NECA Teases Splinter As Van Helsing and Donatello As The Invisible Man

Monster Mayhem may have come to a close, but not without a few announcements regarding NECA’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles X Universal Monsters toyline. We’ve found out that Donatello will be The Invisible Man, and Splinter is taking on the role of vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
The latest additions to this series were teased on NECA’s Instagram. Unfortunately, the previews were limited to a picture of Donny’s box and a profile shot of Splinter Van Helsing. We can gather that Donatello will be based on Claude Rains’s portrayal of Dr. Jack Griffin, but who knows how many translucent parts we’ll see on the figure. I hope he’ll come with a hollow bandaged head with removable goggles.
On the other hand, Splinter bears some resemblance to the Van Helsing we saw in 1931’s Dracula with Bela Lugosi, but he also has some of Hugh Jackman’s version of the undead hunter in there. This points us to who to expect for the first villain of the series. If Splinter is a vampire hunter, of course, The Shredder will end up being Dracula. It’s the only thing that makes sense.
We’re still missing the Wolf Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. NECA managed to put April in there as the Monster’s Bride. So, perhaps some other side characters will round out these last few classic Universal Monster characters. Bebop as the Creature? Rocksteady as the Wolf Man? Rat King as the Phantom of the Opera?

I’m noticing something. Splinter doesn’t have pants. All the other figures we’ve seen so far are fully clothed. It looks like he has a tunic on, and that’s it. Why? Give the guy some pants!
What do you think of these TMNT X Universal Monsters figures? Let us know in the comments section below.
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