A library’s worth of comic books, multiple successful animated series, half a dozen movies, a bonanza of video games, enough toys and action figures to sink a battleship, millions of albums sold, and a “live”, touring rock ‘n roll stage show. When talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it starts to become easier to try to think of the aspects of pop culture they haven’t conquered. But what’s even more astounding than that is when you realize they’ve conquered so many of these corners of the zeitgeist over and over.
For the last three decades, these radioactive, sewer-dwelling reptiles have time and again reinvented themselves for new generations of fans eager to learn more about martial arts and pizza, as well as pulling back in former “party dudes/dudettes” who now have little would be Turtle fans of their own. Or, you know, people who are old enough to have kids, but don’t, and are just happy to see the Ninja Turtles re-emerge from the depths to take over the airwaves and toy aisles yet again.
It’s only been a few weeks since the most recent trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to the Michael Bay-produced TMNT picture of 2014, and though it also nicks the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” for the soundtrack, there are a handful of key differences that distinguish one from the other. Specifically, that this latest spot is chockablock with soundbites that, when taken out of context, could be used by audio editors to form scathing critiques of this film. As the trailer timecounter ticks on, the negative review puns basically write themselves: “We‘re turtles, whether you like it or not.” “This isn’t working!” “We keep failing.” It’s almost like they’re challenging their harshest critics to do their worst.
It's been a long time since there's been a competent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game available, let alone a good one. For many, the last fun TMNT game arrived in the long, long ago when consoles were cartridge-based, and you had to go to a friend's house if you wanted to enjoy multiplayer. There have been numerous attempts at reviving the franchise in the gaming space, with Nickelodeon and its partners even going so far as to slap new, high-definition coats of paint on titles fans considered classics. Though the franchise has had tremendous success reinventing itself for different animated audiences, that just hasn't translated to the video games.
There is hope, however. A new ratings listing from the Australian Classification Board hints that a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is on the way. Ordinarily, that would be news, but it wouldn't necessarily be something to be excited about. That this new TMNT game is being developed by Platinum Games however, makes all the (potential) difference in the world.
This Sunday on Nickelodeon, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are going back in time. Well, at least their Half-Shell Hero versions are anyway. The new animated special, Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past, takes our ninja buddies to the prehistoric era, where they'll have to stop an alien race from altering the future of the planet.
In addition to this animated special, there will also be some action figures based on the adventure. It just so happens, we've got a few sets to give away.
During New York Comic Con, two all-new licenses were unveiled for the very first time by Mega Bloks. The block-building sets the company already offers run the gamut from Halo to Skylanders to Assassin's Creed and beyond, but the latest additions to the company's portfolio have long deserved their chance to shine in construction set form. Though we'd known Mega Bloks had the Star Trek and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles licenses, no one had seen much of what the company had planned. Though no official TMNT sets were shown off, we did get to see the first figures across the three different series Mega Bloks is producing. There were plenty of Star Trek figures too, but the actual sets were what really caught our attention.
There are going to be plenty of sets released in 2016 and beyond, but at NYCC, Mega Bloks had three different kits for Star Trek on hand. Two comprised of ships, the very impressive classic USS Enterprise and the Klingon Battlecruiser, and the third was a transporter room set. All three looked impressive even in these early stages, but the scaled down Enterprise is definitely the star of the line. Or rather, it is for now without a bridge set on the horizon. One expects it can't be too far behind considering there's a transporter room already.
The second half of the 1987-1989 spinoff series that fleshed out much of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles supporting cast is headed for a brand new collection this week from IDW. Written by TMNT co-creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, with art and colors by Jim Lawson, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol...
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