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Cowabunga! Dr. Martens kicks off a TMNT boot collection


Following on the heels (quite literally) of last year’s “Adventure Time” collection, venerable British footwear company Dr. Martens has launched a line of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” boots.

Don’t worry, these aren’t inspired by the live-action films. Instead, they’re based on the classic animated series, with Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael each receiving his own pair (Donatello and Raphael even get their own eye-mask lace accessories).

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Comics A.M. | San Diego could get a Comic-Con museum

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Conventions | Organizers of the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum announced this week they’ve been in talks with Comic-Con International about establishing a comics-focused museum in the city’s Balboa Park. The report notes that “details remain sketchy,” even though discussions have been under way for the past year. “There’s no hurry to move it along,” said Hall of Champions board member Dan Shea. As the report notes, this isn’t the first time a Comic-Con museum has been discussed: Stalled expansion plans for the current San Diego Convention Center called for a museum celebrating the event. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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These TMNT figures leaped right out of the 1989 arcade game


If you plan to attend Comic-Con International in July, your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-loving friends will soon be hounding you to pick up these convention-exclusive action figure box sets. They’re probably already laying the groundwork with offers to drive you to the airport or to feed your pets while you’re gone. Just so you know, there’s an ulterior motive …

Produced by NECA, the figures are based on Konami’s 1989 Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles arcade game, which longtime fans could probably tell without even looking at the game-screen backdrop. (Note the “pixelated” details on each of the figures.)

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You can stay in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ ‘secret’ NYC lair

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If you want to hide out from Shredder and the Foot Clan, this Manhattan apartment may not be the best choice — after all, it appears on a website, complete with neighborhood map. However, if you’re looking to hone your fighting skills while eating pizza, watching movies and shooting hoops, it’s tough to beat this “Turtle Lair.”

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Herocross’ Ninja Turtles figures take us back to the ’90s


Herocross harnesses Turtle Power, and a healthy dose of nostalgia, for its new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hybrid Metal Figuration series.

Standing about 6 inches tall, the fully posable figures boast hybrid metal bodies with more than 20 points of articulation. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael each comes with alternate heads, multiple interchangeable hands, and character-specific weapons and accessories.

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Toys wage an epic war in this amazing stop-motion short


You know those plans you had for lunch? Cancel them, and instead watch “Toys vs. Toys,” this amazing 20-minute stop-motion animated short that pits, well, toys against toys … with nothing less than the future at stake.

It’s the work of Johnny McHone, who imagines evil forces — Darth Vader, the Borg and the Xenomorph, among them — are traveling through time, slaughtering beloved, innocent characters. All that stands in their way is Link and a group of heroes, including Goku, Luke Skywalker, Donatello, Wonder Woman, Sailor Moon and Mario.

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Mousers attack in Mondo’s TMNT action figure series


As fantastic-looking as Mondo’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1/6th-scale action figures are, they’ve been missing something: enemies. However, that changes with the introduction of the Mousers.

Longtime fans of the franchise will recall that the Mousers were introduced by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as the robotic creations of Dr. Baxter Stockman, intended to seek out and destroy sewer rats. However, his assistant April O’Neill discovers that the bipedal mechanical terrors are actually being used to tunnel into banks and clean out their vaults.

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TMNT fans at WonderCon can preorder ‘Out of the Shadows’ toys


Turtles fans attending WonderCon this weekend in Los Angeles will be able to exclusively preorder from Walmart the first toys from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

The licensed merchandise, which includes two Walmart exclusives, will be on display all weekend at the at the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Sewer Lair (Booth 1637). Fans who visit the retailer’s WonderCon webpage while at the convention will be able to preorder:

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Heroes in an eggshell: Make your own TMNT Easter eggs


My childhood is littered with failed attempts at “inventive” Easter eggs, from tie-dyed to hand-painted. However, I’m pretty sure I could’ve pulled off these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle eggs (not actual turtle eggs, probably). Heck, I may even give them a try now.

Thankfully, you don’t have to use special dyes or equipment — or craft skills! — to bring hard-boiled Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo to life. All that’s required is some food coloring and these printable costumes (OK, so you do need to have a printer, and working knowledge of scissors).

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Bebop’s the best there is in new ‘Ninja Turtles’ game trailer


Super Shredder, Rocksteady, Bebop and Karai take center stage in the new boss gameplay trailer for Activision’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Announced in January, the comics-inspired video game pits the Ninja Turtles against their greatest foes in the streets, sewers and subways of New York City.

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NBA team logos get a fun ’80s cartoon makeover


I’d probably find professional basketball more interesting if, instead of teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets, we could watch, say, the Washington G.I. Joes face off against the Vancouver Care Bears. Just think of the nostalgic emotional investment — to say nothing of the merchandising!

Barcelona-based design studio Vanila BCN imagines such a magical world with “Basketball Teams x ’80s Cartoons,” an experimental project that mashes together NBA teams with such animated classics as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jem and the Holograms and Transformers to create some fun — even inspired — logos.

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Express yourself with Funko’s Mymoji vinyl and plush toys


Get your shelves, couches and phones ready, because Funko’s Mymoji line is on the way. The company’s new line of blind-boxed vinyl collectibles and 4″ plush toys will soon vie with Funko’s Pop! Vinyls for your attention. So far the Mymoji line, which features the heads of popular characters making different emoji-style expressions, will include characters from DC Comics, “My Little Pony” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

The company debuted the Mymoji line at this year’s Toy Fair, as revealed via PopVinyls.com, and scans from Funko’s Toy Fair catalogue reveal what the first few waves will include. The line will consist of blind-boxed 1.5″ vinyl heads, with each one coming with a download code so you can get the emoji version of the Mymoji on your phone. Additionally, huggable 4″ plushes will be available of certain Mymojis.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leap to life in these terrific toy photos


Known for his photographs of toys in real-life settings, Brian McCarty was recently commissioned by Nickelodeon to bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures to life on the streets of New York City. The result, as you might expect, is pretty spectacular.

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Leonardo takes charge in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ gameplay video


Leonardo leaps into action in new gameplay video for PlatinumGames’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Announced last month, the comics-inspired video game pits the Ninja Turtles against Shredder, Krang, Rocksteady, Bebop and the Foot clan in the streets, sewers and subways of New York City.

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Cowabunga! These Ninja Turtles figures look pretty amazing


It seems like new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles are vying for our attention every other week, but these figures from Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line will undoubtedly earn a special place in the hearts — and on the shelves — of fans of the original cartoon.

Looking as if they stepped out of the television screen, circa 1987, the Leonardo and Donatello figures stand 6 inches tall, and feature interchangeable hands and faces, plus custom accessories (Leonardo comes with swords, holsters and a manhole cover, while Leonardo has his staff and a pizza slice).

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