Border Patrol: Classic Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Set

Custom Classic Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT (1 of 5)

For this edition of Border Patrol, we’ve got just one auction for you – but it’s totally tubular, dude!

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Threezero Announces 1/6 Scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Leonardo and Michelangelo

Pre-order window opens at 6PM, April 8

I was avoiding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reboot – the early reports that they would be aliens, not turtles, coupled with the casting of Megan Fox, really turned me off. I just didn’t want to see Michael Bay trample another childhood memory. But I was stuck on another international flight and had nothing else to watch. And to be fair, I thought the movie was good… good enough. It couldn’t possibly usurp the original for me due to nostalgia alone, but I could see how for today’s kids, these new movie Turtles could fill that spot.

So I’m not sure yet how I feel about these TMNT movie figures coming from threezero. They look fantastic – I haven’t looked at frame grabs from the movie, but they seem highly detailed and accurate. The skin textures and paint work look exquisite on these prototypes. The only question mark is the use of a “skin” over an armature in the arms – in my experience that limits articulation and can sometimes wear over time. We’ll see if I pull the trigger next week, when the pre-order window opens. Stay tuned!

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Toy Fair 2015: Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Instapics

Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The good news is that Playmates’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, buoyed by the success of the Nickelodeon animated series, had the number one SKU in boys’ toys last year. That means a lot more basic and deluxe figures, as well as branching out into new expressions for the brand.

The bad news is that within the mix, the Classics line did not perform to expectations. So for those of you hoping to expand beyond the Turtles, Rocksteady and Bebop, with the Shredder and Krang figures shown in prototype previously, you are out of luck. Classics is on hiatus for now, but could be revisited as the sequel to the TMNT reboot hits screens in 2016.

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Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rocksteady and Bebop Quick Packaged Pics #NickTurtles #TMNT #CaseysBack

Playmates TMNT Classic Rocksteady and Bebop packaged - 1

I’ve fallen so far behind on pics from my collection. Here’s a few quick shots of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection. Sorry – they’re still packaged, even though I intend to open them. When you consider that Playmates went this route instead of the obvious Shredder / Foot Ninjas, it’s remarkable because these are two fully-tooled figures. Upon closer inspection, there were some cuts to make it more feasible – looks like there’s no hip swivels or ankle joints.

You can still pick up the TMNT Rocksteady and Bebop at ToysRUs.com – they’ve got the exclusive on these two figures. Despite the shortcomings with the leg articulation, if you’re a TMNT fan, I think they’re still must-haves.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Rocksteady and Bebop at TRU.com

Rocksteady Bebop

Our best tipster, Paul, wrote in early this Black Friday with great news for TMNT fans – the Classic Collection Rocksteady and Bebop are in stock at TRU, both in stores and online!

Some Black Friday shopping for you. My local TRU has lots of TMNT classic Bebop and Rocksteady figures. Funny thing is they have them on their website but TRU has the worst taxonomy so you can almost never find them. Here are the links to purchase, currently in stock and will ship in 1-2 days. May go fast so good luck.

Thanks much, Paul!