Welp, we’re playing catch-up here due to the chaotic GGM downtime – – but there’s reasons Tokka insists we’re ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING TMNT NEWS SITES OUT THERE!! Inspute the issues, we still try to work around the problems to deliver no matter what !!
So..let’s have some fun. Tokka encourages GGM & his fans/friends to get creative with current and classic toy releases to see if you can put your own personal spin on your favourite Mutants, Monsters & Madmen !! !!
..check out Tokk’s recent “RETRO STYLE” custom of theMEGA BLOKS Holographic Shredder Minifig. Recalling the classic and weird color scheme of that original 1988 Playmates Shredder figure !! !!
..a regular, TMNT Classic Show Accurate Shredder from Mega Bloks is due later this year. I really wanted to focus on the classic colors of that original toy as he appeared on packaging and some related items of that era.
It’s TURTLE-PALOOZA in the NEWS AGGREGATE as we close out THIS MONTH !!
Pre-order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan and receive the GameStop Exclusive Rock N Roll Pack!
“Those who pre-order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan from GameStop will receive four unique Rock N Roll costumes for Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo to wear in game.
“Get a FREE TMNT Poster with art by Mateus Santolouco with purchase of TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan*. Mateus Santolouco is a Brazilian comic artist and illustrator who is best known for his work with IDW comics on the TMNT series.”
TOY NEWS INTERNATIONAL :: LOOK – – We’re getting SLAMMED with TURTLE related product in 2016 and i’m really overwhelmed here, so screw it. I trust Dan’s reviews and just am gonna post the imperative walk-thru’s he made with the companies offering the impressive pieces so many will want to add to their collections.
–>> This is the part in the set where things start to get really interesting. The notable differences on these repro Leo toys really stands out starting here. Varner’s original Sculpt has been modified at the feet, prolly due to display issues. Now with larger toes, missing scabbard & belt ( for some reason ), lack of paint compared to the detailed original release, and the bandanna piece on the noggin has swapped sides ( similar to the ’92 prototype ) compared to the ’92 figure. The plastic is harder also, the original had a softer "REAL FEEL" rubbery texture to the turtles head, arms, and legs.
These crazy “Movie Star” bootlegs have been littering auction sites and internet stores for months now. They are kooky as hell, but are not as BAD ( or as good ) as one would think. The nutty bootleg Movie Leo has some interesting qualities similar to reproduction that comes with the set, like the harder plastic and weird alterations.
.. here’s ’07 Movie Leo for fun.
Another custom CLASSICS line fig with Tokka paint work for comparison.
** TMNT MEGA BLOKS are hitting online & brick n’ mortar retail right now.
The past 24 hours or so, Tokk’s been able to get a small sampling myself of a couple of blind bags and 2 collector’s sets featuring Donatello & Bebop in their MB Interpretation of their classic toon forms.
Off the cuff – – here’s what i’ll say :
Some speculation in some regards that these were going to be good especially post the LEGO releases – but over the years MEGA has turned their product into their own “thing”. While yes- still a main compatible, competitor to LEGO it’s my opinion that this new TMNT MEGA BLOKS product will offer a variation of play pattern for kids, collectors and families. It’s not too indifferent from the classic LEGO play pattern – but with a unique feel and twist on those patterns. These new sets are great and definitely have evolved from the classic 2004 MB releases. Here’s a quick gallery of what Tokka was able to get. ~ t
–>> Happy 2016, Everyone. As this News site continues to trudge along the ever growing fan-base, fandom-base, and licensee- base that is TURTLES, i am thankful for everyone who continues to support and enjoy the site. We’re damn-near pushing 8 years strong, Tokka personally has been handling TMNT NEWS-AGGREGATION for almost 16 !! GGM gets minimal support from outside companies, this labor of love has taken so much out of me & the skeleton crew here – but we have persevered.
In spite of the big name “NERD Sites” & the countless Turtle fan site that pop-up like weeds; GGM continues to stand the test of time with the unique content, contacts and relentless perseverance within’ this challenging Franchise so many young and old cherish. There’s arguably something to said here and attested too. But for now – your ol’ Snapper pal here better cut it short and get to part 2 of out 8 part LEO History 8-pack. I take a bit of pride in working hard on building a 1-of-a kind , non-biased and friendly voice within’ the Community. I’m glad it’s appreciated. So thanks to our founder Stephan, staff-members Hero and Machias – – and thanks to YOU !!
Ok, similar to the Vintage release, this repro has updated copyright info, obviously and the threaded foot holes for base placement. The vintage Leo toy is on the right.
Copyright info has been updated and moved from Leo’s back shell on the vintage toy to his lower left foot. What a great repro in this set. Varner’s original LEO sculpt has been reissued countless times here, and proves it’s strength and versatility in this interesting Playmates release.
For fun, here’s TOON LEO ’92 with the Set’s REPRO ’88 Leo.
.. approx. 4″; “Heirloom Ornament Collection” ; plays portion of original TMNT animated series theme. Slightly resculpted in the arms and hands from the pose of prior ( similarly sculpted ) Turtles in the series to accommodate Don’s Bo weapon.