|Check in desk.|
To help distinguish the four Turtles from each other better in the eyes of the general public, different looks and personalities have been crafted for each Turtle (I know, I know). They also wanted to make the Turtles more relatable as teenage brothers. Instead of being big and bulky as they have been in many past iterations, these Turtles are more like high school football players.
|TMNT wall graphic|
on the Convention floor.
Raphael is the muscle in the party. He'll give a fist in the face first, and ask questions later. There's a bit of a rivalry with Leo about being leader, and he probably could be a pretty good leader if he wasn't such a hot head. Raph is voiced by Sean Astin.
|Digital poster included|
on the TMNT USB stick.
Michaelangelo is the most creative, wild, and the comic relief. He comes off as being a bit silly, but you don't want to mess with him because he will beat you up if he needs to. Mikey is voiced by Greg Cipes.
Next, a chest-up CG image of Splinter was shown. This was something new since the preview event last March, where we only saw concept drawings. Instead of being small, old, and frail, this Splinter is a bit younger, more agile, and a bit taller. He's still the sensei and father figure. Expect to see him engaging with the Turtles more in terms of training and sparring sessions (and above ground stuff seemed to be implied, too). All of these changes also help to make him more of a better opponent against Shredder. Expect to eventually see a Splinter and Shredder showdown.
|Street ninjas spreading the word to|
the Gaslamp about the TMNT event.
Next, some of the bad guys were revealed. An image (just a drawing, not CG) of one of the Kraang was shown, which is this show's version of an Utrom. They've come to Earth with the goal of colonizing it, but they haven't yet perfected the technology to adapt to our atmosphere, so they were exo-skeleton suits. They apparently walk a little funny and talk a little funny. They will be joining forces with Shredder and will eventually build him robotic ninjas.
|Side view of the event venue.|
Next, the "Stealth Shell" (my name, still not 100% sure on the actual name) was revealed. This is the single-driver vehicle that can go in and out of a camo armor mode. Next was the Party Bus, the Turtles' primary vehicle, which is a subway car that Don converted. It's decked out in armor and has street wheels that can pop up and out so it can go top side. But then pull the wheels back and it can go back to the tracks down below.
|Another outside view.|
New York, of course, is their home and playground. While developing such a massive city is a lot of work to do in CG, but they are working on making it as big as possible. Expect it to look "hip-hop" and "grunge." Some concept designs for China Town and April's apartment (with the antique shop below) were shown.
Then, finally, the design for Shredder was revealed. I think he might have been a full-figure CG image, but I'm not 100% sure. However, his design was still the same from the March event, thus he is still very badass. He's not corny, cheesy, don't expect him to be busing out jokes. He has his mind set on only one thing, and that is to destroy Splinter and the Turtles. And with that, the PowerPoint portion of the event was over.
|Tokka and Pat Linden|
hang out after the presentation.
Next on stage was Bobby Curnow, an editor at IDW. He took a little time to talk about the upcoming series, though there was really no new information to offer.
|One final outside|
view of the venue.
Finally, for the end of the program, we were shown a short bit of animation (we saw this back in March). The video starts similarly to the preview video released at the beginning of March, but then extends a little longer to show the Turtles running across some rooftops, and then we see them down in an alley.
Leo: "Halt, villain!"
Raph: "Halt, villain? When did we start talking like that?"
Leo: "We're heroes, that's how heroes talk."
And that was it! On the way out we were handed a USB drive with the new logo on it (and some PDF files loaded on it), a copy of the IDW ashcan, and a souvenir ticket to the event (we had had to give them up to get in). Many thanks to Nickelodeon for hosting this party! It was especially great to see so many familiar faces. Can't wait to see what's in store for us at next year's Comic-Con!