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Monday, April 27, 2015

Team Eastman 2015 Tour T-Shirts Now Available



If you've seen TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman at any of his many convention appearances the last couple of years, you've probably seen him and wife Courtney sporting snazzy "Team Eastman" t-shirts. Well, Team Eastman is now making special "Tour" t-shirts available to fans.



On the front are the words "TEAM EASTMAN," with Kevin's first Turtle sketch taking the place of the "A." And like concert t-shirts, the Team Eastman shirts have a list of 2015 convention appearances on the back.

If you plan on seeing Kevin at one of his remaining 2015 appearances, limited numbers of shirts should be available at the shows. However, buying online means you don't have to worry about supply and it means that you can wear your shirt when you see Kevin.

If you're ready to join Team Eastman, you can go to Kevin's website to buy. Shirts are available in His and Hers styles, and are priced $24.95 and $27.95 respectively (plus shipping). (I got my shirt in less than a week, so shipping is quite prompt!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Guest Editorial: My Affection for Four Pizza-loving Turtles



The following editorial was submitted by Niklas Nowak, translated from the original German. This editorial has been edited for length and small grammar corrections. You can read it in it's entirety on Niklas's blog, here.

If you would like to submit an editorial, please e-mail the completed piece to me for consideration. Enjoy!

My Affection for Four Pizza-loving Turtles. Or: How My English Teacher Gave Me a Verbal Kick in the Teeth

It was probably in fifth or sixth grade when my world broke down. The English terms for animals were the order of the day. Usually, you are already faced with a lot of those expressions before the explicit discussion in school education. For example, through the titles of Hollywood blockbusters, cartoon shows, etc. Thanks to Disney comics with a certain drake and frequent visits to fast food outlets, ”cat,” “dog,” “duck” and similar specimens of the Anglo-Saxon fauna were well known to me. But since donkey’s years I have been looking forward to the moment that we would pick up the word “turtle” in English class, and, maybe even more important, that we would be allowed to use that word. But then, with all of her might, my English teacher gave me a verbal kick in the teeth. In the pages of our textbook we became acquainted to a little turtle that my teacher mentioned as “Trundle the TORTOISE.” She did not know what a cruel thing she did to me by forcing us to use [this term] and not ... “turtle.” If there would have been a shell on my back, just at this very instant, I would have crawled into it. Certainly, combined with the declaration to never come out again.

As Swift as a Ninja, as Grandiose as an American

Since my first days in kindergarten, to me there has been nothing more tuff, more bold, more marvelous than the “Turtles,” [particularly] the “Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles”. (Please note: They bear the original name “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” in the USA; in Europe, due to dubious aspects of youth protection, the “Ninja” was replaced by “Hero.”) The Turtles were the reason for the factor that the turtle became my favorite animal. Plenty of people see the turtle as a sluggish and coward midget, someone that holes up when the going gets tough. In my view, the turtle was a complex creature. Admirable, as I saw it as a big talking, in Japanese martial-arts-proficient and pizza-eating reptile. If you like, you can mark the Turtles as globalized-paradox, pop-cultural beings of the early 1990s; far Eastern consciousness and body control on the one hand, American pomposity and (unhealthy) culinary art on the other hand. Is there one word for all those facets? There sure is: Cowabunga!

Heroes through the Ages

“I was young and I needed the money” is not the adequate saying to outline my enthusiasm for the Turtles. More probably, “I was DARN young and had (yet) no idea of how the world works.” Industry realized the commercial potential of the Turtles and expanded it to a kiddie franchise that caught me. Balls to the wall. At the beginning of the 20th Century, children used to pick up on bygone eras to choose their heroes: knights, pirates, cowboys and the like. In the era of plastic commerce (an economic phenomenon that increasingly identified baby-tooth-bearers and their parents as a financially potent target group), explicit figures of franchises fill that role. In the 1970s, “Star Wars” served as a forerunner, numerous Western (for example, the “Transformers” and, of course, the Turtles) and Eastern (“Dragon Ball [Z], “Yu-Gi-Oh,” etc.) [examples] have followed. The fresh heroes answer to the names of Han-Solo and Son-Goku. I was right in the thick of it, chose four brave shell-bearers as my heroes and felt like a million dollars (pardon, pizzas). This was perfect material for my childish imagination, but a constant robbery of my piggy bank/my parents’ wallets. Maybe that was the reason for the fact that——partially due to grief about my merchandise purchases, partially due to empathy about my enthusiasm——in a somehow kind way my father called the Turtles, “Trottels” (a pun of the German word “Trottel,” which means “jerk” in English, and the original expression). Incarnations of Turtle action figures came (and still come) by the score; whether classic, with adjustable limbs (for the ninja moves), with a transforming-feature, or as robotic hybrids. Furthermore, you chose (and still choose) between myriad vehicles, armored fighting vehicles, flying objects, and headquarters that maximize the fun. I remember that there even was a freaky Turtle action figure with a kind of whistle on the back of its shell. It was not a very brilliant idea of one of my friends to select just this figure as his “Sandbox Turtle.” You could barely here a sound from that poor Turtle.

To claim that we’ve come “Turtle full circle” with the latest cinema-reboot would be a lie (particularly as in financial terms, the movie is a roaring success, which is kind of surprising as there are a lot of critical voices, too). Precisely that is the amazing thing about the Turtles: They were and are never completely gone. Sure, the 1990s-hype-days are all over. But nevertheless, every now and then there pops up a new cartoon or animation show, a movie, a video game and piles of toys. And, of course, a vast number of reprints, collected volumes and special editions of the original comic series. Turtles can attain a damn high age. For the average turtle a lack of perseverance and physical power can be compensated by cool-headed acceptance of its inconspicuousness and a Methuselah-like age. On top of that, due to their mutation-strengthened past, the Turtles can do more than a simple rasping sound so that their chances are not too small to be a long-run member of popular culture. Provided that the Turtles will try to equal a prominent companion of their species, they will indulge in popularity up to approximately 2159. I probably cannot compete with that. Hopefully, the same holds true for Trundle the tortoise.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nerdy Show Talks Mutanimals



Nerdy Show, a weekly talk and humor podcast that embraces all nerdy topics, dedicated their latest episode to the TMNT.
Hear TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman discuss the series’ legacy of characters and the many forms the Turtles’ universe has taken (from a Q&A hosted at the 2014 Heroes Con). Then hang out with writer Paul Allor and artist Andy Kuhn, the  team behind the revival of one of the TMNT's most revered supporting titles: Mutanimals.
Check it out!

Monday, February 9, 2015

ToonSeum in Pittsburgh Presents "TMNT: 30 Years of Turtle Power" Exhibit




Open now through April 26, the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA, is presenting a retrospective exhibit that celebrates the 30-year history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This exhibition was curated by Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. He is the author of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, published by Insight Editions in 2014.

If you're in the area, be sure to check it out! And watch the ToonSeum Facebook page for possible events.

Location:
Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Hours:
Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission:
Adults/Children 13 and over $8.00
Children over 6 are $4.00
Children 5 and under are free!
Seniors, college students, veterans and active military are $7.00

Monday, October 20, 2014

TMNT Writing Competition




The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back on the big screen, and to celebrate the UK release of the film Movellas has teamed up with the crime fighting quartet to bring you the Official TMNT Writing Competition!

The rules are simple:
  • Write an alternate movie script.
OR
  • Write your own version of the movie from the POV of one of the turtles.
OR
  • Write your own superhero story about a crime-fighting team.
One winner will receive a movie poster, a pizza cutter, head phones, a back pack, foam hand, skateboard and boxing bag. Four runners up will win: a poster, pizza cutter, head phones, backpack and foam hand.

This contest is for UK residents only. Competition closes at 23:00 GMT 31 October 2014. There is no word limit, so get writing!

Get complete details and submit your entry.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird CBC Radio Interview



This past weekend, TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird gave their first joint interview in over a decade for "Day 6 with Brent Bambury" on CBC Radio.

The interview was a promotional effort for the newly released documentary, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety below.

Kevin Eastman's Top AMA Questions and Answers



Last Thursday, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.

You can read the entire question and answer session here.

Quoted below are three highlights of the session.
Q: What do you think of the new TMNT movie?
Kevin Eastman: Quite simply, I love it. Worked on various parts of it's development for 4 years. We had the right director for the project and you can clearly see Michael Bay's hand in it. I'm so proud of it and am glad the fans have responded so favorably.

Q: How did you figure out the personalities of the four Turtles? When did you know Leo would be the leader or Donatello would be the smartest one?
Kevin Eastman: The personalities were developed early on. When you have a group of superheroes or kids playing on a playground it feels like the personalities pop up quickly. You always need a smart one (Donatello), one you want to have on your side in a fight (Raphael). Pretty much from the first issue we knew who they were.

Q: I think April O'Neil was (originally, anyway) a great character to have in a comic book story as weird as the TMNT one. She's ambitious, driven, intrepid and cunning. And the Turtles never sexualized her as many other comic characters might have done with such a figure. Was there a conscious effort to make a female character that was basically a 5th (but human) Turtle? One to which women and young girls could relate and admire?
Kevin Eastman: Absolutely. I've always been personally very fond of strong, independent, female characters. With April we wanted her to be the big sister and considered more like a family member than anything else. Very strong personality and awesome character on her own.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kevin Eastman Reddit AMA Today



TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman will be hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) for one hour today, starting at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific.

You can find the AMA at this link, starting at the time noted above.

As the name suggests, this is your chance to ask Kevin anything and everything! It should be fun!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Limited Edition Signed Bookplates for "TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History"



If you don't yet have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, what on Earth are you waiting for? Well, here's a little extra incentive.

Andrew Farago, author of the book, is currently offering limited edition signed bookplates. If you already have the book, you can purchase just the bookplates to put in your book. If you still need a book, Andrew can sell you one of those as well.

There are two bookplates available. The first features a sketch of Donatello by Andrew and will also be signed by Andrew. The second features signatures from Andrew plus TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
Bookplate 1

Bookplate 2
To get the complete details and get these snazzy bookplates for yourself, head on over to The Technodrome.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Now Available-Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



Available today on DVD and HD Digital, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Get it now from Amazon.com, iTunes, or other retailers.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  –  Go behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets to discover the real origin story of four of pop culture’s most enduring heroes in the captivating new film TURTLE POWER: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, debuting on DVD, VOD and Digital HD August 12, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Written and directed by Randall Lobb, the film chronicles the birth of a franchise and reveals the remarkable journey of four of the most unlikely super heroes of all time. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael with this must-see documentary and the August 8th theatrical debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett. 
In the spring of 1984, a strange new comic book sat beside cash registers in select shops, too big to fit in the racks, and too weird to ignore. Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presented a completely original breed of super hero. It was too bizarre, too crazy.  It broke all the rules and should never have worked. Until it sold out. Again and again and again. For 30 years. Now, peek under the shell and see how this so-called “happy accident” defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world. 
The TURTLE POWER: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, along with English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.



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!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"



After more than five years of collecting interviews and information, "Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is officially scheduled for release on August 12, 2014. This video documentary promises to provide new insight into the 30-year history of the TMNT for even the biggest fans.

Thanks to Comic Book Resources, who has the exclusive preview.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cartoon Art Museum Opening Reception for TMNT Exhibit June 14



The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will be holding an opening reception for its current TMNT exhibit on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Join us with special guests from Nickelodeon's hit TMNT animated series for our opening reception! Meet Turtles artists Mark Bode, Ken Mitchroney, longtime Mirage Studios staffer Molly Bode, and Nickelodeon's Ciro Nieli, Irineo Maramba, Felipe Smith, and Megan Casey as you enjoy refreshments from event sponsor Extreme Pizza at this free event! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves will also make a guest appearance! 
This reception also marks the world premiere of the long-awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, written by Cartoon Art Museum Curator Andrew Farago and published by Insight Editions. (The book is available everywhere on June 24, 2014.)
I myself am tentatively planning to attend the reception, dependent on how long an obligation earlier in the day runs. If you can't make it to the reception, you can check out the exhibit any time through September 14, 2014.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Free Comic Book Day Giveaway!



The Toys That Time Forgot is sponsoring a giveaway in honor of Free Comic Book Day, which is this Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Visit The Toys That Time Forgot on Saturday to meet Scratch!

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

Win this original artwork! Penciled by Bruce Hatten and inked by Scratch creator, Ryan Brown. Entries will be accepted between now and Noon EST May 3rd, 2014. Entries must include your name, current address, phone number and e-mail address. Entries should be e-mailed to: danhare@sbcglobal.net. Please include "Raphael vs. Scratch Contest Entry" in the subject line. 
Remember, your entry must arrive before Noon EST May 3rd, 2014, to be eligible for the drawing, so don't delay! The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on May 3rd, 2014. Second prize is an autographed limited edition print with certificate of authenticity. Good luck everyone!
Update: It was first reported that Ryan Brown would be at this event. Unfortunately, he won't be. Sorry for any inconvience!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vanilla Ice Drops a Beat for TMNT Macaroni and Cheese




Kraft has managed to work some nostalgia magic with the above commercial for the new TMNT shapes macaroni and cheese. In it, we see Vanilla Ice stocking shelves with the boxed product when a mother and son approach him. The mother jams to the beat while the kid looks seriously embarrassed. Well played, Kraft! Well played! For some bonus fun, check out the behind the scenes video below.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ryan Brown's Merry Monty Christmoose Contest




Win this original artwork! Ryan Brown and The Toys Time Forgot are collaborating for a Merry Christmoose giveaway! The prize is the original artwork for the above Christmas card art, penciled by Bruce Hatten and inked by Monty Moose creator, Ryan Brown.

Entries will be accepted between now and 5pm EST December 23, 2013.
Entries must include your name, current address, phone number and e-mail address.
Entries should be e-mailed to: danhare@sbcglobal.net.
Please include "Merry Monty Christmoose Contest Entry" in the subject line.

The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on December 24, 2013.
Second prize is a Monty Moose action figure signed by creator Ryan Brown with certificate of authenticity.
Third prize is a limited edition color print with certificate of authenticity.

Good luck everyone!

Actual Artwork First Place Prize

And, if you happen to live in Ohio, visit The Toys Time Forgot for some Cowabunga deals!
20% off all of your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy purchases now through December 31, 2013. And, as an extra special bonus, mention the names Bruce Hatten/Ryan Brown at checkout and receive an additional 10% off your TMNT purchase. That's a turtle-rrific total of 30% off all of your TMNT holiday toy purchases! Cowabunga! Offer good online and at our Cherry Street store through 5 pm EST December 31, 2013.
The Toys Time Forgot
137 Cherry St. E.
Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Threadless TMNT T-Shirt Design Contest




Threadless and Nickelodeon have announced a T-shirt design contest where you get to pick the winner! You have from now until April 15, 2013 to submit your design. The submitted designs will then be posted for community voting. The winner wins money and pizza! All of the details are over on Threadless.com.


Get drawing! Tired of seeing the same stock art over and over? This is your chance to create a truly unique TMNT T-shirt! Ladies! Tired of tolerating the male-targeted shirts? This is our chance to create something flattering and geeky!

When you're done, share your submitted design on the Ninja Pizza Facebook Page!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Product Review: TMNT Adult Costume Hoodie




The fine folks at TVStoreOnline sent me this awesome hoodie to show off to you guys. So, here's me being a dork.

Click here to get one of your own!