff."

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If I had to tell you my pick between basic and deluxe - I couldn't. They're both great, so I'd say "buy 'em both!" - which is what the 10-year-old in me would want to say. The only thing definitive I can lay down on this one is that my oldest looks adorable putting on swim goggles to emulate Donatello as she plays TMNT with her friends... while wearing an American Girl shirt, no less. It warms my heart.

TMNT Deluxe Figures (including Leonardo with "Quick Cut Katana Action" and Raphael with "Serious Slashing Sai Action") are available at retailers everywhere, including (my associate) Amazon:

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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