One of this years biggest Turtles figures released is NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo 1/4″ Figure, which is based on the classic cartoon. Michelangelo joins Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo, and comes with two head sculpts that have the interchangeable eyes and mouths, interchangeable hands, pizza slices, Turtle Comm, grappling hook, and nunchucks.
Thank you to NECA Toys for sending along their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Michelangelo 1/4″ Figure for review.
Availability: November 2023
Michelangelo comes packaged in a window box, with artwork, including the logo’s inspired from the cartoon series on the packaging. The sides include images of Raphael, and the back gives you a closer look at the accessories, as well as a description.
Michelangelo and the rest of the turtles have the same bodies, with their own unique color bandana’s, elbow and knee pads, and the letter on their belt buckle. Their personalities are also featured in the head sculpts, with the facial and eye expressions. Michelangelo is known to have the yellow Bandana’s and pads, with the M on the belt buckle. This scale has the ability to dig deeper into the likeness and really show off the details that you won’t get in the 7″ scale line, and the new sculpting and interchangeable head engineering have been carried over to that Turtles in Disguise 4-pack int he 7″ scale line. The head sculpt can be split apart at the top of the nose/bottom of the bandana so you can swap these out in four different ways as shown. This allows you the ability for several different expressions as you’ve always wanted for your Turtles figures, which makes better for display for photography. It would be a great idea to use a hair dryer to loose up the neck before swapping it on the body for the other mouth piece, as the peg joint feels like it has a breakage issue.
For me, the happy expression with the tongue and the happy eyes make the best choice to pose Michelangelo with when he’s holding a pizza, but it’s nice to have the option to swap it out. The bandana piece around the back can also be removed, and is on a hinged-swivel joint. The belt and belt buckle are also nicely done, especially the sculpted detail and paint applications applied here. There are even black lines giving it definition here, and various other places on the sculpt, which brings out a better likeness.
The skin also has several shades of green, and the crisp line in-between these shades are also nicely done. The bandana also has several shades of orange.
Michelangelo includes several accessories that you’re going to be familiar with, including the T-Phone, or Turtle Comm as seen in the series, which opens and closes like it did as well. The antenna’s on top can also lift up, and out as well. The T-Phone works like a modern day cell phone, and back in the 80’s and 90’s the Turtles can FaceTime each other and talk. This phone was ahead of it’s time, and we even saw Krang and Shredder use their own Communication Device as previously seen in the 7″ scale line. He also includes two nunchucks, two slices of pizza, three sets of interchangeable hands to hold the accessories, a grappling hook, a picture of Kala of the Neutrino’s, and two head sculpts.
He is also given a lot of articulation just as we’ve seen with the 7″ scale and 1/4″ scale figures, which includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, double elbow joints, ball jointed hips, double-hinged knees, ball jointed ankles, and swivel-hinged wrists.
Overall, Michelangelo is an excellent figure that you need to add to your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection now. The likeness and interchangeable head pieces make this a lot of fun to play with, especially if you have also been buying the 7″ figures. Michelangelo is currently shipping, and will be at most online retailers now.