This review is going to be short and sweet. Not because the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dogpound toy is a bad figure, there’s honestly just not much to talk about. Dude’s a big, hulking, mutated dog. And I love that about him.
As you can see, Dogpound’s head is technically articulated. It rotates like a clock. It seems stupid to bother with it, but it is better than nothing. As we haven’t seen Dogpound in the new cartoon yet, it’s hard to gauge if the headsculpt is accurate, but judging by the back of the art it seems to be a tad off.
Dougpound is limited in articulation, but he does have some great shoulder joints that allow for plenty of movement and rotation. No elbow articulation, but he does have some wrist/forearm swivels. Most of the toy is hard plastic, but the spikes on his arms and back feel like a type of softer rubber.
The biggest thing to note, and I felt this as soon as I picked him up at the store, is that Dogpound is HEAVY. I’d say he easily weighs as much as two of the Turtles put together. He’s huge too. Hulking. So big that his back spikes and tail come unattached so that he can fit in the package. Dogpound’s got some great hip articulation, but again lacks some knee joints. But I really don’t think that knee joints are even necessary for Dogpound. He’s so big and bulky I think balancing him in anything other than straigh up would be a nightmare. Dogpound is also able to swivel at the waist.
Unfortunately my Dogpound has some poor paint apps in some places. The purple and white look feathered where they touch on the legs and feat, and my otherwise pearly-white tail has a splotch of purple on it. Not to mention the back spikes being all white, when the fur there is obviously supposed to be brown. A big white patch just looks bad.
Like I said before, I wouldn’t consider Dogpound a “good” figure by normal means of articulation, but he’s got some qualities that keep him from being a bad figure, and then the size and stature of him is what puts him over the top and worth buying. The paint apps seem to be a bit off, but once again, and I’ve said this ever since the line first started, these are only $8 toys. While I wouldn’t pay ebay prices for Dogpound, definitely make sure you pick him up when you see him at retail.
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