Mona Lisa is a prime example of the type of toy I wanted to review when I first created this website. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a staple of late 80s/early 90s kid culture and was a total boys club. The titular characters were four boys, all the villains were boys, the sage master was a boy.. the only girl was April O'Neil, who was definitely an important character in the series, but compared to the rest of the colorful anthropomorphic cast, she was just boring. Then comes Mona Lisa. She was a salvaged attempt by the TMNT creators to make the first female turtle. That idea was scrapped, but they tranformed the character into a lizard. The reason I love characters like Mona Lisa is the fact that she isn't a sexy add-on character or a damsel in distress, she truly is a female version of the main characters. I think her design is great. It's cute, fun, and totally fits in with the rest of the cast. It was 5 years later until we got a Venus de Milo toy, but Mona totally filled the cool female quota in the meantime. Let's check her out!
Note the turtle shell pattern on her back? hmmm
Mona Lisa came with several really fun weapons: Venomous Mace Spray Can, Gila Stun gun (I thought this was a fish), and a Blow Fish Mace. She also came with a Katana Blade Curling Iron which I unfrotunately don't have.
Here is an image of her from the cartoon
Time for a Comparison Pic!