Sunday, August 10, 2014

NINJA TURTLES - April O'Neal 2014 Movie figure Review !!!

Here is the action figure of April O'Neal based on the looks of the lovely actress Megan Fox . I purchased this figure at a local Walmart for a little under 10 bucks, right at about 8.99 . And of course as we all know this figure is based on this year's Turtle movie . Even though also we know that the name of the franchise is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the "Teenage Mutant" part has been dropped for the packaging of this toy series. It is just simply named " Ninja Turtles". Which led to a little confusion for myself as to what the title of this post should be referred to as, TMNT or just Ninja Turtles. So I went with what is on the packaging . The "Teenage Mutant" part was probably dropped because of lack of space on the packaging. I really don't know just guessing . I'm assuming that's what probably happened .

When you remove April from the packaging, you'll discover that she's a nice looking figure with limited articulation . Probably the most realistic looking April O'Neal figure ever made, since the likeness is based on a real person . As for accessories, she comes with her camera, a flash add on piece for her camera , and two sai weapons . She can not hold the sai knives as they are more suitable for Raphael . That's one thing you can say about a lot of today's action figures, is that a lot of them come with accessories meant for other characters.

 As you can see Ms. O'Neal is just a little under five inches tall, being just a slight shade over four inches. Judging from the above pic it looks as if the camera accessory is a little bit too big for her . At least the straps are . This camera accessory looks like it is more suitable for all of your old six inch ToyBiz Peter Parker figures than it is for April O'Neal . Since Peter is a photographer also. However I like how the camera accessories are very detailed. If you look closely you can see the details such as buttons and lenses.Very cool. And as always with Ninja Turtle figures, you get a mini catalog showing other TMNT goodies that are available for purchase .

Also, I think this April O'Neal figure fits in scale wise with previous TMNT figures from earlier series . Look at how she compares with the Turtle figures from the 2012 line and also to one of the vintage characters from the late 1980s/early 1990s , Bebop .

As you can see she blends in well with the older TMNT figures. Also below is a side by side comparison of this current April figure standing next to the animated 2012 version . Kids with great imagination can pretend they are two different people , because they look nothing alike . The only similarities are the yellow and blue color schemes for their outfits. Even the hair is different .
                                                         FINAL   THOUGHTS 
( 1 ) ARTICULATION - Very limited . Still a neat figure despite this. Arms move outward and up and down. Legs move up and down but not outward. Head moves side to side, slightly downward but not upward. Her wrists can twist around .
( 2 ) STANDING  ABILITY - Despite having high heels, she stands very well once you get her in that proper standing stance.
( 3 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  BEST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? Nicely sculpted figure with nice realism . Not a perfect likeness of Megan Fox but close enough . Looks great displayed next to older Turtle figures. Nice accessories.
( 4 ) WHAT  I  LIKE  LEAST  ABOUT  THIS  FIGURE ? There's not much to dislike about this figure despite limited articulation . At this time I can not think of anything that I dislike about this figure.
( 5 ) WHAT  COULD  HAVE  BEEN  DONE  TO  IMPROVE  THE  FIGURE ? More articulation would have been nice. Especially at the elbows and knees. Knee articulation is a must for sitting poses, and elbow articulation is a must for fight / action poses .
( 6 ) GRADING  SCALE - On a scale of 1-10 I give this figure a 9.5 . The minus is for the missing points of articulation that I have already discussed . However I am not bothered by this flaw. But extra articulation would have given her a perfect 10 .
( 7 ) FINAL  ANALYSIS - Since this is probably the most realistic looking April O'Neal figure ever made, she looks great being displayed next to older Turtle figures and even to other toy lines with similar scale. Since the figure resembles Megan Fox more than it does the actual April O'Neal character, it is easy to imagine her as someone else other than Ms. O'Neal . Especially if you customizers out there decide to paint her hair a different color . Also this figure is available at a great price, below the ten dollar mark, which is quite unusual and rare for such a big name franchise . However in today's market , toys below ten dollars is a good thing . Cheap price but NOT a cheap toy , this figure is definitely worth adding to your collection .

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