Glow-in-the-Dark Mutagen Man Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimates
Item No.: No. 81474 Manufacturer:Super7 Includes:Fists/Hands, blaster, 7 tiny accessories, alternate green frame of tiny accessories Action Feature:Glows in the dark, swappable hands, pink cap pops off to fill figure with waterpink Retail:$45.00 Availability: December 2021 Other: Very Glowy, Very Clear
Hey, an exclusive! The Glow-in-the-Dark Mutagen Man came out of a conversation with a friend at work and I went from "what, really?" to "why yes I do want a glowing brain in a jar" in about twenty seconds. Super7 came up with a much more ornate design than I had imagined, and it's a big mass of glow and clear (and pink!) that I'd suggest buying. Why? Because like Glyos glow, it's really bright. As a kid I never cared about Mutagen Man, but I know a good figure when I see one.
There's no analog to this guy in the original line, so it's a new thing for fans of glowing plastic - and I know you're out there. This guy really lights up a dark room, and the more glow plastic you have the brighter it gets. I have one closet with most of my glow stuff in it, and over the last few years it's gone from a nice curiosity to being bright enough to actually see the walls and the carpet when properly charged. (12-inch vinyl glow figures can do that.)
This is one of those "if you only get one Ultimates figures, get this one" kind of things. I assume completists who just want updated versions of the original toys may or may not find this design interesting, whereas I absolutely love it - it's a great spin on something that just plain worked out well.
The hefty figure has a green man more or less exploding inside a big glass tube, with meaty extremities. Since the head is in the jar, it can't articulate - but the pink cap can turn if you like. The figure has 24 meaningful points of articulation, with huge hands that can grip the big gun. The little accessories are kind of just scenery, as he can't actually hold them without slipping through his grip. The big guy has painted muscles, gold armor, green metallic armor, painted eyes, and some painted finger and toenails. I was just expecting bare green limbs, bare green guts, a clear body, and maybe a paint dab here or there - they really made this guy look like more than just a typical glowing figure, and I like that.
The fists swap nicely, and it's big. Like really big. Compared to April or the Turtles, this is a hefty fellow that stands toe to toe with some of my other bigger action figures as of late. He's about 7-inches tall at the top of the pink water cap on his head, but depending on how you pose the legs you can probably get him a bit taller. The range of movement on his limbs is pretty good, but not perfect - the thick limbs can't be pushed down against the body, but the elbows have surprisingly good bending ability given all the bands and other chunky bits that look like they would block the joints. The joints are also incredibly well integrated in the design, making it difficult to see that there's a super-articulated figure in what looks like a slice of 1990s 7- or 8-jointed cheese. How they managed to make something look very much of today while also looking 30 years old is impressive, doubly so when they came up with a new paint job that doesn't look like it would have been entirely out of place at Kay-Bee Toys during the Clinton administration.
I think I can say with some degree of certainty that there will never be a better glow-in-the-dark Mutagen Man figure. It's unlikely anyone else will do a nostalgia line (1990s TMNT kids are at least 30 now) and since there are so many competing lines for this brand, well, enjoy this one. I can't imagine it being much better, as the glow plastic is glowy, the crystal-clear bubble is perfect, and while I would've loved the brain to be brighter, it's still real good.
This is very much a figure for a specific kind of toy fan - 30-50, glow fanatic, likes big things. You can't do much better than this! Well, I guess you can do similar to this, Super7 has had a good glow program. Get it if you can find one.
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