Mondo has done it again and released the next figure in their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ line, Donatello 1:6 action figure.
As with all of the figures in this line, it is based on the original Eastman and Laird comics from the 80s. There are two versions of this figure, a Mondo exclusive (which includes Donatello’s Anti-Gravity Gun from the Micro series Donatello issue 1) and a regular release without. The version we will be reviewing is the exclusive Mondo version.
The figure comes in a solid bookend box where the cover opens up to reveal the figure and his accessories through a window. This box is similar to the Mondo Leonardo box including the rear artwork by Jason Edmiston. The front cover shows the Turtle’s inventor/genius Donatello. (As you can see in the lower left corner is the Mondo sticker informing the consumer that this is the Mondo exclusive)
Upon opening the front flap of the figure you can see a “blueprint” of the figure, his main weapon the Bo staff and an Utrom commander. On the right side you see the double tray holding the Donatello figure with his accessories: Ray gun, baby turtle and alternate head.
These figures are in the 1:6 scale which stands about 10 inches. The sculpt is similar to the Leonardo sculpt but with a different color scheme. Donatello has a much darker skin tone than Leonardo. The body also has a “comic” color wash to represent the original comic book. The feet are the correct size to hold the weight and girth of the figure. You won’t need a stand as these figures can stand by themselves. The sculpt really details the original Eastman and Laird look of the Turtles when they first appeared in their black and white independent comic.
The belt around his waist is made of a sturdy pliable plastic.
Caution: Be careful when using the holster on the belt. It will hold the staff but be gentle when removing and inserting the staff into the belt holster.
(When we removed the figure from its plastic packaging the holster on the belt fell off. We used some temporary tape to hold it in place when taking the pictures) We also noticed some cracking on his knee pad. It didn’t effect his articulation but just be careful when posing the figure.
One of the great features on these figures are the customizing options, specifically the changeable heads and hands. Included on this figure is the Purple bandanna cartoon head and the Red bandanna comic head. Both heads can easily be changed by attaching the head to a ball joint on the figure. Both heads fit snuggly onto the body. The ball joint feature provides full rotation of the attached head which allows for unique customization. Rotating the head while attached is not recommended because the head will come off, its best to position the head prior to attaching it to the body.
(Leonardo sculpt shown; same sculpt)
The articulation is similar to that of the Leonardo figure. You have articulation and joints on the shoulders, bi-ceps, elbow, hands, thighs, ankle rockers and double joints on the knees. All this articulation is perfect for getting your figure into some unique turtle poses.
Unlike my Leonardo figure, Donatello’s joints were loose especially on the legs which made it difficult to pose the legs correctly. It did take some time to rotate the joints to where I wanted them so please be careful when moving the parts around and try not to be forceful.
The hands are tight enough to hold his staff and other accessories such as the ninja stars.
Donatello also comes with interchangeable climbing hands, “thumbs up” hand, ninja stars, grabbling hook and his anti-gravity gun that he used in his micro comic series.
Exclusive to this Mondo set includes Donatello’s Anti-Gravity gun that was featured in his Micro series Donatello -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1
The gun is made out of a very pliable plastic which helps when attaching the gun to Donatello’s arm but its a little tricky to attach it. (More on that below) It has a nice black wash which compliments the details on the gun.
In order to attach the gun to his hand, you would first remove his right hand from his arm and remove the handle from the gun.
Insert the hand into the gun (this is where the pliability really works to your advantage), next insert the handle back into the gun through the inserted hand.
Reattach the hand to the arm.
Bonus accessories included in both versions are an Utrom commander and a Donatello Baby turtle.
Donatello looks great as part of this line but he does have some quality issues, such as the loose joints, the fragile belt and extremity pads. Hopefully these will be corrected when they release Michelangelo and Raphael.
The playability on this figure is somewhat disappointing because I will use great caution when I change his pose and hope it will stay and not break. I will try to glue the holster back onto the belt.
Other than the QC issues this is a great looking figure and the accessories help make up for the negatives. Donatello has many different ways to customize his look. He can be a ninja or a ray gun toting mutant hero in space. You can even recreate scenes from the comics which is always fun to do. I am still glad I purchased this figure and look forward to completing the set, as always have fun with this figure, just be careful when moving him around.
Similar to Leonardo Donatello is retailing for $150.00 at online retailers as Mondo has sold out of this figure.
Special thanks to Speculative Fiction (www.specfictionshop.com) for the speedy service.