If you were having doubts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (and with Michael Bay being involved, why wouldn't you?) this latest update is probably not going to make you feel better. One lucky individual has spied a glimpse at the toy range for the movie and the feedback wasn't entirely positive.
While the rebooted Turtles look the real deal, the problem comes from the new-look Shredder and his weird-looking armor.
I'll let Idle Hands take up the slack:
This guy looks like he owns stock in the Ronco knife company! Pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything. He'll be the stuff of ridicule for some time. Very overcomplicated outfit.
Helmet is pseudo-traditional, adopting elements of the classic look (mostly the shape and key elements) with the top coming down over the eyes to the nose. Mouth area is recessed.
Describing the rest of this armor is a nightmare. Suffice to say, even though he's covered head to toe in metal armor or blades, his arms are still mostly bare. It's a bit comical. He's got the shoulder pieces with the blades coming off them, the shin armor with the blades coming off them, black armor areas to offset the steel parts and a cape that looks metal with blades coming down the side. I'd expect we'll see him whip that around in battle.
His only weapons (beyond his whole body) seem to be the bladey thingies coming off his forearm armor. The one on his right arm seems incredibly complicated..maybe a spinning blade?
Doesn't sound great, does it?
The -produced reboot has been plagued with controversy since production began. There was talk of the Heroes in a Half Shell being aliens, the release date was pushed back eight months, landed the iconic role of April O'Neil (not cool) and it was decided that the services of fan-favorites Casey Jones and Bebop and Rocksteady were not required.
Is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doomed to fail before a single Foot Soldier has been slapped in anger?