Sunday, March 14, 2010

Crouching Mouser, Hidden Dragon

My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection is slowly, but surely, growing. I just got two very expected additions, a robot mouse trap (that can walk when you push a little button in its back) and a Dragon.

"A mutant dragon!" you might say, but that's just stupid. "No, silly" I'd reply, "Hothead is the spirit of a samurai dragon genie trapped in a bottle and accidentally released in the middle of a blaze that possessed the body of the fireman that released him". Ha, mutant dragons! That's so ridiculous!

Anyway, Playmates TMNT line of the late 80s and early 90s (this bad boy was released in 1992) is one of the best examples of what toys should be: great looking, durable, fun and completely crazy.

"Just look at this guy's crazy eyes!"

The other figure is a Mouser, a robot designed by the evil scientist Baxter Stockman to capture Master Splinter. It was released pretty early (1989) and it was part of TMNT Wave 2. It's a cute little robot-thingy, and it's specially meaningful for those of you that played the TMNT first videogame. These were the little bastards that bit your arm and were incredibly hard to kill. Now I own one. I'm guessing this completes some sort of cycle of life, but I'm not sure which one.

As for Hothead, the figure is in very good shape and as I said it's a lot of fun. He's not only a dragon, (how cool is that?), he has an incredible sculpt and an Action Feature that makes him stand above the rest (literally).

The other odd thing you might have noticed about Hothead is his name. Everyone knows the importance of disturbing innuendo in the names of kids toys (G.I. Joe, great example) and TMNT didn't fell so far behind: Metal head, Hot spot, Leather Head and of course Hothead. I wonder if the creators of the figure knew that the name could result in stupid sex puns...

Oh, yeah... They knew.

Until next time. Haha, mutant dragons... It's never not funny.

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