Behind-The-Scenes | The NECA April O’Neil (TMNT 1990) Figure
Cowabunga dudes! Join Judith Hoag for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the NECA TMNT 1990 April O’Neil figure
It’s the figure we all wanted, and the figure we thought we’d never get; it’s Judith Hoag‘s iconic TMNT 1990 April O’Neil from NECA Toys. But thankfully, the official release date is finally drawing near and our excitement is going through the roof. And with the recent unveiling of the Ultimate Casey Jones figure, NECA’s TMNT 1990 collection is almost complete. Almost. I’m still hoping for Tatsu!
But as the clock ticks down to release, the timing couldn’t be better to explore the creative process behind the figure. And to discover what it took to bring this action figure holy grail to collectors everywhere. Thankfully, NECA has us covered. The toy giant has released a series of videos detailing the creative process. And what’s more, the mini-series has a very special guest host. The unconquerable Judith Hoag.
As expected, the four-part series culminates with our first look at the finished article and the revelation that there will be two variants available. There will be an Ultimate 7″ Scale figure and a Signature Edition Ultimate 7″ Scale figure. With the Signature Edition, collectors get the classic style yellow coat from the film, and an April O’Neil press pass, which has been hand-signed by Judith Hoag. The Signature Edition will be limited to just 2,000 pieces. But don’t take my word for it. Grab yourself a slice and hit play!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ultimate April O’Neil (1990 Movie) -7” Scale-Action Figure – Signature Edition – $99.99
Limited edition of 2,000. From the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! After wading in a puddle of radioactive waste, four radical reptiles are transformed into New York City’s greatest crime-fighting quartet. Also keeping an eye on the city’s unprecedented crime wave is intrepid Channel 3 reporter April O’Neil, who eventually finds herself face-to-face with the Turtles when Raphael rescues her from Foot Clan ninjas.
The April figure stands 7″ tall, is super articulated, highly detailed, accurate to the movie, and features the authorized likeness of Judith Hoag. This limited-edition Signature version comes with alternate head and hands, Channel 3 microphone, purse, pizza stack, and sai accessories, plus April’s trademark yellow raincoat and a full-size Channel 3 press pass signed by Judith herself!
Window box packaging.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ultimate April O’Neil (1990 Movie) -7” Scale-Action Figure – $29.99
From the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! After wading in a puddle of radioactive waste, four radical reptiles are transformed into New York City’s greatest crime-fighting quartet. Also keeping an eye on the city’s unprecedented crime wave is intrepid Channel 3 reporter April O’Neil, who eventually finds herself face-to-face with the Turtles when Raphael rescues her from Foot Clan ninjas.
April is super articulated, highly detailed and accurate to the movie, featuring the authorized likeness of Judith Hoag. The 7″ figure comes with alternate head and hands, Channel 3 microphone, purse, pizza stack, and sai accessories.
Window box packaging.
Sadly, as of press time, the Signature Edition has long since sold out at the official NECA Store. But thankfully, our friends at Zavvi UK are still offering pre-orders on the standard edition. And Zavvi’s USA outlet also has pre-orders available. But again, only for the standard edition.
That being said, this figure looks exceptional and is one of the final pieces of the TMNT 1990 NECA puzzle. Congratulations to the lucky 2,000 fans who bagged the Signature Edition because you’ve got yourself a jewel in the crown of the collection. And commiserations to the rest of us! Myself included. But with Casey Jones (Unmasked), the Shadow Warriors twin-pack, and Danny Pennington (Loot Crate) all headed our way in the coming months, there has never been a better time to be a TMNT collector.
Will you be adding this wonderful NECA April O’Neil figure to your collection on September 30? Leave a comment below. We love hearing from you. And don’t forget to bag your pre-order from Zavvi NOW!
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