These days, it isn’t uncommon for toy lines to reveal our first close up look at movie characters. Since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always been one of the most marketed franchises out there, so these toys should come as no shock. We’ve already laid eyes on the Turtles, for better or worse, as well as the likes of April O’Neil (Megan Fox), and as of yesterday, we got our first solid look at their arch nemesis, the Shredder. But these pictures do provide the only full on view we’ve had so far of Splinter.
Looking at these action figures from Playmates won’t do much to ease any concerns you have over the appearance of the Heroes. Those awkward, humanoid noses are still there, and so are all of the other bits and pieces you may have been worried about.
The sword-wielding leader Leonardo…
…and the fun-loving Michelangelo, swinging his trademark nunchuks around, are both pretty standard. Aside from the faces, about which there’s nothing we can do at this stage, they look more or less the same as they always have. These two are relatively innocuous.
This Donatello figurine, however, does absolutely nothing to assuage my fears. He has always been the smart one, the inventor of the group, but all of that crap hanging off his back and waist makes him look like he’s wearing multiple versions of Batman’s utility belt. Maybe it’s my rampant pessimism, but I can’t help but worry that he is going to rely more on gadgets and gizmos than his martial arts acumen.
You may notice that Raphael doesn’t get his own solo shot in these photos, which is either an oversight or an intentional omission. He’s always been the brooding, troubled, rebellious member of the group, as you can see in the group shot. Instead of the traditional eye covering that his fellows wear, he’s got a full bandana covering the top of his head, gasp.
Shredder looks equally as bulky and uncomfortable as he did in that photo that surfaced earlier. He is supposed to be an agile martial artist, but again you have to question how he is going to move weighed down by what looks like a rather heavy suit of armor. Maybe his strategy is to have sharp things sticking out in all possible directions so that no one can possibly hit him.
This April O’Neil action figure does indeed look like Megan Fox.
Maybe this is why we haven’t seen much of Master Splinter, the Turtles’ friend and mentor. Granted, this is a toy, not always the most accurate representations, but this looks terrible. The face looks like something went horribly wrong in the casting process, or maybe some intern left this too close to a hot lamp during the photo shoot. On the plus side, he can’t possible look this bad in the movie, right?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens everywhere on August 8.