It's been long time coming, but this weekend, fan-favorites Bebop and Rocksteady finally make their debut on Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Voiced by J.B. Smoove and Fred Tatasciore, the duo arrives in "The Pig and the Rhino," in which "Donnie finishes a new batch of retro-mutagen, in hopes of saving Karai, while the Turtles find themselves hunted by Shredder’s new vengeful henchmen." In perfect timing with their on-screen return, THE ROCK DAUGHTERS (Adalyn and Finley) and myself recently got our hands on the newly-released Bebop and Rocksteady action figures from Playmates Toys, and now comes time to share a look. Originally released as a Walmart Exclusive (which I detailed here), the figures are now making their way to retailers everywhere and would make a fine addition to any TMNT collection.
When it comes to action figures, I've always been a big fan of the 3 3/4 inch varieties (which STAR WARS started) and the 5 or 6-inch figures like MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE or TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. I might be wrong, but I don't recall bigger options being available when I was little, but large scale figures seem to be more commonplace these days, and I'm really surprised to see just how well they go over with my girls and the Neighborhood Testing Panel. For the release of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon's new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film, Playmates Toys has released all four TMNT characters as 11-inch figures - two of which we have here (Leonardo and Raphael). While I'm about to show you some hands-on action captured here at Rock Father HQ, the fact that the neighbor kids had a set of their own just a couple of days after trying ours should vouch for how much they loved them.
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."
At the centerpiece of the toy world when it comes to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, one company has been there since the beginning, and that's Playmates Toys. Starting with an initial run of figures back in 1988 (for which the original cartoon series was actually created), there have been hundreds - if not thousands - of individual figures released since then, along with some of the craziest - and coolest - vehicles and accessories to ever hit the action figure aisle. While I'd admired the figures myself, I never had any before becoming a parent, and it's all been fueled by the latest incarnations of the TMNT saga - Nickelodeon's hit animated series, and Paramount Pictures' brand-new, live-action film. A few weeks back, the folks at Playmates Toys sent us an assortment of goodies based on the new film, and they've fast-become a part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Today we'll take a look at the basic movie figures assortment, and the fantastic Turtle Assault Van.
When filmmakers set out to make a documentary based on the fandom of someone else's intellectual property, there's always a lot of room for hiccups and hangups when it comes to getting the final release out there and into the hands of the masses. In the case of TURTLE POWER: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Paramount (who will release the new TMNT movie this Friday) itself is handling the DVD release of this new doc, placing it in-stores next Tuesday, August 12th - when there's a very good chance that four green dudes from the sewer will be reigning box office champions once more.