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Radical Retro Turtle Toy Talk: Fugitoid Retrospective

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Suine Hallock just got the brand new 25th Anniversary Fugitoid figure! So to celebrate, this week's column is a look at the different versions of the android know as Fugitoid in action figure form! Click through to check it out!


 

RADICAL RETRO TURTLE TOY TALK! #4: ROBOT ON THE RUN!

Welcome, friends, to the latest installment of RADICAL RETRO TURTLE TOY TALK! Last month, Playmates released the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Fugitoid figure. Needless to say, I was so excited to finally see something new and Turtle related from Playmates that I ordered him the minute I learned he was on sale. Fugitoid finally arrived in the mail a few days ago, but he will not be the only figure reviewed this week! We are going to take a look at a timeline of Fugitoid figures through the ages!

Prior to the 25th Anniversary Fugitoid, the runaway robot appeared in both the original and the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy lines, bringing us a total of three figures to look at. While Fugitoid never appeared in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, he was a prominent character in the 2003 cartoon, which more closely resembled the original TMNT comic series than the 1987 cartoon did. In all formats, comic, cartoon, and toy, Fugitoid’s origin story is basically the same. The name Fugitoid is actually his current status, merging the words ‘fugitive’ and ‘android.’ On the planet D’Hoonib, the peaceful Professor Honeycutt, while wearing a mental enhancement device on his head, accidentally has his mind transferred into the body of his android servant (named Sal in the 2003 cartoon and original comic). Honeycutt then goes on the lam from authorities who want to exploit his brilliant scientific mind and, via a transdimensional portal, winds up meeting and forming an alliance with the Turtles.

Looking at the three Fugitoid figures, it is not difficult to determine which line each one goes with. Released in 1990, the first figure of the elusive android looks pretty cartoony and is a lot more colorful than the later ones. 1990 Fugitoid’s main colors are bronze and black, with red and blue details. His five points of articulation are two swiveling hip joints, two swiveling shoulder joints, and a swiveling neck.

Protruding from the outsides of his knees and the backs of his shoulders are pegs upon which you can attach his Electro-Stun Stick, Metal-Melting Machine Gun, and Grappling Claw, all which have holes in their handles meant to fit around the pegs. This Fugitoid’s coolest feature, though, is his upper chest that pops open to reveal circuitry and another protruding peg. On this peg, you attach his Skeletal Scanner by the hole in its base, making it look more like it’s actually part of him, rather than a separate piece.

As mentioned earlier, the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon was much more similar to the original comic book, and one of those similarities was Fugitoid. The Fugitoid figure for the second Playmates line was released in 2004. He is a blue-grey metallic color with green eyes and mouth.  Yes, 2004 Fugitoid is pretty monochrome next to his 1990 counterpart, but he needed to be in order to compliment the more serious mood of the 2003 cartoon. He has the same five joints as the previous Fugitoid figure with his pivotal hips, shoulders, and neck, plus two pivotal forearms. Unfortunately, this Fugitoid’s limbs are made of a softer plastic, which makes moving his arms and legs and getting them to stay kind of hard. This flimsier plastic can also make standing him up kind of hard, particularly if you want to equip him with his accessories.

As far as his accessories go, 2004 Fugitoid comes with a Tech-Pack with an antenna coming out of the top. The Tech-Pack clips so snugly onto his torso, that if you keep it on him, the only way to lose the Pack is to lose the figure. Attached to the Tech-Pack by two black and metal gray colored wires are Fugitoid’s Octo-Bot Claw and Com-Link, both of which fit perfectly over his hands. Since pacifism is a more focal trait of Fugitoid in the second line, his non-offensive gear is completely logical.

The third and final figure of the heroic Professor Honeycutt is the brand new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Fugitoid.  The figure has the same green eyes and mouth as the 2004 Fugitoid. This Fugitoid, though, has a chrome metal finish, which makes him both identical to the original comic and very difficult to photograph, as he is basically a little robot-shaped mirror! Nonetheless, the lustrous paintjob makes for a very eye-pleasing figure.

Unfortunately, there are some downsides to 2009 Fugitoid. I was little bummed to find that he comes with no file card or accessories.  2009 Fugitoid simply comes in a white box with his name and copyright information on it. But the part that really gets me is that there is no articulation whatsoever! He is permanently stuck in the same pose. The literal silver lining of this cloud is that being stuck in this pose makes him simple to keep standing up. But playing with a figure with absolutely no mobility is not a whole lot of fun. On top of that, this Fugitoid may look metallic, but he’s actually made of very brittle plastic. Thankfully, I am gentle when testing things like flexibility, but if somebody is unaware that he does not move, I could easily see an accidental break. So, if you ever get your hands on a 2009 Fugitoid, be careful!

The 1990 and 2004 Fugitoid figures are both fun and playable toys easily worth adding to any TMNT collection. The 2009 Fugitoid, on the other hand, is a little iffier. If you’re ok with having a figure only for display purposes or are a die-hard TMNT fan or a completist, then you’ll be happy with this guy. But if you’re looking for a figure to play around with, you’d probably be better off sticking with the first two. I usually fall into the latter category, but am ultimately glad to have all three Fugitoids, including the 2009 one.  So long as I am able to play with the first two, I’m not all that disappointed to have one that I can only display.

Well, if you’re still with me after this plus-sized column, I thank you! If you have anything else you’d like to know or add about any of the three Fugitoids or anything else related to TMNT or my column, feel free to track me down on the forums at VGLosers.com. I hope you enjoyed meeting or getting reacquainted with Fugitoid and that you will join us again for the next RADICAL RETRO TURTLE TOY TALK!

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