TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME (NECA)
I feel like I’ve reviewed a surprising number of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles items in the last year. Though the license has classically just been with Playmates Toys, in the last year there’s actually been a lot of coverage from other toy companies. In particular, NECA has done quite a bit, with movie, cartoon, and now video game-based figures all in short order. The cool thing about the video game figures is that they’re actually just available at regular retail and not exclusives. This marks the first time 7-inch Turtles have been available en masse since the old comic figures back in 2007. Today, I’m not looking at any of the Turtles proper, but one of Shredder’s faceless minions, the Foot Soldiers!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Foot Soldier is part of the first series of NECA’s Turtles in Time line. The line serves as something of a follow-up to their exclusive Arcade Game-based boxed sets from 2016, and in fact re-issues a lot of the sculpts contained therein. The Foot Solder in particular is one such case, re-using the majority of that figure’s sculpt, which was itself repurposed from NECA’s then unreleased comics-styled Foot Soldier. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 35 points of articulation. He’s certainly got a lot of spots of movement, and the arms and legs are very mobile, but the torso and neck are a little more restricted than I’d like. That being said, it’s still a quite useful selection of articulation, and he’s still very agile. The sculpt is an impressive piece, and marketedly different from the cartoon version we got in the Target two-packs. As someone who’s never been much into the cartoon style design for the Foot, I’m all for getting this sculpt here. It’s a nice, fairly balanced sculpt. Some of the details of the costume don’t quite match the details of the game designs, but it’s not far off, and I don’t find the differences all that distracting. The paint scheme on this guy is meant to replicate the 16-bit designs from the game, something that NECA’s gotten pretty adept at. The Foot Soldiers in the game came in a variety of colors, something that the 2016 set replicated, but for the purposes of this one, they’ve opted for the purple coloring. Honestly, it’s the best choice for a starter Foot, but I wouldn’t say no to getting more of this guy in the alternate colors. The nature of the 16-bit replication means that the Foot Soldier definitely has a stylization to him, but honestly he walks the line of stylized, but still workable with non-16-bit figures. He actually makes some changes from the boxed set version to make him a little less obviously styled, and I like the changes they made. The Foot Soldier is packed with a sword, a gun, two sets of hands (fists and gripping), and a hover board with a flight stand. The board is by far the coolest extra, with some really awesome detail work going on. I really love the cartoon foot symbol at the front.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
While I’m kinda starting to hit my limit on how many different versions of the Turtles I need, I pretty much can’t have too many Foot guys, and I’ve wanted some form of this particular sculpt since NECA first showed it off back when they were still trying to continue the comic line. Getting the nifty new game-inspired pieces is really just icing on the cake. I definitely dig this guy a lot, and I’m resisting the urge to at lest pick up Donatello to go with him.
The Foot Soldier was purchased from my friends All Time Toys, where he is currently in stock here. If you’re looking for cool toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay Store.