Today I am going to continue on with the TMNT line with the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Splinter Figure Review. Splinter is the TMNT’s father and sensei. Of course, he is also a ninja master.
The packaging is still the same as the other figures in the line. It has bright greens and purples on the card. On the front of the card, you will see the TMNT logo and the 4 turtles going down the right side of the blister. The blister is really nice in this series and allows you to see the figure and their accessories very nicely.
On the back of the card, you get a bio for Splinter and the other figures in this wave are showcased on the bottom. The packaging sure does stand out in the stores.
Out of The Box
Out of the box, my first impression for all of the figures has been solid. The figures all feel really well made and like they can take a beating from kids. After all, it is a kids toy.
Splinter comes packaged with just one accessory, a walking staff. He is a ninja master so why would he need more than that?
He stands about 4.75″ tall and has some nice paint apps.
For articulation Splinter has a swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel elbow, and swivel/hinge legs. You can also spin his tail around or even remove it completely.
Because of the way his robe is made it affects his forward leg movement a lot. His backward leg movement has no problems because there is a cut in the back of the robe.
It would have been nice if we could have more articulation in the neck and wrists. The current swivel of the head limits the ways that he can look. So don’t expect anything fantastic with Splinter’s articulation.
Splinter seems to have the most paint out of any of the figures so far. He has nice paint apps on his head and neck. Playmates did cheap out when the painted this guy though. His legs are sculpted so they could be furry and have pink toes but instead it is just all grey. It is hidden by his robe though, but still.
The only paint on the robe is the buckle on the front that is painted black. This is cartoon accurate.
The sculpt really looks good for Splinter. His wrapped forearms, hands, and feet all look like they should. Playmates has even sculpted texture on the robe. He also has a pretty mean look on his face that I think is pretty appropriate. I don’t think there is much that should be changed about the sculpt, it just would have been nice for Playmates to paint the parts that were sculpted on his legs.
Paint + Articulation is all that could use some work. I would still recommend that you buy this figure for visual appeal to go with the turtle brothers.
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