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from Rob, August 27th, 2014 9:44 am, Toys
Power Morphicon will be here in one short week, but Shout! Factory’s Power Morphicon Live sale starts today! Rocket over to PowerMorphiconLive.com to check out the Saban DVD Collections (Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, VR Troopers, Beetleborgs). There’ll be discounts, free shipping, social media giveaways, contests, and a free collectible poster (with qualifying purchases). Be sure to check it out before the sale ends September 2nd.
Can’t make it to Pasadena for Power Morphicon? On Saturday, August 23rd, we’ll be live-streaming straight from the Power Morphicon floor! You can enjoy all of the excitement and action from your computer, tablet or mobile device. And it’s totally FREE. VisitPowerMorphiconLive.com for all of the details.
Check out these products and more — on sale at PowerMorphiconLive.com:
Diamond Select Toys Partners with Nickelodeon to Create New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Products
from Rob, July 25th, 2014 2:47 pm, Toys
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are more popular today than ever before. The newest animated series on Nickelodeon is beloved by new and longtime fans alike, creating a diverse audience hungry for new stories, media and merchandise. With that audience in mind, Nickelodeon has partnered with Diamond Select Toys (DST) to create a similarly diverse array of toys and collectibles for fans of the hit franchise, with the first products scheduled to debut at the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are one of those brands that any company would love to work on,” says Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “Not just because it’s so popular today, but because it’s such a long-lived property, with distinctly different incarnations of the Turtles and their colorful supporting characters stretching back to the late 1980s. Plus, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun. They’re turtles who fight ninjas, robots, and talking brains. What’s not to love?”
The depth of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise allows us to continue to create new products that will resonate with both new and loyal fans, said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. Partnering with Diamond Select Toys to create a variety of products is a perfect example of the momentum of the Heroes in a Half Shell.
Comic-Con International in San Diego, which runs from July 24-28, will see the first physical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles products from Diamond Select, two translucent Minimates mini-figures of Leonardo and Michelangelo. These products will be handed out for free (while supplies last) daily during the convention at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#2607) and Nickelodeon booth (#4113), respectively.
Products from several different categories will begin to hit stores in September, including:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Series 1: The cast of the animated series has been transformed into a series of 2 -inch block figures as part of the wide-ranging Minimates brand. Each figure in the line features interchangeable parts as well as their trademark weapons. Characters include the four Turtles, April O’Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldiers, Foot-Bot, Kraang and Exo-Armor Kraang and are available in blind bags and two-packs. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores, Kmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks: The four turtles will be re-created from the waist-up as full-color vinyl money banks. Striking action poses with their trademark weapons, each 7 inch bust is based on 3D data from the animated series, and will feature collectible-quality sculpting and paint, as well as a coin slot and access door. Sold at comic shops, specialty stores and Toys “R”Us.
Michelangelo Metal Bottle Opener: A classic image of Michelangelo enjoying a slice of pizza, taken from promotional artwork for the 1987 cartoon series, has been turned into a 3D metal bottle opener, with magnets on the back so it can be hung on any metal surface. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.
Michelangelo Pizza Cutter: Michelangelo’s mind is always on pizza, and now his head will help slice it! This pizza cutter shaped like Michelangelo’s head is a must-have for any pizza party, Turtle-themed or otherwise. Sold at comic shops and specialty stores.
Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC was founded in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Envisioned to create unique and exciting collectibles for children and adults alike, the company has licensed a vast array of pop culture properties to be turned into merchandise. In 2007, Diamond Select Toys acquired select assets of the New York design studio Art Asylum, creators of the global Minimates brand. Minimates have been recognized as the #1 selling block figure in the world and were the first toys ever to be inducted into the ToyFare Hall of Fame in 2007. With partners including Marvel Enterprises, Universal Studios, EA Games, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon and Sony Pictures, Diamond Select manufactures a wide variety of collectible products, and is headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD. For more information, visit www.diamondselecttoys.com.
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeons U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
Peavey Electronics® Unveiling New Licensed Products at 2014 Comic-Con International: San Diego
from Rob, July 24th, 2014 5:54 pm, SDCC
New Officially Licensed Guitars and Accessories Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Spider-Man™, Star Wars™ and More on Display
– World-renowned musical instrument manufacturer Peavey Electronics® is showing brand new officially licensed guitars and accessories at Comic-Con International: San Diego, July 24 – 27, 2014. Attendees have the opportunity to test drive, purchase and win guitars adorned with graphics based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™, Spider-Man™, Star Wars™ and more.
Peavey’s new line of officially licensed Star Wars products will be on display at the Peavey booth (#2913-P) in the Star Wars Pavilion. Two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars will be available for purchase, in addition to Peavey’s regular line of Star Wars products. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of the exclusive collector models, available for $219 MSRP each.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Peavey and Diamond Comic Distributors have teamed up at SDCC to give away a Limited Edition 2014 Comic-Con Eastman/Laird Rockmaster® Glow-in-the-Dark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar. Attendees can enter to win exclusively at the Diamond PREVIEWSworld booth (#2401) between now and July 27.
This Limited Edition custom guitar is available exclusively from Action Figure Express who will have the guitars on display and available to purchase for $275 at their booth (#3345) during SDCC. Only 100 Glow-In-The-Dark TMNT Peavey guitars are available for sale, with each one individually hand numbered.
Limited Edition, hand numbered Peavey guitars featuring artwork from Humberto Ramos’ Spider-Man #1 cover will also debut at SDCC. Only 100 of these exclusive instruments have been created, available for $275 each. Artist Humberto Ramos will appear at the Crazy Cat Collectibles booth (#429) on Saturday at 10:30AM to autograph these guitars.
Recognized as a Leading Global Licensee in 2013 byLicense! Global magazine, Peavey Electronics is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world—distributing more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries. To find out more about the Peavey Electronics family of products, visit www.peavey.com.
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey is a member of the top 150 licensee list. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Team Up With The Ghostbusters To Save The (Un)known Universe!
from Bill, July 15th, 2014 1:23 pm, comic book
The (Un)known Universe!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Showcase
from Rob, July 15th, 2014 5:40 am, SDCC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Showcase
Playmates Toys, the master toy licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will be hosting a panel once again during Comic-Con. Please find additional details below. We hope to see you there!
When: Friday, July 25th; 2:00PM
Where: Comic-Con International: San Diego, Room 23ABC
What: This is where you can hear what’s in the pipeline for our favorite Heroes in a Half Shell. The panel will offer a sneak preview of future toys, as well as a Q&A session for fans to ask our experienced ‘Team Green’ members everything and anything about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ‘Team Green’ members have worked on all three incarnations of the Turtles since their original debut over three decades ago.
Exclusive Comic Con Raphael Action Figure
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 Comic Con Exclusive from Nickelodeon and Playmates Toys is a 4.5” tall action figure of Raphael based on how he appeared in the original 1984 Comic Book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Raphael will be highly detailed, fully articulated, come uniquely decorated in classic comic book black and white and include his signature twin sais weapons. He will come packed out with his own signature sewer lid base and be packaged in a limited edition, highly collectible, closed box package featuring his bio and comic book history. The exclusive figure will be available for purchase at the Nickelodeon booth during the show.
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2013: A Comic Book Comeback
from Rob, December 31st, 2013 10:17 pm, Comic Book Reviews
By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood
Most sites do a year-in review (or the best of), but this time, I want to talk about the feeling of nostalgia and the return of comic book royalty.
With the massive success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show,
it was only fitting that someone would make a comic based on it and IDW knocked this series out of the park; not only making a tie-in comic, but continued the stories of TMNT past history.
While, for the purist trading all the past works from Mirage and Archie comics, this is truly a come back in all its forms, making Turtle power and kicking bad guys back sides fun and entertaining once again.
Next brings me to something I didn’t expect to ever see done. Once again, IDW comics grabs a property by the neck and brings in a winner with the remastered issues of The Maxx. That’s right, IDW and Sam Kieth have brought The Maxx to a new generation of fans and all Sam did was punch up the color palette.
The remastered editions are not the “Star Wars” of the comic book world. All they have done is given the comic a prettier paint job and said this is what it is and we like that way!
I am so pleased with this series and I hope it finds and inspires a new audience.
IDW isn’t the only comic book company making good on history. Some do it by reinventing the way we look at comics.
Dynamite, for the better part of a few years, has taken pulp fiction icons and gave them a home to be heroes in.
But most recently, its crossover books are just amazing. With The Kings Watch leading the charge
and DC crossing paths with IDW on a Spirit/The Rocketeer,
the past worlds collide and tell some fun and action packed stories.
If 2014 can continue this trend, then we are in a wonderful time for modern comic books.
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