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Flea Market Fun: M.U.S.C.L.E. in My Pocket


I haven’t written anything for a while, so I thought I’d get back into the swing of things with a flea market find. I hit my local flea market last month, which snuck in before the region was blanketed with a beautiful white layer of what the local news referred to as “heart attack snow”. So the place was fairly busy for December, with more things to see than I expected.

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dogpound

In this latest generation of TMNT, we don’t have Bebop and Rocksteady or even Tokka and Rahzar, but I think Dogpound and Fishface have the potential to be equally good villains. The complete lineup so far features the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kraang, Metalhead, Fishface and Dogpound. They will be joined by evil scientist Baxter Stockman, early opponent Snakeweed, and another set of the Turtles in early 2013. Until then, we have plenty of toys from the new TMNT show to dig into, including Dogpound.

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: April O’Neil

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No TMNT line would be complete without their link to the human world, April O’Neil. Since I collect April figures, there’s no way I would pass her up, but was she worth it?

Zombiepaper: The complete lineup so far features the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kraang, Metalhead, Fishface, and Dogpound.

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splinter

Part of the first wave of toys based on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the radical rat Splinter is the sentient sensei of the tubular turtles. The complete line-up is the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, Kranng, Metalhead, Fishface, and Dogpound. How sweet is this Splinter toy? Let’s find out.

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Metalhead

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The second wave of the TMNT toyline is here and that means Metalhead! The turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kranng, are joined by Metalhead and two yet-to-be-seen baddies, Fishface and Dogpound. The main episode featuring Metalhead aired this past Sunday, so let’s get to it.

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Soldier

In my review of the disappointing Kraang from the new TMNT toyline (featuring the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, April O’Neil, and Kraa[+a]ng,) I said I wasn’t that impressed with some of the toy designs at a first glance. That changed after I jumped in and watched the first three episodes. My childhood is safely preserved in this new fangled generation of CGI. I can even appreciate the small touches, such as Leo stating a kendo term in Japanese within the first five minutes of the first episode. How’s that for multiculturalism? I also liked how Metalhead looks from the second wave of the toyline, so I went to Walmart for some ‘field research’ on the matter. I browsed their selection as I had very much enjoyed in my youth, and found a healthy showing of the first wave. No Metalhead, though, so I figured ‘why not?’ to the Foot Soldier toy. Well, how did that turn out?

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Kraang

The first wave of the new TMNT reboot toys included all of the usual suspects (the turtles, Shredder, a Foot Soldier, Splinter, and April O’Neil) along with one newcomer to mix things up. Instead of fan-favorite Krang, the extra-dimensional, brain-like conqueror that hangs out in the stomach of a fat android body, we get the Kraang, “extra-dimensional… brain-like conquerors” that hang out in the stomachs of skinny android bodies. I wasn’t overall impressed enough with the designs of this series to buy the complete set, so I went with just one toy from this line to add to my toy wall. Kraaang fit in well enough until I heard that Metalhead is part of the second wave. Sweet!

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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder

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Where would a TMNT reboot be without the Shredder? With a new figure line based on the upcoming Nickelodeon cartoon series, you gotta have the leader of the evil Foot Clan and arch nemesis of the turtles, but how well does ol’ tinhead translate into a toy?

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Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures

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It’s that time again: Time for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be remade for a new generation. The green teens have been out of the toy aisles for a while, and this is the first new iteration of TMNT since they were purchased by Nickelodeon/Viacom. A new cartoon is coming later this month on Nick, and of course there are new toys from Playmates. Besides the four turtles, there are figures of Shredder, Splinter, April, Foot Soldier, Kraang, a sewer lair playset, a couple of vehicles, some larger talking figures of the turtles and Shredder, and some roleplay weapons. So there’s a lot things to choose from. Today we’re going to look at the basic turtles.

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Michael Bay to Fans: None of Your Memories are Safe

So I’m not sure how this evaded my radar.  I suppose I’ve spent much of the last several months speculating about what may be the greatest year for genre films in the last two decades.  From The Avengers to The Dark Knight Rises to The Hobbit, 2012 is undeniably going to be an amazing year.  But unless the Mayan calendar cultists are correct and humanity is mercifully ground to a halt by the year’s end, 2013 is going to bear witness to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film directed by Michael “what if Jetfire was a senile old robot who basically just mumbled and farted all the time” Bay.

Predictably, the fury of the Internet has been leveled at Bay since he recently announced plans to alter the beloved TMNT origin story to make them aliens (!).  With so many nerds distracted by the terrible ending to Mass Effect 3, earning their wrath right now is not as easy a task as it might be during any other year, so that in and of itself is an impressive feat.  Michael Bay has issued a statement urging fans to “chill”, assuring everyone that he has the situation well in hand.  I mean, why would anyone be worried after all those awesome Transformers movies, right?

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