Playmates Toys continued the trend of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exclusives this Summer with the release of Shredder, which is based on the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series on Nickelodeon. Last year, Playmates Toys offered special deco versions of their Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures that had such a high demand at last years show, and offered these same figures without the special convention packaging again through the Pizza Points offering through mail. Since the Pizza Points is ending September 30th, fans probably won’t have another chance to own this version of Shredder.
In the current show, Shredder had lived 500 years ago and terrorized Japan along with his Foot Clan until he was defeated by Splinter’s ancestors, who then dedicated themselves to making sure Shredder’s armor never fell into the Foot Clan’s hands again. In the episode “Shadow of Evil”, Foot Lieutenant and the Foot Brute request the aid of Baron Draxum to locate the pieces of Shredder’s Kuroi Yoroi, also called his armor. When a piece of the chest piece was located and placed with the armor, a brief glimpse of the Shredder’s face was seen.
Thank you to Playmates Toys for providing their SDCC 2019 Exclusive – Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Figure for review.
Availability: San Diego Comic-Con 2019
The Shredder is packaged in a white mailer box, and inside is a five-sided penta-shaped window box with nicely done artwork on the sides, a logo of the new series below the figure in packaging, and a drawing of Shredder with text and an image of a foot on the back.
The Shredder gets an all new design for this series and stands 5 1/2″ tall when the head and neck are fully extended upward. This design is very different than other incarnations of Shredder we’ve seen being that he looks robotic rather than a human wearing armor. But like previous Shredder’s, this figure also has armor that is metallic silver with a rustic spray over it to make it look old and worn. Some parts such as the head, feet and the two pieces of the cape in the back have several shades of grey. Shredder is mostly molded in translucent brown plastic that includes his neck, chest, arms and legs that allows light to pass through these parts. The armor is nicely sculpted with great detail such as grooves and his hands even have veins showing through the armor. The head sculpt is nicely done and includes a helmet with red eyes and sharp teeth that brings out a more menacing side of Shredder than you would normally see in a figure.
Shredder comes with two shredding claws that can be removed from his hands. His articulation is also surprisingly good given his shorter size compared to other Shredder figures as shown in the gallery. including a ball jointed head with a slide joint neck, ball hinged shoulders, ball hinged hips, swivel-hinged knees, and swivel ankles.
Overall, Shredder is a fun figure to move around and play with and definitely something you should own if you’re a die-hard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collector. This new design is very different than other incarnations of Shredder that some fans might not be ready for, however its a nice looking figure and definitely something you should own if you’re watching the new show. Even though he’s shorter compared to other Shredder’s such as the 2013 exclusive, his scale works great with the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line and he still manages to meet the 5″ scale of the brand.