The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Design Comes To Life As A Toy

Back when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird first laid out their plans for what would become the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eastman sketched out a slightly dopey, nunchaku-wielding turtle on a napkin. That original drawing, right down to the inky shading, has become an incredible looking figure.

Dubbed The First Turtle, the Mondo figure is around 6.5” inches tall, and comes with 5 points of articulation but is already mostly posed in the original battle-ready stance Eastman first sketched the Ninja Turtle in.


What makes it stand out is the incredible translation of a 2D sketch into a tangible, 3D object. The stark black and white colour scheme, the recreation of detail lines, shading, it creates a baffling image that takes your brain a second to really comprehend. It’s a 3D drawing that you can actually move around and post.

Although the standard edition black and white version is easily the most striking, the figure comes in multiple variants too: A coloured version that can be purchased with either a Red mask to recreate either the looks of the original Mirage Comics turtles, or an Orange-masked version to recreate the more familiar look of Michaelangelo. On top of that a deluxe version of the Black and White figure comes with alternate Red and Orange-masked heads as well as a print of Eastman’s original art.


The figures are currently available for preorder on Mondo ahead of a release later this year. $65 will net you the basic black and white version, or either the red-masked or orange-masked coloured turtles, while $100 gets you the Black and White deluxe version.


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