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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–>> The paint on Quarry’s prototype is pretty cool, this is similar to an effect of what was finally produced OVER a year later than when it was originally to be released. I recall a “spitting” action feature announced for this toy. That was not realized on the final figure. I’m not sure if i recall an actual prototype showing that feature. This photo doesn’t seem to show it at all. The proto’s visual is much better ascetically than the final figure.
This EARLY prototype of the ‘Space Hoppin’ Raph’ toy is a more accurate to what appeared in the TMNT 2k3 T.V. show than what was actually manufactured and put into stores. These were the Teens’ stolen TRICERATON space suits in the show, you can see the suit’s “tail” in the back of the toy. The actual manufactured Space Hoppers
No single carded 6-pack of April’s little robot “friends” was produced for this line. However multiple Mousers would come packed in one of the S.W.A.T. multi-figure/vehicle packs in the mid-aughts.
The Nick TMNT line does have a Multi-pack of Mousers.
They’re LEANER … They’re GREENER…
and this time, they’ve got COMPANY!
From the darkened sewers of New York to the mysterious splendor of China and beyond our world to the spiritual Realm of Dreams…shell-ebrate the return of Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello with “Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation”!
The most radical superheroes on the planet are now full-grown Ninjas, and in this brand new live-action adventure, “East Meets West,” they discover a new enemy, the Nefarious Dragon Lord – and a new freind, Venus de Milo, a female Mutant Turtle!
Like her Ninja counterparts, Venus fell into the same toxic ooze at birth, but was raised in Shanghai as a Shinobi mystic. and unlike the boys, who were raised in the way of body and might, Venus’ greatest weapons are the powers of the mind and heart!
Together, the Turtles must outsmart and defeat the Dragon Lord and his warriors before they carry out their evil plans to achieve total invincibility and conquer the universe!
Shout! Factory sets a release date for, the first volume of Next Mutation for September 4th, 2012. It is not know at this time if the episodes will be uncut/unedited. However given how much love and care Shout puts into their releases, I am willing to bet they will do everything within their power to make sure they are.
Update: Straight from Brian Ward of Shout! Factory’s Twitter Account: My Question: Will the episodes be uncut/unedited unlike the UK release by Jetix?
Brian’s Answer: Was never under the impression that what I had WASN’T complete.