At the centerpiece of the toy world when it comes to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, one company has been there since the beginning, and that's Playmates Toys. Starting with an initial run of figures back in 1988 (for which the original cartoon series was actually created), there have been hundreds - if not thousands - of individual figures released since then, along with some of the craziest - and coolest - vehicles and accessories to ever hit the action figure aisle. While I'd admired the figures myself, I never had any before becoming a parent, and it's all been fueled by the latest incarnations of the TMNT saga - Nickelodeon's hit animated series, and Paramount Pictures' brand-new, live-action film. A few weeks back, the folks at Playmates Toys sent us an assortment of goodies based on the new film, and they've fast-become a part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Today we'll take a look at the basic movie figures assortment, and the fantastic Turtle Assault Van.
"I don't want to hear another word about Ninja Turtles," declared my wife tonight shortly after I returned from the gym and started messing around with a couple of "baby" (they're actually "Ninjas in Training") figures that Addie picked up at Toys "R" Us today. I told her that she wouldn't have liked me much back in 1990, as I was all about the first big-screen TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film, and my wife is so anti-turtle. In fact, earlier tonight she was going on about how our girls should be learning about famous artists from other sources instead of painter-named reptiles or something... but it is #TMNTweek here on THE ROCK FATHER, so the exploits of our sewer-dwelling friends can be a little overwhelming - and... odd. Prime example? The new music video from acapella act PENTATONIX, "We Are Ninjas."
When filmmakers set out to make a documentary based on the fandom of someone else's intellectual property, there's always a lot of room for hiccups and hangups when it comes to getting the final release out there and into the hands of the masses. In the case of TURTLE POWER: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Paramount (who will release the new TMNT movie this Friday) itself is handling the DVD release of this new doc, placing it in-stores next Tuesday, August 12th - when there's a very good chance that four green dudes from the sewer will be reigning box office champions once more.
This Friday, audiences will witness the release of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the fifth big-screen adventure for the TMNT gang, and the latest reimagining of the popular franchise. When the turtles hit the big screen the first time around, I was there. I had the t-shirt... the soundtrack... but for some reason, never the toys. Over the years, the folks at Playmates Toys have done a fantastic job of of innovating and expanding upon the line, holding the "master license" since the very beginning, and producing action figures and accessories that I've always dug. Now, as a parent, I can enjoy the 'Turtles with my daughters, and yes - we're getting into those wonderful toys! #TMNTweek here on THE ROCK FATHER is a celebration of all-things TMNT, with new posts each day leading up to the release of the film, and we'll kick it off with a Hero Vs. Villain Giveaway - your chance to WIN Master Splinter and the The Shredder from Playmates' new line of Movie Action Figures!
It's that time of year again, the week when everything awesome in pop culture gets a massive spotlight shone upon it at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, LEGO is rolling into the convention center with the big guns out - showing off incredible new offerings from their pop culture brands, including STAR WARS, DC COMICS, MARVEL, THE HOBBIT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MIXELS, and of course, THE LEGO MOVIE. I wish I was going this year, if only to get a look at the new LEGO Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, and to pick-up the Classic 1966 Batmobile set - which is real, and not one of the fan designs that keeps getting touted. Take a look at the full LEGO lineup below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.
I'm gonna spin things back a bit... to the Spring of 1990, to be precise. There was a monumental moment in cinema for this kid named Me - the arrival of four, teenage... mutant... ninja... turtles... who hit theater screens for the very first time. I had a promotional t-shirt from the first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film that I practically wore out, and now 24 years later, the TMNT are back on the big-screen again for their fifth feature film (perhaps their most dramatic reimagining) - I'm a parent now, and my oldest daughter and the boy next door swear to me that the Turtles live beneath the manhole cover out front. Times change, but one constant? Playmates Toys - "the creative force behind the successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line over the last three decades," and this summer they're unleashing a new product line inspired by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (out August 8). Check out what's hitting the toy aisles very soon.
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