Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Between Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen and its corresponding Supermutants action figure line circa 1996, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a solid history of radical anime and toy treatment in Japan. Later this month toymaker Dreams Come True will contribute another awesome lawyer to the TMNT's Japanese legacy by mashing up Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael with none other than Sanrio's Hello Kitty. Meowabunga, dudes!
Like the younger April O'Neil on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG animated series, Nickelodeon's new teenage Casey Jones is a little different from the original sporting good themed antihero. I mean, he's not wearing sweatpants, for one. The core of the character seems to be intact, however, as he's a rebellious bruiser with a code of honor who has already said things like "I’m the last guy you see before you wake up in the hospital," while rocking a hockey goaltender mask and swinging around a baseball bat. Playmates has stayed in synch with the new show and revealed their upcoming 2014 action figure take on the character and from the looks of things, it's packed with all the detail and accessories Jones fans have come to expect.
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October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we're dousing ourselves in ooze and handling unlicensed pets as we look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes!
Nickelodeon's presence at major comic conventions seems to grow with each passing year, and this month's New York Comic Con is no exception. Following the launch of the latest season of the network's eminently popular The Legend Of Korra series, as well as the news that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will return for its second season on October 12, Nickelodeon plans to celebrate both shows at the upcoming convention in New York. In addition to revealing panel times for each program, Nickelodeon has announced it will be screening a brand new episode of The Legend Of Korra at the show's panel, where cast members and executive producers will be on hand to answer fan's questions. Further, the network will have an exclusive poster -- featuring Korra and Wan, the first Avatar -- to be used for signings. As for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the entrance to the convention floor will feature a display of TMNT action figures, from the '80s to present day, with fans having an opportunity to participate in social media sweepstakes to win the toys.
Nickelodeon has provided ComicsAlliance with a first look at the exclusive Legend Of Korra poster, and you can check out more details of the network's convention plans below.
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It looks like there's going to be a "Mutation Situation" when Nickelodeon kicks off the second season of its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG animated series on Saturday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT. Kraang is back on a tear in New York City, sending Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael on a season-long race to retrieve the alien's liberally discarded mutagen cannisters before they create potentially dangerous mutant foes (like the new version of my favorite bad guy Mutagen Man!). What's worse, Kraang and Shredder have followed in the footsteps of previous TMNT incarnations and teamed up to destroy the ninja brothers - along with April O'Neil and new ally Casey Jones. Nickelodeon's supplied CA with a new promo clip showcasing fresh footage from the new season, which you can scope out after the cut.
Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what's the most effective opening to an 80s/90s "kids" show? --@chudleycannons
A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around "kids" as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there's no shame in my game, friend, so let's talk a little about cartoons and how they open.
There are, of course, more to kids' shows than just cartoons, but if we expanded out into live-action shows, it would just be me spending the next 1500 words trying to figure out why Zordon needed "teenagers with attitude" to fight against a moon-witch, and why that "attitude" mostly turned out to be "helpful and responsible." Besides, I like cartoons. Or at least, I used to. I saw five minutes of Johnny Test yesterday and now I don't know if I like anything.