Playmates Toys are offering some of the last figures in the Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, which includes Shredder, Wrestling Mikey, Wrestling Leo, Hypno-Potamus and Bull Hop. At this years New York ToyFair, Playmates Toys had nothing new to show for Turtles as the series is coming to an end, but did tell us that there will be an upcoming announcement from Nickelodeon, and it sounds like a new series is on the horizon.
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.
Shredder and Wrestling Leo are packaged on the standard blister card, with artwork from the series on the show, an image of them on the back, a bio and images of the other figures that are available.
Wrestling Leo is based on the episode “Cell in a Shell,” where Leo accidentally defeats Raph’s favorite wrestler, and becomes the new champion. His new outfit and persona resembles that of John Cena, who plays Baron Draxum in the series. He comes in a blue shirt that is over his shell and chest, and includes a television painted in black with a white screen on his chest. The shirt has some sculpted details on the back, such as lines and edging from the shell. He also includes a blue hat facing sideways, orange and blue wrist bands, baggy shorts with a orange bandana in the pocket, white socks and dark blue boots. He includes the Championship belt that clips over his shirt.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel wrists, swivel-hinged hips, and swivel-hinged knees.
Shredder is a repaint from the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, and is based on how he looked in the series. The figure is repainted in a dark purple and blue outfit, with red veins, and shiny metallic silver armor with a wash over it to make it look worn. His head sculpt is and neck are fully extended upward, and are hinged to be facing downward as if he’s charging at an opponent. 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. His mouth is painted in a light grey, which looks great with the red eyes. The piece of armor around his waist is loose fitting, and he includes the 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, Playmates Toys have done a nice job on these figures and both look great and have very good likenesses to the series. As you may already know, we are very passionate over this brand and while this show and toyline are coming to an end, we look forward to what’s next and hope it’ll live up to fans standards. Look for these figures at the stores listed below (don’t go out and search for these right now due to the virus and dangers of infecting yourself and others, and we strongly recommend shopping online).