During the New York Toy Fair last month, studios and toy manufactures were displaying their new movie tie-in toys for big blockbusters such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We also saw a few toys from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that featured the Heroes in a Half-Shell’s updated look. Now some new images have given us yet another glimpse of 21st century turtle power.
Posted on the Chinese website actoys.net, new close-up images of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures give fans of the property a better look at Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. The Turtles all have this strange “cover-up” that obscures their turtle crotches, such as a hoodie wrapped around Michelangelo’s waist to obscure his amphibian junk. It’s a bit off-putting. Nevertheless, the Turtles look distinct and modern, while at the same time catering to their origins and traditional colors. They even have more personality infused into their personal styles.
Donatello is the scientist and brains of the operation, so he wears a lot of tech and gadgets on him, while Raphael is a tough guy with a red do-rag. Michelangelo is some sort of sewer surfer, while Leonardo is the leader, so he dawns traditional samurai (that’s samurai, not ninja) gear. The guys are definitely more ugly than cute and cuddly like their animated series and live-action movie counterparts.
The looks of the Turtles won’t be nearly as important as the film’s script. If the movie actually turns out to be good, it won’t matter what the Turtles look like, but at the moment, that’s all we have to go on. The only way to silence the film’s critics is if the new reboot film is a successful one, both critically and commercially.
While the new TMNT movie has been criticised for taking an over-the-top approach to the original source material, there are still small pockets of fans that are welcoming the reboot with open arms. Although Michael Bay is attached as the film’s producer, the film’s director is actually Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), and Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) wrote the screenplay. As for directors go, Liebesman is competent, while Appelbaum & Nemec have seen some highs and lows throughout their careers. It’s true that these names aren’t the most notable in Hollywood, but at least the Heroes in a Half-Shell look…. interesting, to say the least.
There are no official plot details available for TMNT at this point, but it seems likely that it will feature the Turtles, Splinter, and the Shredder’s origin stories. According to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, the movie will be a mix between The Avengers and The Raid: Redemption, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this movie turns out.
The TMNT reboot stars Megan Fox, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, and William Fichtner as The Shredder. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters everywhere on August 8.