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NECA: TMNT Zarax and Zork First Look

Triceraton leaders Zarax and Zork are set to drop any day now at Target and NECA sent us along an early sample, so let’s take a look!

The box is what you expect from the line with some colorful, eye-catching art and photography of the two characters. I think the most notable thing about this box is how dang hefty it is! These are two solid, chunky figures.

The set comes with the two figures, a set of grip hands, open hands and a right trigger hand for each character, two knife gauntlets for Zarax, and three guns.

The guns are familiar if you have the Roadkill Rodney/ Triceraton set with the larger rocket launcher looking weapon that seems more specifically Triceraton themed and the Bebop and Rocksteady weapons. The trigger hand works best with the larger weapon and holds the other two loosely, so I use the grip hands for those guns.

The gauntlet weapons are a nice piece of episode specific weaponry that Zarax uses effectively against Leo in a one-on-one fight. The are attached to the bracelets and can be swapped out when you swap the hands. Zarax does use a pistol in that episode, so I do wish he came with that.

The sculpting on these guys is really nice. They share parts with the Triceraton infantryman, Leatherhead’s tail and between eachother, but there’s quite bit of new stuff here too, including two new heads with articulated jaws.

I feel like NECA has captured the feel and details of these character designs perfectly while keeping functional articulation that includes:

  • Ball and socket head, tail, and mid-torso
  • Double hinged elbows and knees
  • Swivel/hinge shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles
  • Swivel thighs and biceps

The paint is very nice and vibrant and the ink lines and two-tone shading are applied cleanly. I think Zarax might be a little brighter than he appears in the episode, but I kind of like the more saturated color.

While Triceratons are a staple of multiple iterations of the TMNT, these particular Triceratons only appear in one episode of the ’87 cartoon. I kind of like how these guys are simultaneously obscure and well known and love the bright color variations across the group.

The Triceratons are big and bulky, so they do make for intimidating villains for the Turtles to fight. These two definitely make me want to track down another Roadkill Rodney set or two to build out the army.