Funko x Playmobil Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Black and White Raphael Playmobil, 2017
Day #1,657: March 10, 2017
Black and White Raphael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Funko x Playmobil Collectible Figure #19
Item No.: No. 9837EE Manufacturer:Playmobil Includes:Twin Sai Action Feature:n/a Retail:$14.99 Availability:February 2017 Other:The First Exclusive - Black and White and Red All Over
I work in the toy business, so when I found out Funko was working with Playmobil I was pretty excited. And when it was bigger figures... I wasn't sure what to make of it. But the hyper-limited-edition Black and White Raphael "collectible figure" was offered up to us, and how could I say no? It's big, it has more articulation than most "collectible figures" and I like the deco. Unlike the others in the Funko x Playmobil range, this one feels a lot more like a collectible crossover.
The 6-inch figure is essentially a massively upsized basic Playmobil figure with a few major tweaks in the design, particularly for the Turtle buck. You've no doubt noticed a new head sculpt with a built-in painted mask. The arms have sculpted wrist and eblow pads. The legs have newly shaped feet and knee pads. Aside from that, it's basically a big figure with a turtle shell added to the back. There are no on-board places to store accessories and all three turtles so far use pretty much the same body, but it's a neat one.
The deco is fascinating - instead of traditional Playmobil markings, t his one has comic book-like hash marks on the head and shell. It's a nice touch, and sets this one apart from the other green teens with their classic animation marketing apearances. Raph's grey with more grey and some black, and of course the red on his mask. It's nifty.
The sai accessories fit in the hands pretty well, but it's not quite the perfect fit of the regular smaller toys - I think it's because of the paint. It looks great, the ninja weapons are dang near perfect in and of themselves and they are easily gripped by the articulated hands. One note - mine are a little loose. The shoulders are fine, but the fists rotate with minimal resistance. As with Mr. bwraph, the neck and legs are stuck in place but may be able to be changed with minor modifications. The legs have a tab in place, and I can't tell if the neck is glued or molded into position.
It's neat! I'm curious to see how these all pan out, given the size of the figures it may be tricky to collect them all. Or not - you never know quite how many of these things will get made, so I'm going to be happy with whatever ones I can find between now and the inevitable short-run convention exclusive that I'll miss out on. I don't know if/when we'll see the other Turtles, but even as a one-off it's a nifty designer figure in its own right. He stands, he can't sit, he looks cool, and he's pretty cheap. Since it's an Entertainment Earth exclusive, you should know I also work there and I'm biased to like this kind of thing.
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