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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.
Life hasn’t been easy for Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, four red-eared sliders mutated by a strange ooze, raised in the sewer by a rat, and forced to fight off evil ninjas while surviving on a diet of pizza. Given their unfortunate circumstances, you might forgive these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for an occasional brush with the law. But twice in one month — and on opposite sides of the globe?
Inspired by the Hellenistic period, ceramic artist Brett Kern has focus is ample talents on a series of sculptures of pop-culture characters in a parody of the classics. But these aren’t just any characters, they’re beloved ’80s icons: Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slimer from Ghostbusters, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Alf from, well, Alf (also, Melmac).
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.
ThreeZero is summoning more Turtle Power, this time with some help from Kevin Eastman.
The Hong Kong toymaker has announced it’s collaborating with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator on a new line of 12-inch action figures. As you can see from the photos of the clay sculpts, which were displayed early last month at IDW Publishing’s new San Diego Comic Art Gallery, these versions of the Turtles draw from the formative years of the comic for inspiration.
Manga | A special treat awaits moviegoers who see Boruto: Naruto the Movie in Japanese theaters in August: A special Naruto book that includes both the final chapter of the original Naruto manga and a new one-shot story by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Sophie Campbell discusses working on Jem and the Holograms and the reactions she received earlier this year after coming out as trans: “I didn’t know how people would react, my family in particular of course, and I was worried about being fired from Jem because I was scared that IDW or Hasbro would feel like this wasn’t what they signed up for… It’s only been a couple months, but so far it’s been the opposite of what I was expecting. My family has been super great even though it’s tough for them, and as far as work goes, I’ve actually gotten more offers than I’ve ever had, and my publishers have been more than amazing.” [The Advocate]
In unexpected merchandising news: NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has partnered with Nickelodeon to develop a line of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” consumer products. Announced Tuesday at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Anthony will act as creative director of “Turtles by Melo” and oversee a variety of Turtle-inspired products ranging from video games, publishing, home furnishings, lifestyle items and more.
Scheduled to debut in spring 2016, just ahead of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “Turtles by Melo” is the culmination of a burgeoning relationship between the NBA player and Nickelodeon.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the Nickelodeon team on this new ‘Turtles’ venture,” Anthony said in a press release. “The Turtles were such a huge part of my childhood, so to now be partnering with Nickelodeon on ‘Turtles by Melo’ is honestly something I never could have imagined.”
There’s certainly good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cosplay — ones that don’t involve hastily applied green body paint — but few rise to the level of “great.” Maybe that’s because so many fans dress as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, with the occasional Shredder thrown in for good measure.
But not Baback Moussavi of Diffuse Moose Creations, who’s expanded his Turtles repertoire to include a truly masterful Master Splinter, one that wouldn’t be out of place on a film set. The amount of detail is amazing, right down to the gnarly hands. Er, paws.
Forbidden Planet has struck a deal with Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products to sell an exclusive line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise in its U.K. stores and online.
The products, which range from T-shirts to coffee mugs to greetings cards, were previewed over the weekend at MCM London Comic Con. The line will officially launch June 6 with a party at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore.
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.
When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?
While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.
Forget location, location, location. When it comes to selling homes, the real secret may be Turtle Power.
To help entice families to one of its new developments in Clavering, a village in Essex, England, Weston Homes has called in Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Buyers who select a house in St. Catherine’s Grange before the end of next month can great a free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed bedroom. Presumably, it will be a child’s room, but we’re not judging. You’re among friends.
There’s more to Shredder than blade-covered armor, incompetent henchmen and a genius IQ. Perhaps that helmet is protecting more than the head of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ archenemy; deep down, he has feelings, and he’d express them if only someone would ask.
Thankfully, he doesn’t wait around for Krang to broach the subject in this new video from ADHD. In it, the leader of the Foot Clan explores his emotions with moving lyrics like, Why am I so angry? Is it because I am alone? My friend’s insane; He’s a stomached brain; and my heart’s a technodrome.”
Crime | A comic-shop robbery went awry when the suspect set down her weapon — a hammer — so she could pick up a comic. A woman walked into Conspiracy Comics in Burlington, Ontario, around 8 p.m. Friday and purchased a comic. When the clerk opened the cash register, the customer allegedly pulled out a hammer and said “Empty the till.” When she set down the hammer to pick up the comic, however, another employee grabbed it, gave her the change, and told her to get out. Police checked the hammer for fingerprints and arrested Mary Margaret Ross on charges of robbery. “It was something that was unexpected and shocking,” said store clerk Anton Litvanyi, who wasn’t in the store at the time of the robbery. “At the same time, it is something that is comical … It’s not something that any retailer expects, but especially in a comics store.” [Hamilton Spectator]
Japanese collectibles manufacturer Good Smile Company has debuted Michelangelo, the second in a series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statues inspired by the art of Eisner-winning illustrator James Jean. Leonardo was revealed in October.
Standing about 8.7 inches tall, the Michelangelo statue will connect with the other three to create a larger diorama. It’s set for release in July for $129.99.