KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October // COMPLETE ad set (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.1 // ..KAY•BEE logo isolated  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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–>> Trivial observation: while it may have been a basic design choice, most K•B ads from back in the day..say 1980s and 1990s that Tokka recalls were illustrated like what we see here in this complete ad set. That may have been a cost saving measure as well. Or maybe it was just a printing choice of many retailers at the time. Countless stores had illustrated newspaper print ads for decades. You’ll still find them on occasion in newspapers and the like today. Most newspaper ads it seems are mostly photographic nowadays however.

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.1  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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I recall black & white print ads in newspapers say like in a classified page that were also illustrated for the toy store. I don’t think i have any photographic ads in my archives for K•B ( formerly ‘KAY•BEE’ ), unless they are from the late 1990s or early 2000s.

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.1 // ..TMNT toys isolated  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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Not 100% sure, but this may be my only complete circular set for K•B nay for some random and loose pages. I don’t always get to post these COMPLETE ads as there is very time consuming process that takes a bite into my personal work. However, in the long run they are important pieces of TMNT advertising and toy history, if not just Toy history in general. A glimpse into the past of retail toy shopping in a per-internet shopping era.

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.2  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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Guessing things like this just really didn’t survive many recycling bins or rubbish collections just short of microfiche or someone saving them or what have you. It’s prolly beneficial to all when i do make the time to post ‘em digitally.

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.3  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.4  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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Sometimes i am asked of the fate of K•B after the final bankruptcy and demise of the once iconic Mall TOY retailer in 2008.

TOYS ‘R’ US came in a year later to purchase all intellectual properties, names, iconography, logos, licenses, et al. like they had with the operations of the FAO Schwarz brand the same year.

Last seen K•B was used in SOME labeling within some TRU stores to possibly a lesser degree than the FAO Schwarz branded boutique set-ups in the retail stores right now. I’m not sure what products received that labeling or if that continues currently or into the future. Time will tell.

KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.4 // ..TMNT & BAYOU BILLY games isolated  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.5  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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KAY•BEE TOY STORES :: Christmas in October pg.6  (( OCTOBER,8 1989 ))

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The stores became a staple for shopping centers and malls in North America for decades and has burned into countless childhood memories including mine.
I’m sure a portion of the value of that iconography is what lead to the TRU purchase in ’09. That value may resonate into a major return of the K• B brand in some form or fashion some day.

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"HEAD" lamp

 

Comics ::

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES – CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xli // .. with '91 T.D. TOSSIN' LEO (( 2013 ))

 

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–>> Minor, touch-ups and vintage add-ons to match the prototypes OF THE CLASSICS ‘BOP & ROCKY a little bit better & enhance the figures. For some reason, i only painted one side of each of ‘circles & stripes’ on each of Bebop’s shoes. I may go back and change that later.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } i (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Puck touch-ups } iii // ROCK' (( 2013 ))

Added to the customization : the ORIGINAL 1988 Rocksteady Manhole Cover Shield accessory, touched-up ..works relatively well with the Classics Rocky.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } v // ROCK' (( 2013 ))

Minor tough-ups on grenade pin, and light-metallic on boots. Really small details.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } vi // ROCK' (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } vii // ROCK's Retro-Mutagen Machine Gun & Turtle Carver Machete  (( 2013 ))TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } viii // ROCK's '88 Manhole Cover Shield  (( 2013 ))

The metallic touch-ups on ROCKY’s vintage ’88 Manhole Cover Shield look adequate.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } ix // ROCK's display base  (( 2013 ))

Touch-ups on ROCKY & Bebop’s display bases. Originally it was just a one-toned grey colour. The Turtle’s Classics bases at least had a light wash – ‘Bop and Rock’s didn’t – - so i changed it.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xi // 'Bop (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xiii // 'Bop (( 2013 ))

Gentle silver high-lights in hardened punk sunglasses eyelets, sparkling violet Mohawk. Studs on bracelets painted.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xiv // 'Bop (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xv // 'Bop (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xvi //  Bop's Turtle Shell Drill & '88 Knife  (( 2013 ))

The ORIGINAL Bebop ’88 Knife works great with the CLASSICS Bebop.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xvii //  Bop's display base  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xviii //  "DURR" --   (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxi //  'Bop picks  (( 2013 ))TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xx //  ROCKY aims  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxii //  ..turtle-skeet shootin'  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxiv //  ..en gar'DUH  (( 2013 ))TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxv //  ..SHELL DRILL ATTACK  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxvi //  ..'Bop with '07 NIGHTWATCHER "STUNT RIDER" Motorcycle  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxvix //   ..'Bop with '07 NIGHTWATCHER "STUNT RIDER" Motorcycle  (( 2013 ))TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxi // ..Rocky with '93 Technodrome Scout Vehicle  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxiii // ..Rocky with '88 Rocksteady  (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxiii // ..Rocky with '93 MUTATIONS Rocksteady (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxiv // ..Rocky with '90 "GIANT SIZE" BAD BOYS 13" Rocksteady (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxv // ..'Bop with '88 Bebop (( 2013 ))

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxvi // ..'Bop with '93 MUTATIONS Bebop (( 2013 ))
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxvii // ..'Bop with '90 "GIANT SIZE" BAD BOYS 13"  Bebop (( 2013 ))
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xxxix // .. with '89 KRANG (( 2013 ))TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - CLASSIC COLLECTION :: ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP { tOkKustom Punk touch-ups } xl // .. with '07 TMNT movie Shredder (( 2013 ))

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  • More new movie related images ripping up the internet via the Tokyo Toy show, an anonymous photographer and Rich W. Supposedly there’s a small peek at Splinter in the lower right hand corner of the poster image. You have to look really hard.

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  • TMNT- PEZ 2014 peekQuick peek of the brand-new revised TMNT PEZ dispensers based off Ciro & crew’s designs from the Nick Show. Due in July in North America & August in European markets.

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Party & Paper Retailer,v.XXIX NO.1 // “TURTLES RULE!” ..mailing cover (( January 2014 ))

Party & Paper Retailer,v.XXIX NO.1 // "TURTLES RULE!" ..alternate cover (( January 2014 ))

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** Party & Paper Retailer is a national multimedia business magazine and website that provides the latest products and trends for the party, Halloween, costume, balloon, bridal and celebrations industries.”

–>> This actually is a mailing-label ‘alternate cover’ .. a removable piece of paper gently applied to the regular cover of the magazine. The real cover has a “JAZZY JEZEBEL” on it; a lovely “flapper” girl in a semi-risque 1920s – style costume.

Rubie’s Costumes among other companies feature in the magazine. Rubie’s acquired the TMNT License a little over a year ago as you may have seen as recently as this past Halloween. They also feature this “HALLOWEEN & PARTY EXPO” trade-ad spread with all their current and upcoming licenses for costumes and the like.

Party & Paper Retailer,v.XXIX NO.1 // RUBIE'S COSTUME Co.;"ALL THE PIECES - " (( January 2014 ))

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: "MERRY MONTY CHRISTMOOSE" .. pencils by Bruce Hatten, colors & inks by Ryan Brown  (( 2013 ))

** THE TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT has announced Ryan Brown’s December Merry Monty Christmoose Contest WINNERS !!

  • They are:
    1st Prize – Original Monty Moose Artwork with COA
    James E. Brewer
  • 2nd Prize-Autographed Monty Moose action figure with COA
    Omar Rivera
  • 3rd Prize- signed print with COA
    Joshua Fletcher

All prizes will be shipped within the next couple weeks.

 

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This past Thursday; **KidROBOT released these teaser images via their ***facebook page ; so it would appear that KR has acquired the Nick TMNT license for  vinyl toys and the like to add too their diverse Designer Artist, comic, and T.V. show licenses.

tOkKustom :: "Marshall Moo Montana" ; KIDROBOT 'RAFFY' i  tOkKustom :: "OLD HOB" ; KIDROBOT 'TRIKKY'  xi / ..with  NECA 'Batsu ' - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

I’ll try to keep up with this as i can for you, for obvious reasons. Pretty exciting !!

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Workin’ Fan’s Update ::** Honda Prepares TMNT MSX125/Grom Edition, William Fichtner + Shredder, THE Movie Turtles ‘Look’, Turtle “LIPS,TMNT TOS, Cereal Geek,PEZ ,et. al. **

Thanks to autoevolution & Via mocyclover. ::

It looks like the recently-launched Honda MSX125 or Honda Grom, as it is marketed in some countries brings back both the monkey bike allure and some nostalgic cartoon characters from the 80′s and 90′s. Honda announced 4 new liveries for the Grom, in color schemes representing the 4 main characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series.

These amazing bikes will come in the following liveries: Michelangelo (orange), Donatello (purple), Rafaello (red) and Leonardo (blue).

Honda’s TNMT-themed bikes are expected to show up at the Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January, an event held in the Japanese capital and dedicated to tuning and aftermarket bike and car parts.

Each bike comes with the corresponding character on the side panels and turtle-shell pattern seat.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether these awesome Grom machines will remain just a show-off exercise for Honda, or will they make into production, as most of us would love to see things happen.

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Even though we saw quite a few set photos for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, we still don’t know exactly what the characters will look like since the actors were all wearing motion capture suits. Idle Hands (special thanks to Ruxxon for the link) has now run a report from an unnamed source that saw the first incarnation of action figures for the upcoming film which revealed a slew of details about the character’s designs.

Keep in mind that these designs are for the action figures and may not reflect the characters’ final appearance in the film, but they’ll likely be close.

To start, the source says the four turtles have their respective weapons and are quite “traditional” in their turtle design, though he says they appear to have “less texture” than the turtles from the films in the early ’90s. He also notes that the figures retain the “hunched over” posture that can be seen in the set photos and that each turtle seemingly has a different physique. Raphael reportedly is the most muscular of the bunch followed by Leonardo. Donatello is said to boast a “slimmer, leaner” look while Michaelangelo is said to be the shortest of the bunch. And don’t worry, Idle Hands‘ source says each of the turtles has their respective colored masks.

In their description of Master Splinter, the site’s source says he bears a “very traditional design” with a Fu Manchu style moustache and his hair pulled up in a bun of sorts. They also note that he wears a “slightly tattered samurai outfit with a blue upper half with gold accents, tan lower belted robes and blocky sandals.”

The site’s description of Shredder is where things start to get interesting. Their source notes that the character has “pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything” on his suit and that he is “covered head to toe in metal armor or blades.” They do add that his helmet is “pseudo-traditional, adopting elements of the classic look” though they say they believe “He’ll be the stuff of ridicule for some time.”

It might be a few more months before we get to see the characters in an official capacity, but with Toy Fair 2014 set to begin in February, it may come sooner than later. .. ..

 

–>> The only thing Tokka can add to that is from MY source ::

The Turtles have lips “, based on what source saw themselves of the models. What i was told. That is ALL i really know, take it with a grain of salt.

The only other cinema-related thing i know .. big n’ green that has lips is ::

http://www.alicia-logic.com/capsimages01/ls2_164AudreyII.jpg
Pucker up .. MUAAA ~~~~~ **

.. i’ll stay on this one !!

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TMNT TOS and cartoon related notes ::

"TOON TURTLES" TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: TOON DON  ..Authentic Animation Card #763  - isolated (( 1992 ))


cereal geek : 10, 11!!

I am happy to report that issues 11 and 12 of cereal:geek are on their way to the printers and should be available to purchase before the end of the month! :)
For those that pre-ordered the magazines, they will automatically be shipped to you as soon as the ink is dry! :)
And if you want to support the magazine further, please pre-order the forthcoming issues – The sooner we can get ‘em printed the better! :) — James Eatock

Brand New LLC:: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - GIANT PEZ Candy Roll Dispenser, 'MICHELANGELO'  { 2006 reissue } xi // ..with standard 'Michelangelo' '05 PEZ dispenser, 'Michelangelo' '94 Angry & Smiling PEZ Dispensers (( 2010 ))

  • ..final note, we have confirmation of the THIRD incarnation of TMNT PEZ dispensers ( due in JULY ) to coincide with the release of Paramount’s TMNT film, but NO new pix just yet. Maybe Toy Fair or related trade shows will revelal summin’ soon. But as it stands, i just don’t know if the new PEZ heads will be based on the new Movie or off of the designs of the NICK T.V. show.

I’m avid about PEZ.. rest assured i’ll stay on this.

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Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } iii (( 2013 ))

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Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING i (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon  TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING ..card backer (( 2013 ))

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THE RAT KING

TELEPATHIC COMMANDER OF THE RAT ARMY

Cold-Blooded and deceitful, formerly known as Dr. Falco. The Rat King is determined to rid the city of humanity and claim it for his rat brothers. He is able to see through the eyes of rats and control them with his telepathic powers. Destined to take down the Turtles, the city should be wary of the one called The Rat King.

• WEAPONS: Army of Rats & Telepathic Powers
•TEAM: Rats, Kraang

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } iv (( 2013 ))

There’s no rule stating you can’t take matters into your own hands to make your new toy better. Some light metallic spray paint misted on, a simple black acrylic paint wash and some careful painted details on his rodent minions, and R.K. starts to look much filthier and a bit better. Hopefully a little bit creepier too.

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } v (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } vi (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } vii (( 2013 ))Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } viii (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } ix // ..noggin (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } x (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xi / .. RAT O'Lantern (( 2013 ))

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.. the ‘RAT O’Lantern’ taken and modified from ‘CREEPY CRAWLIN’ SPLINTER’ – 1990.

Works perfectly for the Rat King so he can see his way thru’ particularly darker corridors of the sewers n’ catacombs of NYC.

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Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xii / .. RAT O'Lantern (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xiii / ..with RAT KING '89 (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xiv / ..with RAT KING '06 (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xv / RAT ATTACKS!! (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xvi / RAT ATTACKS!! (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xvii / RAT ATTACKS!! (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xviii / RAT ATTACKS!! (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xix / RAT ATTACKS!! (( 2013 ))

Nickelodeon TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: THE RAT KING { tOkKustom vermin wash } xx (( 2013 ))

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Quick round-up of related TOY notes for 2014 via TNI !! ::

Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES :: RAHZAR ; HI-REZ pic  (( 2014 ))  [[ Courtesy of TNI  ]]

In recent days; ** Toy News International ** has posted a small barrage of TMNT ’14 PLAYMATES toys,LEGO and FUNKO paper crafts. ::

~ t