Toy Review: Playmates Toys TMNT | Bebop


Today’s review is the Nickelodeon Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Bebop 11″ action figure. I’m a sucker for these figures. They’re big and they’re just really cool and I had to have it. I bought all four of the turtles when the first TMNT movie came out and now with the 2nd movie coming out June 3rd and both Bebop and Rocksteady in the movie, I just couldn’t pass these guys up.

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Figures in the Series

  • Raphael
  • Donatello
  • Leonardo
  • Michelangelo
  • Bebop
  • Rocksteady

Figure Details

  • Character: Bebop
  • Manufacturer: Playmates Toys
  • Series: Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows
  • Dimensions: 10.5
  • Recommended: Ages 4+
  • MSRP: $19.95 Paid: $7.76
  • Part Number/SKU: 043377883562
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★★☆☆

Before we go to far into the articulation, we need to note, this is a large action figure. I should also note, I’m leaving this guy packaged. The 4 turtles I got last year I left packaged as there are several accessories that I didn’t wanna lose and they displayed really nicely in package. I note this so you understand I’m basing my rating of the articulation on what I can do in package.

Total POA’s = 20

  • Arms – There are 5 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. These joints should allow for a good amount of upward motion.
    • Elbow: A single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint just above the elbow. The bend is pretty limited to less than a 90 degree bend. The swivel in the elbow is nice, but anatomically a little weird.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint that is very functional.
  • Legs – There are 4 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Y-Jointed Ball Joints as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint. These look to be pretty well done and should give you ok motion for the splits, not sure if Bebop has ever done the splits, but you’ll have some range of motion there. You may even be able to get a decent forward kick but backward is going to be pretty much nothing.
    • Knees: A Single Pin/Hinge joint as well as a Peg Joint at the top of the knee. The legs are so short that it doesn’t appear these joints are going to bend much. The swivel at the knee is nice since there’s no ankle joints.
  • Body – There is 1 joints in the waist which is unhindered and very useful. It’s well hidden by the big old belly.
  • Head: A single Peg Joint allows for ok side-to-side motion, but nothing else. I feel as though they could have gone with a ball joint and given a hair more range of motion on this. This one is a little disappointing.

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Mold – ★★★★★

I love the sculpt of this figure. When you get into the larger action figures you obviously wanna see a little more texture and thought into the look of the figure and Playmates Toys really did a good job here. There isn’t a smooth surface on Bebop which is awesome! They textured the skin to have a nice wrinkled, yet skin like pattern on it which is totally cool. I really can’t find anything I don’t like about the sculpt of this figure. There’s just so many cool details.

 

Paint – ★★★☆☆

 

I’m going to be a bit harsh on the paint app on Bebop. This is namely because there are a lot of missing paint apps throughout the figure. Places paint should have been due to the nature of the sculpt and places it was simply missed for some weird reason. I know they did this to cut the cost of producing these behemoth figures, and at $19.99 you really can’t expect much more. I would have preferred they charge an extra $10 and give us the paint that Bebop desperately needed.

First, the eyes, though covered by the glasses are not painted. Not a big deal, but still annoying. The tongue is also not painted, nor are the teeth or lips. That’s pretty disappointing, though again, I can’t get too distraught about it. There are lots of spikes on his cuffs and many are painted silver, but many aren’t. The inside ones are not, obviously they’re saving money there. The boots have no paint on them and the laces should have been painted to really make them pop. Then the vest. It looks really nice cast in a camel color, but there’s some details that are again not painted which should have been, and finally, there just should have been a slight black wash throughout the skin tone to make those details really stand out.

Anyway, there are positives and that’s why I gave the figure 3 stars. It looks great and the extra paint I want don’t detract too much.

Accessories – ★★★☆☆

Bebop comes with a big crowbar. It’s nice enough, and again, for the price range of the figure, I shouldn’t be too picky, but this is a really simple looking accessory. I like it enough, but considering the accessories we got from the first wave of the Turtles figures I had higher expectations. There’s no paint as it was cast in grey plastic which is ok. It’s just a really simple piece. Clearly it seems it will fit nicely in either hand which is nice. I just wish there were something more.

Packaging – ★★★★☆

Normally I prefer packaging that has a nice window for viewing as much of the figure as possible but fully enclosed in a box of sorts that is either square or rectangular. Bebop comes in a carded package that actually exposes almost the entire figure for viewing. The packaging actually looks really nice and I plan to display Bebop on my cube wall along with my four Turtles.

Overall Rating – ★★★★☆

Bebop technically should have been a 3 out of 5 mathematically, but I took liberties and rounded up to 4. Reason being, he looks really cool. I’m just loving this addition to my giant 11″ turtle collection. Not a lot of collectors like these guys, as they are geared more towards kids and are meant to be played with, but I just had to have this figure. Now I just need to go find Rocksteady at a discounted price so I can have the entire collection. I’ll probably pass on the newest Turtles as I already have the originals from the first movie and they’re good enough for me. This guy probably isn’t a must have, especially if you’re not a collector of these large scale figures.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.

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