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REVIEW: TMNT (1990 Movie) – 1/4th Scale Raphael

Plastic and Plush - 1 April, 2017 - 23:27

The 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film holds a special place in the cockles of my heart. I was only 11 years old when it was released, and the film was the first that I was able to attend without parental interference. That’s a big moment for a youngster, and luckily it was a TMNT film and not something like The Rescuers Down Under (also released in 1990).

That year was also the peak of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cartoon series, which ran from 1987 to 1996. And there was also the classic Playmates TMNT action figure series. So it’s not a surprise that I still think fondly about the 1990 Ninja Turtles film.

Fast forward 27 years, and NECA has started releasing quarter-scale figures based on the film license. These are large, 16.5-inch tall beasts with a lot of heft and just as many points of articulation (they say about 30). To date, they’ve released Leonardo and – just recently – Raphael. Thanks to NECA, we’ll be featuring the Raphael figure in this review.

The first thing you notice is that this collectible likely weighs more than an actual live box turtle. It could definitely be the centerpiece of your TMNT collection. And it’s not just because the figure is the size of a two-year-old child. NECA has done an amazing job capturing the on-screen look of Raphael. If you remember, each turtle looked slightly different. And this is the spitting image of the film version of Raph.

Raphael includes three sets of interchangeable hands, a slice of pizza (of course), and his two sai. The sai can either be held in either hand or placed in the belt holster. And there’s enough articulation in the figure’s arms and legs that you can get all sorts of poses from the included accessories.

So let’s talk about the money. The suggested retail price of $99.99 seems like a lot, but it’s actually less than half of some comparable 1/6th scale figures. Remember…this Raphael is a 1/4th scale figure.

And it’s not like NECA is skimping on the quality. Both the sculpting and paintwork is top-notch. Raphael’s skin is sculpted with all sorts of texture, and he has random dark green splotches…just like he did in the movie.

It’s sad to type this, but the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is closing in on being 3 decades old. Hopefully the reboot hasn’t made people forget that original film. Although…we all hope we can forget that Ninja Rap scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

The Facts



1/4th Scale Raphael
Series: 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
Manufacturer: NECA
Material: Plastic
Dimensions: 1/4th scale – 16.5 inches tall
Points of Articulation: 30 points
Accessories: Two Sai; Slice of Pizza; 3 sets of interchangeable hands
Pricing: $99.99

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $169.99
Still available for pre-order at a number of online retailers.

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You Have More Time to Order Pirates Cove!

Funko - 1 April, 2017 - 14:00

We have some exciting news! We’ve decided to extend the Disney Treasures Pirates Cove box closing to April 22nd! You asked us for more time and we agree! We wanted to give you more time to sign up for one of our three tiers,

- Traveler: Pay as you go plan, $26 per box every other month. 

- Adventurer: 6 month plan, $25 per box for 3 boxes. Including an exclusive Adventurer pin!

- Pioneer: 12 month plan, $24 per box for 6 boxes. Including an exclusive Pioneer pin with the first box and an exclusive collectible anniversary gift at the end of the year!

You are still eligible for the Pioneer founding membership if you order by April 22nd! 

 

We have some good news for those who have already ordered! If you place your order by April 1st you will receive your box before anyone else! As an early subscriber, your box will ship out as if the box closed on April 1st.

You still have time to reserve your box to receive an early shipment! Funko.com/disneytreasures

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Funatic of the Week: Chris Stulz!

Funko - 31 March, 2017 - 14:00

Chris Stulz
Blue Bell, PA

What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?

Anything Jim Henson related. I have all of the Muppet, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth Pop! figures, The Muppets Wacky Wobblers, and the Dark Crystal ReAction figures. Also have a few Disney and Hanna-Barbera Pop! as well. Over 90 items in all.


How long have you been a collector?

I've been a collector (in general) for over 30 years!

What are your favorite fandoms?

The Muppets & Jim Henson


What was your first Funko item?

A Hanna-Barbera Wacky Wobbler

What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?

Mahna Mahna and the two Snowths Pop!s


Tell us your favorite Funko story!

I've been collecting Jim Henson and Muppet merchandise since I was a kid. It has now been over 30 years and consists of over 2,000 items. I run the Muppet Stuff blog, touting news about past and upcoming Jim Henson related merchandise. I also have a side animation collection consisting of mainly Roger Rabbit, Disney and Hanna-Barbera items. My two most recent figures are the exclusive ECCC Superhero Kermit Pop! and The Dark Crystal Garthim Toys"R"Us exclusive ReAction figures.


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Hikari Friday: Alloy Captain Phasma!

Funko - 31 March, 2017 - 11:00

Happy Hikari Friday!

This week features another amazing version of Captain Phasma!
The commander of the First Order’s Stormtroopers comes to the Hikari line!

Alloy Captain Phasma is limited to 250pcs worldwide.

Add her to your collection this spring!

Alloy Captain Phasma Hikari Sofubi Figure


Coming in May!

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Funko is Now Available at Fred Meyer!

Funko - 30 March, 2017 - 13:56
Funko is proud to announce that our
products are now sold at Fred Meyer locations!

Visit your Fred Meyer to find the latest and greatest
from Funko, including Five Nights at Freddy's, X-Men, DC,
Beauty and the Beast, and more!

 
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Funkast - Episode 14 - Summer Cloaks

Funko - 30 March, 2017 - 12:43

Cue the John Williams Star Wars music.... Episode XIV of the Funko Funkast is here!

Hosts: Cameron, Yoko, Hilary & Sully.

Hilary is back!! (we really missed her) The gang talks Star Wars Celebration, Disney Park Rides, new reveals & tries a special surprise (thanks Yoko)!

Plus, all of your favorite segments are back too, including the Funkast Blast, listener questions & Cool Stuff We Saw Last week.

 

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Listen on your computer, using the SoundCloud plugin above or check us out on your favorite podcast service :

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Coming Soon: Kingdom Hearts Plushies, Aladdin Dorbz!

Funko - 30 March, 2017 - 11:01

Plushies: Kingdom Hearts

Mickey, Goofy, and Donald from the hit video game series Kingdom Hearts are now adorable plushies!

These plushies are 7-8” tall and super soft!

Collect them all this summer!

Coming in August!

Dorbz: Disney Aladdin

Join us on a magic carpet ride!
Along the way collect some of your favorite Aladdin characters as Dorbz!

This series includes Jafar, Rajah and Genie!
Genie has a chase variant with a 1 in 6 rarity!

Jafar is limited to 4000 pieces!

 Collect them all this spring!


Coming in May!

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Coming Soon: Batmobile Action Figure, Batman TV Pop!s!

Funko - 29 March, 2017 - 11:00

Action Figure: 1966 Batmobile

Nana nana nana nana…it's none other than Batman and Robin!
These figures feature nine points of articulation and are 3.75” tall!
They are sure to stop the deranged villains of Gotham!

This action figure set is complete with Batman’s signature Batmobile!
This 11” ride is Funko’s first ride featuring rolling wheels!

Collect them this Spring!


Coming in May!

 

Pop! Heroes: Batman Classic TV

The classic 1960s Batman TV series is coming to Pop! vinyl!

This series features villains Penguin, Mr. Freeze, King Tut, and The Riddler,
as well as Batgirl to keep the villains from creating havoc!

Look for The Riddler's chase variant, wearing his question mark suit
and bowler hat -- it has a rarity of 1 in 6!


Coming in June!

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Coming Soon: Galactic Plushies Exclusives!

Funko - 28 March, 2017 - 16:00
Look for these Galactic Plushies 2-pack exclusives coming soon!

Galactic Plushies: Tusken Raider & Bantha 2-pack
Coming to Target in April!



Galactic Plushies: Wampa & Hoth Luke 2-pack
Coming to GameStop in April!



Coming soon!
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Coming Soon: Nightmare Before Christmas Keychain, Teen Wolf Pop!s!

Funko - 28 March, 2017 - 11:01

POP! Keychain: Seated Sally

From Tim Burton’s classic movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas comes Sally!
The humanoid rag-doll now comes as a Pop! Keychain!

Featured in a seated position you can now take Sally on the go!

Add her to your key ring today!

Available now!

Pop! TV: Teen Wolf

Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!

Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school,
Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his
human form, or as a werewolf!

Add them to your collection this spring!

 


Coming in May!

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Disney Treasures Pirates Cove Box Trailer!

Funko - 27 March, 2017 - 18:58
Our Disney Treasures Pirates Cove box trailer is here! 

 

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[SPOILERS] Coming Soon to Toys"R"Us: Power Rangers Pop! 2-Pack!

Funko - 27 March, 2017 - 16:10
This Toys "R" Us exclusive Power Rangers Pop! 2-pack
is an essential for any Power Rangers fan!
Coming to Toys "R" Us in mid-April!
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Coming Soon: Rock Candy Harry Potter!

Funko - 27 March, 2017 - 14:06

Rock Candy: Harry Potter

Funko’s Rock Candy line is expanding to the wizarding world!

Collect Harry Potter and his pet owl Hedwig, along with his friends
Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Luna Lovegood!

You can also collect Lord Voldemort’s most loyal servant Bellatrix Lestrange!

These 5” vinyl figures are coming this spring! Collect them all!

 



Coming in May!

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Funatic of the Week: Shawn Cummins!

Funko - 24 March, 2017 - 14:00

Shawn Cummins
Stafford Springs, CT

What Funko lines do you collect? How many pieces are in your collection?

My collection consists of 252 Pop!s: 199 Star Wars, 18 Video Games, 11 Animation, 10 Halo, 9 Movies, 2 Disney, 2 Marvel, and 1 Heroes. I also have my first Star Wars Mini Hikari from my Smuggler's Bounty subscription.


How long have you been a collector?

I started in 2011.

What are your favorite fandoms?

Star Wars and Video Games.

What was your first Funko item?

The original Yoda Pop!


What is your favorite Funko piece in your collection?

Hoth Han Solo with TaunTaun Pop! Deluxe!

Tell us your favorite Funko story!

Since I started my collection I have been to two Star Wars Celebrations, the most recent of which was Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Each morning I woke up especially early and made my way down to the convention center to wait in line. To most this would seem like time better used sleeping, but for me, it is some of the more memorable time spent at the convention. I thought I would be on my phone and keeping to myself, however, this was not the case. Instead this was when everyone was able to discuss their Star Wars experience, collections, fan theories, etc. I, personally, ended up talking about my Star Wars Pop! collection for hours.

By the time the convention opens, a small community had formed and each went their own way into the convention hall. I already knew I was heading straight for the Funko booth to get this year's exclusives. When I got to the booth, I got into another line and was able to start all new conversations about Funko and Star Wars. Waiting in the Funko line is one of my favorite memories from the Celebration and I was able to walk out with a few new Pop!s for my collection, which is always a plus.

Note from Funko: Please note our booth policies have changed! Enter this lottery for a chance to gain access to our booth at Star Wars Celebration!


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Hikari Friday: Cold Steel Captain Phasma!

Funko - 24 March, 2017 - 10:58

It’s Hikari Friday!

This week features a Captain Phasma! The commander of the 
First Order’s Stormtroopers comes to the Hikari line in cold steel!

Cold Steel Captain Phasma is limited to 250pcs worldwide.

Add her to your collection this spring!

 

Cold Steel Captain Phasma Hikari Sofubi Figure

 


Coming in May!


 

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Funkast - Episode 13 - 8-Bit Jacob

Funko - 23 March, 2017 - 12:36

It's Lucky Episode 13 and we've got a special guest!

Hosts: Cameron, Yoko & Sully + Special Guest Jacob!!

Jacob (Director of Innovation and star of our Toy Fair Favorite Item video) joins the gang to talk Digital, Quidd, new reveals, Star Wars Celebration & exclusives!

Plus, all of your favorite segments are back too, including the Funkast Blast, listener questions & Cool Stuff We Saw Last week.

LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE

Listen on your computer, using the SoundCloud plugin above or check us out on your favorite podcast service :

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Google Play
SoundCloud
Stitcher
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Star Wars Celebration 2017 Exclusives Part 2!

Funko - 23 March, 2017 - 11:51
First of all, if you are attending the show, please make sure you enter the online lottery for a chance to win a ticket to access our booth! 

Here is the second wave of our exclusives for Star Wars Celebration 2017!

Pop!: Hoth Princess Leia


Pop!: Hooded Jedi Luke



Pop!: Rebels - Grand Admiral Thrawn



Pop!: 442nd Clone Trooper


Mini Hikari: Green & Gold Greedo 2-pack


Mini Hikari: Blue & Clear (Green Glitter) Greedo 2-pack


Galactic Plushies: Jabba the Hutt & Salacious B. Crumb 2-pack



ICYMI: here's part one of our reveals!

Shared exclusives will be announced April 12th.
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Coming soon to Walgreens: Batman Dorbz Exclusives!

Funko - 22 March, 2017 - 16:00
Two new Batman Dorbz will be hitting Walgreens next month!

Green Glow Batman Dorbz


Golden Midas Batman Dorbz




Coming to Walgreens in April!
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Star Wars Celebration 2017 Exclusives Part 1!

Funko - 21 March, 2017 - 14:28
First of all, if you are attending the show, please make sure you enter the online lottery for a chance to win a ticket to access our booth! 

Here is the first wave of our exclusives for Star Wars Celebration 2017!

Pop! Deluxe: Rey with Speeder


Pop!: Garindan (Empire Spy)


Pop!: Han Solo (Action Pose)


Pop!: Qui Gon Jinn (Holographic)


Pop!: Rebels - Chopper (Imperial Disguise)


Wobblers: Boba Fett (Proto Suit)



Check back Thursday for the rest of our reveals!

Shared exclusives will be announced April 12th.
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Coming soon: PREVIEWS Exclusive Superman & Carrie Kelley Pop!s!

Funko - 14 March, 2017 - 15:55
Following the set of The Dark Knight Returns Batman Pop!s, coming up next in this line (all PREVIEWS exclusives!) are Superman and Carrie Kelley as Robin!




Superman is available now, with Carrie Kelley coming in May!

Find them at your local comic shop!

We are also proud that Diamond Comics has named Funko its 2016 Toy Manufacturer of the Year and Pop! as its 2016 Toy Line of the Year! 

Thank you Diamond Comics!
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