When I was a kid the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were big and there was no escaping Turtle fever. What had started out as a comic book quickly evolved into a popular cartoon series that led to a demand for a toy range that eventually spawned two feature films.
If like me that is where your relationship with the Turtles ended you may or may not be aware that the Ninja Turtles continued to fight crime in a popular cartoon series on Nickelodeon, and now they are well and truly back with their new look movie, which releases in the UK this weekend.
So it should come as no surprise that there is a hot new range of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys out on the market to coincide with the release of the movie.
If you have seen any trailers for the film you will immediately notice that the look of the Turtles has been revised quite dramatically. They have evolved into lean, green and mean fighting machines, no more so than the character of Raphael, who we reviewed. It is quite a transformation that takes a while to get used to and I imagine it must have been a toy makers nightmare as the design is very different to the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles that continue to be marketed.
You could argue that commercially it is better to separate the cartoon series and movie toys as they are essentially different brands, but to a child who asks for a Turtles movie toy and receives a cartoon series toy will it matter? I don’t know but it opens up the opportunity for disappointment and as a parent/ shopper I would buy with caution.
The Combat Turtles are the scariest and most highly detailed ever, with multiple points of articulation. Raph comes in his red signature gear with his sais, non-removable body armour and elbow and knee pads. Just squeeze his legs to make him use his slashing sais.
When asked to review the Turtles Movie Deluxe Figure we were actually sent the Michelangelo figure and my son who turns 4 next month fell in love with it. Now, if you follow my blog then you may guess that I have a tendency to exaggerate but honestly he really loved that toy, so much so it went everywhere with him be it nursery, the toilet, in the bath, he even went to bed with him. But then disaster struck………… we lost him.
If your child has ever lost their favourite toy then you can sympathise that emotions were high and after a four day search party the mourning began. Mike was gone but his memories will live on.
But hey all was not lost as it only took a quick visit to our local Tesco for playtime to resume, but this time with his brooding brother Raphael. My son and I felt that as the biggest and possibly strongest of the Turtles that Raphael should be able to fend for himself if he happened to ever get lost too. Oh and Mikey turned up less than 24 hours later as reports reached us that he was found at my son’s friend’s house.
Anyway about the toy, the Turtles Movie Deluxe Figure is incredibly accurate to the look of the movie Raphael, they have really captured his ‘turtleness’. At just over 13cm in height the deluxe figure is an ideal size for little hands, which is great as the toy is brought to life with a firm squeeze of his legs which results in both arms performing a slashing movement of his ninja sais.
Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The incredible detail of the Turtles Movie Deluxe Raphael Figure is enhanced by the multiple points of articulation which, combined with the interactive slashing action, enhances the playability of the figure.
The Ninja Turtles Movie Deluxe Figure range includes all four of the Turtles; Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. You can also purchase Splinter, Shredder and his Foot Soldiers which offers an exciting range of toys for a Ninja Turtles fan.
The Movie Deluxe Raphael Figure is priced at £14.99 which, despite being at the top end of what I would pay for a toy of this size and functionality, it still offers great value for money if your child is a fan of the movie or the Turtles in general. I would be happy to pay it again to get the other Turtles in the range as I have seen first hand how much play my son gets out of it.
You can purchase the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Figure – Raphael here or at a good local toy shop.