Are We Getting A TMNT 90's Movie Master Tatsu Figure From NECA? - Here Is What We Know

by Jay Cochran
January 26, 2023
If you have been wanting a 90's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Master Tatsu figure to add to your collection then there may be hope for you. Back in 2020 NECA's Randy Falk in an interview said that Tatsu was a figure they wanted to do but having difficulty getting the actor Toshishiro Obata on board for the likeness rights.

Well now thanks to a discovery first made by Montreal Casey Jones & TMNT News, it's looking very much like that might have changed.

You see they discovered a post by Obata's son Yukishiro Obata made on the official Shinkendo Facebook page back in March of last year (See screencap below) saying a figure of his father was in the works.

Now since that post was made almost a year ago and we have yet to hear anything from NECA about this, I reached out to Yukishiro Obata for comment on his post. He told me that A company is working on making a Tatsu figurine and will come out when they finish with it. He did not know when exactly it will come out.

Also he did not know the name of the company who was making it. I mentioned NECA to him but he just didn't know if that was the company doing the figure or not. NECA is the most logical assumption of who would be making the figure since I am not aware of any other company currently making figures from the 90 movies, but I just want to be clear he did not know that for sure, and there are other companies who have the license to make Turtle products.

He also mentioned that no one had contacted his father directly about doing the figure, that everything was arranged in a run about way of getting in touch. I assume this would be whatever company doing the figure dealt with Obata's agents or what-have-you, but I didn't press him on details about that.

Now again we want to be clear that none of this guarantee's NECA is making a Tatsu figure since NECA has yet to make any mention of it. We know NECA is currently working on a Keno figure from the Secret Of The Ooze movie which is likely the next movie figure to be released in the line. It certainly seems like there is a good possibility based on what Obata's son has told us that Tatsu could come next maybe coming out sometime in 2024, but until or if NECA announces that for themselves, I would continue to treat all of this as RUMOR.
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Last 10 comments - ( Read All Posts )
Batfreak87 - 2023-01-26 @ 6:24 pm

I would love to see this figure made. About time!

Artoyz - 2023-01-26 @ 4:42 pm

Umm hello, Vanilla Ice!

Vex - 2023-01-26 @ 2:47 pm

How did you get in contact when nobody else has been able to? Some stuff does seem fishy. Not knowing the company but sending them pictures. Not being able to contact directly yet his son knows some stuff. Maybe hes under an NDA. Also other companies can make Turtles but only NECA has movie rights.

GnarlyCharlie85 - 2023-01-26 @ 2:34 pm

I hope it is Neca that makes him, this is by far the biggest gap in the movie line...come to think about it it's the only figure left in that line.

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