On June 3, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon will serve-up another dose of big-screen action from the world's favorite anthropomorphic two-legged turtles. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS finds Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael returning to theaters to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a fan-requested newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). This week, a new trailer and poster have arrived, alongside the full announcement on the new line of toys from longtime TMNT master licensee, Playmates Toys - most of which are in-stores now! Ready to Rock?
It seems that everyone and everything is on a space mission these days, and that's just fine here at Rock Father HQ since the girls are so very interested in all things intersellar. Now comes word that the TMNT crew will embark on an out-of-this-world adventure to save Earth in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universe, a two-disc, 12-episode adventure available on DVD May 24.
When is a ride not a ride? That's the question I faced when looking at TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES T-Sprints, a new type of TMNT play from the folks at Playmates Toys. Following the successful jump into the diecast aisle with last year's launch of the T-Machines line, T-Sprints is something completely new in that it's sorta like miniature soap-box racing, but with familiar Turtles in the race. Each T-Sprints figure can be revved-up (the old-school rev-and-go action) and let go to see them appear to be "sprinting" across a flat surface. Their arms and legs move, and it does look like they're running - it's cute. Then you can drop them into one of their rides (each figure has one included), and they scoot along.
When my wife and I became parents for the first time back in 2009, I had no idea that the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES would eventually be back in our home, a regular fixture of viewing and play reborn for a new generation. While I enjoyed the Turtles in their first animated series and the live-action films of the late 80s/early 90s, our girls are enamored with all-things TMNT at this point, from the Nickelodeon Cartoon, to the long-running Playmates Toys and beyond. One big surprise was the arrival of a Half-Shell Heroes special last Fall, a stand-alone hour-long event that brought the younger-skewing Half-Shell Heroes toys into animated form for an adventure in the age of the dinosaurs. Our oldest daughter, Addie, LOVED it - asking for it repeatedly on-demand, and prompting me to question if it was a backdoor pilot for another new series (fingers-crossed). Now, just in-time for Easter, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Half-Shell Heroes: BLAST TO THE PAST is coming to DVD, and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine has your chance to win the movie, along with Playmates' Leo & Triceratops action figures!
It was initially announced last summer, but now comes word that TMNT x Melo, "a high-octane line of boys’ apparel and accessories inspired by the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," will debut exclusively at Macy's this May. Created in partnership between Macy's, Nickelodeon and NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, this new collection is said to be "channeling the fearless energy of the crime-fighting foursome - a limited-time capsule collection that features graphic t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, pajama sets, and socks, as well as basketballs and an over-the-door basketball hoop so that kids can show off their inner Carmelo Anthony."
Fact: We cannot get enough of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES in this house. From the mainline action figures (I had to pay a stupid price for a Karai figure for Xmas through a 3rd party seller), to the half-shell heroes, the girls and I love the TMNT action - and it's play has eclipsed even what I experienced the first time around as a Turtle-loving kid nearly 30 years ago. Just-announced at Toy Fair are some new additions to the TMNT line, including several new spin-offs that focus on different types of play patterns well beyond the traditional action figures. Take a look at some early details below, and keep in mind that this is just a sprinkling of what's coming in the months ahead...
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