Prime 1 Studio Takes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Back to the ’90s
After grabbing the license to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the 2014 film, most of us expected Prime 1 Studio to stick with the modern incarnations seen in Paramount's live-action update on the '80s cartoon. Given how Prime has worked with the company on the Transformers side of things, that line of thinking made some sense. Then this past weekend at Wonder Festival Winter, Prime 1 Studio shattered expectations completely. Not only is the company continuing to put out more Turtles goods, but soon the fan-favorite iterations from the 1990 feature film will find their way from the sewers into collections around the world.
The four-statue set features the Ninja Turtles as they were in the landmark action movie of 1990. Unlike the computer-generated Turtles that populate the current films, these statues will be based on the actual costumes worn by actors playing Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo. I haven't been this excited about a TMNT collectible since Good Smile's James Jean statue series, but these new statues speak to me on a whole different level. And that level is my childhood.
Now there's no release date or pricing info available for those of us living in the States, but Prime 1's previous TMNT pieces did run ~$800 when the came out. That sounds like an awful lot of money to spend on Ninja Turtles, but by God, when they look as great as these do, it's hard to deny the "Buy Now" button the glory of being clicked. Of course, that might be the great nostalgia monster gnawing on my hippocampus. It's hard to tell sometimes.
Each of the statues will be offered on its own, but will combine to create that stellar diorama you see above. Given that those statues are around 30" tall a piece, you're going to need a lot of shelf space to fit them anywhere. If you only have room in your house for a coffee table, you're going to have to give it up as a proper pedestal to display this glorious monument to a bygone era in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles history. Or you just just buy Raphael and make your home exactly one billion times cooler than it was before you added the greatest Ninja Turtle of all time to your domicile.
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