As far as costumes go, Don as Dracula turned out pretty nicely. A classic Dracula costume, complete with slicked-back hair, cape, and fangs, is augmented with a bat "D" replacing the belt buckle and the traditional purple arm bands are still present. Oddly, the package art shows Donatello without his mask, something that pretty much never happens in the action figures.
Not one to shy away from sculpted detail, Don has glow-in-the-dark claws (and other elements) to bring this glossy, cartoonish sculpt to life. It's big and colorful, an attractive figure which has held up nicely to time given he's roughly 20 years old and the only thing I had to do to prep him for this shoot was to wipe a little dust off the back of his cape. With spats, a ring, and even a little bowtie, the shoeless sewer hero has never looked more refined and, arguably, more like a hobo. There's no way he's getting service like this, even if he has a shirt. While no Bela Lugosi, Donatello makes a good stand-in for this figure which I am quickly realizing I have nothing to say about. I mean, he's got on some black, he's glow-in-the-dark... what else do you want?
The accessories are plentiful and, like the rest of series one, come in numerous colors. Back in 1993, Playmates friggin' loved doing this-- even with Star Trek figures. I have no idea why, it gave the variation columns of the day plenty to write about though! This sample has purple gear, which included a giant purple plastic medallion meant for kids to wear. I assume. I never wore it. The bo staff has bat blades on the end, a stake was included should Don want to commit suicide, I suppose, and a little bat bracelet can clamp on to his arm. It's a neat sidekick figure, and this is the kind of thing that was pretty common in the line at the time. An unpainted mini-figure sidekick gave the toy some added value, even if it didn't really look great. Purple does allow you to see some decent detail, though, so I can honestly say this one turned out better than Ray Fillet's pal Fish Stix.
Lately, this figure has been selling as low as $5 on the card, making it a fairly cheap thrill. If you like the idea of this figure, and you should, it's totally worth the five bucks.
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