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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer of Turtles at Nickelodeon Universe

This summer, Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of American in Bloomington, MN, is hosting a summer-long celebration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 

While there are daily events, as well as regular weekend events, there are three big events planned across the upcoming months.

Get Animated
June 29-30
12-3 p.m., South Entrance. Watch as official TMNT animators draw scenes of Donnie, Raph, Leo & Mikey for you to take home! First come, first served.

Pizza Recipe Challenge
July 27
2 p.m., Rotunda. Attention all Pizza Ninjas in Training! Put on your chef hat, roll out the dough and get saucin’! Submit your original pizza recipe at by July 15 for your chance at a spot in the final competition at Mall of America. Be creative and load on the toppings.

Costume Contest Saturday
August 18
Attention Shell Heads! Dress up as your favorite TMNT character and enter to win epic prizes.

If you're in the neighborhood, go hand out and support the Turtles!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Free Comic Book Day Event Details

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday! As previously mentioned, there are some exciting events planned around the country for TMNT fans.

Kevin Eastman in Rochester, NH:
This event is hosted by Jetpack Comics, but takes place throughout downtown Rochester. In order to see as many fans as possible, Kevin will not be doing sketches and autographs will be limited to four items per person.
Visit the Jetpack Comics website for full details.

Peter Laird in Wells, ME:
This event is hosted at Steve Lavigne's Shellback Artworks comic book store. Also in attendance will be Jim Lawson, Eric Talbot, and, of course, Steve. Check it out from 12:00-4:00!

Shellback Artworks
1509 Post Rd.
Wells, ME 04090
Ryan Brown Art Raffle in Canal Fulton, OH:
This event is hosted at The Toys Time Forgot from 12:00-6:00. The hand-drawn sketch of Raphael and Leatherhead pictured to the left by Ryan Brown and Bruce Hatten will be raffled off at the end of the day.

The Toys Time Forgot
137 E. Cherry St.
Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Appearances

Free Comic Book Day isn't until May 4th, but comic book stores are already putting together exciting plans to encourage people to visit their shops on that day. And there are two events that should be of particular interest for TMNT fans.

At Steve Lavigne's Shellback Artworks shop in Wells, ME, Peter Laird and Jim Lawson will be appearing, along with "at least one more mystery guest." Follow the Shellback Artworks Facebook page for updated details.

Just a short drive away in Rochester, NH, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz will be appearing at Jetpack Comics. Keep watch on the Jetpack Comics website for updated details (the info currently on the website still reflects last year's event).

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nickelodeon TMNT Cast to Appear Live Dec. 14

Rob Paulsen will be hosting another special LIVE edition of his Talkin' Toons podcast on December 14 at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club in Los Angeles.

Appearing for this special event will be members of the voice cast for Nickelodeon's current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CGI series, Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Jason Biggs (Leonardo) who will be appearing via Skype, and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder).

Tickets for the event are $20, and can be purchase online right now!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New TMNT Figures Launching in the UK Nov. 24

While the new Nickelodeon TMNT figures are not scheduled to launch in the UK until December 1, several toys stores will be holding special launch events a week early, on November 24.

Midco Toy Planet
Event will feature an appearance by a TMNT character, as well as an opportunity to purchase the (not-so-Comic-Con-exclusive) Night Shadow Leonardo figure (pictured left - only 100 available).

The event starts at 9am, local time.

Midco Toy Planet
174 South Mall Westfield Centre
Derby, Derbyshire DE1 2AZ

Forbidden Planet
The store will be handing out a special TMNT goody bag to early shoppers (supplies are limited - get there early!), as well as also offering the Night Shadow Leonardo figure for sale and TMNT graphic novels signed by Kevin Eastman.

The event runs from 9:30am-1:00pm. Get full details.

Forbidden Planet
38 Priory Queensway
Birmingham, B4 7LA

Hamleys Toy Shop
Breakfast pizza will be served, starting at 8:30am, along with freebies and face painting. The store itself will open at 9:30am, with more competitions and giveaways happening throughout the day.

Full event details.

Hamleys Toy Shop
188-196 Regent St.
London W1B 5BT

Friday, October 19, 2012

TMNT Artists to Appear at Paint & Pixel Festival Tomorrow

Several Mirage Studios TMNT artists will be appearing at the Paint & Pixel Festival in Northampton, MA, tomorrow, October 20, 2012.

Artists scheduled to be in attendance are Peter Laird, Jim LawsonMichael DooneyDan Berger, and possibly Eric Talbot.

According to Peter's Laird's blog, he will be selling a portfolio of non-TMNT prints titled "Treefaces: Five Prints of Drawings of Trees With Faces." He will also be happy to sign any TMNT items that you bring with you.

Get complete event information!

Friday, October 12, 2012

LEGO TMNT Event in NYC Tomorrow!

When: Saturday, October 13: 10am - 8pm
Where: The LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center

Visit the LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center tomorrow for a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles event! The store will be offering a special sneak peak at the new TMNT LEGOs, set to launch on January 1, 2013.

Plus, be one of the first 300 people to visit the LEGO Store (Rockefeller Center) dressed as your favorite Ninja Turtle and receive a free exclusive minifigure!

Complete event info from

If anyone goes... I'll trade you a poster signed by Kevin Eastman for one of those minifigures. :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

TMNT-Styled Race Cars Set to Invade NASCAR

Next weekend, the TMNT will be styling on a couple of NASCAR cars, driven by Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman.

Jeff Gordon will be racing the below car, featuring Leonardo, at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 13.

The paint scheme is being done as a partnership between Gordon, AARP, AARP Foundation and Nickelodeon's Helping and Leading Others program on Drive to End Hunger. As part of the program, national PSA have been airing on Nickelodeon channels to reach kids, parents and grandparents.
Also on October 13 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman will be driving a car featuring Raphael.

According to, there will be a series of events with the TMNT for the whole family the weekend of the race, including concerts, a Fun Zone, a lunch party, and more. Get complete details.

Jeff Gordon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles introduce their new
race car at a press conference on September 20, 2012.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Alamo Drafthouse Screening "Secret of the Ooze"; Ernie Reyes Jr. in the House

On Friday, October 5 (that's tomorrow), the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX will be screening Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, with special guest Ernie Reyes, Jr. (aka Keno)!

The first screening at 8:00pm has sold out, but a second screening at 10:45pm has been added. Included in the price of your ticket is your right to EAT AS MUCH PIZZA AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN! But save room for the special Secret of the Ooze dessert. Buy tickets now!

And if you miss out on this event, or you'd like a bonus dose of Ernie Reyes, Jr., the Alamo Drafthouse is also screening Surf Ninjas with Ernie as a special guest at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 6! (Get tickets!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nickelodeon Universe Hosting TMNT Premiere Celebration Sept. 29

As detailed in the flyer to the left, Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, will be hosting a Premiere Celebration for the new TMNT cartoon on Sept. 29.

The celebration will be from 1-6pm, which gives you enough time to check out the premiere episodes (at 10am in MN - check your local listings) and head over to the mall for some fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mirage Studios Artists to Appear at Shellback Artworks August 11

Steve Lavigne's Shellback Artworks shop will be hosting an appearance and signing with many of the old Mirage Studios crew on August 11. Scheduled to appear are TMNT co-creator Peter Laird, Jim Lawson, and Dan Berger. Michael Dooney may also be present, although he is not currently confirmed.

The event is scheduled from 11am-4pm.

Shellback Artworks
1509 Post Rd.
Wells, ME 04090
(207) 251-4340

Most of these artists have not been making convention appearances recently, so this is an excellent opportunity to visit and maybe pick up some art!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Shellback Artworks Grand Opening Tomorrow

Here's one last reminder that Steve Lavigne's new store of comic stuff opens tomorrow. Details on the opening have been a bit lacking, but the above image showed up on Facebook, which seems to give all the info you need to know.

Looks like it'll be a good time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Peter Laird Appearing at Shellback Artworks Saturday, June 16

Former Mirage Studios employee Steve Lavigne is opening a combination art supply store, art gallery, and comic book/memorabilia shop this Saturday, June 16. The shop, titled Shellback Artworks, should of particular interest for TMNT fans.

While the specific offerings of the shop still aren't known, Peter Laird has revealed on his blog that he has given Steve the TMNT life-size figures that once hung on display in Kevin Eastman's Words & Pictures Museum. And as a show of his further support of Steve's new business venture, Peter will be appearing at the shop on Saturday to sign autographs from 12-3pm.

Scan thanks to tOkKa/terrible2z on Flickr.

Shellback Artworks
1509 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090

If you go, send in a report!

Kevin Eastman Sale and Signing at Meltdown Comics This Wednesday

Meltdown Comics in LA will be holding a "Black Wednesday" sale this Wednesday, June 13, to help move some Kevin Eastman-related merchandise. Kevin himself will be on site signing items from 4-8pm.

Complete details from the Meltdown Comics website.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TMNT Panel Report from MCM Expo London

From @TinaMcCannMD on Twitter.

Attendees of MCM Expo London this past weekend were treated to a series of TMNT exclusives and reveals for the upcoming CGI animated cartoon series from Nickelodeon. There are several in-depth reports of the event available online, including Toonzone, What the Shell! Podcast, and some members of The Technodrome.

The panel was hosted by Nick Roche, Rich Magallanes, and Kevin Eastman. Unfortunately, photography and video were not allowed inside. A lot of the information covered at the panel seems to have been stuff we already knew. Here are some bullet points of new and old information:

  • The visual style of the series is meant to be a sort of mash-up of CGI and anime.
  • A short preview was shown of the Turtles using Mikey as bait for a "killer robot." Mikey ends up running back toward the other three Turtles as he's being followed by head-seeking missiles. Mikey ends up dangling from a beam across from a pizza parlor.
  • The Kraang are only able to talk through their robot bodies, and their agenda is to colonize Earth.
  • Leatherhead, Baxter Stockman, and Karai will all appear in the series.
  • The panel seemed to avoid answering the question if Casey Jones will appear in the series, but we know from previous Mutation in Progress events that they are planning to bring him in for season 2 (but watch the backgrounds for graffiti tags from Casey during season 1).
  • Bebop and Rocksteady will not appear in this series.
  • In place of "Cowabunga!", Mikey's new catch phrase will be "Booyakasha!" (Ok...)
  • While the toys will hit the States in August this year, they won't be out in the UK until January 2013. The show itself should start around October in the UK this year, which should only slightly delayed from its start here in the US.

A trailer for the series was also premiered. Here is how described it:
Things start with the brothers darting across rooftops of NYC at night before settling in an alley. Mikey is goofing off playing kick the can, which causes his three brothers to angrily shush him in a Teen Titans-reminiscent sight gag. A group of Foot soldiers emerge from the shadows, and Leo's cocky quip is met by several more. The Turtles still emerge triumphant and their demand for a better challenge is met with the sinister mocking laughter of the Shredder. Focus then switched to an encounter with a Kraang, visibly freaking the brothers out before Mikey starts beating it unconscious in another comedy sight gag. Waving his trophy around, he berates the other three for not believing him such a creature existed before it wakes up and latches onto his face, leading Raph to quip, “How can you be proven right and still look stupid?”

And finally, Playmates had some of the new toys on display, including this lineup of Leonardo action figures through the years.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

TMNT Preview Panel at London Comic Con

London Comic Con, coming up May 25-27, has announced a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel that will give attendees a sneak preview of the upcoming new CGI TV series from Nickelodeon. Presenting the panel will be TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, along with Senior Vice President of Current Animation at Nickelodeon Rich Magallanes. Eastman was already scheduled to be a guest at the convention, while Magallanes the TMNT Fan Preview Events last year in Burbank and San Diego. 

Convention goers who would like to attend the panel are encouraged to register for "VIP access" on the London Comic Con website.

According to the website:

Visitors to May’s show at ExCel will get a sneak peek at the next generation of turtles, as Nickelodeon previews its upcoming CG-reimagining of the classic animation with an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presentation and Q&A. 
Taking place in the show’s MCM Theatre from 11:30 am on Saturday 26 May, the special panel stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President, Current Animation Rich Magallanes. As well as getting the low-down on this exciting new series, every Q&A attendee will also receive a free Turtles item! 
Featuring your favourite half-shell heroes – as well as April O’Neil, Splinter and Shredder – the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series breathes new life into the iconic characters of the much-loved franchise… and you can find out about it first at MCM Expo London Comic Con!

While this is very exciting news for fans "across the pond," it's also rather curious. Indication given at Toy Fair in February was that the new series wouldn't hit international markets until Spring 2013, nearly a year away. Meanwhile, fans everywhere are anxiously waiting for Nickelodeon's PR machine to break loose and start feeding us information and previews.

If any readers attend the Con and the panel, please submit a report to share with the rest of us!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Ninja Turtles

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, a new Guinness World Record was set for the largest gathering of people dressed as Ninja Turtles! The event marked the grand opening of the new ride at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shell Shock.

A crowd begins to gather around the new ride.

Check out video of the event below! Some of the audio is a little hard to hear, but this is essentially the entirety of event, with the 10 minutes of waiting cut out. The final number of people dressed as Ninja Turtles was 836! Cowabunga!

Some of my favorite fan shots from the event! Check out all my pictures on Flickr!

The youngest Turtle?

Best. Hair. EVER!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Guinness World Record Set For Most People Dressed as Ninja Turtles!

Yesterday, in celebration of the grand opening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shell Shock ride at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, 836 TMNT fans successful set the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Ninja Turtles in one place!

I will have a full report of the event, along with a bunch of pictures and some video, coming up later this week (after I get my shell back to California). But, I will say in short that the event was a blast, and the ride is reallyreally fun! It was tough to get the cars to do a complete 360, but very rewarding when you succeeded - It really was kinda like ninja training!

For now, here's the official group photo of the event. I left it huge so you can play Where's Waldo if you're in the crowd or know someone who was. Cowabunga, Dudes!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

TMNT: Shell Shock Grand Opening Event Today!

Keep track of event goings-ons by following @NinjaPizza on Twitter!

Monday, March 12, 2012

TMNT: Shell Shock Ready to Fly

It looks like the final touches are finally in place, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shell Shock is ready to go on March 17, 2012. If you're in the area, you definitely want to attend the big event, including a chance to get in the Guinness Book of World Records! And Ninja Pizza will be there, live Tweeting the event! I may even sneak in a few videos. ^_^

A video of the attraction on one of its early test flights appeared on YouTube over the weekend. If you look closely, you can see the giant Turtles figures in the lower right of the screen.

Additionally, readers Sonia and Brian have both been kind enough to submit "in progress" pictures of the ride being built. Check out a few of them below, and the rest on Facebook.

The ride controls are designed as a pizza cart.

Riders beware!