Playmates Toys – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary Kevin Eastman Black & White Box Set Figures Review


As part of Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary collection that they are offering this year, they are offering this Kevin Eastman Black and White Box Set that will be available on beginning Thursday, August 18th. This box set includes a reprinting of the 1984 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book by Kevin Eastman, and is in black and white just like the old comic books.

Thank you to Playmates Toys for providing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35th Anniversary Kevin Eastman Black & White Box Set for review. 

Availability:  Thursday, August 18th, 2019 at Walmart

This set is packaged in a window box that features great artwork of not only the Kevin Eastman original designs, but a variation of other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television shows offered in color, as well as the 35th Anniversary logo of the franchise. The back of the box includes original artwork of the turtles in black and white, with red bandanas, and about that is a brief bio about this box set.


The original 1984 designs by Kevin Eastman had the turtles drawn in black and white, with the bandanas also done that way in the original printing of the comic book. This box set is meant as a commemorative to the original comic that introduced the world to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which later turned into a animated series in 1987, a toyline, and a movie franchise.



Each of the turtles are based on how they look in the 1984 original comic book series, with an added red bandanas. The figure sculpts are more in-line with how the 2012-2017 toyline of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were done. The turtles are share the same figure sculpt with a unique head sculpt that offered a different expression on the mouth, eyes and position of the back of the bandana. The shading and black deco on the shell is also unique on each of the figures that helps tell them apart, but without the belt buckle with their initial you would need to look online to tell them apart if you don’t keep the weapons in their hands. That belt buckle was not in the Kevin Eastman comic book, which is why these figure don’t have that. The shading on these is extremely well done, especially the amount of detail on the shells and chests. There is also some nicely done shading on the turtles with open mouths, which makes their teeth look black. The bandana’s are in red with some of the black shading as well.



The turtles come with their iconic weapons that are also in black and white, and fits into their hands for display and fighting poses. The only real issue we have with the weapons and posing the figures is that they don’t have a wrist swivel joint, and their elbows are on the only part of the lower arms that can move. Leonardo comes with a pair of Katana’s, Raphael includes his sais, Michelangelo gets a set of nunchucks with the chain links not prone to breaking as the plastic is harder to bend, and Donatello includes his bo staff.

The articulation for the figures includes a ball jointed head, swivel-hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged hips, and swivel-hinged knees. The only part of the articulation needed is for the wrists, which helps position the weapons into better poses.

Overall, the 35th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is upon us, and Playmates Toys is offering a great set that pays tribute to the original comic book. This 4-pack is surely one you won’t want to miss out on.

Look for more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coverage this week from San Diego Comic-Con, and make sure to grab yourself a set once these go on sale.