I was passing through an outlet mall when I saw a toy store with "50% off everything" signs in the windows. It's such a bummer to see so many going out of business. I stopped in and looked around to see if I could find a good deal and was so surprised by the gold mine that was their inventory. They weren't in a bare bones state. The shelves still looked fully stocked. They had Walking Dead figures from McFarlane, the usual Star Wars and Marvel figures, and I was blown away when I found NECA 1/4 scale figures in the back of the store that were included in the sale. Though I wanted to bring home Dream Warriors Freddy Krueger I happened to be traveling and knew I didn't have room for multiple figures, nor did I have time to stop by a post office, so I had to choose one. As you can tell by the title of the article, I was happy to bring home Michelangelo from the first TMNT movie!
The box art is perfect and looks like a combination of the original movie poster and the VHS jacket with details about the figure listed in place of details about the "hot new music by M.C. Hammer." I love the attention to detail, right down to the font of the original FHE logo replaced with NECA.
I couldn't help but do the math. The box says the figure is 16.5 inches tall and since this is a 1/4 scale figure we can guess Michelangelo is about 5'5". Knowing NECA I bet that's exactly right for the costume they used in the film. With the packaging details covered it's time to get to the figure itself!
This is definitely the nicest figure I own. I'm not sure I can put into words just how lifelike this thing is. Between the smile, scaly skin and bulging leg muscles I half expect it jump off the shelf and run to Domino's. NECA really outdid themselves with Michelangelo. Check out this clip from the movie then take another look at the accessories.
The look of the figure is perfect but I do have some issues with the points of articulation. I understand you don't want the parts that are interchangeable, like the hands, to be flimsy but these are tough to swap. I felt like I was going to break his arm while trying to give him the hand that lets him hold the slice of pizza.
I used so much force while popping his hand off my elbow flew back and knocked my coffee right off the table.
If you scroll back up to the box art you'll see Michelangelo in a few different poses. These were not easy for me to recreate. The one where he is holding his nunchaku over his shoulder is especially difficult because you have to move his legs apart and, again, when you move his arm to the side it feels like it's going to break. There's a reason most of my pictures have him holding food. These poses didn't seem so fragile.
When it comes to TMNT collectables I like having all four. I'm sure Michelangelo looks best when the set is complete but he still looks impressive by himself. Maybe one day I'll find the other three! After I was done with the pictures I decided to set him up on top of the entertainment center and beneath the TV.
I got an amazing deal on this figure but even if I'd paid full price I'd be happy with it. If you're a turtle fan I highly recommend you pick one up if you're able! NECA has done an outstanding job with this line and I can only imagine Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael look just as good. Thanks for reading about my new turtle! Stay tuned for another article soon.