8/27/14

Upcoming Original Comic Book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Playmates

Coming VERY soon: Original Comic Book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Playmates. These guys are an absolute must-have for me!

These guys look great! I am really looking forward to getting all four Turtles.

According to Turtlepedia, the Playmates versions of classic comic book styled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released in 2015, but chatter over at The Technodrome Forums (including an in-package picture from Playmates Toys' Facebook Page...)

...says they will be out as soon as September of this year!

NECA released a comic book styled series of action figures a few years back, and while awesome, they tend to be pretty pricey on the secondary market today. I have the NECA Leonardo but he's incomplete, so I am glad Playmates will be releasing their versions. Sure, they won't be as 'high-end' or collector aimed, but I like my Turtles as they should be: toys. In addition, these look to be scaled with the current line (and in close proximity to the original TMNT action figures) so they will look great next to the original Casey Jones and April action figures (and others!) The NECA turtles were much larger than Playmates standard TMNT action figures so they never blended well with existing figures. Of course they do work well with the new TMNT Classics figures, but that's a post for another day.

These pictures of the Original Comic Book Turtles are not of the final product, so the weapons may or may not be the same when the figures hit store shelves. EDIT: looking at the in-package pictures, it is clear the weapons are similar to the current TMNT turtle action figure weapons and cast in either solid grey (sais, katana) or solid brown (bo, nunchucks). But since articulation and paint applications appear quite basic (as they should be on these guys) I imagine they will look pretty close to these images. The only thing I could imagine them skipping out on would be black paint in the 'cross-hatching' of the sculpts. It would be a shame if they skipped that paint application, since it is part of what makes these guys look like the original artwork, but it would also be an easy fix.

Raphael was just released at SDCC in a 'black and white' exclusive version. I was tempted to pick it up but passed because I knew these 'colored' versions were coming and they look much better in my opinion. Plus, I will probably be able to get all four turtles at retail for the price of the exclusive Raphael!



They are also now listed on the Playmates website, so really hope we see them in stores soon. I will be lurking the TMNT toy aisles until I do!

24 comments:

  1. They look great but that Baxter Stockman though.

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    1. Hahaha yeah, he looks pretty...interesting!

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    2. The pink shirt makes him look like a girl!

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    3. The vagina on his face makes him look like a girl!

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  2. Ok this is big news! I will be buying a set of these for sure.

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    1. And to think, you were so close to being out of the TMNT game for good!

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  3. I dont have any Turtles in my collection so depending on their availability, these will ultimately see their way into my collection.

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    1. They should be as readily available as the rest of the Playmates Turtle figures.

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  4. I am really looking forward to the new wave of TMNT toys. Playmates is really doing a fantastic job with this line.

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  5. Not sure if I'll get them. I have the NECA turtles.

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    1. I have one NECA turtle and he's great, but I like that these will be in scale with the majority of TMNT characters old and new.

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  6. These are something that I very much hope to own! I could never find the Neca versions and Im sure these are way more affordable.

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    1. These should be the same price as the rest of the TMNT basic figures - around nine bucks.

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  7. I'm probably being too nit picky, but I'm pretty bummed that they don't come with any way to store their weapons. I figured Leo would at least get his double scabbards, but it looks like they all have the same belt. That, plus the fact they don't have wrist swivels sours them quite a bit.

    I'll probably still get them, though.

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    1. To my knowledge, other than Leo, the original art didn't show any means of stowing their weapons, and their belts were all the same. So I am okay with that. I am also fine with a lack of wrist articulation.

      In other words, bring 'em on!

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  8. I was thinking of going without a toy purchase for a few months, but I don't know how I will not buy these guys if I come across them. When I first read you post I was all like "Whhhaaaaaa!?". I'm so glad they're making these!

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    1. I'm so excited about these I've already put out the APB to my older sister to keep her eyes peeled and grab them if she sees them first!

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  9. He and Rocksteady are on my list too!

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  10. I'm kind of meh on these guys- the main thing is the shade of green. It's definitely a lot different than the green that the colorized printings of the comics used and that kind of kills the authenticity to me.
    http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2012/07/teenagemutantninjaturtlescolorclassics03-preview-main.jpg

    The NECA figures were much much closer.

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    1. They aren't perfect, but they are less expensive and more readily/easily available than NECA's offerings, so I totally accept their limitations.

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