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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?

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The Ninja Turtles Are Finally Going There

Fun story about me: I own all of the hardcover, omnibus collections of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series…and I’ve never read them. I’ve followed this series from afar since its inception, and have only read a handful of actual issues. It’s a wonderful retelling of all corners of TMNT lore in one great package, and I’m excited to someday actually read the series to see if it lives up to the hype.

The comic definitely makes some great choices at least, such as bringing back Turtle ne’er-do-well Venus De Milo!

I don’t know the current storyline and I don’t know how she’s going to show up, but I’m thrilled that the IDW comic has the courage and energy to re-imagine Venus De Milo. She may have been an embarrassment all the way back in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, but I firmly believe there are no such things as bad characters, only bad writers.

Hence why I will always be waiting for Jar Jar Binks’ big break.

Anyway, Venus De Milo shows up in the TMNT comic with the upcoming issue #127. That’s probably two or three hardcover collections away, so it’ll be a few years before I actually get to read the story, but I thought it was a neat enough development to share.

You can read more about her arrival here.

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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!

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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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SNL Brings In Ninja Turtle Parody Masters!

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live ran an animated segment about the Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was pretty funny. I’m always up for a good TMNT parody.

If you’re like me, a person of refined and excellent taste, then you might notice something strikingly familiar about that segment: it was animated by the same studio that did those classic College Humor Ninja Turtles bits!

Lowbrow Studios has been putting out hilarious video game and pop culture parody videos for years, and their Ninja Turtle segments for College Humor back in the day were amazing!

It’s great to see them getting more renown! According to comments they made on YouTube, they were hired as a third party to do the SNL segment, which is why they weren’t more openly credited. But I can credit their good work all I want!

So spend your quarantine day going down the Lowbrow Studios YouTube rabbit hole and have a good day of it!

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