The latest figure from the Mondo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle collection is the party chucker himself, the Michelangelo 1:6 action figure. Michelangelo is based on the original Ninja Turtle’s look from the Eastman and Laird black and white comics. Like most of the figures in this series there are two versions of the figure, the Monodo exclusive which comes with two pizza slices and a regular version that does not include the slices. (We will be reviewing the regular version).
Mondo continues to release these figures in a sturdy bookend box where the cover opens to reveal the figure and his accessories through a window. As with all of the figures in the line, the box features the same artwork on the back from illustrator James Edmiston. The front cover displays Michelangelo in a action pose with his cartoon signature color in the background.
Opening the front flap of the box you can see a “Blueprint” of the figure, his main weapon the nunchakus and Lil’ Orphan Alien. On the right side you see the double tray holding the Michelangelo figure with accessories: Ray gun, baby turtle, alternate head, throwing stars, grappling hook, alternate hand and Lil’ orphan Alien figure. (The Mondo Exclusive will include two slice of pizza).
All of the figures in this line are in the 1:6 scale which the figure measures to about 10 inches. The sculpt is based on the same Turtles’s body but with different skin tones and washes. Prototype of the Turtles’ sculpt
Michelangelo’s skin tone is a little darker than that of Leonardo’s skin tone but not as dark as Donatello’s. There is a dark wash which highlights the different details on his chest. Again the body sculpt is the same throughout every figure in this series so the articulation is exactly as it was in the previous figures. The figure has articulation in the shoulders, elbows, hands, double articulation on the knees and includes rocker joints on the feet. This is a solid figure with a little weight but the feet are the appropriate size to hold the figure upright without any assistance. The hands are tight enough to hold onto all of his accessories. His joints are tight and I really didn’t have any problems or concerns posing him like I did on the Donatello figure.
The head attaches onto a ball that is at the top of the body and you have a choice of posing the figure with the Comic (Red bandanna) or the cartoon (Orange bandanna) similar to Leonardo and Donatello.
It seems that Mondo has heard about the troubles that some collectors have had with their Donatello and Leonardo heads and have responded with a change in Michelangelo. (Leonardo and Donatello heads were very difficult to put on the body and pose them. Some people have complained that the heads would just fall off when posing). Instead of using a hard plastic for the head Mondo has changed the head to a almost rubbery plastic head. These new heads are a very nice change to the overall figure with easy attachment and removal. Posing the heads are so much easier and they remain attached even when you move the heads to the right or to the left.
The figure as you can see covers up the neck a lot more than the previous figures. It kind of makes Mikey look more like a body builder.
The belt around his waist is made out of the same sturdy plastic that the other figures utilize. Now unlike Leonardo and Donatello, Michelangelo does not come with any holders on his belt to store his Nunchakus. There are spaces on the sides of his body which you can use to store his weapon when not in use. However I would caution this only because of the trouble with the previous released figures’ belts. The belts are pliable but they are fragile as well.
I’ve said this before in my previous reviews, I love the custom choices this series offers collectors and Mikey does not disappoint with his accessories:
Nunchakus (His signature weapon)
They’re made from the same plastic as his belt which makes them extremely flexible and are tied together with a real chain.
Climbing Spike Hands
(2) Sets of Throwing Stars
Now I’ve heard from collectors that they had trouble switching the hands, I did not have any trouble changing the hands. All I simply did was rotate them back and forth while using light pressure to pull them out. I used the same technique to attach the new hand.
Mikey also includes little extras such as…
Lil’ Orphan Alien
He appeared in Michelangelo micro series issue 1
He also includes a “Surfer, hang 10” hand that will be shown later
The only quality issues I found with this figure is very minimal and may not even be on your figure but there were two paint smudges.
If you look closely you can see a smudge on the teeth.
The next was on a bandanna.
Again these are very minimal paint smudges and I only mention them because of the $150.00 price tag these figures command.
Michelangelo looks great in this line and has made me more excited to get Raphael to complete the line. The paint smudges aren’t even a big deal to me, I could correct those problems myself. I love the improvements that Mondo has made to the heads and joints which proves that they are concerned about their products and fans. The playability with this figure is an improvement and I look forward to changing his pose every so often when I have a minute to myself.
Have fun with this figure and I will be back with Raphael (hopefully) soon.