Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Metalhead

Spot Mike

The second wave of the TMNT toyline is here and that means Metalhead! The turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kranng, are joined by Metalhead and two yet-to-be-seen baddies, Fishface and Dogpound. The main episode featuring Metalhead aired this past Sunday, so let’s get to it.

Collector: Fishface and Dogpound haven’t wowed me (maybe once they appear on the show), but a new Metalhead is certainly welcome.

Top o’ the Mornin’ to Ya!


Zombiepaper: The packaging is the same as Kraang and the Foot Soldier, except Metalhead is held in with a thick twist tie this time. The back of the card is updated with the three new characters, but there’s a mistake on the back of the card. See if you can spot it. No? (Well, where’s Mikey?) Other than that, everything’s the same, so here’s a photo of Metalhead sitting on the packaging for ultra-rare blue Kanti from FLCL.

Wrong kind of metalhead.

Sculpt and Design
Zombiepaper: Each iteration of the secondary characters of TMNT have a different look. Metalhead is no different; his original design in the 1987 toyline was much more detailed, and to reflect the new series his design is much more simple.

That’s the Silver Samurai’s helmet, silly Metalhead!

Collector: Like a boxy 50s robot, Metalhead’s arms and legs are those ribbed tubes, and like the rest of this line, he has big, chunky feet and hands, along with some big cuffs around his hands. His shell is a New York City manhole cover and his knees are… faces? In his abdomen are some red and blue wires and a blue tube, which is a neat look. His head kind of reminds me of a gorilla.

Metalhead on the Silver Surfer‘s board?

Collector: His paint scheme is mostly gray, black and yellow, along with those red/blue wires, and green eyes. He also features an arrow tampographed on his left cuff, and what seems to be a “hot, do not touch” warning sign on his right cuff. He falls a bit short of perfect with his mask: it’s only painted on the front. He also has what I think was shown in the cartoon to be a power button on the top of his head, which is unpainted.

Be careful of thin foil ducts, Metalhead!


Collector: Metalhead has the same leg articulation as the turtles: hip joints that allow the legs to rotate and bend out to the sides; and knee joints that bend and rotate. You get a really good amount of movement and posing options, including getting him into a sumo squat, and his big feet and short stature make him pretty fantastic at standing. If you need though, he has those same foot peg holes as the rest of the line, and can use the Classic Collection turtles’ stands. His arms rotate at the shoulders and at the wrist cuffs. With those big chunky arms and the shell getting in the way, arm movement is pretty limited. The head is on a ball joint and has a good range of movement, but it’s easy to catch the back corners on his shell. Those corners have gotten a bit scarred up on mine.

Zombiepaper: The only other thing I have to add is that you can turn Metalhead’s head all the way around for an Exorcist-style head spin. I wasn’t able to take a good photograph of that, so here’s Metalhead sitting on the headstock, aka the machine head, of my bass guitar.

Silly Metalhead, quit playing air guitar on a bass guitar.


Collector: Standing a little over 4″ tall, Metalhead is the shortest figure in the line so far. He’s a bit shorter than Michelangelo, but not as short as he appears in the cartoon.

Zombiepaper: Less than an inch shorter than the original Metalhead toy. Both are slightly shorter than an average CD case.

Accessories / Action Feature

Collector: Metalhead comes with a missile that goes into his right hand and pokes out through his elbow. There’s no firing mechanism or springs, it’s just friction powered. It works surprisingly well for what it is. He doesn’t come with anything to hold, but his left hand can hold some of the turtles’ weapons, just not with a very good grip.

Zombiepaper: Compared to the rest of the toyline, Metalhead only has a missile. It’s generic enough to look like a walking staff, which I did use to some positive effect earlier, so it’s not bad. Just unimpressive. This is also a critique I would only mention now that I’ve seen high quality toys via the Masters of the Universe Classics line. Both holes that represent the missile launcher could have used a little post-drilling polish.

Spot Mike

Wrap Up

The TMNT toys are widely available as of November 2012 at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens, or online retailers such as eBay or Amazon. Specialty toy and comics stores may be slow to pick them up.

Collector: I think this is one of the better figures in the line. I do wish the arms were more articulated, and the mask was fully painted, but he looks cool and he’s fun.

Zombiepaper: Agreed. The paint is a little iffy in places, and maybe could have used some Quality Control, but it’s great for an affordable kid’s toy.

Metalhead Showdown on the Big Block Engine

About Zombiepaper

My interests are very specific and sometimes esoteric: writing, videogames (EarthBound), movies (zombie, martial arts, and animated), music (listening and bass guitar), thrift stores, philosophy, and toys. Also, Cowabunga!

Posted on November 3, 2012, in Reviews, Toys and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. awesome drawing! the TMNT were phreaps my first sketching specialty back when I was in third grade!A few questions, if I may ask:1- does PS have an outer glow feature similar to Illustrator? I want to say I’ve checked a few times with no luck. I’m referencing the golden aura around the turtles. Of course, I’m sure there are various other ways to acheive that effect (drop shadow with zero x/y displacement, phreaps), but am just curious.2- I notice in many of your pieces you have a characteristic grey-purple shading color that you use (evident on the underside of Leonardo’s left leg, for instance). At first I thought this might be some blending mode, but I’m guessing now it might have to do with the purple background layer you color on top of (as seen in the Witch video). Could you shed light on this, phreaps? Thanks!

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