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Kids who grew up in the eighties might remember the whacky-faced bouncy balls called Madballs. Now Mondo, a poster and apparel design company, is launching a new line of Madballs called “MondoBalls.”
Mondo completes its quartet of heroes in a half shell today as hotheaded Raphael joins the 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the 11-inch figure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, two interchangeable heads (one with his signature red mask and the other unmasked), interchangeable hands, two sai, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, a Triceraton Blaster, a belt, an Utrom Lieutenant, a Techno Cosmic Research Institute canister, and a pre-mutation baby Raphael.
Mondo, which earlier this year celebrated Mike Mignola’s signature creation with a “First Hellboy” statue, has now introduced a 1/6th-scale baby Hellboy action figure.
Developed with Mignola himself, the figure boasts six points of articulation and, as Mondo says, “the cutest lil face Hell ever spawned.” Standing (or, rather, crouching) about 4 inches tall, the figure is available in two varieties: the $37 regular version, and the $40 Mondo exclusive, which comes with a removable Crown of the Apocalypse.
Just a week after unveiling prints inspired by the episodes “Vendetta” and “Almost Got ‘Im,” Mondo is offering two more striking tributes to Batman: The Animated Series from Phantom City Creative.
The first is an ode to the 1992 episode “Nothing to Fear,” which of course introduced the Scarecrow, while the second pays homage to “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?,” which marked the first appearance of The Riddler.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, Michelangelo boasts more than 25 points of articulation, and two interchangeable heads (one with the classic red mask, the other with the orange mask from the cartoon), two nunchaku, two pairs of interchangeable hands, one “splayed fingers of positive vibes” hand, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, a belt, Triceraton Blaster, Lil Orphan Alien and a pre-mutation baby Michelangelo.
Continuing its tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, Mondo will release to more prints by Phantom City Creative inspired by classic episodes of the beloved 1990s cartoon.
The first is for the 1992 episode “Vendetta,” which introduced Killer Croc, while the second is based on “Almost Got ‘Im,” in which some of Batman’s rogues recount the times they almost killed the Dark Knight.
Following its release of the Superman: The Animated Series die-cut vinyl, Mondo has decided to give the Man of Steel’s opposite number some time in the spotlight. Or is that spot-dark? Low-light? Dang it, I can never get the hang of Bizarro-speak.
In any event, the art boutique has announced the Bizarro Superman: The Animated Series single, cut in the shape of the character’s backward-“S” emblem. The purple vinyl features Shirley Walker’s theme music, just like the previous release, but with a twist: The record plays from the inner-most groove out. So, yeah, Bizarro.
Following the debut last month of Leonardo, the first in its line of 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, Mondo has revealed the second — Donatello.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the Turtles’ genius inventor boast more than 25 points of articulation and interchangeable heads (with the classic red mask or the purple one from the cartoon) and hands. Priced at $149.99, the figure comes with a bo staff, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, an Utrom Blaster, a belt with bo holster, Utrom commander, and a pre-mutation baby Donatello.
It turns out the announcement of the Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set was only the beginning of Mondo’s Bat-bonanza.
The collectibles boutique has also unveiled a Batgirl poster by Gianmarco Magnani, featuring the late Yvonne Craig from the 1966 Batman TV series, and a Batman Begins print by Patrick Leger. Magnani previously created Batman and Robin prints, so if you were lucky enough to purchase those, the Batgirl would complete the set.
Not waiting until Batman Day, Mondo has announced it will release a Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set, featuring the musical scores from 16 episodes.
As IGN details, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative created new artwork for each of the episodes, represented on eight vinyl covers, including “Two-Face,” “On Leather Wings,” “Beware the Gray Ghost,” “Mudslide,” “Joker’s Favor,” “The Man Who Killed Batman” and “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”
Phantom City Creative continues its series of Mondo posters inspired by Batman: The Animated Series with “Mudslide” and “The Man Who Killed Batman.”
The first is based on the Season 2 episode that marked the second and final appearance of Clayface, who apparently meets his end in the ocean (don’t worry, returned in The New Adventures of Batman). The second poster, meanwhile, is inspired by the well-remembered Season 1 episode that explores just what the Dark Knight means to Gotham.
Mondo is headed back to the sewers, with the first action figure in its 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series going on sale Thursday.
Introduced last month at Comic-Con International, Leonardo kicks off the line inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic book and the classic cartoon. Priced at $149.99, the fiigure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, interchangeable heads with the original red mask from the comic and the color-coded blue one from the cartoon, dual katana and scabbards, interchangeable hands, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, grappling hook and cord, an Utrom blaster, a belt with scabbard strips, a pre-mutation Splinter, and a pre-mutation baby Leonardo.
We debuted Mondo’s First Hellboy statue, based Mike Mignola’s original drawing of the character, earlier this month, but this morning the collectible art boutique revealed more of its offerings for Comic-Con International.
They include a limited-edition Ant-Man poster by Kevin Tong, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios film, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo collectible figure, and a vinyl edition of the Aliens soundtrack and a die-cut single of the themes from Superman: The Animated Series. (You may recall that last year Mondo released Batman: The Animated Series on 7-inch and 12-inch die-cut vinyl).
On the heels of its First Turtle Figure, Mondo has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at its First Hellboy statue, based on Mike Mignola’s original 1991 convention illustration of a demon. While the character that debuted some two years later bears little resemblance to that figure, Mignola apparently knew he was onto something with the name on the belt buckle: “Hellboy.”
Mondo’s 12-inch statue showcases many of the details of that 24-year-old drawing, from the fish and crab dangling from Hellboy’s belt to the vulture perching on his wings to the demon’s body hair. Mignola’s longtime collaborator Dave Stewart was also recruited to devise the color scheme.
Mondo is celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the release of an action figure based on Kevin Eastman’s very first sketch — doodled on a napkin — of one of the heroes in a half shell.
Called, appropriately enough, the First Turtle Figure features five points of articulation, and is available in four varieties: B&W Version, which imitates the original pen sketch; Color Version With Red Mask; Color Version With Orange Mask; and the Deluxe Limited Edition, which is the B&W Version with three interchangeable heads sporting white, red and orange masks.