View Full Version : Donatello Re-armed

09-03-2015, 08:08 AM
I bought a loose 2012 Donatello the other week and decided to make him some replacement weapons from scratch.

The two improvements that I really wanted to do on my weapon set were to fully paint them and to make the sansetsukon work like it's supposed to (rather than being one, immobile piece).

Here are the roughed out papier-mâché bou, naginata, and sansetsukon. I fabricated the sansetsukon's chain links from paper clips and I put a metallic veneer on the naginata's blade (using a Pop-Tart wrapper of all things) to make it look more realistic.


I had intended to make the pair of shuriken too, but, after laying/measuring out a template and doing the math, I came to the conclusion that, given their fairly intricate wheel-within-a-wheel design, they'd be more time-consuming and aggravating to fabricate than they were worth for a little side project like this, especially if I gave them a chrome veneer like I did with the naginata blade, so, I nixed them.


Here are the finished results. Donatello is well-equipped to wail on Shredder's Foot Soldiers once again!


Newsprint, white glue, cardboard from a cereal box, a Pop-Tart wrapper (chocolate fudge--yum!), paperclips, acrylic paint, and pencil.

Bou: 9.6 cm (3.8") long x 0.4-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.
Naginata: 10.0 cm (3.9") long x 0.3-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.
Sansetsukon: 11.0 cm (4.3") long x 0.4-0.5 cm (~0.2") diameter.

I made all three implements on September 1st.

09-03-2015, 12:44 PM
Paper mâché, who'd a thunk to use that? Nice work.

I'm curious though, why didn't you decide to make with a longer bo since you were building from scratch?

09-03-2015, 12:45 PM
Great work as always, & it's nice to see you back! I look forward to your future projects.

09-04-2015, 09:38 AM
@Davin: I did consider making all three weapons longer, as Playmates did make them rather short, but, I ultimately decided to try to replicate the dimensions of the originals.