It’s kind of strange how much influence Cyndi Lauper had on the early 1980’s wrestling boom. She was something of a pop culture phenomenon and why she ever hooked up with wrestling, is beyond me. It probably held her back once Madonna burst on the scene, but maybe it was just part of a larger “sell out” on her part. Anyway, point being, her teaming up with Hulk Hogan caused the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” era to head into the stratosphere. Along the way came the Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling cartoon show, which was part of a Cyndi Lauper themed CBS Saturday Morning cartoon lineup.

In addition to the scariest image of Hulk Hogan I’ve ever seen, that neither looks like the real Hogan or the cartoon Hogan, this ad shows us that the Berenstain Bears and Muppet Babies & Monsters were part of the lineup. I can confess that I do not recall Muppet Babies ever being packaged with a Muppet Monsters show, but apparently it was. The Berenstain Bears were sort of like the Waltons, but with bears. But the real draw is this Rock ‘n’ Wrestling image of Hogan. He appears to be wearing black and white striped trunks. It’s just odd all around.

Although the toys are starting to show up in scattered stores across the nation, up until now we haven’t known when the new Nickelodeon version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon will debut. Thankfully an answer has finally surfaced from the sewers. On Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. the cartoon with premier on Nickelodeon with two back-to-back episodes. No doubt introducing the Turtles to a whole new batch of youngsters. The first season will run 26 episodes.

Turtlemania is reaching a fever pitch here at Infinite Hollywood and I’m quite excited. Just days ago we were the first website to reveal the Night Shadow Leonardo and it seems as though news continues to come in. Although there’s still two and a half months until the TMNT cartoon debut on Nickelodeon, we expect more exciting developments in the weeks and months ahead. Be sure to check in with as we’re you’re official Turtles 2012 source!

At first I wasn’t super excited about the new cartoon as I didn’t care much for the CG animation style, but the first preview looks pretty interesting and I’m just glad to have the Turtles back in any form. Throw in the fact that they’re using a remake/remix of the classic Ninja Turtles theme song and I’m even more intrigued. Plus the solid toys have helped to sell me on the idea of the new show. Ninja Turtles was a big part of my youth and it’s also a huge part of why I collect toys. So I’m rooting for the Green Machine to have a comeback in a big way. Anyone else starting to get excited?

Teen Titans GO

Just the other day I was watching a re-run of Teen Titans on Boomerang, wondering to myself how the 2003 show ever got canceled. The show had just enough DC Universe to be interesting, but mostly focused on teenage and pre-teen issues that garnered the program a huge fanbase of non-traditional fans. In fact, comic fans were the last to flock to this show, instead it was mostly people who never read comics in their life that loved this program. To me, that’s exactly the kind of marketing DC needs. Hooking kids when they’re at that pre-teen age.

Teen Titans GO to premiere in 2013

Low and behold, DC has announced that Teen Titans will return to the Cartoon Network in a spin-off/sequel/relaunch titled Teen Titans GO! Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the cartoon will share a lot in common with the comic of the same name (which was a slightly more comic-y version of the TV show) but may be a more wacky “comedy show”.

DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block for animated series and original shorts based on characters from DC Comics (Saturdays 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET/PT), will host the new program Teen Titans Go!, a half-hour comedy/action series inspired by the original show. It is said the series will “show the humorous side of being a teenage hero.”

“Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the super hero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. They may be super heroes who save the world every day … but somebody still has to do the laundry! With the ability to turn into any animal or detach their robotic limbs, teenage pranks reach a whole new level. And even super heroes have to take Driver’s Ed. to get a license – especially after wrecking the Batmobile on an unauthorized joy ride to impress a girl!”

The series is executive produced by Sam Register (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, The Looney Tunes Show, Teen Titans) and produced by Michael Jelenic (Thundercats, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD, El Tigre). It will premiere on Cartoon Network in 2013.

They’ve already put some little clips up on the DC website and the toon looks to be redesigned into almost Chibi characters. I’m not sure how well that will play out as the designs were already anime in nature. Though I always loved the design for Robin and Cyborg in particular.

The good news is that the full original cast is back including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven and Hynden Walch as Starfire. So this is definitely just a new version of the same characters. Hopefully it’ll turn into an entertaining program that can do as good of job as the original at embracing some of that real Teen Titans spirit, as we haven’t had a good DC cartoon since Brave & The Bold went off the air.

A while back I began pondering on Twitter about why certain old cartoons hadn’t been made into viable toy lines. It seems these days that almost everything is being pined for some sort of toy and these old cartoons and characters need new life. With that in mind, here is a list of ten cartoons that need toys and here are the specific toys I’d like to see them breathed into life with. Although this list is numbered, it’s not in any particular order of importance.

#10. Chip N’ Dale Resuce Rangers
Reimagined as Revoltech

In recent years Revoltech has really gone out of their way to pick up a variety of oddball licenses. While there are a lot of other franchises I’d probably rather see as Revoltech, this one makes sense to me. Kaiyodo has built up a pretty good relationship with Disney and has made numerous Disney designed figures. While they haven’t done much on traditional Disney cartoons, I think Chip & Dale would be a great place to start. Of course I have one caveat. I want the whole team. Chip, Dale, Gadget and most importantly Monterrey Jack with Zipper! Tad Stones famous cartoon would be an incredible toy line if produced in any medium, but Revoltech would definitely make it more fun. I actually don’t even need any of the villains, just the heroes.

#9. Beetlejuice (The Cartoon)
Reimagined as Kid Robot

Beetlejuice was such a popular kids cartoon in it’s time that it’s almost amazing that it’s been forgotten. Sure, Kenner had a Beetlejuice line, but it never quite tied into the cartoon. There are a ton of fans out there for this old cartoon and it’s the perfect sort of license for designer vinyl. Let’s face it, most of these designs just don’t work as traditional action figures or toys. As fun vinyls? Those would be great. What designer actually does the deed? Who knows!? There are tons of great vinyl guys out there. I can just see Kid Robot selling the toys, much like they do with the Futurama and Simpsons mini vinyls.

#8. Aeon Flux
Reimagined as Figma

Aeon Flux’s run on Liquid Television was the stuff of legend. Later “Æon Flux” got it’s own show on MTV. Somehow that all led up to a horrible movie that we’d best all forget about. One thing is for certain though, the designs were absolutely amazing in their day and still stand the test of time as being quite unique. While Revoltech would also work well with this line, I think Max Factory’s Figmas series would serve it best. These guys specialize in doing female figures.

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Around 2001, Peter Laird and the Mirage crew started work on a few TMNT projects to get the Ninja Turtles back to mainstream. While they eventually ended up with 4Kids and the long running new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle show that followed, they did for a while work with WB on a version of the show. The WB animated show seemed to have it’s own direction and style, which was similar in some ways but ultimately quite a bit different than what the 4Kids show became.

WB Turtle Concept Art

With Nickelodeon hard at work on their new Ninja Turtles show, a lot of people have wondered what a new Ninja Turtles TV program will look like. It’s impossible to say for sure, but examining the WB show might be a good way to get an idea. Here’s a recently posted animatic from the proposed WB concept show.

Remember of course, this show has nothing to do with the new Nick TMNT. It’s just a little animatic from the show that almost was. If anything, the new Nickelodeon show should prove to be an interesting experiment as it’s got a lot of talent attached to it and plenty of promise.

Early WB TMNT Prototype Figure
(Eventually became 2003 4Kids style Figure)

I can’t help but wonder about that WB show though, and if it would have been as big of a success as the 4Kids 2003 program or an even bigger one. Of course it very well could have failed. The WB concepts are long since retired, but Nickelodeon no doubt has a lot of great ideas for the Green Machine. Here’s hoping that Nickelodeon knocks it out of the park with their attempt.