NECA’s Universal Monsters x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-brand line gets the much anticipated release of Donatello as The Invisible Man, joining his brothers, Splinter and April O’Neil that have all been released. Donatello as The Invisible Man is an interested crossover, given that both are geniuses in science and the design of this figure works great for both characters.
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Availability: May 2023
Donatello as The Invisible Man is packaged in a window box with an opening flap, with nicely done artwork and images of the figure on the front, sides, and back. The back also includes various poses and text showcasing the accessories. Inside, he comes packaged in a plastic tray along with his accessories, and the opening flap to the right has another image of him.
Donatello as The Invisible Man comes in a dark grey coat, with a light wash and given a sculpted texture, a brown belt and strap around his right shoulder, with two holsters for his bo staff that are fairly easy to become undone, so be wary of that. He also has brown elbow and knee pads, black gloved hands, bandaged feet with two transparent toes, two bandaged head sculpts, and a transparent shell with Pizza slices showing through.
Donatello includes four sets of interchangeable gloved hands, a set of invisible hands, a set of invisible feet, an extra head, a bo staff, a microscope, TGRI journal, beaker, and hat.
The goggles are removable, and can be used for either of these heads. The eyes on the closed mouth head are also translucent, while the open mouth head have a hollow eye holes and mouth, allowing you to see inside. There is also hair poking through on top of this head, which is to make him look human as part of his disguise, as the turtles are bald.
The hat is meant for the closed mouth head as the hair prevents it from fitting. The bo staff can also be placed on his back as shown, and fit in his open grip gloved and invisible hands.
He also comes with a beaker that he can hold in his wide open grip hands, a microscope, and a TGRI journal that is red and gold, with black letters. The invisible hands and feet can be swapped out, and hold the bo staff and some of the other accessories.
He is also fully articulated, and includes a ball jointed head, ball jointed neck, swivel-hinged shoulders, double-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, swivel waist, ball jointed hips (limited range of motion due to the lower part of the coat), double-hinged knees, swivel calves, hinged and rocker ankles.
Overall, Donatello as The Invisible Man is a beautifully done figure, with bringing the best of both characters into this special offering. Make sure you’re picking up this line, as it’s surely something that both TMNT and horror fans will enjoy.