If you grew up on 'TMNT' cartoons, these new toys are a dream come true


Colette Bennett (CC-BY-SA)

Can we get a Shredder figure next, Bandai?

Since 1984, four unlikely heroes have dominated the pop culture world: muscled turtles with a taste for combat and pizza. 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles captured people's attention so much that excellent collectibles are being made to this day. (And no, we're not talking about the reboot.)

We got a chance to play with the brand new TMNT line from Bandai's S.H. Figuarts collection, which is known for award-winning quality and attention to detail. After getting our hands on these figures, we have to admit it's easy to see how the brand has earned that reputation.

All pizzas aside, Donatello is deadly serious in battle.

All pizzas aside, Donatello is deadly serious in battle. Colette Bennett

Kids who grew up on Saturday morning television in the '80s and '90s will recognize these turtles with a pang of nostalgia, as they're based on the cartoon version.

The figures are really impressive, right out of the box. They're sturdy, and quite heavier than most action figures. 

Each turtle comes with two heads and a variety of hands to hold different items (read: weapons or pizza). They also come loaded with extra accessories to make the play experience more customizable.

Me time is important for a hardworking turtle.

Me time is important for a hardworking turtle. Colette Bennett

Choose your expression!

Choose your expression! Colette Bennett

Hands for every situation one can imagine.

Hands for every situation one can imagine. Colette Bennett

Leonardo's set even comes with an interchangeable piece that allows him to sheath his swords on his shell, just like in the comic.

Don is amused!

Don is amused! Colette Bennett

We only got a look at Donatello and Leonardo because they are the first to be released. You can buy either character now. Michaelangelo and Raphael are available for pre-order, and set to release Jan. 1. 

At a price point of $48-$63, these figures are definitely aimed at the adult collector rather than the child fan. But considering that the turtles have been around for 32 years now, we're guessing there are a lot of people out there who will want these, and after seeing them up close we'd have say it's worth the price!

Buy them here.


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