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IDW Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a miniatures-based board game in which players fight to save — or conquer — New York City.
The crowdfunding effort has already generated more than $167,000 of its initial $250,000 goal.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have faced a lot of hardships, from the dank conditions of their sewer home to their seemingly endless list of increasingly weird adversaries. However, the worst very well be the lack of stylish sneakers to fit their unusual feet.
But while artists Hussain Almossawi and Quintin Williams probably can’t do anything about the Turtles’ damp subterranean lair or the activities of the Foot Clan, they’ve come up with a pretty good solution for their footwear: Yes, it’s a design for a sleek, two-toed Ninja Turtle Shoe.
Mondo completes its quartet of heroes in a half shell today as hotheaded Raphael joins the 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the 11-inch figure boasts more than 25 points of articulation, two interchangeable heads (one with his signature red mask and the other unmasked), interchangeable hands, two sai, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, a Triceraton Blaster, a belt, an Utrom Lieutenant, a Techno Cosmic Research Institute canister, and a pre-mutation baby Raphael.
Following confirmation that Krang will appear in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the first image has surfaced of the classic cartoon villain in Playmates Toys’ upcoming action figure line.
In addition to the title characters, catalog scans reveal figures of Casey Jones, Splinter, The Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Bebop, Rocksteady, Raphael in a wingsuit, Leonardo in stealth disguise, and Michelangelo in a pirate costume. The images also show Krang and Shredder’s Technodrome, and motorcycle-riding versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Bebop and Rocksteady.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today Justin from Southern California shares his collection of comics, action figures and a whole lot more, including more than a half shell’s worth of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Maybe we should call this week’s edition “Shell Porn.” Or maybe not.
If you’d like to share your collection with us, you can find all the details on how to do that right here.
And now here’s Justin:
If the teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows didn’t quite satisfy your craving for a mature take on the franchise, then maybe this fan short will do the trick.
Created by Miguel Díaz-Rivera and VXIII Productions, Ninja Turtles: Veterans of the Night pays homage to the early days of the heroes in a half-shell, both in terms of tone and look, with a decidedly more reptilian (and more grizzled) Leonard, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael than you’re likely to ever see on screen.
Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, Michelangelo boasts more than 25 points of articulation, and two interchangeable heads (one with the classic red mask, the other with the orange mask from the cartoon), two nunchaku, two pairs of interchangeable hands, one “splayed fingers of positive vibes” hand, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, a belt, Triceraton Blaster, Lil Orphan Alien and a pre-mutation baby Michelangelo.
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.