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Friday, November 30, 2007

TMNT Flashback: Eastman & Laird Pullout Poster

This image comes from inside the pages of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic series from Archie. This collaborative work by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird was a pullout poster inside issue #50.

Published in 1993, this is probably one of their final joint artistic efforts.

Alien Hunters Figures Now Shipping

These two figures from the Alien Hunters series have appeared on eBay, bringing about the natural conclusion that these are now shipping to stores and the lucky Turtle fan might be able to find them in time for gift-giving - or maybe a little gift-buying for yourself.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NECA: First Glance at Final Version

The image to the left comes from the December issue of Previews, Diamond's comic shop catalog, and is from NECA's up-coming series of TMNT comic book-based figures. Items in the catalog are scheduled to ship in February 2008.

Hopefully we'll be seeing bigger, cleaner images in the next few days.

Thanks to duhril for providing this picture!

Update: Steve Murphy has posted a bigger version of the Previews pic at The 5th Turtle.

ASIFA-Hollywood Members Screening of TMNT Dec. 1

Warner Bros. Pictures, Imagi Animation Studios and ASIFA-Hollywood
Invite Members and a Guest To a Special Screening of


Saturday, December 1st, 2007
1 p.m.
AMC Burbank 16
125 East Palm Avenue
Burbank, California

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

See your email for RSVP instructions. If you did not recieve the email announcement, contact to have your email address added to the list. Most ASIFA-Hollywood communications go out via email. It is vital that you keep your address on our list up to date.

This invitation is for ASIFA-Hollywood members only and space is limited. Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Thanks to Kristy for the info!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Jagwar Action Figure: No More?

Back in August, Murphy reported that Playmates would be releasing a Jagwar action figure as part of next year's Global Mutant Missions series. This series was to include the four Turtles as well as four new characters.

This week, Murphy reports that Jagwar has been scrapped from this lineup. Playmates has decided to reduce the number of non-Turtle characters in this series from four to two. While no specific reason has been given for Jagwar's boot, signs point to it being nothing more than a random decision.

Would you rather buy Jagwar or a random mutant character with absolutely no history in any of the TMNT universes? If you'd rather buy Jagwar, it is highly recommend that you let Playmates know right now, before it's too late.

Here are several methods through which you can contact Playmates and let them know you want a Jagwar action figure:

website: Customer Service
snail mail:
Playmates Toys, Inc
Attn: Consumer Service
611 Anton Blvd. Ste. 600
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Many thanks to Putrescent for organizing this campaign. You can discuss this on the Technodrome forums.

TMNT Flashback: Let's Talk Turtle!

Back in 1997-98, when Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was airing for its single season, Fox produced a quarterly "Totally Fox Kids Magazine" that featured articles and activities about the different shows they were airing. This scan is of a 2-page spread in the Autumn 1997 issue, which coincided with the premiere of the series.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tales of the TMNT #44


Tales of the TMNT #44
Ship Date: March, 2008
Format: 32 B&W pages, full color cover, standard size comic
Retail Price: $3.25

Cover art by Dario Brizuela; plot by Murphy and Jake Black, script by Jake Black, art by Dario Brizuela

“The Amulet” - This issue features a tale of young Foot initiates, including fan-favorite Karai, and their quest to unearth an amulet of power. The newbie ninjas find what they seek through hard-fought battles with mythic creatures only to face the most deadly enemy of all - treachery from within!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Playmates Mini Mutant Figures

Dan updated today with pictures of the upcoming Mini-Mutants figures and Battle Shell vehicle.

Don vs. Foot Tech Ninja
Leo vs. Hun
Mike vs. Rat King
Raph vs. Triceraton
Battle Shell

Monday, November 19, 2007

TMNT Flashback: Cerebus

Years before TMNT hit comic stands, Dave Sim's Cerebus the Aardvark had started paving new ground for independent publishers. In an extremely rare crossover event, Cerebus found his way into the pages of Mirage Studios' TMNT #8, published in July 1986.

TMNT #8 introduces three key characters into the Turtles' universe: the Timemistress Renet, Lord Simultaneous, and Savanti Romero.

The poster above was sent to comic shops as advertising for this historic crossover.

Cerebus is © Dave Sim.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #4 Now On Sale

Most comic shops received Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #4 this past Wednesday. I say most because mine didn't. Hopefully your shop is better than mine.

Of course, if all else fails you can always order it direct from

Tales of the TMNT #41

Murphy has posted this preview page from Tales of the TMNT #41 at The 5th Turtle.

Is that Complete Carnage the eyes do spot?! Could Radical be near as well?

Tales of the TMNT #41 hits comic shops in December.

TMNT Fast Forward Comic - "Ghost in the Shell"

"Ghost in the Shell" from TMNT Comic magazine #4.
Reprinted with permission.

For more original TMNT comics, UK readers can subscribe to TMNT Comic magazine at a discounted price.

Script: Tristan Jones
Pencils: Nick Roche
Inks: Martin Griffiths
Colors: Hi Fi Design
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt/Comicraft

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9. 10. Now Featuring TMNT Customized Products offers a service to etch a piece of art from a growing library onto your favorite electronic device. You can buy a new device from them and get the etching at the same time, or you can send them a device you already own to be etched.

The Etchstar art library now features a large selection of TMNT art, including the design above, to choose from!

Prices vary.

Thanks to Ben for the tip!

Friday, November 16, 2007

New Mutations Action Figures

Dan updated today with pictures of some new, upcoming action figures from Playmates. These new figures take the old "Mutation" concept and apply it to completely new, movie-styled Turtles.

Check 'em out: Mike, Leo, Raph, Don

No specific word on when these will be in stores, but probably sometime soon.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Tales of the TMNT #36 Sequel That Wasn't

Tales of the TMNT #36 writer Tristan Huw Jones has just posted his full proposal for a sequel to that story on his blog.

Unfortunately, this new story, "Thicker Than Water," was rejected and won't be seeing print in an upcoming issue of Tales.

Head on over to Tristan's blog to check out the story that should have been!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Interview with Steve Barron

The most recent episode of Renart Films Podcast, Episode #27, features an interview with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Steve Barron.

If you listen to the whole thing, you'll hear about Mr. Barron's past and current work. If you go forward to about 0:33:25, you'll hear some Ninja Turtles chat.

Thanks to Juniorx for the link.

TMNT Deal @ Toys R Us on Black Friday

The Toys R Us exclusive 4-pack of TMNT Ninja Knights w/ gold armor will be on sale for a crazy 50% off on Black Friday and Saturday, November 23-24 (the days after Thanksgiving). That's a low, low price of only $12.99 for four figures!

This unbeatable deal requires no coupon! Happy shopping!

Thanks to Ogopogo for the heads-up.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

TMNT Fast Forward Comic - "Extreme Measures"

"Extreme Measures" from TMNT Comic magazine #1.
Reprinted with permission.

For more original TMNT comics, UK readers can subscribe to TMNT Comic magazine at a discounted price.

Script: Tristan Jones
Pencils: Anthony Williams
Inks: Martin Griffiths
Colors: Junior Tomlin
Letters: Jimmy Betancourt/Comicraft

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TMNT Japanese CD Releases

Here is the cover art and purchase information for the upcoming CD single releases of the current opening and ending songs of the Japanese dub of the 4Kids series.

CDJapan is currently offering a 500 yen coupon for purchases of 3,000 yen or more!!

Title: Everybody
Artist: Turtles4 feat. Metis, SPEECH, WISE, JAMIL
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10187
CD Release Date: 2007/11/21
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video
Watch the Music Video

Title: Fighting Spirit
Artist: Mirai Drive
CD Single Catalog Number: CRCP-10186
CD Release Date: 2007/11/21
Where to Buy: | CDJapan
Watch the Video

Thanks to Gobo for some of the links.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New Comic Book Day - Tales of the TMNT #40

Tales of the TMNT #40, featuring art by Diego Jourdan and a story by Murphy, is now available in comic shops and directly from Mirage Studios at

Monday, November 5, 2007

Tales of the TMNT #41

Steve Murphy has posted two preview pages from the up-coming Tales of the TMNT #41, which is due in comic shops in December.

You can check out both pages at The 5th Turtle.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

TMNT Christmas Ornaments Now available

A couple updates ago, announced that Kurt Adler would be releasing some TMNT Christmas ornaments this year. This announcement said they'd be available at WalMart, but with Halloween now out of the way, some items are being found a Toys R Us.

Found so far are a 5-pack of small ornaments (left) and larger, individual ornaments, one of each Turtle (below).

Friday, November 2, 2007

Cowabunga Cartoon Classics!

Veteran TMNT artists Ryan Brown and Steve Lavigne have started a new blog titled Cowabunga Cartoon Classics. In addition to sharing random tidbits with everyone, they are taking commissions.

From the blog:
If you ate Ninja Turtle pork rinds, slept in a Turtle sleeping bag or chowed down on Turtle Pez candy while playing a Turtle video game you've seen our art. Peter and Kevin had us design, pencil, ink and color lots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle art for a lot of different TMNT product back in the eighties and ninties. We now offer commissioned artwork for sale so if you are interested in obtaining that special piece of Lavigne Brown artwork for your home or office space just email us for our industry standard rates.

Dood! Cowabunga!