Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 Movie) 1/4 Scale Michelangelo Figure by NECA
It’s been a long time coming, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are whole again! What I mean by that is the last member of the group, Michelangelo, has been released in NECA’s quarter (1/4) scale 1990 TMNT movie line.
I’ve already taken a look at (in order of release) Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo. These figures were only licensed to be sold in the United States so that left this Canuck kinda out of the cold (not literally – it doesn’t snow here all year round, contraire to what others may think). Thankfully, Dave over at Mad Rush Media, came to my rescue and snagged them for me and shipped them to me. Make sure to check MRM out for great music to purchase!
If you’ve seen the packaging for the other three figures, you know what you’re getting here. The box blends the figure in with the 1990 movie poster with pictures of the figure of the sides and the back along with a brief write-up. You’ll see in the video at the end of the feature a little bonus about the packaging, so check it out!
I’ll quickly add that I took the figure out before taking photos or doing my video, so I slipped it back in for these pictures and the video. He’s held tightly in place when shipped, thankfully, because this box was the most beat up out of the four turtles. If I was keeping these in the package, like I do with many other figures, I would have been pissed with the condition of the packaging – and it was shipped to the US address like that, not en route to Canada
The figure is basically the exact same as the other three, minus the head sculpt and the various placements of the spots on the legs and I don’t say that at all like it’s a bad thing. It’s 16.5″ tall, is quite heavy, and features a small bit of articulation on the neck joint, as well as articulation for the shoulders, elbows, wrists, the legs, knees, and the ankles.
With that being said, the same warning I’ve given before about the other three figure applies with Michelangelo: the joints are tight on this figure. VERY tight. I mean, the right elbow joint was the tightest joint I ever had to loosen on a figure and you’ll see in the video, there’s still a lot of work to do. Make sure you don’t put any pressure on the figure’s joints until you’ve warmed them up well with a hair dryer.
The front of the shell has a dirty wash to it and averts your eyes and mind to the fact that it’s all only plastic. I’ve also been a fan of how the side of the shell looks, too. It really makes it look like the shell is one solid piece. If you haven’t read about or seen any videos on these figures, there’s a little bit of side to side movement of the torso built into the figure. It’s quite clever.
As mentioned, this figure shares the same textured skin as the others as well as the great paint applications on the body, the shell and the shoulder and knee pads. The black paint really makes the muscle definition pop and I really dig the veins that pop out in various spots on the figure. All of this really helps contribute to the life-like look of the figure.
What else makes this figure (and the others) seem like it just popped off the big screen and into our collections? The head sculpt, of course! I liked Donatello’s facial expression, but loved Raphael’s more. I was a bit cold on Leonardo’s sculpt but it’s grown on me over the past few weeks (but I think it was really because one eye is off a bit). Michelangelo’s sculpt completely captures the character. It’s vibrant, bubbly, and really portrays his humorous personality in the film.
While the other three Turtles look more serious and focus, Michelangelo breaks up the tension with his grin and wide open eyes. When all four figures are all together, side by side, you really can appreciate each character’s face sculpt more and how it just really makes the figures truly look like individuals.
If this is the first time you’re seeing one of these figures, the head has the same paint and texture as the body but as well as a bandana that’s incorporated into the sculpt. The back of the bandana features cloth tails that you can drape how you want on the figure.
There is some vertical movement with the head, but it’s minimal. I really wish there was a bit more and I think it may be because of how large the neck is. Nonetheless, it’s a great sculpt.
Like the other figures, Mikey comes with additional hands. There are six extra which means there are eight hands to play around with. I mentioned in my reviews of one of the Turtles that I couldn’t understand why NECA included another set of identical hands to hold weapons and I finally figured out why. When you place one set of hands in the peg, the wrist can move horizontally while the other set of hands can move vertically. I have no idea why I didn’t figure that out sooner.
Michelangelo comes with the same piece of olive (ugh) covered pizza as the others but he also comes with another snack: pork rinds! That I can get behind because I love eating those.
Mikey comes his signature weapon, the nunchucks (nunchaku). While I do look at promo pics for figures, sometimes I take a quick glance and then await for the figure to be in hand. The reason I mention that is because I was surprised with the nunchucks when I got them out of the box. I like the look of the handles with their wood-like appearance, but for some reason I was expecting them to have a chain like some of the nunchucks we’ve gotten with the smaller scale figures. I know this is movie accurate but it still took me by surprise.
The nunchucks fit snug in all the gripping hands and because we’ve been spoiled with the “twirling” nunchuck piece that has come with two other NECA TMNT figure sets, I really want one for this figure. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out my review of the TMNT SDCC 2017 figure set.
*Note – in my video at the end I mention you can put the nunchucks in his belt at the back on either side because of pics I’ve seen from other collectors on a few Facebook groups. I don’t know if the belt is too tight, but even when trying to get one of the handles in there, I could see the start of a stretch mark/colour fade on the belt, so I stopped. I decided it’s not worth warping the belt for a picture when he’s probably going to be holding his weapons most of the time on display. Try it if you want, but I’m not pushing my luck.
To get this pose, you have to swap the horizontal movement gripping hand for the vertical one. That’s how I finally understood the reason for similar hands being included.
Two different snacks? What’s a turtle to do? I know…pick the pork rinds if your pizza has olives. And no, you can’t just “pick them off.” That olive residue will linger.
With this “thumbs-up” hands inserted, Michelangelo can bring a smile to anyone’s day. Hell, I’d put this on a button and wear it!
If you read my other reviews of the other three figures (and/or watched the videos), it’s probably no surprise that I am completely satisfied with Michelangelo. The face sculpt is done well and besides the overly tight joints, I have no paint or other issues with the figure.
Having all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in this form is simply breathtaking. It seems just like yesterday that this line was announced and I thought it would take forever for them to all be out – even longer with me trying to get them all to Canada. Time flies, though, and I’m in disbelief they are all in the man-cave.
These heroes in a half shell should be an essential part for any TMNT fan’s collection. It’s too bad the licensing gets in the way of having them distributed world-wide or made in a smaller form for those that have no room for figures this big or who just can’t afford them – both totally understandable.
Enjoy the video!!