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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Mini-Mutants Series 2 Now Shipping

I found the second series of the Mini-Mutants figures in Target tonight. This series is based on the old 2K3 Paleo Patrol figures. Each Turtle comes decked in dinosaur garb and comes paired with its own dino creature... thing.

Pics of the three Turtles that were on the peg (Mike, Leo, Raph) are below. Don can be seen on the back of the card to the left.

I personally can't find anything worth spending money on in this series, so I happily left them all on the peg as I continue my boycott of crappy TMNT products (about 99% of what is available right now). Although I suppose these are still a billion times better than "Music Don."

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Turtle Man

Did you know there is a DC character known as Turtle Man, apparently an enemy of The Flash? Well, I can't say I know much of anything about The Flash, so this is brand new news to me.

In a complete bit of randomness tonight, I was digging through my comic boxes looking for stuff I could remove to make space for my new acquisitions. I found a book titled "Who's Who DC: A Definitive Directory of the DC Universe," which is pretty much what it sounds like. I put it in my discard pile (I'm pretty sure I got it as a give-away in a Con bag back at one of the old Minnesota comic shows), but before moving it to my eBay corner, where I'd throw it into a box as my own freebie, I took a closer look at the cover. This volume of the DC index included a "Turtle Man." So I opened it up to take a look and, amazingly, was met with a familiar style of art. Yes, this Turtle Man is penciled by none other than Peter Laird. Go figure!

And since I collect non-TMNT work by TMNT creators and artists, this book is saved from its forever fate of unwanted give-away item. Back into the box (this time with a bag and board)!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Random Picture

Just because this is the view I'm constantly looking at while at my computer, and I had my camera handy, here's the top of my PC and the goodies that live there. From left to right there's a bootleg Saint Turtle figure, Yoda candy dish now a pencil (and sonic screwdriver) holder, small-scale unleashed Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mike figure, Mike lamp, small holographic Obi-Wans, and Jersey Devil.

I find the lamp to be a particularly curious item, as it's basically an old bubble bath soakie with a lamp stuck through it. As much as I never thought I needed such an item, my desk is too dark without the secondary light, so I really can't function on my computer without it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Eric Talbot's Sketchbook

Eric Talbot has updated his blog with this neato page full of Turtle (and Utrom!) goodness - Check it out!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Michael Dooney Lunchbox

If I tried to tell you that I didn't collect lunch boxes it would only take one quick walkthrough of my apartment to call me a liar. Scattered around you'll find not only the occasional TMNT lunch box, but also Star Wars and Hello Kitty. But really, I'm not a lunch box collector.

I am, however, a collector of "neat stuff," and over the years I have acquired a pile of lunch boxes that I've determined to fall into this category. All of the TMNT lunch boxes I've made a point of getting have one thing in common: Fantastic art. And, to my knowledge, art that is completely unique to them.

Pictured above is a recent eBay acquisition; a lunch box featuring art by Michael Dooney. I also love this one because the lunch box style is so unique and not your standard box design. The other TMNT lunch boxes I have that I'm incredibly fond of feature art by Chris Allen and A.C. Farley. Perhaps I'll feature those in the future.

Friday, May 16, 2008

NECA SDCC Exclusive Revealed?

Ectopaul found this link, a Japanese Web site that seems to reveal that NECA will have an exclusive Mouser 3-pack for sale at San Diego Comic-Con this July.

Murphy has previously revealed that there would be an exclusive boxed set at SDCC similar to the set that was for sale at New York Comic-Con, but with an additional accessory. So does that mean that there may be two exclusives in the works?

We'll see if Murphy can confirm anything in the next day or so.

Update: Murphy's official comment on the above picture is "No comment." I think it's safe to take that as an unofficial official confirmation. :D

TMNT Flashback: Coloring Contest

I found this piece in a promotional packet for the first TMNT movie. I find it particularly amusing because the transition from real picture to black and white line drawing wasn't completely successful. Mike and Raph don't look too horrible, Splinter just kinda looks sad, but both Don and Leo seem to have growths on their shoulders.

If anyone wants to take a crack at actually coloring it, feel free to email your effort to me.