Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Best wishes to you for 2009! I re-inked this old piece of licensing art for the holiday!
Looks like Steve penciled this straight from the spread in the first issue of TMNT. Licensees liked to request poses from
the original comics.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Lots of TMNT toys are showing up at local closeout stores for under $5 bucks. Time to hit your local liquidation store and complete your collection cheap! Alien hunter turtles and the aliens, mutations, assault turtles, as well as lots of turtle motorcycles and vehicles. So when you're out bargain shopping tomorrow spend some holiday cash on the TMNT and help save the economy from total collapse.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
A few weeks ago Murph asked if Steve and I could reproduce this TMNTA cover for an Australian reprint of the mini-comic, "Storm Drain Savers." No problem! Here it is.
Get your copy today!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Here we have the junkyard theme. Two designs from 1990, both curiously called Junkman, one by Mike and the other by Jim. Playmates passed on both.
A third design, submitted to Mirage in the fall of 1991, featured a junkyard robot made from cast off stereo equipment. Mirage passed on that one.
Playmates even went so far as to have their rendition sculpted up for presentation.
They would do this sometimes when they felt particularly strong about a certain character. Still, no deal.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A while back I submitted a story that continues immediately after the events of Tales 50 and, as luck would have it, Dan has just informed me that it has been approved! More details as they become available.
More for the "Mirage Mutants that Playmates Rejected" toy line, my lame xenomorphic Alienator!
A shameless attempt at cashing in on a Playmates "theme" turtle. Rejected!
Ripley: "These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers."
Newt: "It won't make any difference."
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
While searching for Red Hulk Marvel Legends and Kalibak DC Universe figures this holiday season we came across a couple karai figures, a movie Don and some Mini-Mutants turtle figures at Walmart and Target. Nothing much to speak of. The aisles were packed with panicked parents pushing carts full of Star Wars, Hulk, Batman and Iron Man stuff though.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
One character from the TMNT Adventures got closer to being an action figure than anybody else.
Cryin' Hound made it to the "sculptural input drawing stage" but I'm afraid that's where he stayed.
We love Pete's snake character Scalien! This was submitted to Playmates to be included in the TMNT toy line but was rejected.
I think we need a "Mirage Studios Rejected Ideas for Action Figures" toyline.
We'd collect them all for sure!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Back in the day Murph and I tried relentlessly to get Playmates to do
something, anything from the TMNT Adventures book. But there was real resistance to our ideas at every turn.
One thing we pushed hard was the "wrestling turtles" --
actual legit early Pete and Kev designs. Playmates was pumping out every conceivable turtle variant they could think of except the one that Murph and I thought made the most sense -- the wrestling turtles! Oh well, what do we know, we're
Would you have bought Archie "wrestling turtle" figures?