Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles Review: Donatello

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In the Turtles mythos, Leonardo has always been well-defined as the leader, while Raphael was the hothead and Michelangelo was the goofball. Donatello though seemed to fluctuate between technology driven scientist, cool and geeky and borderline sociopath. How else do you explain him keeping the remains of Baxter Stockman hidden in the sewers? I’m hoping the new Nickelodeon series doesn’t go that dark.

Inventive and detail-oriented, Donatello may be the only mutant Turtle that doesn’t mind a little time indoors. After all, where would the Ninja teens be without all his incredible battle creations? From the ShellRaiser to the robot Metalhead, Donatello’s mind’s just as sharp as the blade on his Naginata bo staff!

The newest version of Donatello takes the awkward geek stereotype and runs with it. While Michelangelo is the “younger” brother and was made smaller, Donatello is lanky and awkward – and a full half inch taller than Mikey! Thanks to longer limbs, an extended torso and neck, Don looks like the others but has just enough of a different visual style.

With him being the nerdiest Turtle, it would make sense that Don would stay indoors more so his figure has been given the palest shade of green. His skin is wonderfully textured with scales and bumps. It does seem to have less scarring than Leo or Mikey, so it gives the vibe that Donny isn’t the one running around and exploring the sewers as much.

Don’s face is closed lip and serious, which is thankful since the cartoon shows him with a gap tooth. His belt is securely in place with a loop on the back for his bo staff to be kept as well.

Like the others, Don’s paint is basic but works well. The purple mask is perfectly executed and the white eyes are pristine. The wrappings around his hands and feet look great, while his pads are well done. Amazingly, even the bronze ring on his belt got a coat of paint.

Articulation is just like his brothers with 11 points in all. He has hinge and swivel shoulders, elbows, knees and hips while the wrists are cut joints and the neck is a ball joint. To give his arms some extra mobility, the sides are carved out allow them to rest closer to his body. Sadly, the extra long neck seems to really limit how much mobility the head has.

For weapons, Don comes with his bo staff cast in brown plastic. The bo looks good, but feels too short for my liking. The unevenness reminds me of the NECA figure but it’s only 4 inches long and that doesn’t feel like enough. Once freed from the plastic tree, Don also gets a naginata, which is a bladed bo staff – and still only 4 inches long! A sansetsukon is included which is a cross between a bo staff and a nunchaku in three parts, but since it isn’t actually chained, it just looks weird. Finally, two throwing stars are there which remind me of buzz saw blades. All the weapons are cast in a reddish-brown.

I really like the differences in scale that the four turtles have in this line. Don’s pale complexion is a drastic change over the fact that his toys used to be brown but it looks good. I don’t particularly care for any of his accessories, since all of them are just kind of close enough. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good toy but not at quite the same level as Leo.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wave 1
Leonardo | Donatello | Michelangelo | Raphael
Splinter | April O’Neil | The Shredder | Foot Ninja | Kraang

Wave 1.5: Metalhead | Fishface | Dogpound

Vehicle Packs
Dragon Chopper with Dragon Fang Foot Soldier

Written by jestergoblin

July 30th, 2012 at 8:00 am

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