Playmates and Nickelodeon have announced an exclusive figure for this year’s San Diego Comic Con and it’s somewhat of a surprise. Dubbed the “original” Raphael, this release features Raph in an exclusive black and white deco. What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that it’s an all new sculpt, that appears to be based on the classic Mirage comics. In fact, it bares more than a passing resemblance to the Mirage NECA Turtles that were released a few years back.
It also appears to use at least some parts of the never released Playmates Mirage TMNT (which looked like fine figures, but their style was quite different from the NECA figures and was more of a “modern” Mirage interpretation) but it is not a complete release of that figure. Instead this figure has a new plastron and other parts. Still it appears at least a little of that unreleased figure is in this. Of course, this begs the question on whether Playmates will release these style turtles at retail.
It also makes me wonder if this figure will actually have articulation. It clearly has joints, but last year’s Night Shadow Leonardo also appeared to be articulated, yet wasn’t. The awkward posing in some of these early photos make it seem as though some joints are frozen. Hopefully we’ll get a definitive answer and price soon.
While it might seem strange for Playmates to release Ninja Turtles in a different style than the Nickelodeon show, it’s worth noting that Nick has been pushing a lot of retro TMNT products. KidRobot is doing a “original toon” line, while the Loyal Subjects are producing a vinyl Mirage TMNT line. Hopefully we’ll see a full color Mirage based line from Playmates, to help heal those old wounds of NECA leaving us without a wave 2 of their line.
One of the oldest traditions in the world of action figures is the vehicle. Almost every toyline in the 1980′s had some sort of car, plane or contraption to cruise around in. Oftentimes they had multiple vehicles, many of which made absolutely no sense. The concept of vehicles in toylines is almost extinct these days, but Playmates still worships the old gods, and the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles toyline has cranked out more vehicles in their short year on the shelves than just about any other toyline on the market today.
While some of the vehicles are wacky and par for the course for the turtles, one of the newest vehicles shipping is the Kraang Hover Drone, which is a vehicle that more or less appears in the cartoon itself. In the Nickelodeon cartoon, the evil Kraang are shown flying on all sorts of vehicles similar to this. While I can’t say 100% for sure that one exactly like this model has appeared, it’s certainly not out of the realm of potential vehicles they would use. Continue reading
It was just the other day I was talking about the leaked info on the New Ninja Turtle Figures for 2013 and now I can show you detailed photos of all the speculated characters. Although Toy Fair is a few weeks away, the Hong Kong Toy Fair is already producing some information, including our first look at all the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product.
Much to my surprise, the Mousers are not a retread of the 2K3 sculpt, but in fact the most comic accurate Mouser sculpt ever done by ANY company. They look to have articulated heads, jaws and legs, but not knees. Playmates could have easily re-released their stellar 2K3 sculpt, but I have to give them props for this new Mouser sculpt. Even if I actually think the 2K3 sculpt is more accurate to the Nickelodeon source material. These Mousers will be super popular, and although it’s a 7 pack, it appears that half the Mousers are black. I’m not sure what that’s about.
Our first look at the new Shredder and Splinter is sort of disappointing. On one hand, Shredder comes with a cape now and a second unmasked head. He also may have knee joints, or at least knee bends in his sculpt. Splinter, on the other hand, is in some sort of training suit and he looks pretty terrible. Also in the lineup is our first look at some new unannounced figures, like the Toddler Turtles and special mission suit Turtles. The Toddler Turtles look fun, but don’t look better than the 2K3 versions. I’ll probably still pick them up, though.
Our good friend Jeff sent along some photos of the new Ninja Turtles ooze. Has this actually been called mutagen on the Nick show? I can’t recall it being referred to as such. I really love the look and texture of the new ooze and the containers are nice too. I’ve heard that these are showing up in Toys R Us locations mostly (none at my local TRU) but Jeff found these at Meijers.
Playmates could have easily just repacked classic mutagen and containers and probably got away with it. However this new formula looks more accurate to the show and gives us some new ooze to look at. Oddly enough, I’ve never been much of an ooze guy. I still have some MOC mutagen from 2K3, but none of the classic stuff anymore.
So a poster over at 4Chan has leaked some internal purchasing screens from Walmart that give us a good idea of what’s coming up in the next batch of Ninja Turtle toy releases. Historically these Walmart computer charts have been quite accurate, although there have been odd things here or there through the years. However, these TMNT figures sound pretty succinct and make sense with what has been shown in the TV show to this point.
One of the new items is Ooze/Mutagen. This is already hitting shelves at Toys R Us across the country, giving us some confirmation that this list is accurate but also that these products may not be that far away. Also on the list is Baxter, Snakeweed, Leatherhead and Rat King. No surprise to any of those, although Rat King hasn’t yet debuted in the cartoon.
Perhaps more interesting is the listing for “Cockroach” which I can only assume is a work in progress name for an as of yet unseen mutant. Also on the list is something called the Newtralizer, which we also don’t know anything about yet. Rounding things out is Spider Bytes and two new versions of Shredder and Splinter, simply listed as 2. One would hope that these are improved versions from the first Shredder and Splinter figures. I’d love some more articulation and such, but for all we know these could be some sort of “wacky action” versions. There’s also potential for them to Hamato Yoshi or Saki, but if that were true, I’d assume they’d be listed as such.
Of course the big news for most folks is the listing for a 7 pack of Mousers. Or M.O.U.S.E.R.S. as they were in the new Nickelodeon show. This isn’t too much of a surprise to me and we’ll have to wait and see if they actually hit shelves. Remember that a 6 pack of Mousers was advertised for the 2K2 line, but never ended up making shelves. Speaking of which, I fully expect these new Mousers to be repaints, if not complete retreads of those figures. I don’t really need anymore of them, as you can see from the photo above… But at $8 a pop, it might be hard to resist.
With the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being bar none, the hottest boy’s toy on the market today, I suspect that the releases will begin to flood the market fast and furious within the new year. I couldn’t be more excited and I hope that Playmates is up to the task. Hopefully they don’t get greedy and put out quality product, which will help secure the Turtles a strong foothold in the marketplace for years to come.