So I started Spring cleaning early and came across some fun artifacts back dating 30 years ago from my personal Turtles collection.
Here are a couple of long forgotten highlights that have been a delightful rediscovery.
This is my original Raphael brandishing a trenchcoat or rather a jacket that once belonged to (I think) an Action Man doll. In my toy universe Raph had a olive green jacket for concealing his Sai. I also added a black elastic from a washer as the original ninja belt was wearing away and I needed a fix. 30 years on that tough rubber band has stood the test of time!
Turtles on Betamax
This Betamax (pronounced Beat-a-Max in the UK) tape originally thought lost was an amazing turnup. This was my original compilation of Teenage Mutant ‘Hero’ Turtles episodes (and censored jump-cut edits) from BBC 1 amongst some other Turtley material. “Attack of Big Macc” was the first episode I ever taped before also recording the segmented episodes from Going Live on Saturday Mornings. I also even recorded segments from the Broom Cupboard where fan artwork was showcased.
This will be capped as soon as possible!
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–>> As of our first ( and semi – rare,,i know, sorry guys. Hard times right now. ) speacial-feature post of 2020 , i wana high-lite Independent artist, toy customizer and designer “Duzmachines84”. He modified the 2013 PLAYMATES TOYS TMNT: Classics 6″ scale Bebop & Rocksteady ‘ NEAR COMPATIBLE ‘ accessory molds. Rocky’s Army Motorcycle Helmet and Bebop’s Turtle Shell Drill. These are to supplement the alien weapons that are included in the **NECA Target Exclusive 2 pack.
The 2013 helmet for Rock was almost a good fit, but the 2019 figure’s head is a little larger than the somewhat leaner ’13 figure noggin, so the helmet is not of the best fit . Remolding, slight flattening, and cell-style color paint matching presents an almost near perfect, TMNT season one screen-accurate look for the mutant Rhino.
..with original “Classis” ’13 Rocky Helmet
..original 2013 “Classics” ROCKSTEADY
Bebop’s iconic Turtle Shell Drill from his original 1988 Figure was recreated for the 2013, highly stylized release.
The drill fits perfectly but Duz’s remold and cell-based paint-matched drill looks like it popped right off the TMNT T.V. Toon ready to drill holes in those Toiitles’ pretty little shells !! !!
..with original “Classics” ’13 Drill
.. Original “Classics” Bebop ’13
DUZMACHINES 84 is one of the most innovative, indy-toy creators and customizers i’ve met within the past decade. Always frustratingly talented, friendly and elevates the game with his NEW/OLD take and paint jobs on modern & vintage toys. So damned innovative, he really encourages his fellow artists to step up their game !! ARRGGH!! Damn, love the guy !! !!
–>> Don’t worry ..GGM’s still hummin’ along into 2018 – so happy belated NEW YEAR everyone!! Kinda the case with only two-full time staff-members. Meh – complaining is for dumm-dumms. Feature posts will be the name of the game for the foreseeable future at least from Tokka. I was recently granted a few more keys to our social media kingdom by the out founder which will get far more frequent updates than the main GGM.
Whatever the case may be, the GGM site is an important part of the news aggrigate fan base here, and this update has been about 6 months in the making so enjoy !!
Mike’s Kowabunga Surf Buggy
The Dune-drivin’, Sand-Surfin’ Beach Machine
Whoa, dude! Grab your board and slip into some skimpy shorts, cuz Mike’s takin’ his Kowabunga Surf Buggy to blue heaven, curl city, water wonderland – you know, the beach. Strap yourself in and take the most radical ride of your young life as Mike drives off dunes and skids in sand. But don’t worry, the sand skiddin’ traction tires never lose their grip. And with the reciprocatin’ surfboard bumper, bumps bite it before you ride it. While Raph fires on the Foot with the soakin’ soda can machine guns, you can chill it, and snag yourself a sand snack or some frozen fire power from the chillin’ ammo chest. What if the Foot don’t fall, you say? Well, keep it cool, cuz if Raph don’t fizz ’em, then you can slam and jam ’em with the detachable spiked beach ball bomb. And to end your bodacious day at the beach, you can watch Mike waste some waves on the Surf Buggy’s wave wackin’ super surfboard. Kowabunga, Dudes!
Let’s cut to the chase so i can get this out of the way, “RISE OF THE TMNT” is all the talk GOOD AND BAD of coarse on the interwebs. I’ll discuss this past week’s leak briefly i can and elaborate a bit of what i personally know.
The “Tumbling Turtle” Tumblr blog released this supposed licencing expo cell pic that kinda weren’t supposed to release. Tokka had seen this a couple months back but remained quiet as i was still trying to process how i would phrase what i have learned about the Toonier Andy Suriano inspired designs of the new show. In the end i was specifically trying to time it out as long as possible as to not get in the way of the official NICKELODEON reveal and to not get anyone in trouble ( . and for respect of the Nickelodeon group whom i have to high regards for at this point, sorry). This person has been trying to pry as much info as they could out of me for a number of months now. Being the pussycat that i am, i was trying to be polite as i could without spilling everything i learned. The stress from the pressure from was barely averted – but here we are at the official reveal.
.Elaborating slightly on what i understand of the show.. ::
Echoes of prior animated productions like Lloyd Goldfine’s 2003 4KIDS TMNT show take shape in Ant Ward’s newer 2D production, the Foot Clan may seem to emanate newer powers, “MIST – LIKE” powers not to dissimilar from the FOOT MYSTICS in the 2k3 toon. Be that in “magical powers” in general or in teleportation remains to be seen.
Sean Schemmel’s“THE ANCIENT ONE” from TMNT 2k3 , Splinter’s super-elder sensei looks to be a slight influence on Rise’s Eric Bauza Splinter. Prolly will be a more serious character than the “eternally youthful” teacher. Then again, if you know Eric – – Splinter may be even more fun & humorous than we think !! !!
Some of the new designs of the most iconic villains in the RISE – show remind me of classic, cartoon “EXECUTIONER” tropes.
An all new cybernetic, corpulent mutant villain of gargantuan proportions may come to play in this new series. Could this be one of Maurice LaMarche’s hillariously disturbingvocal roles ( as part of one of the veteran TMNT VAs brought in by Rob Paulsen !! ) ?!
I’ll elaborate more when i feel comfortable to do so, when it is appropriate and won’t get in Nickelodeon’s way. We’ll see.
Things have been a bit slow through 2017 when it comes to TMNT figures released outside America. So, seeing the new Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady toys (and Usagi!) suddenly appear at UK retail really is a real turn-up!
Bebop & Rocksteady are here paying tribute to thier 1980’s predecessors. These two heavys are still the new incarnations of the dopey duo, but given a throwback facelift. The upcoming 3-episode arc of Nick TMNT season 5 should give a full explaination of this theme.
Take some time to marvel at the gallery put together of these ‘Fall/Autumn 2017’ Playmates releases. There’s also some comparisons thrown in too.