These two little beauties have been sitting on a pile of folders containing much of the untold toy history in my archive for a while now. With the pending documentary looming far away, I thought I’d share a sneak peek. These are part of a privet collection, so I think at some point I will have to return them, but they are living at my house for now. They are the two original casts of the first Turtle sent to Playmates and the original Rocksteady, these are the FIRST original concept toys, there was one other concept Turtle that was a little taller, but I’m not sure if it still exists. In fact until I got these a couple months ago I wasn’t sure if the rocksteady existed anymore. Sorry its a crappy cell phone picture upload… but I don’t want to show you too much until you see it in the doc hahaha.
Like I say there is also a large stack of files containing the untold story of the Turtle Toy line and its history. This content was sitting in a box in storage for over 20 years until an associate of mine dug it out to share with us in the Turtle Doc. On that note, I hope I can tell you more about the future of the doc and its archive contents very soon. Keep posted to the drome and right here on GGM! Thanks all!
As most of you know Mirage is heading up to Toronto’s FAN EXPO 2009 this year with a special event panel including some pretty cool exclusives!
If you check out the fan expo site you can see what I mean! They are also showing some exclusive scenes from “Turtles Forever”.
Here is the post:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHELL-EBRATION
Don’t miss your chance to see the TMNT take part in this year’s Fan Expo Canada! There will be exciting news and activities as the Turtles continue to Shell-ebrate their 25th Anniversary.
On Sunday, Aug.30 from 2- 4pm, there will be a special TMNT panel. See sneak peek clips from the “Turtles Forever” animation special and the upcoming TMNT documentary still in-development! Get all the news and insight from the incredible line up of TMNT guests including:
Gary Richardson (moderator), CEO of Mirage Studios
Lloyd Goldfine, Supervising Producer, 4Kids Productions
Randall Lobb, the Writer/Director of the TMNT documentary
Mirage artists, Mike Dooney, Eric Talbot, and Steve Lavigne
***EDIT FROM STEPHAN*** If anyone is going to be in Toronto for the convention, wielding a video camera, and would like to cover the panel for GoGreenMachine.Org, please contact me at Stephan@GoGreenMachine.Org. Their only stipulation is that you not record any clip from the documentary they may show.
So amongst the crazy news flying around these days There is now a NEW TURTLE DOC TRAILER! With some cool sneak peaks of what is to come.
There is much going on in the Doc world so more to come when we can!!
Thanks for all your support!
Click the Pic for the Trailer!
I guess I am a little late as most of you have probably heard all about the event and all the exciting news!! Well maybe I can shed a little more light on the subject from our world on the Turtle Doc team so hear it goes…
The TD team pulled into NYC mid morning totally lost and running late after a stop over in Scranton. This would be the third time into NYC on the Turtle Doc tour and driving the 10 hours down was getting old. It was 11:45 or something, we were in some industrial district in NJ, and I was pissed off. I was fuming about some mundane crap and not happy that we were late and had to stop at our apartment to sign in before we were to be at 4kids for interviews at 1:30. By the time we got to 4kids I had grown up, got over it and had time to eat a sandwich. Three hours and $40 of parking later we had shot interviews with two more 2k3 voices and Galen Walker (producer of TMNT and the now future TMNT movie) who is a GREAT guy by the way.
Bright and early on day two we pulled up to the empire state building ready to go. We got hooked up with the Turtle team and started shooting. I wasn’t even aware what was going on until Rob turned to me and said “hey its about to start so stand over here”. I got in front of the press much to their chagrin and got the announcements and switch flipping on tape. I hate getting yelled at but the press didn’t like the video guy standing in front of their shots. Away we were swept up a complicated series of elevators to the roof-top where more press were waiting. This was a first for me, although I was unable to take in the fact that we were up there until it was too late. We were shot out and going back down. Now for anyone who was attending the event on the bottom floor and was trying to get to the top at the same time was impossible. It takes over an hour to get up there and costs money via conventional methods and we were up and down in 15 minutes.
Now off to the Tribeca event. The rest of the day was more or less straightforward. The Turtles, April, and Ernie did martial arts and shows for kids. Steve Barron hung out in and around the crowd soon joined by Kevin, and almost no one noticed Mike Turney also showed up which was cool. This was a great event, kids and families came out to enjoy the Turtle fun and pass on the torch to future generations. And contrary to you nay sayers I don’t think it was kid fluff nor was the April “annoying” I think she did very well considering what she had to work with and the fact that there was a lot of kids watching. Calm down….
Now here is something many of you have probably not thought of with regards to the new movie. Take a look at the production team; Scott Mednick who is on board has done some cool stuff: 300, Superman, We are Marshal and so on. Take it from me, we had a chance to talk to Scott and Galen and I assure you!!… They know what they are doing. Galen is a true fan and they both know how to handle this property!! There’s some cool things coming in the TMNT world for sure!
Also watch for the TDTeam footage in the upcoming TMNT25.com web videos of the event!!!
All in all it was a wonderful experience and trip overall. Aside from the cold the screening was great, the fans loved it, and the Turtles are back at it again! Here’s to another 25 years everyone! As far as franchises go, we are pretty lucky!!
We have uploaded a bunch of production stills over on TurtleDoc.com
Here is a little taste of what is over there!
This is us in Brian Henson’s office over at the Jim Henson studio.
Here we are shooting with some of the voice cast from the original toon!
Here we are in Kevin’s studio while we shoot a segment on drawing Turtles.
We are off now on another leg of our journey on the crazy Turtle Doc experience, so keep an eye out for new updates!!