Today Pixel-Dan takes a look at the new ThreeZero Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo 1/6 Scale Figure.
With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in theaters and a hit animated series on Nickelodeon, one can argue that this is one of the most successful eras the green teens have ever experienced.
Case in point, there are more Turtles collectibles being offered now than ever before. Action figures are filling up store shelves, and various collectibles such as statues can be found online. The heroes in a half-shell have even hit the high-end collectible market thanks to companies like Threezero.
Based upon the first film in the new franchise, Threezero has released a line of 1/6 scale highly detailed and full articulated figures aimed directly at the collector market. Today, we’ll be taking an up-close look at the party dude himself, Michelangelo.
Packaging: The packaging is exactly what you’d expect for this type of action figure. He comes secured inside a fully enclosed box that is mostly a plain, bright white in color. The bottom portion of the box has Mikey’s signature orange color splashed across. One side of the box features the TMNT movie logo and Mikey’s name, while the other gives you a shot of the character from the film that the figure inside is based upon. The figure is housed in a clamshell inside this box that safely stores Michelangelo and all of his included accessories.
Sculpt and Detail: At the 1/6 scale, Mikey stands just shy of a full 12” tall. Of course, the figure is based upon the new designs seen in the first TMNT film released a few years back. The designs of the Turtles themselves were quite the topic of debate, with many fans not really liking their larger, more realistic look.
Regardless of personal feelings on the look, Threezero did an astounding job of capturing the new design in this action figure. The skin is scaly and the shell on Mikey’s back has a very real world look with a nice gloss that makes in shine a bit. The facial expression features a slight smile and bright blue eyes hiding behind his signature orange mask. That orange mask looks tattered, and blends sculpt with fabric wonderfully with the ties hanging off the back of his head being a cloth material that somehow perfectly matches the color of the paint used on the face.
And it’s the details like that where this figure truly succeeds. These movie versions of our heroes have a lot going on with their looks, and Threezero captures even the smallest little details of their outfits quite brilliantly. The straps going across Mikey’s chest are a leather material with real buckles. The wetsuit pants are a soft, rubber-like material. The wraps seen on his wrists and ankles are real cloth wound around the figure.
One of my favorite little details are the places where Mikey has used strips of duct tape, seen on his shell and wrapped around his leg. These little strips of material have that familiar silver shine that real life duct tape has, making these little pieces look incredibly real. It’s such a fun little detail!
Articulation: Michelangelo has 25 points of articulation, most of which is hidden under the sculpt of the figure. The is obtained by a soft “skin suit” that covers the entire body. This has its ups and downs. First, it does give the figure a cool feel, as his skin is soft and a bit squishy…but not too squishy that it feels like it’s going to tear. It’s quite durable. The only downside I really have with it has to do with some of the aesthetics. There’s often a large gap between the shoulders and the arms. I understand why this is there, as the shoulder articulation needs this gap to function. But from some angles it’s a bit off putting seeing a big hole in Mikey’s skin. Also, when the arms are bent, the skin bunches up very unnaturally which tends to look odd. I don’t really consider these nitpicks to be deal breakers, but it can stand out at times and it’s hard not to notice.
The figure is ball jointed at the neck, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. We also get bends at the elbows and knees, a torso joint, and thigh joints. All of the articulation is very tight, especially in the legs. I really appreciate this, especially since the figure is a bit top heavy with that large shell on his back. He doesn’t have any problems standing whatsoever.
When moving the figure around, you might notice the ball jointed points like the hands or the feet might pop out of socket. This is no cause for alarm, as it’s easy to reattach them. The only downside with this is that they tend to pop off pretty easily when you are posing him, and when the hands fall off the wrist wraps have a tendency to start unraveling. So keep an eye on that.
Accessories: Mikey comes with a few accessories to give you some different posing options. Among these, he has 2 additional sets of interchangeable hands. As mentioned previously, the hands are on ball joints at the wrist and are very easy to interchange, allowing you to display Mikey with closed fists, open hands, or gripping hands for his weapon.
Speaking of, Mikey of course comes with his signature nunchaku weapon. These are really well detailed on their own, with a nice wood gran effect and little dragons etched in. A real metal chain is another thing I always appreciate. The gripping hands hold on to these weapons quite tightly so that you can display Mikey in battle. My only wish is that he has somewhere to store them when he’s not holding them, but for whatever reason this particular Michelangelo does not have any holsters for his nunchaku.
His final accessory is the fancy skateboard seen in the film. The design is quite awesome, appearing to be the type of home-built tool you’d see from the Turtles. The wheels on this piece do turn, but not loose enough to really roll across a surface.
Mikey is also a bit big and heavy to fully stand on the skateboard all of the way. At least, I was unsuccessful in getting him to balance on it all of the way. It may not be impossible, but it also has a tendency to bend a bit which makes me nervous. It’s obvious this is definitely meant more for display with the figure, and not play.
And overall, that’s exactly what I’d say about this entire figure. If you’re a collector of high-end figures such as this, then this is already common knowledge and expected. But if you’re a casual Turtles fan who may be interested in dabbling into a more expensive piece like this, it’s definitely worth noting that he is meant to be posed and displayed, and not necessarily played with.
Despite your feelings on these Turtle designs, Threezero nailed the look. The figure is well constructed and features amazing, intricate details that will really stand out among the rest of your TMNT collection. I consider all of my minor gripes throughout this review just that: minor. And really, they may just be more of a heads-up than anything else. As I said, some of that stuff may just be common place for these types of figures.
At the price point being over $200, this may be one of those instances where you choose to spring for your favorite Turtle. No doubt they would look amazing when displayed all together, though. And if you’re a fan of these films and looking for collector quality representations for your collection, then I’d definitely recommend Threezero.
Check out more images for this figure below in our GALLERY! Until next time!