NECA Toys San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Exclusive Box Set Part 1 Review


During San Diego Comic-Con, NECA Toys offered an incredible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7″ figure box set that is inspired by the film, and this offering came with an exclusive building diorama that was only available at this years show. The building diorama came as a limited edition to 2,000 pieces. This set includes Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michael and they stand at 6 1/2″ tall. Each figure will come with their iconic accessories, and the packaging of the figures are inspired by the original VHS release box.

Just this week, NECA Toys revealed that these figures will be coming to GameStop, and these are packaging separately and are coming in February 2019. These versions will only be offered in the U.S. and Australia.

This is part 1 of a 2 part review that we are working on to showcase this years exclusive, and part 2 will focus on the building diorama.

Availability: San Diego Comic-Con 2018

The Turtles are securely packaged in a window style box with a slip cover that features artwork inspired by the retro VHS release. The images on this package are the Turtles as shown in the film, which as fans know are the Jim Henson designs. The other box featured in the gallery is for the building diorama, which the pieces come flat in the box and assembly is required.


These figures are scaled to 7″ tall as opposed to their 1/4″ scale counterparts, and have just as much detail, sculpting, paint applications and everything else that’s NECA style that fans have come to expect. This set includes additional accessories that you won’t see in the GameStop release, such as interchangeable hand sculpts, a pizza box, pizza slices, a TCRI Ooze canister, and interchangeable bandana’s. These figures come with all of that, as well as their iconic weapons. The Ooze canister can open on one side, and has a nice printed label. The pizza box has some similar detail to the 1/4″ version of it, and can fit all 8 pizza slices inside. The printed labels on this box are also nicely done, and also looks realistic.

The sculpts themselves are just as impressive as the 1/4″ scale figures, and are done in a scaled down design. The skin has sculpted textures, and each figure is painted slightly differently such as the black spots on their skin, different shells (Raph’s has the battle damage), and each of the shells have sculpted lines and details as seen on the 1/4″ scale figures. The belts and shoulder straps are also uniquely sculpted and the sheaths for Leonardo’s Karana’s are attached to the strap and cannot be removed. Raph’s sais can be placed in the front, and Donnie and Mikey’s weapons can be stored on their backs using the belts and straps. Each of the turtles share the same figure sculpt such as the chest, arms and legs. Their head sculpts all look incredibly accurate to the movie, and each have their bandana’s covering their heads and different facial expressions. The heads are a home run for NECA as they look spot on, and each of the turtles look like they just jumped right out of the screen and onto your toy shelves.



Each of the interchangeable hand sculpts are easy to swap out and are used for different poses as seen in the film, and these different options mean a lot of poseability  besides just holding their weapons, pizza slices and the Ooze canister. This includes thumbs up such as Mikey’s hands, or finger pointing like Donnie’s.



The articulation also looks like it matches the 1/4″ scale figures, and includes a ball jointed neck, ball hinged shoulders, swivel and double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball hinged hips, swivel and double-hinged knees, and hinged and rocker ankles.

Going back to their iconic accessories, these all look amazing. Leo’s katana’s don’t fit all the way into the sheath and, and Mikey’s nunchucks uses string as opposed to a chain link. Raph’s sais and Leo’s Karana’s are sharp, and Donnie’s bo staff looks realistic.

Overall, there is a lot of love for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box set as there should be, as each of these are perfect representations of the movie. This is an excellent box set that fans will love. If you missed out on this at Comic-Con, don’t worry, GameStop has you covered thanks to the hard work from the good people at NECA Toys. Check back early next week for a look at the building diorama, which is part 2 of this review.