Q: Which is the better version of Master Splinter: Hamato Yoshi's pet, or a mutated/reincarnated Hamato Yoshi himself? — @RandallJSanders
A: Okay, first things first: The history and minutiae of the Ninja Turtles are weird. By its very nature as a franchise that started out as a goofball parody drawn on a kitchen table over pizzas, and then became the breakout hit of the '80s black-and-white boom that then became Literally The Most Popular Thing In The World, and then became a tenured franchise that's spawned multiple iterations over the past 30 years, things get really complex, really quick when you start trying to figure out how it all works.
And for Splinter, that's even more true than it is for the Turtles themselves. As their mentor figure, the one who's responsible for handing down all the ninja knowledge that makes up a full quarter of their identities, his complications spring from an entirely different set of problems --- and that's before you start figuring out how a bunch of turtles wound up with a rat as their dad.
Fans got a pretty solid look at the four stars of Jonathan Liebesman's live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in action figure form a few months back, but now the rest of the cast can be seen in all of their plastic Playmates prestige. Click through for a good look at Shredder, Splinter, April O'Neil, what appears to be a Foot Clan soldier, and a trenchcoated Raphael from the first series of TMNT 2014 movie toys.
The newest evidence of that comes from the casting department. Apparently Jackass star and former Duke of Hazzard Johnny Knoxville will be the voice of Leonardo and Tony Shaloub, who played the title character on Monk for eight seasons, will be Splinter.
Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to ComicsAlliance's exhaustive (and exhausting) look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, the franchise you chose for us in our last vote. Over the past few weeks, we've been revisiting some fond memories with the first two movies, but this time around, we're heading into uncharted territory with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III...
Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to ComicsAlliance's needlessly thorough review series on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise. Join us today as we embark on a journey... a journey to discover...
About a year ago I rewatched the live action 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie for the first time since I was a kid and got totally choked up every time Splinter would talk about fatherhood. His "All fathers care for their sons," line even had me calling my own pops the next day, just because...
In an effort to further flesh out its new ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series by Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and Dan Duncan, IDW has been releasing a steady series of one-shots under the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries banner...
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