Summer 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest TMNT summers of all time. Between video games, comics, and a new movie, what niche was left unexplored? For board game lovers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dice Masters is there to fulfill your tabletop needs:
When it comes to artwork in comic books, James Jean has made a name for himself as one of the greatest cover artists of our time. Since he began work with DC Comics in 2001, he has earned six Esiner Awards for his work in the industry. Let’s just say that if you’re writing a comic or graphic novel and you know that Jean is going to do the cover, you are going to feel a mix of both excitement and terror. Why terror? Well, nobody wants to be the writer who screwed up the story behind the work of this creative genius.
Needless to say, Jean’s work is both highly regarded and sought after, which is probably why the company Good Smile commissioned an art project from him recently. As a matter of fact, they liked his work so much that they decided to make a series of TMNT statues based on the print. These aren’t the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we all know and love, but they are pretty awesome. Jean gives us a much more stylized version of our heroes in a half shell that most fans will truly appreciate.
Typically, collectors items like this are very expensive and cater to wealthier fans, but Good Smile has actually priced each of their TMNT figures fairly. At about $130 per collectible, one can actually imagine saving up their pennies to get one of these awesome James Jean TMNT statues. Of course, they want you to buy all four, so they’ve actually provided an incentive for you to purchase each individual statue: Owners of all four turtles will get a code to receive a free print of the artwork that inspired these beautiful pieces.
Originally shown off at NYCC, all four TMNT statues are now available for purchase at many retailers. While many fans still won’t be able to afford these collectibles, it’s important to note that the price is actually pretty decent considering that there is a relatively high level of detail on each figure, and all four are over ten inches in height. $130 is still a lot of money for most fans, but if you’ve got some extra money saved up, you might want to consider these awesome Ninja Turtles statues for your collection.
What do you think? Will you be picking these up immediately, or is this going to go on your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below and tell us what you think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles design from James Jean!
Every now and then, we come across some interesting news that isn’t quite big enough to warrant an entire article. This time around, we’ve got a few turtle bits about TMNT 2 and some interesting information about new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys and merchandise. Whether you’re excited for the new TMNT movie or you just want to get your hands on some awesome Ninja Turtles merch, hopefully these turtle bits will hit the spot!
Factory Entertainment SDCC Exclusive Sais
There are a lot of Raph fans out there, and they will all be clamoring for this awesome set of replica sai weapons being produced by Factory Entertainment for San Diego Comic-Con!
The Prop Replica is chrome plated and cast from solid metal, with a display featuring Raphael’s hands holding each weapon. Limited to only 100 pieces, each set of sais is signed by co-creator Kevin Eastman. If you want to beat the crowds, you can actually pre-order your set of sais for $350 right now.
Monogram TMNT Mini Figure Keychains
Earlier this week, Youtuber Pixel Dan covered a set of new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blind bag mini figures. Produced by Monogram and sold in Hot Topic stores, these new TMNT keyrings have some pretty cool molds based on the characters from the original TMNT animated series. If you’re looking for an affordable way to show off your inner shellhead wherever you go, check out the video review and check your local mall to see if they have any in stock.
Omaze Offers Walk-On TMNT 2 Role
In order to benefit the Giving Back Fund to cure Batten Disease, Omaze is offering the opportunity to actually appear in the new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. You can enter to win by donating money to a very worthy cause, so it’s really a win-win opportunity! If you’ve ever wanted to be in a TMNT movie, this might be your only chance, so be generous and support the Charlotte + Gwenyth Gray Foundation today.
Laura Linney Talks Turtles Movie
While we’re on the topic of TMNT 2, Laura Linney was recently asked about her role in the movie, and she seemed more than a little pleased. During the interview, she had the following to say:
“I’ve never been offered anything like that, so I was thrilled! You know, I have a young son, and the fact that he’ll be able to watch something [I’ve done] before he’s the age of 25 and not be traumatized by it is a good thing.”
Linney was of course referring sarcastically to her work in other films, which tend to be a lot more adult oriented. Regardless, it’s clear that she’s more than a little excited to have a starring role in the latest TMNT movie!
TMNT 2 Producers Praise Buffalo
With production well underway on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, the producers of the film took some time out of their busy schedule to give due props to the city of Buffalo, New York. Producers Brad Fuller and Denis Stewart seemed pretty pleased with their experiences, and they were very thankful that the city helped them to get some pretty difficult shots. Whenever you have to close off traffic in a city, it can be a little bit hectic, but the city of Buffalo was very accommodating and that may result in excellent footage for TMNT 2.
Of all the turtle bits we talked about today, what are you most excited about? Do you want to win that walk-on role, or are you just in the market for some cool TMNT keychains? Whatever you’re interested in, let us know in the comments below and keep your eyes peeled to the site for more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles news every week!