A quick visit to our Movie Props Restoration Page will show we’re no strangers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Our most recent restoration and display is this TMNT tour costume, used in the famed “Coming Out of Their Shells” tour that began in 1990. James from the HSPPA reached out to us after obtaining this rare and colorful bit of Ninja Turtle history, tasking us with restoring the suit, conserving it on a custom-fit mannequin and making missing elements, like a suitably bedazzled jean jacket vest!
The Donatello costume was made from a mix of urethanes and foam, and showed prior production-related repairs and plenty of evidence of stage use. The chest was sourced from another tour, but all other elements look consistent with the 1990 classic. The head was only a hollow skin, and one of the first things we did was create a custom-fit support shaped to perfectly fit inside the fragile foam. This new insert gave the TMNT Donatello mask shape and with the addition of custom teeth and glass eyes, he was brought back to life!
Much like any movie prop creature suit restoration, we began the body preservation with a customized fiberglass body form, made to fit and support the unusual costume! A standard retail mannequin wasn’t going to do for this Turtle! Once the costume elements were mounted, our team conserved and repaired tears and deterioration. Larger damage was retextured to match the original sculpture and then in-painted (only painting the repairs) to make any restoration invisible.
An XL jean jacked was bedazzled with yin-yang symbols and pink, black and silver gems. A pair of large white sneakers matched the show footwear, and a custom made headset completed this wild and wacky Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume from their first big tour!
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James Azrael of The HSPPA