MTVGeek (and our awesome friend Lemonjuice McGee) broke the news and now...IT IS EVERYWHERE!! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in a big bad way with a new cartoon looming and a giant heap of new toys which are more than likely to see us collectors disappointing the children when fighting over said toys at retail stores. Let's face it..their arms are under-developed. You gotta be fast. SURVIVAL OF THE DORKIEST!!
The new cartoon will premiere late this year with 26 half hour episodes starring your favorite heroes-in-a-half-shell; Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo with a slightly edgier look to them. Personally, I love it! It's a nice blend of the classic comic style, the old cartoon series and the current comics. Of course, the current pictures of the cartoon look like crazy CGI, making the toys far cooler in comparison, so we are in wait and see mode. Remember how hyped we were for Voltron...and look what happened there. Let's take a look at the toys!
Basic Action Figures : Each Turtle is wearing his signature bandanna and comes with their two core Ninja weapons. A bonus weapons accessory rack is also included. Each turtle figure is uniquely sculpted, with heights ranging from 4.25 to 4.75 inches. These figures have more than 15 points of articulation and are compatible with the new line of vehicles and playsets. They call this feature "Ninja Battle Boost". Characters include Shredder, a Foot Soldier, The Kraang, Master Splinter, April O'Neil and all 4 Turtles.
The Shellraiser! : Built to run either on the subway rails or on the busy streets of New York City, the Shellraiser delivers all the fire power needed for the Turtles to travel together to take down Shredder and the Foot Clan! With entrances on the top, in the front and on the side of the car, up to eight Basic Action Figures can fit inside. The Shellraiser really packs a punch with Ninja Battle Boost technology, including a spring loaded cannon on the top of the car and a side door that automatically opens with the touch of a button, sending kids’ favorite hero in a half shell flying out the side with 360 degree Ninja flip-kicking action, to wage battle on anything standing in its way!
Rippin' Rider includes classic Turtles details and texture, as well as "Finger Flick Missiles" that will destroy enemies on impact. Any Turtles figure will fit on this motorcycle.
Sewer Spinnin' Skateboard features Ninja Battle Boost technology that allows it to perform up to 10 different skateboard tricks (turn around on ramp, bump-n-go action, bump-n-spin action and wheelies!) on a ramp that is included.
Ninja Stealth Bike featuring an exclusive Raphael
Dragon Chopper featuring an exclusive Foot Solider : When ready for battle, simply push the activation button and watch as the action figure performs a 360 degree flip over the handle bars and lands on its feet, ready for battle!
Secret Sewer Lair Playset : Stands 42" tall with three levels, 20+ features and resembles the lair the Turtles live in on the new show. Features include: telescoping periscopes, rope swing and swing-down ladders, zip lines, elevator, Shredder statue, computer lab, doors that open and close, an ooze drain, trap doors, secret entrances and more! THIS WILL FIT OVER 50 FIGURES!!!
Deluxe Power Sound FX Collection : Every 6 months, Playmates wants to release a wave of Turtles with some sort of gimmick involved. This is the first wave! Each of the figures stands 5.5 inches tall and features proprietary wire coil activation in the arms and legs that triggers heroic battle phrases. The longer you pull back that limb, the longer the sound is activated and will not end until released, as in a Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii YA! karate chop yell. Shown are all four Turtles and Deluxe Power Sound FX Shredder.
Ninja Combat Gear : Each set includes the Turtle's authentic noise-making ninja weapon, signature bandanna and two throwing stars.
Leo's Electronic Stealth Sword : 2 ways to play: Ninja Battle & Ninja Training (allows you to practice or battle a virtual foe!) Leo's sword lights up with three different colors: Blue, Green or Red, has a motion sensor to track your movement (Leo trains you!), sound effects and 40 phrases by Jason Biggs who voices Leo on the cartoon.
Classic Collection Action Figures : In the style of the classic cartoon series! Each Turtle stands 6 inches tall, features more than 30 points of articulation and is authentically detailed to appeal to the true action figure collector. The line kicks off with all four Turtles, but if it does well, Playmates is fully prepared to take the line as far as we'd like including characters from the classic cartoon series and movies!
Battle Shell 11" Figures : Only available at Toys R Us, these fully articulated Turtles come with their core Ninja weapons that are stored either on their belt or their back holster, as well as secondary weapon accessories, which can be stored in the Turtles' opening back shells
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Keep Idle Hands bookmarked for the next two weeks as we go full on into Toy Fair 2012!