The recycling of our childhood toys just keeps getting better and better! First, Masters of the Universe Classics rekindled our love of magical barbarians. Then, ThunderCats Classics brought Lion-O back into our lives. Now, some of the most cherished (and radical) heroes of our youth have been re-imagined with the release of Playmates Toys' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection! That's right, TMNT Classics! We were awash with nostalgia when first seeing these photos, and it has torn us up inside having to wait until now to share the Turtle Power with all of you in this first look! Playmates Toys, the company behind the vintage TMNT line, has taken the same looks from the 1988 TV show and perfected them by adding tons of articulation and joined that with the smooth sculpting of those original Heroes in a Half-Shell.
Read on for pics of the first four figures in the line and a little bit of our jibber-jabber.
As you can see, Michelangelo has actual chain links holding his nunchucku together and articulated fingers keeping them firmly in his grasp. Yes, articulated fingers. We live in an age of miracles!
Leo, like the other 6" figures in the line, features around 30 points of articulation including dual-hinged knees and what appears to be a ball-joint torso. Not too shabby...
The rebel of the group comes equipped with his sais. Like the vintage figure, they are able to be stored in the loops on the front of his belt. The same can be said for the other Turtles, with each having a place to hold their weapons when not in battle.
That big "D" on the belt helps cement this ninja as Donatello. Once again, this takes a cue from the vintage figures which used the initialed belts and color-coded masks and pads to help kids more easily know which Turtle was their favorite-- and which one was getting taken down by Shredder!
So there you have it: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection! All four turtles look great and we hope there is a second series in the works, because we must have Classic-ized versions of Shredder, Casey Jones, Splinter, and April to fill out the ranks. We want these-- Now! However, it looks like we're gonna have to wait until Toy Fair to get a closer look at the four brothers.
Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for more TMNT coverage from toys to the new animated series!