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My 6 Favorite Ninja Turtles Characters

In news that I’m sure excited you as much as it did me, the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is going to lean heavily into a bunch of random mutant characters! Subtitled “Mutant Mayhem,” the new movie debuted its trailer and voice cast this week, and I’m as giddy as a school girl. Ninja Turtles were my jam as a young child in the 1980s. I watched all the cartoons, but the Ninja Turtles were my favorite. And I’m a sucker for nearly every new reboot that comes out.

I love the new character designs

Much to my surprise, Mutant Mayhem is going to feature a ton of obscure and also ran characters from Turtle lore. Mondo Gecko? Genghis Frog? Ray Fillet?! I am so on board! I was a huge collector of the Ninja Turtles action figures as a kid. I loved all the weird, random mutants they introduced in the toyline. And it was even more fun when they then showed up in the cartoon. And then it gets even more fun when they also get rebooted with every new iteration. So you best believe I’m even more excited about this new movie than I was a week ago. And what better way to celebrate than to run down some of my favorite TMNT characters? For nostalgia’s sake!

Join me after the jump for my favorite characters in TMNT lore, be it comics, movies, toys, cartoons or rock shows. And feel free to share your own favorite such characters in the comments below!

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First Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting rebooted yet again, and I’m here for it. I will always be here for it. I was a very young child in the 1980s and watched all those toy commercial cartoons, and the Ninja Turtles were my favorite! So I will always be on board for another TMNT movie. And this one looks pretty darn cool!

I love the animation style. Into the Spider-Verse has really freed animated movies to reach beyond the Disney aesthetics, and I love the look of this film. I love the youthful nature of the Turtles and their smooth, rapid fire dialogue. They’re all voiced by actual teenagers, and I think that’s neat. This movie looks darn cool!

And the recently announced cast list includes characters like Mondo Gecko, Ray Fillet and my personal favorite, Wingnut! So you best believe I am fully on board a new TMNT reboot that includes a whole menagerie of fun mutants from the lore!

TMNT: Mutant Mayhem comes to theaters on Aug. 4.


I’m Probably Gonna Have to Buy These Too

There’s a new crossover comic coming out these days between the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a sequel to their first crossover, which I read and enjoyed. I haven’t read any of the issues yet, because I’ll probably wait and get the trade paperback. That’s how I roll with this sort of thing.

Then the cover for a future issue hit the internet and blew my ’80s/’90s geeky little mind. How did I not see this coming?

The art is by Dan Mora and just look at this beautiful image! The Ninja Turtles get their own Dimension X Power Rangers outfits, but the real draw is the Power Rangers mutated into their dinosaurs! Are you freakin’ kidding me? How cool does this look?!

The worst part is that I just know I’m not gonna be able to resist buying the inevitable action figures. How do I know this? Because I already bought the action figures from the first crossover, with the Turtles morphed as Rangers. I bought them all. Shredder as the Green Ranger. Leo, Donnie, Mikey, Raph and April as the Rangers. Tommy as a Foot Soldier. Jeez louise. It was a time when I had some extra money on hand and I just…spent it on action figure nonsense. Now they’re in a box somewhere in storage, because I wasn’t about to open them and play with them.

So yeah, sigh. When I see action figures of the Power Rangers morphed into mutant dinosaurs, how will I be able to resist?


Recapture Our Ninja Turtles Arcade Childhood

There’s a new Ninja Turtles game coming out that appears to be a love letter to that classic TMNT arcade game from our glorious youth! Shredder’s Revenge comes out…this year, maybe? Will hopefully be 4-player co-op, and basically is just a recreation of all of our childhoods!

Looks amazing. That original TMNT arcade cabinet was the highlight of my youth, and, I assume, all of yours. It was the perfect arcade game. Four players, each turtle just a little bit different, a lot of chances to pour quarters away; it was perfection. So heck yeah, let’s get a recreation on modern consoles! Let us bask in that fleeting nostalgia, transporting us back to a time when all that mattered was getting past Rocksteady.

Hook it to my freakin’ veins!


6 Surprise Siblings of Popular Characters

Siblings; can’t live with’em, can’t live without’em. Or something like that. I have two younger siblings, and they’re pretty cool. But this isn’t an article about them. You know who else has siblings? Pop culture characters! And you know what’s even more fun? When those siblings randomly show up out of the blue and are sometimes never heard from again!

Like Enola Holmes, the hit new Netflix movie about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister.

It’s nice that Millie Bobbie Brown is getting work

I watched Enola Holmes this past weekend and rather enjoyed it. But did you know that she is not canon to the actual Sherlock Holmes stories? Enola Homes is a creation of American author Nancy Springer, who wrote a series of young adult novels about the character between 2006 and 2010. So, surprise! Sherlock Holmes has a younger sister! Kind of!

Turns out, this happens every once and a while in pop culture and I’ve tracked down a couple other random, surprise siblings! Join me after the jump and be in awe!

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