Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rahzar Figure Review

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rahzar Figure Review

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rahzar 01

In the Nickelodeon series, Dogpound falls into mutagen and is transformed once again into a mutant now called Rahzar. The name Rahzar should sound familiar to long time fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as this was one of two mutant characters created for the live-action hit 1991 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

Playmates Toys needs to reconsider how they pack the new case assortments as Rahzar, Slash, Newtralizer, and Splinter in Dojo Gear are packed 1 per case of 24. We’ve expressed our concerns in the past about some of these case ratio’s, and now we are seeing the four main Turtles characters flooding the pegs while most if not all villains are sold out. It’s a safe bet that everyone already has the four main Turtles, plus figures from older waves. It is doubtful at this point that parents will continue to buy the older figures in the case assortments that collectors already have, and the last thing we want for this line is to over flow at retail.

What needs to be done and our advice to Playmates Toys, is to pack case ratio’s such as 3x Rahzar, 2x Slash, 2x Newtralizer, and 2x Splinter in Dojo Gear while leaving 3 spots for older figures such as Kraang, Spider Bytez, and Casey Jones. A more interesting case ratio will appeal to your shoppers and make it easier for them to buy the new figures. Again, despite the fact that retailers want the four Turtles in each new case ratio, we believe at some point they will no longer sell as people already have them. We ask that you try a case ratio such as the one we suggested as a test run.

Availability: July 2014

Sculpt & Paint:

Rahzar features an all new sculpt and is scaled down to the basic sized TMNT figure for this line. The animated series on Nickelodeon shows him as a larger character. Since retail doesn’t want larger figures than the basic size, Playmates Toys had to scale him down.

He includes a retractable claw that plugs into a hole above his right hand. The new claw is painted in a lighter grey compared to the darker grey claws sculpted to his body making it stand out too much and looks out of place. He has bones sticking out of his chest, hips, back of his legs, arms, and back as shown in the animated series. Unfortunately he does not have any articulation in his head, elbows, wrists, or ankles that would have been needed to enhance play and display value to him. His legs are rather loose and it is sometimes difficult to get him to stand. The claw that pops out also falls out if the arm is pointed in the downward position, leaving you with the option to leave it pointing upward or straight if you want to keep the claw in the arm.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rahzar Figure

The prototype shown in the press image above is painted in brown and white and has a much more detailed paint scheme. There is also some slight tooling differences from the final version to the prototype. The final version includes the extra claw that on the right arm, and the bones on the hips to the final version point down and not outward.

Rahzar is painted all in black and grey with pink eyes. The prototype shown above is better painted and if you’re able to customize, we suggest painting him like how you see him above. The black deco is more show accurate, but not as interesting as the prototype.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rahzar

Articulation:

5 points – swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel stomach, swivel-hinged hips.

Accessories:

Removable claw.

Overall:

Highly Recommended.

Purchase:

Rahzar is an excellent figure, but needs some more points of articulation.

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