MUTAGEN LEONARDO & FOOT SOLDIER
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MINIMATES
Well, the line has wrapped, but there was a time when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates were some pretty hot stuff. They were also some slightly confusing stuff, since depending on where you were purchasing them, the product was a bit different. While the whole line was originally supposed to be blind-bagged, Toys R Us ended up not being so interested in that dynamic, and instead got theirs as two-packs, largely made up of the same basic figures showing up everywhere else, but now paired off and with one exclusive offering. Today, I’m looking at that one, Mutagen Leonardo and his pack-mate the Foot Soldier.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Mutagen Leonardo and the Foot Soldier were released in TRU’s first series of TMNT Minimates two-packs. The Foot Ninja was packed with the regular Leonardo as well, with Mutagen Leo swapping out for the regular in the one per case chase set.
Each of the primary retailers for this line got one Mutagen Turtle variant. Mikey was at Kmart, Raphael at specialty, and Leo went to TRU (yes, they really did just the three of them at the start; Donatello had to wait for Series 2). All of them were the same basic concept: take the standard release, mold him in translucent green plastic, and paint up just the bandanna in the proper color. It’s not a bad look, and has the benefit of having the strong starting point with all the sculpted add-ons. The lack of paint actually highlighted how nice the sculpts were on these guys, and the blank white eyes on the mask gave a nice change-up from the regular release. Mutagen Leo was packed with the same accessories as his regular counterpart, so two katanas (in green to match him), a display stand painted like a manhole cover, and a keychain attachment to go around his neck.
The Foot Soldier was available through all three venues, and I actually looked at his single-bagged release from Kmart back when these were new. It’s the same figure, and I certainly don’t mind at all, since it and the Footbot were my favorites from the original line-up.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t in a huge hurry to pick this up when it was new, and never got around to tracking it down. One was traded into All Time a couple of weekends ago, and I had initially surrendered this set to Max. However, he ended up buying it for me for my birthday instead, which was quite nice of him. Of course, it does make this his fault, but it’s a lighter sort of “this is your fault” this time around.