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Thursday, January 8, 2015

TMNT 2012 Basic: April O'Neil!

01.08.2015 – Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may be on a off season after a surprising season 2. For now taking a look back on some notable characters that were introduced in the very first season.

In the world of the TMNT there are a handful of human characters and most of them were mutated into creatures you’ve heard of like Dogpound or Leatherhead. But the only ones who have been human throughout the series is April O’Neil!

April O’Neil has appeared in most iterations of TMNT since the original cartoons and comic books. She was introduced in the classic cartoon as a news reporter and for the 2012 launch she’s now a teenager just like the turtles.

April Who?

April O’Neil first appeared in the two-part “Rise of the Turtles” with his father Dr. Kirby O’Neil who were kidnapped by the Kraang where saved by the turtles. In the succeeding episodes she became a regular character and in this series she was played out that Donatello has a teenage crush on her.

This was long before Casey Jones came to the scene so for most of the first season the relationship between Donatello and April O’Neil was played out.

The Girl among the Mutants

When Playmates Toys released the first wave of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles she was mostly the only human character in the set. Of course Shredder can be counted also as human but he’s freakish enough to be mistake also for a mutant if you have followed the series.

The first wave had the turtles, Splinter, and then April, while the bad guys had two factions carrying the Kraang and The Foot Clan with Shredder and Foot Solider. Rarely anyone would pay attention on April O’Neil as she became harder to find when the next wave of figures came out eventually.

O’Neil in Action

April O’Neil, the action figure is almost closely based from the animation model of the character. She’s wearing short shorts with long black stockings underneath and black boots to boot. Her shirt has a No.5 could be a playful idea that she’s the fifth member while keeping to her roots that she’s more familiar with the color yellow that was seen in the classic late 1980s cartoon.

The accessories included in this figure are one Bo staff similar to Donatello and a tree of weapons that you need to detach. Unfortunately her signature fan weapon was not included in this figure as it was introduced later in the first season that she is more proficient in using in battling either the Kraang or the Foot Clan.

In the past action figures that depict female characters are left in the toy shelves due to either the sculpture is bad or the design was not appealing to followers of the TV series. But these days even though April O’Neil had limited articulation in the elbow or knee joints she still get sold out gradually as her character becomes more focus in some of the episodes in the first season.

April in a Half Shell

Donatello may not have the edge and attitude like Raph and Leo or the fun Overall April O’Neil adds personality to the growing roster as part of the turtles’ list of allies. She’s a compliment to Casey Jones too if you have seen how their relationship has grown in the second season. The only downside of this figure is the articulation everything else has its high remarks as she’s definitely hard to find nowadays.

April O’Neil is part of the first wave of the 2012 Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this was acquired at the Hamley’s Toy Store for RM 39.90 in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which is locally distributed there by Passion Marketing Sdn Bhd.

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