Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 Movie) 1/4 Scale Raphael Figure by NECA
For the second day of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles week here on Electrified Porcupine, I’m taking a look at the 1/4 (quarter) scale Raphael figure by NECA!I looked at Donatello yesterday and if you missed it, I suggest you give it a look because the figures do share some similarities and I’m not going to be redundant repeating some of the same stuff here.
The packaging is the same as Donatello’s and you can easily see the figure in the box surrounded by the classic movie poster. The sides and the back resemble of the VHS box the movie came in for the home video market. Check out the video at the end for a special surprise with the packaging I don’t show here!
Raphael is 16.5″ inches tall and has 30 points of articulation. As mentioned in the review for Donatello, the joints on these figures are tight and you’ll need a hair dryer to blow hot air on them to loosen them up. The body of the figure is shared by all of the figures and feature the great texturing and paint on the skin, the elbow and knee pads, and the shell.
The front and sides of the shell are the same as Donatello’s and feature a smooth front piece (the plastron) that slowly transitions to the back, although the front looks a lot dirtier than Donatello’s piece. I really like the dirty look on the sides as well.
Raphael’s carapace (back shell) is a bit different because it features numerous weapon slashes and gashes. It’s a cool idea to differentiate the Turtles a bit more and reflects Raphael’s character in the movie – a hot-head of has no issue problem getting into a fight on his own.
Raphael’s torso piece can actually move a bit side to side and forward and back in between the shell pieces. It’s a clever way to add more options for posing the figure. I will mention that this movable piece is looser than Donatello’s and won’t stay in the most upright position.
As mentioned, the sculpting and paint on the figure’s skin and the pads are top notch, just like Donatello’s. I like the spots on the figure are in different places because that also differentiates each figure a bit more as well.
“I have tried to channel your anger, Raphael, but more remains. Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward, it is an unconquerable enemy. You are unique among your brothers, for you choose to face this enemy alone. But as you face it, do not forget them, and do not forget me. I am here, my son. ” – Splinter (TMNT Movie, 1990)
Is there a quote from the movie that is even more fitting when looking at the head sculpt and the expression on this figure? You can tell that Raphael is full of anger and unfocused aggression. This figure needed to portray that inner turmoil and NECA captured it. I like how Raphael is bearing his teeth just a bit and how the small scar on the left side of the face wasn’t forgotten.
As with Donatello, the mask is plastic and sculpted onto the figure but the tails of the bandana is fabric. The fabric on this figure is clean and doesn’t have any blemishes.
Raphael comes with six additional hands. I’m not sure why there’s a second set of hands to hold his weapons because they seem the same to me. Perhaps I’m missing something. He also comes with the same slice of pizza Donatello did. I’ll also mention again that I hate olives! It’s all I can think about when I see this pizza piece.
I think Raphael is debating whether or not he wants to eat a piece of pizza with olives on it.
Raphael comes with his trademark sai weapons. They are lightweight and feature some sculpting on the handles to make them look like they are taped up.
Raphael’s belt can hold both of the sai but the belt on my figure is crooked. When I place the right one in the holder, there’s no issue. When I place the left on in, it rubs against the left leg and begins the bend the weapon. I only kept it in for a few pictures because I don’t want it warping at all.
Posing Raphael with his sai weapons in hand, he looks like one mean, pissed off SOB. He looks like he’s hankering for a fight.
Having Donatello and Raphael side by side is quite the sight to see. While the bodies and protective pads are the same, the little touches on the shells, the different belts, and their head sculpts totally make the figures come across as completely different figures. As always, click the pics for larger images.
Just like Donatello, NECA totally nailed Raphael’s sculpt. While I do like Donatello’s facial expression, Raphael’s is even better. Just looking at him gets across his personality and it brings more life out of an already totally life-like figure.
Enjoy the video!