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As an 80’s baby, Ninja Turtles hold a special place in my heart. The toys even more so than the comic or cartoon series. The cartoon was only a showcase to preview the next ridiculous character that I would soon spend weeks ransacking our local general store’s toy section for. Casey Jones, Usagi Yojimbo, the Rat King, Leatherhead, April O’Neil (version 1), that strange mutant frog with the Hawaiian shirt; I had them all. And now with the new movie being released this month, Playmates is releasing their matching line of toys. And as an expert on most things TMNT, I can say this is their finest line to date. With an anatomy that is more “turtle-esque,” they stand quite a bit taller than their predecessors. These turtles even have pupils, bravo! I’m also told these new turtles have about 47,000 points of articulation, that’s a nerdy way of saying they are more poseable. A younger Patrick would easily find many a daily adventure for these new turtles. Sadly, the older, lamer me will only use these turtles as desk décor around my stapler.