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Old 01-02-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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First description of New 2014 TMNT movie line

Idle Hands: New Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures Surface


Welcome to January 2014. Every January, Toy Fairs across the planet give retailers a chance to see all the wonderful new plastics they'll be able to sling to you all year long. That said, along with these glimpses at the entire year at one go, there are bound to be MOUNTAINS OF SPOILERS for your most anticipated movies! Hasbro has already drawn first blood with detailed looks at their Captain America: Winter Soldier toy line and a hefty lump of their Amazing Spider-Man 2 merch, without spoiling the complete look of the robotic Rhino or what is sure to be The Goblin...or Green Goblin..or whatever they are running with in the new film...and supplemental Cap villains as well.

Today, some lucky individuals got into a room with the full range of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie toys and one reported back on what he saw. Here's the meat of that conversation...


THE TURTLES

- Each turtle has the weapons they should have. (YAY!) 2 swords for Leo, a staff for Don, 2 sais for Raph, a pair of nunchucks and a three sectioned staff for Mikey.
- Each turtle looks LIKE A TURTLE and not alien...at all. (BIGGER YAY!) In fact the designs are quite traditional and unremarkable, and feature far less texture than the 80's movie turtles. Eyes are fairly normal and not cartoonishly large. No beak along the nose area like some speculated. Three fingers and two toes.
- The sort of hunched over posture present in the actors in those leaked set pictures is present here.
- Amazingly, each character appeared to have a different physique with some (like Raphael and Leonardo) having super heroey muscle tone (though Raph appears more pumped up than Leo) and Donatello appearing slimmer..leaner. Michelangelo could possibly be slightly shorter than the rest.
- Each turtle's mask matches the color from the cartoons.
- Styles of dress are different as well with Leonardo in a sort of pseudo samurai gear get up including shoulder armor, some leg bits, arm bracer and foot wear up to the calf with bindings showing. He might have some armor (non metal) along his chest as well. Donatello's gear is a mix of techy, modern and a dash of samurai with more normal footwear (for a 2 toed giant turtle), some gadget on his head and gadgetry coming off of his shell. The ends of his mask are far longer than the rest, draping down to his waist. Raphael has adopted an urban warrior look with white, bandage-like wrappings on his feet, right leg, and right arm. He wears this very conan-esque loin cloth..thing..with leather straps draping down as if he were more suited for gladiatorial battle. Michelangelo's outfit seems the simplest with a hoodie wrapped around his waist, pants and sneakers with the toes cut out, wrappings on his hands and forearms, a necklace (could be puka shell beads?) and his mask ends drape down to his chest. He looks frighteningly ready to spit out some modern catch phrases.






SPLINTER

- Again, a very traditional design.
- Hair pulled up in a samurai..nub? Fu Manchu facial hair going on.
- His eyes seemed a little odd but I couldn't make out what was going on there.
- Slightly tattered samurai outfit with a blue upper half with gold accents, tan lower belted robes and blocky sandals.
- Comes with a samurai sword.

APRIL O'NEIL

- Nothing out of the ordinary here, especially since we saw her on set in her yellow jacket. Blue jeans, black boots up to her knees and a satchel across her chest.
- Worth noting the figure doesn't much look like her.
- Comes with a camera and 2 sai knives.
- Also might be worth noting she doesn't look very articulated and her heels may present a standing issue.




THE SHREDDER

- This guy looks like he owns stock in the Ronco knife company! Pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything. He'll be the stuff of ridicule for some time. Very overcomplicated outfit.
- Helmet is pseudo-traditional, adopting elements of the classic look (mostly the shape and key elements) with the top coming down over the eyes to the nose. Mouth area is recessed.
- Describing the rest of this armor is a nightmare. Suffice to say, even though he's covered head to toe in metal armor or blades, his arms are still mostly bare. It's a bit comical. He's got the shoulder pieces with the blades coming off them, the shin armor with the blades coming off them, black armor areas to offset the steel parts and a cape that looks metal with blades coming down the side. I'd expect we'll see him whip that around in battle.
- His only weapons (beyond his whole body) seem to be the bladey thingies coming off his forearm armor. The one on his right arm seems incredibly complicated..maybe a spinning blade?

FOOT SOLDIER

- No surprises here at all..just as drab as the goons in masks we saw on set.
- The figure designs are a bit more colorful with a brownish scarf, blue vest, black arms, tan pants, grey knee pads and black boots. They also seem to have made the mask more of a grey than the copper look we saw on set.
- The changes in colors and such lead me to wonder if they did that for the toy line just to bring something out for kids beyond a boring black outfit or has there been changes to the Foot Soldier's look? Our bet is the former. Makes little sense to put out figures that don't match the movie look, though....but it's not like it hasn't happened before.
- Figure comes with a small hand gun, a larger rifle and a knife. You may be able to strap the smaller gun to his leg in a holster sculpted on.


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New York City. Crime rates are on the rise and innocent civilians tremble in fear. But there's a force fighting back, vigilantes among us ready to protect the city. Are they the heroes we expect them to be? And are they powerful enough to take down the masked warrior everyone fears...the Shredder?

Clearly these will be the turtles the city NEEDS...but not the ones they deserve.
I keed i keed ......I'm Batman.

NOTE: We have no idea if this is the CORE line of 8 figures, or even the first series of them. We fully expect these to be figures released to retail, but they may not be the key look of each character in the movie. After all, these are for the kiddies! We'll also note that these absolutely are the Playmates toys, so while they may stray off movie model slightly, they are aware adult collectors want them too...so...we don't expect too much deviation. ARE YOU READY FOR GLADIATOR RAPHAEL??!! Sound off in the comments on your expectations (high or dismally low) for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie!

Pics courtesy of Superherohype, JustJared and others we could not pinpoint, so give a shout if they are yours and we'll happily credit you.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits screens August 8, 2014, starring Megan Fox, William Fitchner, Danny Woodburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, and Abby Elliott. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Produced by Jonathan Liebesman.
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Everything sounds good to me. Even Shredder the walking knife salesman. Though I kinda wish they had mentioned articulation for more than just April's figure. Also, Playmates is notorious for making the first wave of figures look practically nothing like the source material for them, so who knows how these will stack up against the onscreen designs.

Should be interesting to see which Toy Fair allows the first pictures of them to be shown to the public. Would be nice to not have to wait for the NYTF to see them.
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Was there a reason this couldn't go in the other TMNT toy thread?
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Was there a reason this couldn't go in the other TMNT toy thread?
Technically no. Though I like the idea of having seperate threads for the show and movie toys. Ultimately it's up to the mods.

Edit: Maybe have the thread title changed so it's not just about this specific article?
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Til actual pictures show up, I'm gonna reserve judgement. Though the descriptions of the turtles themselves is definitely intriguing enough on their own. Might make or break once we see that Shredder.
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Haven't we seen/heard Leonardo described as wearing home-made samurai armor before this? I hope this isn't a regular thing in the movie...
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This is for the Michael Bay shit with Megan Plastic as April right? Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaah, fuck this shit!!!!


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Old 01-04-2014, 12:53 PM   #8
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Now now, we don't know it's shit YET. Sure, Shredder is a white guy, Splinter is the midget from Seinfeld, Megan Fox is April, Michael Bay is involved and wanted to make the Turtles aliens, but we should see it before judging it right?

And at least Baxter Stockman is black.
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