Sunday, April 16, 2023


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Dirk Savage & Mona Lisa - NECA 2023

One of the main reasons I never fully bought into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was due to the lack of costumed (read:mutated) female characters. The main female (in my opinion) was Mona Lisa, a mutated human physicist (mutated into a salamander) who appeared in a single episode of season 4 ("Raphael Meets His Match"). The setting of the episode is a costume party where the Turtles think Mona Lisa is a human in costume. By the end of the episode they all reveal their true identities and a romantic tension with Raphael is formed. An action figure was made of her a few years later in 1993 (which incorrectly labels her as a lizard). This original toy was my first exposure to the character and I never saw her episode until recently. Different versions of Mona Lisa have appeared in the turtles franchise since those early days, but this figure is only her second piece of merchandise made. I'm excited to see what other TMNT ladies NECA might highlight in the future. Let's check out Mona Lisa below!

My camera and lighting setup captured her as two very distinct shades of green. 
In reality she is a blend of the two extremes between dull and saturated.

Mona Lisa some with two alternate heads, four pairs of hands, two textbooks, two different beakers (one with a removable cork), and a rack of test-tube vials (all of which are removable and can be held individually).

Mona Lisa also appeared in the 2012 Animated Series (now as a member of an amphibious alien species), as well as IDW Comics and the recent Mutants & Monster Mayhem game.

Here is the Dirk Savage figure that Mona Lisa comes packed with. I'm keeping him in the tray so I can sell him.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Mona Lisa with her original figure from 1993.

And here are the three recent NECA TMNT Animated Ladies: Lotus, April O'Neil, and Mona Lisa.


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