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The Foot Clan are one of the most feared (fictional) ninja clans in Japan, led by Oroku Saki, known as the Shredder. The Foot Soldiers are his main minions to help in carrying out his evil schemes, originally human, they are now replaced with robots.

 

Name: Foot Soldier
Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Manufacturer: Playmates
Released:
1988
Price: Then:$3.99 MOC, Now: $40 – $50 USD MOC, less if loose.
Scale: Roughly 4 inches in height
Accessories: Electro-Shock Mace, Turtle Shell Biter, Turtle Carver Knife and “Weapons Rack”

When growing up around the time I did, you no doubt had certain toys you grew up with during your youth. Transformers, Dino Riders, Lego, various Kenner Toy lines and definitely Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

My brother and I had the main turtles and villains, including the foot solider and I’m pretty sure we had at least two them and It’s always good to have some supporting characters during play time and the foot solider fills that role nicely.

Unfortunately for me and my brother most of our Ninja Turtles were given away to our cousins (against our will) and were never seen again.

So as you do when you get older, you want to reclaim your childhood, buying back some Ninja Turtles figures become a must. I don’t think time has been very kind to the original TMNT Foot Soldier, but I still have a soft spot for him even after all these years.

SCULPTING

One thing Playmates original TMNT line always had going for it was the amount of detail in each figure. You could even say they had too much detail at times. The other thing was that the toys hardly ever matched the cartoon in appearance or colour palette.

However, this is still a pretty cool looking Foot Soldier; it’s very gangly limbs and thin build. I’m not sure if this one is meant to be a robot or not, but it definitely looks creepy.

Plenty of detail in the clothes and armor, the bugged out eyes are pretty cool too.
He’s pretty much sculpted in the one, slightly awkward pose, which pretty much all of the TMNT toys were.

PAINT

Generally, I remember Playmates doing a pretty decent job with their paint applications, even if the toy is cast in most of the colours it’s meant to be. But, most of the time the overall colour scheme doesn’t match the source material (for me in this case the cartoon).

I’ve seen some photos of a custom figure made using this one as a base and painted in show accurate colours and it looks amazing, it’s a shame Playmates never did this themselves as I think it would have been great! The grays and blues are just a little bit too dull for me, however the purple looks great!

ARTICULATION

A grand total of five points of articulation. All of it swivel joints. Pretty standard for a toy from 1988. You are pretty much keeping him in the same pose, unless you are playing with him.

ACCESSORIES

Playmates always included a decent number of weapons with each figure. They came packaged on a “weapons rack” which I always thought was Playmates just being lazy and not cutting the weapons off the mold tree. So it’s up to you to do that.

There’s a bit of variety between each weapon and they all look pretty neat. I think I prefer the Turtle Shell Biter the most.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Nothing to really worry about here. Obviously if the figure is loose you might need to scrutinize it a bit more closely before buying it.

PRICE

I paid about $40 USD for one, but that MOC and back when the AUD was at parity with the US dollar. Plus shipping costs. I was pretty happy with that considering the age of the toy and I wanted one that was in excellent condition, so I paid a little more, you can still pick this guy up for next to nothing loose.

OVERALL

I think the Foot Soldier is a pretty neat figure, there are a few nit picks I have with it, mainly the colour palette choice, I feel could have been for cartoon accurate or at least, release a version in that style. The sculpting and accessories are the best parts of this figure and let’s not forget it’s an “army builder” toy as well. Which is always a good thing. If you have a vintage TMNT toy set, you’d need at least one Foot Soldier in there or two to round out that display a bit.

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Terry Funk is a wrestling legend and has had one of the longest careers as a professional wrestler, which spanned at least 50 years. He has held multiple titles in the NWA, WWF, WCW and ECW. He has also had many memorable feuds in the United States and in Japan with numerous well known wrestlers. 

 

Name: Terry Funk
Line: WWE Elite Collection 47
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2016
Price: $29.99
Scale: Roughly 17.5 CM in height
Accessories: ECW world title, headband and branding iron

When I pre-ordered this figure from ringside collectibles I had no idea what version of Terry Funk Mattel were going to give us, obviously they had already made an 1980s version of Terry Funk, so it was a good bet that the next version they were making was going to be from the late 1990s, still, it’s always a bit of a shot in the dark.

Thankfully the version that everyone assumed Mattel would make is just what they delivered and this is also the version of Terry Funk I’m most familiar with. Seeing I first became aware of Terry Funk when he came to WCW during the early 2000s and the Wrestling with shadows documentary and then later after playing Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 and obviously YouTube, where you can find a lot of classic matches from Japan.

And FYI The small black knee pads don’t come with the figure, I added them on once I bought him as Mattel unfortunately left them off.

SCULPTING

Mattel normally nail the head sculpts on most of their figures in my opinion and this time is no different. This is a very grizzled and worn down looking Terry Funk as the many years of wrestling have taken it’s toll on him. Funk’s got a lot a character in his facial features by this stage and the sculpt does well in repasenting this. I feel he’s got just the right expression too.

The body is a mix-and-match of Mattel’s various parts and works well for Terry’s body type at this time.

PAINT

Mattel tend to do a pretty good job with their paint applications most of the time. With Terry Funk I’d like to think he’s up to their usual standard. The stand out parts for me are his hair line and his tights. The paint just on the top of his head does a good job to suggest his thinning hair. The line pattern on his tights can be fairly hard to replicate properly, But, I think Mattel have done an excellent job with it. Everything else, wrist tape, eyes, goatee etc are all nice and neat too.

ARTICULATION

Funk has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbow, swivel wrist, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, hinge knees, swivel shin and rocker ankle joints.

That’s pretty much the standard amount of articulation for a wrestling figure from Mattel and it is quite a lot of articulation that also doesn’t look too ugly either.

All of Mattel’s Elite Collection style figures have the above articulation, it’s quite a lot and you can pose the figures in plenty of poses or doing different wrestling moves. It’s not perfect at times, but is still more then enough to keep hardcore wrestling fans happy

ACCESSORIES

Terry Funk comes with a nice amount of accessories, he comes with his signature head band, a branding iron and an ECW world title. I’m pretty sure this is the first time or at the very least one of the few times Mattel have made this particular belt. I never really cared for ECW so it’s not a big deal to me. The head band and branding iron are great and both are a welcome addition.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Nothing too much to worry about here. This is another rock solid toy.

PRICE

I paid about 29.99 USD from Ringside Collectibles and I was happy with that, I’ve stated many times that you should pay a price your happy with, but seeing there aren’t too many options for wrestling fans here in Australia, Ringside will be my go to store.

OVERALL

This is a great Terry Funk figure that best represents Funk from a memorable time in his long wrestling career. If you haven’t picked up a figure of Terry Funk yet, I would highly recommend this one as to me it’s a great figure in it’s own right and  is a bit more interesting to look at then just basic red and black tights. This is what I picture in my head when I think of Terry Funk, so it’s a hit for me.

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