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.

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ABOUT DIAMOND SELECT TOYS AND COLLECTIBLES, LLC

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.

About Nickelodeon
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. Nickelodeon’s 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).

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

About Peavey

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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Playmates toys at Sweet Suite 14
from Rob, July 18th, 2014 5:14 am, Toys

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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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Team Up With The Ghostbusters To Save
The (Un)known Universe!
The Crossover 30 Years In The Making Comes To IDW
San Diego, CA (July 15, 2014) – Two teams of legendary heroes will join forces this fall to save New York City and the world from the paranormal and the monstrous when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross paths with the Ghostbusters! With both franchises celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, it’s never been better time to team up Proton Packs with Ninjutsu!Transported to a different universe by a faulty invention, the TMNT find themselves in a New York City much like their own, but with one major exception: a rampant ghost problem! If that weren’t enough, the Turtles and their reluctant new hosts, the Ghostbusters, soon find that the Turtles didn’t come alone…

The crossover is written by two talented creators who couldn’t be better acquainted with these unique franchises — Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham. In addition to writing the ongoing Turtles series at IDW, Waltz has also served as editor for the ongoing Ghostbusters series, written by Burnham ­who, in turn, co-wrote the critically acclaimed series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of The Foot Clan.

“A couple of years ago, Tom Waltz and I chatted like the fans we are about how insanely fun this crossover would be if we ever got the chance to write it,” said series co-writer Erik Burnham. “As I sit here today, my excitement level is at eleven.”

“This is an idea that Erik, series editor Bobby Curnow, and I have bounced off each other for quite a while,” said series co-writer Tom Waltz. “And being as deeply entrenched in both properties as the three of us are gives us a unique perspective on how to bring them together. And what better time to do it than during the combined 30th year anniversary celebration?”

“Both Ghostbusters and Turtles are fun, funny and just a little bit weird,” said Curnow. “So putting the two together is a natural choice, especially when you consider the fact that Tom and Erik have worked on both properties for years. This one should be an absolute blast!”

Long-time Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening will take on cover and interior art duties. Currently showing off the immensity of his talents in the Ghostbusters arc “Mass Hysteria,” Schoening has proven his ability to give this special mini-series the epic scale it deserves. Issue #1 will sport a variant cover by T-Rex Jones, who has provided covers to both series at IDW.

Actively hoped for by fans for years, this epic four-issue event kicks off this October!

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

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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!

 

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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.

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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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Toy Fair 2014: Wicked Cool Toys
from Rob, February 24th, 2014 8:49 pm, Toy Fair 2014

check out the amazing gallery from Wicked Cool Toys.

 

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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and  DC crossing paths with IDW on a Spirit/The Rocketeer,

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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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Booyakasha – TMNT at NYCC
from Bill, October 12th, 2013 8:57 pm, nycc 2013

Nick and the Turtles invaded NYCC is a big way on Friday night.    With the launch of Season 2 just hours away we were treated to an advance preview of Episode 1.   It picks up a few months after Season 1 as they guys are chilling out and relaxing.  Needless to say things pick up quick and the Season starts off with a bang.

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Some of the cool tidbits that came out of the panel were

- There will be a cameo of the 80′s turtles in one episode. Although the crew mentioned that it will be only a small cameo.

- They will explore April’s powers and her connection to the Kraang

- Pizza Face will be in Season 2 as well as a characters named Tiger Claw and Kurtzman (who knows a lot about the Turtles, April and the Kraang.

- There will be an episode that takes place in Dimension X.

- And Casey Jones will play a big role in the series and will explore the dynamic between April, Casey and Leo

For More on Casey check out the Nick Site

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Set your DVR’s for tomorrow at 11am.. when the Teenage Mutant Turtles return to Nick.

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What the shell – video game chat!
from chris, September 21st, 2013 2:48 pm, What the Shell

More turtles talk on this new podcast. Sadly Mike Lacey is absent from this episode as….well I’ve used all the humorous ones!

Dylan, Suine and Chris sit down and talk about their favourite video games that included the turtles in a half shell. A review of the upcoming psn game will happen soon as well.

Follow the show on twitter – @tmntshell and on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/tmntclassics! Why not tell us what you’d like to see on the show

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