Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Metalhead
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on November 3, 2012, in Reviews, Toys and tagged action figures, FLCL, Motorhead, Nickelodeon, Playmates Toys, Silver Samurai, Silver Surfer, Silver Surfer: Requiem, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, thin foil ducts, TMNT, toys. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.