To say the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is one of my all-time favorites is an understatement. By 1990 the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were by far my favorite franchise and I was all about turtles at the time. I had a TMNT themed birthday party, nothing but turtle Christmas, and the movie was one of the few times I remember seeing my Dad in a movie theatre. But for whatever reason, I had a ton of cartoon based action figures but never bothered for the live action versions. Of course, that all changed a couple of years ago when I saw NECA was releasing a line of movie figures. Until recently, Playmates was the sole maker of TMNT figures. The only reason I think NECA (and others) got any sliver of the license is that fact that any TMNT figure they release is some sort of store or con exclusive. NECA always does their best to get things to as many people as possible. That said, some of these figures are harder to come by than others. What I have learned is patience is key.
These went up for pre-order today with a “street date” of April 10th. Retailers are not allowed to put out merchandise before the manufacturers established street date. One of our insiders got us some photos of what you can expect to find on shelves this Sunday. (more…)