Friday, October 28, 2022


TMNT vs Universal Monsters - April O'neil as Bride of Frankenstein - NECA 2022

I get really overwhelmed with the amount of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products coming out these days. Between NECA, Super7, and Loyal Subjects, I am constantly seeing new figures and it's hard to keep track of them all. Thankfully (for me) there are very few females in the mix so I'm not nearly as tempted as the average collector. In the 90s, Playmates Toys created countless thematic variations of the TMNT gang: Samurais, Cavemen, Farmers, Surfers, Troll Dolls, and even Star Trek. I would be willing to bet, however, that the most popular was the Universal Monsters line. Even as a non-collector, I was very aware of these toys. That's why when NECA announced it was producing the same mashup, I knew it would be a hit. And their decision to base the aesthetic off the movie sculpts was very smart. I have no recollection of the TMNT movies personally, but the realism of these sculpts works very well with a Universal Monsters mash-up. Let's check out April below!

The copy on the back of the box is amazing. "Witness all the Gruesome Journalism!" - "Ripped from the Deadlines!"
They must have had a blast creating this.

April comes with two heads, four hands, a lightning dagger, a radio antenna lightning rod, two mutated rats, a tarantula, and a satchel bag (with a real chain strap). These accessories are awesome.

The two heads have very subtle differences in expression.

I can't believe I have a rodent with an ear on its back in my toy collection now. The news stories of the mouse with the ear came out when I was graduating high school and it's still some of the scariest science I've ever heard of. (Right up there with the lamb grown in the bag). The applications of these discoveries are awe inspiring, but the process to get there is pure mad scientist.

Here is the 1994 figure from Playmates.

Time for a Comparison Pic!


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