No way! 295 entries and not a single TMNT yet? I’m really sorry. I have a couple of Playmates’ figures but none of them is complete, so I am waiting until I find the missing accessories to show the figures here, in a proper entry.
Meanwhile, I’ll show these other ninja turtles, which are also very nice toys, and have many things we could comment right now.
We already talked about Yolanda/Comansi in other entries. As said in those entries, Yolanda used to buy licenses to reproduce children’s favourite characters in plastic PVC figures. Since the TMNT was the most important toy collection by the beginning of the 90s, it was just a matter of time for Yolanda to get those licenses. The figures in the pictures are all copyrighted by “Mirage Studios”, the comic book company founded by Eastman and Laird (the creators of the characters).
Although the copyright of the figures is from 1988, I guess these figures were first sold in shops around 1991, maybe 1992.
As the Saint Seiya figures were (I showed in entry #174), these are hand painted, so the colours of the turtles might be mistaken. In this case is not the color, but the cast… can you find the error?
In the picture with all four turtles, left to right, we see:
Raphael (red), Leonardo (blue), Donatello (purple) and Michelangelo (orange), the letter in their belts tells the initial of the name, so every character is correctly painted.
However, it would have been more appropriate to cast each turtle with its preferred weapon:
Raph: Sai; Leonardo: Sword; Donatello: Bo and Michellangelo: Nunchakus , but Leonardo and Michelangelo seem to have changed weapons.
This series is not complete. Apart from the four turtles, there were more characters made: A second version of the turtles in “Mutant Military” outfits, plus Bebop, Rocksteady, Shredder and Splinter.
These “Mutant Military” figures were released in 1991, and with that we can date Yolanda series from 1991 on.
Yolanda made turtles' figures in at least 2 different sizes. The ones I am showing here are the bigger ones. In the picture below, I offer a size comparison between the big and the small ones. The smaller size series also included many figures, at least, 8. These will be shown in future entries.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: LEONARDO, RAPHAEL, DONATELLO and MICHELANGELO
- Toy Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)
- Year: 1991
- Company: Yolanda (Spain)
- Size of the figure: Around 8 cm.