Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mobile Game Giveaway




To celebrate the launch of the new TMNT mobile game, I am giving away five download codes redeemable on iOS! All you have to do to win is share this post (publicly!) on Facebook or Twitter, then send me an email showing me that you've done so. On Friday I will choose five winners at random from all eligible entries. Good luck!

Read more about the game!

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Paramount Presents "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"



I am home from Comic-Con and slowly getting back into the real world. I will be making detailed updates of events over the upcoming days and weeks.

First up is my video from the Paramount panel on Thursday, July 24. Convention rules don't allow the recording of the clips that were previewed, so this is everything except for those.


The clips we saw, I believe, were the same clips previewed to a handful of media last a couple weeks ago. They were April meeting the Turtles for the first time, and the snow chase from the Sachs estate.

Be sure to follow Twitter or Facebook tonight! I will be seeing a preview of the movie and will post some of my initial reactions, with a more detailed report to come in a day or two.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mobile Game Now Available



Take back the streets of NYC with the most shell-tastic team of secret superdudes EVER! Play as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael and activate fierce Ninjutsu attacks against the Foot Clan, bosses, and mutants. It’s time to protect the city!

Available now on iOS and Android!

GAME FEATURES:
• The official mobile game for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
• Blockbuster action with Leo, Mikey, Donnie and Raph
• Exciting and intuitive combat controls immerse you in the game
• Jump, spin, punch, and kick waves of street gangs, mutants, Foot Clan, and legendary bosses
• Upgrade each turtle with unique ninjutsu attacks, weapons, training, and boosts like the Freak Streak and Whack Attack
• Chain attacks to trigger an awesome TURTLE POWER mini-game and fight up close with ALL 4 TURTLES
• Play through STORY MODE, written by Tom Waltz, contributing author of the beloved comic series from IDW Publishing
• Stay alive in SURVIVAL MODE against endless waves of enemies
• Test your skills with in-game challenges
• Compete against your friends’ high scores
• Developed by the makers of the acclaimed game Combo Crew


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pizza Hut to Launch Life-Size Pizza Thrower at San Diego Comic-Con



Pizza Hut Continues Summer-Long Ninja Turtles Promotion with Tribute to iconic Pizza Thrower Toy, Sampling of Cheesy Bites at Event

Comic Con attendees will have a new attraction to feast their eyes on this year.

The attraction weighs 2 tons. Stands 12 feet high. Took 7 weeks to build. And fires pizzas. From a custom cannon. Up to 30 feet! From a seat perched on top of turret.

Starting Wednesday at the Petco Park Interactive Zone, Pizza Hut will reveal a life-size, fully-functional “Pizza Thrower,” a nod to the classic TMNT toy and the latest way the pizza company is partnering with Paramount on the upcoming movie release.  The Pizza Thrower (rendering and video below, spec sheet attached) will be open to the public to try throughout the convention. The Thrower will fire faux Cheesy Bites Pizzas at Ninja Turtles enemies, and participants will receive free slices of the popular Pizza Hut pizza.

Check out this teaser video of the Pizza Thrower being built:

TMNT Guide to Comic-Con 2014



PANELS


Paramount Pictures
Thursday, July 24
3:00pm-4:00pm - Hall H
(Megan Fox and Will Arnett are expected to make an appearance as fans get a preview of exclusive footage from the upcoming movie.) Paramount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year's most anticipated movies!

IDW Artist's Editions
Thursday July 24
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Room 4
(It is possible/likely that an Artist's Edition of TMNT Vol. 1, #1 will be announced during this panel.)
Artist's Edition editor Scott Dunbier blathers on and on about Artist's Editions past, present, and future. There will be a couple of cool announcements as well as special guests Walter Simonson and IDW president (and art lover) Greg Goldstein-what more could you possibly want?

Everything Old Is New Again: The '90s Live On!
Thursday, July 24
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Room 29A
Vintage and retro are still hot with Boomers and Gen X, but Millennial collectors are now coming into the marketplace looking for their childhood "new classics" toys of the 1990s! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Animated, and Aliens are all on the rise again and in demand (to say nothing of the My Little Pony renaissance!). Can Furby's comeback be far behind? Come talk to creators and collectors of all generations about Total Justice, Street Sharks, and Dexter's Lab among many other totally rad '90s toys and find out what Clinton-era toyline is now the "new Star Wars" for collectors! Moderator Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider.com, Geek Shall Inherit podcast) discusses this and much more with a panel of toy industry experts, including Reis O'Brien (Funko), Jeff Trojan (Playmates Toys), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles), Randy Falk (NECA), and Jeremy Sung (Spy Monkey Creations).

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A Look Under the Shell
Thursday, July 24
8:15pm - 9:15pm - Room 6DE
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture's most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called "happy accident" defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Revue
Friday July 25
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Room 23ABC
Join Playmates Toys-the master toy licensee for TMNT since the 1980s -as members of the mutant marketing team prepare to "unleash shell" and discuss what's new and next for the articulated heroes on a half shell. Get sneak peeks at Turtle toys based on Nickelodeon's animated series, Paramount's blockbuster movie, and the original comic series. It's a great chance to ask questions of "team green" members who've worked on all incarnations of the Turtles since their debut three decades ago.

Nickelodeon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Booyakasha!
Saturday, July 26
11:15am - 12:15pm - Room 6A
Revel in the mutation madness as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nunchuk their way through bad guys, eat pizza, and kick Kraang butt! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman pull back the curtain to give an in-depth look at the creation of the current series and talk with the amazing voice talent behind NYC's most dangerous teenagers: Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Seth Green (Leonardo), Josh Peck (Casey Jones), and Kelly Hu (Karai). Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP of current series animation for Nickelodeon).


Minimates Mini-Figures: From Marvel to Clerks to TMNT
Saturday, July 26
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Room 8
Diamond Select Toys' Chuck Terceira (president), Jason Wires (prototype painter), and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) discuss what's coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new series based on X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary
Saturday July 26
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Room 23ABC
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird published the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The comic book was an overnight success, and three decades later, the Turtles are more popular than ever, starring in a hit Nickelodeon television series, an award-winning toy line, monthly comic books from IDW, and a new live-action movie later this summer. Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for a 30th anniversary celebration featuring a who's who of talented people who have contributed to the Turtles' enduring history. Guests include Karl Aaronian (Playmates Toys), Townsend Coleman (voice of Michelangelo in the original TMNT animated series), Lloyd Goldfine (4kids TMNT, Turtles Forever), Ciro Nieli (executive producer, Nickelodeon TMNT), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Keno inTMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze), and Tom Waltz (writer, IDW TMNT comics), and panel moderator Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).


IDW: Kids Comics!
Sunday, July 27
10:00am - 11:00am - Room 4
Who's got the best comics for kids? IDW, of course! My Little Pony! Angry Birds! TMNT! Littlest Pet Shop! Skylanders! Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, David Hedgecock, and Carlos Guzman talk about all these titles and more. With creators Louise Simonson, Katie Cook, Tony Fleecs, Andy Price, Derek Charm, and too many more to mention! Plus, free comics for kids!


EXCLUSIVES


Action Figure Xpress
Booth #3345

Peavey Eastman and Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Black and White / Glow in the Dark Rockmaster Electric Guitar
$275.00


Nickelodeon
Booth #4133

Playmates Black & White Mirage-Style Raphael - $30



KidRobot Bebop Vinyl Figure - $50

Kid Robot Rocksteady Figure - $50


Funko Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Michelangelo Hikari - $

IDW Publishing
Booth #2643

TMNT The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 5 B & W Limited Edition Convention Exclusive - $50

Pre-order now for pickup at SDCC.

TMNT 30th Anniversary Special Exclusive Covers - $10 each


TMNT Vol. 1, #1 2014 Convention Exclusive Reprint - $10


TMNT Vol. 1, #1 2014 Convention Exclusive Reprint - $25

Awesome Convention Exclusives
Booth #620

TMNT 30th Anniversary Convention Exclusive - $25

Entertainment Earth
Booth #2343

This is not a convention exclusive, but Entertainment Earth will be offering for sale the Playmates TMNT Classics figures based on the 1990 movie. This will be the first opportunity for the public to buy these figures, but they will be available at retail at a later date.

Fat Rabbit Farm
Booth #4535

Collect all four! Limited edition, handmade plush by Fat Rabbit Farm! Please note that these are not officially licensed products. $60/each.

PEOPLE

Kevin Eastman - Booth #1529 (Heavy Metal)
Kevin will be all over the convention throughout the weekend. Get his schedule on his official website.

Stan Sakai - Booth #4906
Be sure to buy the new "The Sakai Project" book!

Michael Dooney - Artists’ Alley #DD-22
Dave Garcia - Artists’ Alley #GG-17
David Petersen - Artists’ Alley #GG-09


Alex Deligiannis - Booth #1802
Alex will be selling a fantastic set of four TMNT art prints, among other great things.

Nick Palma - Sails Pavilion Autograph Area
Nick was Michaelangelo's stunt double in TMNT 2 & 3.
Thursday - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Friday - 2:30pm - 7:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - 10:00am - 1:30pm


"Shell Shock" Released as First Single from "Ninja Turtles" Soundtrack



The first single from the soundtrack for next month's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been released by Atlantic Records. The track is "Shell Shocked" by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign ft. Kill The Noise & Madsonik.

You can listen to the track on YouTube, below. At this time there is no information on when a complete soundtrack will be released.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

"TMNT: Inside the Action" Special Airs Tonight on Nickelodeon




Tonight, after the Kids' Choice Sports 2014 Awards, Nickelodeon is airing a behind the scenes special about the upcoming TMNT movie. The special is scheduled for 9:30pm Eastern/8:30pm Central. Check your local listings to be sure when it's on in your town!

Here's a short behind the scenes preview:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IDW TMNT #36 - Variant Cover Guide



New Turtles today!

Check out a preview!

Cover A
Cover B
Cover A: Mateus Santolouco.
Regular cover.

Cover B: Kevin Eastman.
Regular cover.

Cover C
Cover D
Cover C: Mark Torres.
Retailer incentive cover; 1 copy sent to retailers for every 10 copies ordered.

Cover D: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Steve Lavigne.
Retailer exclusive; "Kevin Eastman Fan Club" edition. - availability unknown.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New TMNT Movie "Motion Posters"



Yesterday, Paramount released four "motion posters," one for each Turtle, to promote next month's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie release. You can watch each of the "posters" in the consolidated video below.

TMNT Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award




Yesterday, the nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. In the category of Best Animated Program, the primetime special, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project, was nominated.

The other nominees in the category of Best Animated Program are Archer, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, and South Park. The winner will be announced during the live broadcast, August 25, 2014.

Earlier this year, TMNT won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special. No TMNT series, past or present, has been previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pizza Hut Reunites with Ninja Turtles for Blockbuster Movie Partnership




The TMNT have a long history with Pizza Hut pizza, and this summer, with the release of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, these two forces are reuniting. The cornerstone of the partnership is the return of the popular Cheesy Bites Pizza, including a "hidden menu" of four special TMNT-style topping combinations.



The partnership goes digital with special online promotions that will be supported through Pizza Hut's social media accounts.
To kick off the promotion, Pizza Hut will host a #TBTMNT (Throwback Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) promotion on its Twitter and Instagram channels where fans are encouraged to post their old turtle swag or turtle costumes for chances to win gift cards and other prizes. More information can be found on the Pizza Hut Twitter channel. 
Leading up to the premiere of the Ninja Turtles movie, fans can learn the “turtle way” to cut a pizza “Katana Style” via a “Katana Cut” training video. Fans will then be able to order a pizza cut this way – in four Ninja Turtle-size slices instead of eight – to draw a closer experience to the film. 
In addition, the box topper for Cheesy Bites pizzas will feature an augmented reality experience for customers at home. Fans will have a chance to unlock extended footage from the movie and additional content through an interactive AR experience. 
All digital assets will also be housed on a new Tumblr page hosted by Pizza Hut. The page will provide an arena for fans of pizza and the Ninja Turtles to showcase memories and stories related to the Turtles and Pizza Hut for other enthusiasts around the world to enjoy.

Lifesize Pizza Thrower


Pizza Hut will reprise a legendary toy figure and fan favorite by unveiling a life-size version of the “Pizza Thrower,” which will make appearances at live events. Fans will be able to take charge of the iconic vehicle and fire Cheesy Bites Pizza props at targets, including movie bad guys like Shredder and the Foot Clan, and also enjoy a sampling of real Cheesy Bites Pizza.

Two Brand New TMNT/Pizza Hut Commercials




Monday, July 7, 2014

Heroes in a Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute Exhibition



Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon are proud to present an official art exhibition in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 30th anniversary.

On exhibit from July 12 - August 3, 2014, over 30 artists pay tribute to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Production Art & TMNT Memorabilia On Display

See character, background, storyboards, and other development art by the creatives behind the new TMNT series. Also on display will be an assortment of TMNT memorabilia.

Opening Night Extravaganza - July 12

TMNT costumes and attire encouraged!
Open to Public, All Ages Welcome, No RSVP needed.

Admission
$5 or FREE when you come in costume or purchase any TMNT items from the shop (in store purchases only)

Opening Highlights Include:

  • Meet artists who have worked on the TV show, and comics
  • Come meet and get your photo taken with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a custom-designed TMNT lair
  • First 30 people in the door will receive a FREE TMNT Toy
  • First 500 people in the door will receive a FREE TMNT eye bandana
  • Free refreshments and TMNT cocktails available
  • Hourly raffles giveaways at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm
  • Classic TMNT arcade cabinet on display and playable
  • Original tribute artwork by artists from the TV show and comics will be on display and for sale 

Artist Signing, 7:30pm - 8:30pm:

  • Ciro Nieli, Executive Producer Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Irineo Maramba, Design Supervisor Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Dan Duncan, TMNT Comic Book Artist, IDW Publishing

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Reddit TMNT Gift Exchange



To celebrate the 30th anniversary, RedditGifts is currently accepting signups to participate in a TMNT-themed gift exchange. Signups are open now through July 7. Participants will then be matched with another fan, to whom they are to ship a gift by July 25. The suggested value of the gift is $20.

Participation is easy and is open to fans worldwide.
  1. Sign up for the exchange.
  2. The morning of July 7, 2014, we will close sign ups and our computer program will choose who you should send a gift to (this is the most important part, this is about the giving!)
  3. Once you come back here to pick up your match's information, you'll have until July 25th, 2014, to ship your gift. When you ship it, keep a receipt and come back here to tell us you've shipped it. If you buy your gift through the redditgifts Marketplace there's no need to keep a receipt or mark it shipped, we'll keep track of all of that for you!
  4. When you receive a gift, you'll need to come back and post an amazing thank you note, hopefully with photos!
Visit http://redditgifts.com/exchanges/tmnt to signup and participate! I'm already in!

"Ninja Turtles" Movie Tie-In Game Announced for Nintendo 3DS




Activision has announced a tie-in game for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. While the movie has a release date of August 8, the game just has a general release date of "August."

Nintendo Life reports:
[The game] will take the form of a third-person action game that will let players switch between the four turtles at any time. Each turtle possesses his own set of stats and skills, with Raphael, as a given example, centering on strength and Michelangelo focusing more on speed. Classic foes will show up as fodder to face off against, including the Foot Clan and Baxter Stockman's scientific abominations.

Interestingly, one of the released screenshots features Slash, obviously influenced by the character's appearance in the Nickelodeon cartoon. It seems likely that despite an obvious attempt to emulate the appearance of the movie, the game might not actually have much in common with it.