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The Alien/Predator Shelves as of 2/8/2020

I posted a couple weeks ago about discovering the Alien Collection toys from Lanard.

I had not initially bought the APC vehicle, but did wind up going back for that. I also purchased a $10 MegaConstrux egg thing shaped like an Alien egg that came with a packet of slime/ooze with pieces to build two "minifigure" Xenomorphs.

I also came across a couple online listings for classic Kenner Aliens figures, and got a "regular-sized" Alien Queen as well as a Gorilla Alien and a Bull Alien.

All together, my once rather sparse shelf filled up fast to the point of nearly overflowing. Such that I may end up moving the Predators off just to have a little more room for the Aliens…but time will tell!

Anyway, though I’ve shown off the collection in the past, here’s the most up-to-date version of my Aliens/Predator shelves!

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The figures and such get the top of the shelving unit for the maximum amount of space and to accommodate the rather large size of the Queens.

While I’m pretty sure I’m missing a couple books, I do at least have most of the Alien/Aliens line of novels, and most of the Predator ones, though I’m missing the Dark Hors Press (DH Press) novels as well as the most recent anthology and film adaptations.

Though for the moment Mage Knight and MechWarrior: Dark Age still share the shelf…a major MW acquisition last year means that series is going to have to get its own space…which will also allow a little more space for the Alien/Aliens books and such.

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The graphic novels have their own space on a different, larger bookcase to allow for the size of the Library Editions (and even the regular-sized graphic novel editions).

Adding purchases from the latter part of last year in, there’s no longer room for the films to all share the shelf, so I had to move the individual Alien films and a couple misc. items elsehwere. (Perhaps they’ll help replace MechWarrior on the novels’ shelf?)

As it is, I left the Alien Anthology blu-ray set and the newer films.

I’m not sure if Dark Horse is going to continue their full-size collections of the older Aliens material, so I’m not at all in any hurry to replace the omnibii.with those…though I’d prefer the newer format. Time will tell!

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The Weekly Haul Catch-Up: Weeks of November 20, 2019 to December 11, 2019

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Once again, it’s been a few weeks since a "Weekly Haul" post. Though I did get a random post up the other day with some bare-bones random brief thoughts on Marvel‘s 2099 stuff…and a path-to-500 for DC to give us a Robin #500 (semi-tongue-in-cheek, using "Marvel Math.").

So let’s play catch-up on the last few weeks’ hauls. Or rather, the "main" hauls…as I have partial plans for a couple other things from recent weeks as well!


Week of November 20, 2019

Having dropped some titles, I’ve been finding my regular weeks a bit more manageable, and even been willing to "try" a bit of randomness with other titles for whatever reason(s).

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Batman has long been a pull; I believe this may be the single longest run of the title I’ve had, at least for issue quantity. I have the entirety of King‘s run thus far, and though I’ve planned to "finish out" the run, since I think they’re shifting to monthly from biweekly AND there’s no sign yet of the promised Batman/Catwoman series, I may go ahead and continue along. With rumours of yet another relaunch next year anyway, It probably can’t hurt too much to get a few more issues and simply have a complete run.

He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse is just an interesting premise to me, mixed with a bit of would-be-nostalgia, that I decided to get the first issue in a slight bit of "support," slight bit of gambling. I had/have no intention of subsequent single issues, though I may watch for reviews to pick up a collected edition.

I’ve settled pretty firmly into enjoying/appreciating the various "Facsimile" edition reprints, so the Green Lantern/Green Arrow drug issue was a no-brainer.

I need to catch up on reading TMNT Urban Legends, especially as we’re getting close to the couple of issues I’d had in college that showed me how much the characters had been changed and solidly impacted a paper I wrote about the Turtles.

Doom caught my eye along with the classic "font" for the title 2099 so I gave in and bought the first issue for the sheer nostalgia of the thing. I opted NOT to pick up subsequent issues…though my interest in the ORIGINAL 2099 stuff has been rekindled.

I snagged the Death of Superman: The Wake tpb because…well, Death of Superman. This collected a digital-only (or digital-first?) mini-series and I was interested for its title and concept, thinking it’d give some insight to the "current version" of the infamous now-27-year-old story. (Unfortunately, I was highly disappointed and found the thing to be something better-suited for distribution in cereal boxes!)


Local Comic Shop Day (November 23, 2019)

I’m not very keen on "Local Comic Shop Day" in general. I’m fairly accepting of "Halloween Comic Fest" but LCSD isn’t much of a "thing" to me.

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That being said…there were a couple issues I wound up picking up. The Walking Dead: The Alien one-shot, and a Super DInosaur reprint or whatever it is. I am pretty sure I have the original Super Dinosaur issue(s) from back in the day…somewhere. And given the nature of the Walking Dead issue–new story, not by Kirkman himself, and not previously available in print, and with the final volume of the TPBs out MONTHS ago, seemed like a decent companion piece to the series.


Week of November 27, 2019

Having decided in 2015 that it was officially my "next Grail," I was ‘officially’ on the lookout for an in-my-price-range copy of Uncanny X-Men #266 up until finally scoring a copy earlier this year.

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So hardly six months after finally getting my genuine, actual real Uncanny X-Men #266…Marvel puts out a facsimile edition of the issue. Not that I wasn’t going to buy the thing, but it kinda figures, on the timing. I can’t be sure if the facsimile edition would have satisfied me in terms of my personal collection, though. C’est la vie.

We also got the final (for now) issue of Hope, which I look forward to binge-reading/catching up on.

I’d picked up the Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer issue a few weeks earlier, and decided to also get the first issue of what I BELIEVE is an ongoing new Hellblazer series. I enjoyed both issues well enough and they definitely have the general feel of the original 300-issue series, while being a different version of the Constantine character. I may well grab the 2nd issue if I notice it when it’s out, and go from there.

Continuing their pattern, along with the Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis, we also got a DC Dollar Comics reprint of the first issue of the original Infinite Crisis #1.

I’m pretty sure I have all the earlier issues of Second Coming so grabbed the latest issue. It’s one that I really need to get around to READING to decide whether I genuinely want to be getting it…though at this point I’d likely have been much better-served just waiting for a collected edition.

And finally, I decided to grab a recent-back-issue in Dark Horse‘s The Little Mermaid. It’s a mini-series, but being from Dark Horse I was curious how it’d stack up to the IDW stuff as well as how it’ll wind up in collected format, as well as being curious if it was actually a reprint as I’m fairly sure we already had a comics adaptation of the film.


Week of December 4, 2019

And getting into December…

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New Batman issue.

And the fifth/final issue of the 5-issue TMNT: Shredder in Hell mini-series. A mini-series that saw its first issue come out in January 2019. And I’d believe the series to be monthly, that it was due to wrap up by May or June…yet it only JUST made it ahead of TMNT #100…and I believe MAY have caused the apparent delay in that issue.

The latest Spawn issue. At #303, it’s my 47th issue in a row for the series…coming up on MY 50th as such!

The newest Usagi Yojimbo gets us to #7 of the latest series. And having just picked up the first issue, I decided to get the second of The Little Mermaid.

I swore off all Boom! Studios books nearly four years ago.However, my primary "exception" in comics is the TMNT. So a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers/TMNT book was an interesting quandary for me. In the end, I opted to allow my "TMNT Exception" to OVERRIDE my refusal to get single issues from Boom! Studios…though I ALMOST reconsidered when I saw the variant cover (or one of them, anyway) was a turtle’s hands holding a Power Ranger helmet…like it was just being insulting at that point.

Finally for the week, a facsimile edition of the "death of Flash" issue of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths; as well as a facsimile edition of Marvel‘s original Star Wars #1. And for good measure, a DC Dollar Comics issue of Birds of Prey.


Week of December 11, 2019

…and now we’re up to the most recent week and (perhaps) back on schedule! I’m also a bit unsure of what the remainder of the year holds, with this week’s December 18 being the last non-holiday Wednesday of the year, with the following Wednesday being December 25th–Christmas Day; and the very next Wednesday will be New Year’s Day (also, January 1st, the first day of a new year!)

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IDW‘s ongoing TMNT title finally hits its 100th issue! This also marks 100 issues that I’ve kept up with the series, buying every single issue, from #1 to #100, as it came out. Which is also a record for me, I’m sure, for ANY single run of ANY comic series in all my 30-some years of being into comics.

Then, despite dropping the Superman books, I ended up grabbing a copy of #17 off the rack while waiting in line at a Black Friday sale, so went ahead and–against better judgement–picked up #18 as well. I suppose it says ENOUGH that I didn’t immediately read either issue. And I guess we’ll see if I pick up any of the specials further dealing with "the reveal." As of this typing, though, I’m ready to wash my hands of the thing, though!

I would not have bothered with the Defenders issue except for it being a facsimile edition, so I went ahead and got it for the sake of having it. I’m highly confident that it’s GOTTA be better and a much superior time-value than any MODERN Marvel $4.99 issues!

Finally, the Tales of the Dark Multiverse: Teen Titans – The Judas Contract as well as the DC Dollar Comics reprint of the ending of the original Judas Contract story (as I believe it’ll be the ending of the story that diverges things for the Dark Multiverse).

I think there was an "off" week for Comic Shop News, and I’d’ve sworn we just had one of these previews, but maybe not? Either way…a cheery sorta Hembeck image of the characters ready for 2020!


Neca, Target, and Turtle Two-Packs

Along with the Wednesday comic shop visit on the 11th, I also ducked into a Target across the street, in a vain attempt to find a certain two-pack of figures.

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I was rather shocked to actually find them…as I’d been in Target stores well over two-dozen times across the four weeks ending with December 11th (and at least 7 or 8 different Target locations amidst those!)

But I finally scored the only 2-pack I wanted from the new wave of classic-TMNT figures, and for retail price, rather than the 2X-3X pricing of scalpers.

‘Nuff said.

While I’m interested in Leatherhead coming up for the line, I have no particular interest in Slash, nor a pixelated Shredder. So if these waves continue to be the turtles themselves, re-issues of Foot Soldiers, and a pack of new characters, I would just hope that Leatherhead could be his own thing, or come paired with a Foot Ninja and that the 3rd wave is something that would NOT require such frustration and effort to track down.

I found this Bebop/Rocksteady pack the very day after I’d more or less officially decided to "give up" on the line, at least until after the new year, but since I was across the street from the Target figured what was ONE MORE try after so ridiculously many for the previous several weeks?

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NECA Aliens: Alien Queen Deluxe

This shows just how far behind I’ve gotten in producing content for this blog! I got this about FIVE WEEKS ago! But only just now getting around to sharing/posting about it!

I’d seen this several years ago in a Toys R Us, but at the time it was wayyy outta my price range. Of course, I spent much of 2018 contemplating stuff in the price range, and finally pulled the trigger on the most expensive toys I’ve ever bought: the NECA Baby Turtles, a (non-NECA) Power Rangers Legacy Megazord, the NECA 1/4-scale Raphael, the Gamestop-exclusive 7" 1990 movie turtles, the 1/4-scale Leonardo & Michelangelo, the 1/4-scale Donatello, and the ’80s 2-packs.

And so it just made sense to (finally) get this Alien Queen, as well!

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Like the other figures, this one has a window on the front for you to see (part of) the figure itself, and a nice dioramic image on the rest of the box.

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One side of the box is another window to see in to the Queen, while the other side shows the typical photo/rendition of the figure…in this case, with another figure for some scale, though that figure is not actually something included in this box (and that fact is noted: "Marine Figure Sold Separately").

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The back of the box is the Queen herself and a brief overview of what she is.

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The figure is very "top-heavy," and in many poses–especially at her most "natural" and menacing, she won’t stand on her own…so a base with two rods is included to allow for various poses and balancing. The TMNT Donatello figure is a standard Ninja Turtle figure for size comparison…it was what I had handy when I was taking these photos back in March!

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I like the Queen raised up a bit more to show her height. She TOWERS over the other figures…as she should! While the 1/4-scale TMNT figures are amazing…they’re really only "in scale" with themselves (and the baby turtles). This Alien Queen is in scale with other NECA Aliens products, so they can all stand together and look awesome in the same scale!

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And here’s–as of this writing–my Aliens shelving. The Queen and other figures are on top of a bookcase, with the books on the shelves immediately below.

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The Aliens/Predator comics stuff doesn’t fit the newer shelving the figures are part of, so the comics and such are still in the midst of the graphic novels collection area…which is definitely plenty appropriate!

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NECA TMNT Quarter Scale: Donatello

It’s been a few weeks–maybe a month or so, now–since I got the last of the NECA TMNT quarter-scale figures I’ve been after.

I believe there’s also a Foot ninja and a Raphael-in-trenchcoat…but I’m really not interested in either of those. I prefer Raph as-is without the trenchcoat…and a lone Foot ninja makes little sense to me, and at this scale and price I’m NOT investing in 3-5+ of the things to justify the "generic minion/bad-guy" thing.

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I didn’t have the patience at the time to get a better shot of the front of the box…a bit of glare, as such.

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The sides of the box…

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The back of the box.

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I’d neglected at the time–due to other things going on in my private life–to get a solo shot of Donnie. Right now I don’t really have open space to properly get a good shot, so here he is towering over the Gamestop 1990 Movie Mikey and a Target 2-pack Foot ninja.

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And here’s the current (at least as of this posting in early April 2019) shelf of my NECA TMNT stuff with Raph, Leo & Mikey, and of course, Donnie…as well as the Baby Turtles that I started this crazy-expensive collecting ride with.

I may still try to get the ooze cannister prop and Casey Jones mask prop…but after a number of extremely-expensive (for me) purchases across a number of paychecks, and other stuff I’m trying to get…expensive NECA stuff is on hiatus for me at the moment.

(One more expensive NECA purchase from several weeks ago yet to share, though!)

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NECA TMNT ’80s Cartoon Two-Packs

Life’s been its own brand of crazy the last couple months. So I’m only now–a MONTH after the fact–getting around to sharing these cool purchases!

I’ve been AWARE OF the NECA brand since 2010 or 2011…whenever they did the Mirage Comics-style turtles, before the 2012 line for the Nickelodeon 2012 show was out from Playmates.

Having recently (finally) bought the Raphael and then Leo & Mikey 1/4-scale figures, these 2-packs from Target were not a terrible stretch…though it was a LOT to spend in such a short time-frame. But they served as a sort of "retail therapy" or such.

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I’m not the greatest fan of the 1980s cartoon. For a time, I actually held a fair bit "against" it, though as the IDW comics have continued and have incorporated elements, stuff has been somewhat "redeemed" and I’ve come to appreciate its place in history–in general and of the TMNT property in general. And these 2-packs made for a decent "set" of figures…that’s certainly one thing about the TMNT stuff–it’s totally geared for sets of 4 with the main characters!

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Leonardo and Shredder make for a good pairing here. All the 2-packs are one turtle and one villain. So of course, matching the "leaders" up works quite well on a number of levels! 

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While the front of the boxes are showing off the figures themselves, the backs show a staged photo, a short description, as well as the other 3 boxes available for this "wave" of figures! 

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Donatello and Krang are the "brains" of their respective groups…Krang pretty literally so. That makes these a good matchup as well. The walker contraption Krang rides in–from the earliest episodes of the ’80s cartoon–is roughly the same height as the classic Playmates figure…though Krang himself is a lot smaller here and more proportionate. 

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Back of the box showing Donnie poised to tip Krang right on over… 

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Though Raphael has come to be my favorite turtle as an adult, his 2-pack has him and "just" a Foot ninja. I’ve never been overly keen on this version of the Foot–mindless robots just seem like they shouldn’t be a threat whatsoever. And generally they were not MUCH of one, just a delaying tactic. Still, the poseability on the NECA figure(s) makes this far, FAR superior to the classic Playmates iteration! 

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Cliché as it is, there IS the classic line from Raph’s first encounter with the Foot bots. "Klang?!? Did you say–‘Klang’?"

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Michelangelo also comes with a Foot bot, that seems basically the same as the one with Raph. Though it would seem a someone generic thing to have half the packs come with these…it also actually, truly makes sense as the Foot bots ARE generic and to just have one is to defeat the point of having generic minions. And as these are a much better quality, I’m glad TO have two, although I’d have also been rather happy if these came in their own 2-pack, so that their slots could be filled with other characters!

Of course, I believe I saw stuff coming out of the one toy convention that NECA has upcoming plans for Bebop and Rocksteady. And if they come in 2-packs like these…I’d be grateful to get the pair as their own pack. But if there’s to be more hero vs villain foolery to further induce buying of multiple packs…I’d take April and Splinter with them, and/or Casey Jones! 

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Here we have the back of the pack with Mikey gut-kicking his Foot bot.

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I like the sides of the packages. One side shows each of the turtles…

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…while the other side shows the villain that turtle’s paired with!

The packs are definitely quite attractive as-is. But these being TMNT, I "couldn’t" just leave them in their boxes. So I did get them out. However, the photos of the unboxed figures will have to wait for another post!

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NECA TMNT Quarter Scale: Leo & Mikey

I’m not a toy speculator. I’ve never sold toys–not for any profit, anyway–and I can only vaguely remember ebaying some Heroclix minis 15+ years ago.

But I do like collecting toys in the sense of following certain lines or getting certain sets/subsets of toys…and it REALLY bugs me when there are convention-only exclusives of figures, PERIOD–I’m more ok with certain slight variants that I don’t tend to care for, but if it’s the existence of the figure/character AT ALL, I have a problem with the exclusivity. But that gets into another topic/post entirely.

While keeping an eye on the NECA quarter-scale TMNT 1990 figures and checking options…I noticed that the cheapest price for the Michelangelo figure was some $40 more than the others, on Amazon. Since Big Bad Toy Store did me right with the Raphael figure a couple weeks earlier, I both went with them again…and went with TWO turtles this time!

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As I’d said before, Leonardo was always my favorite turtle of the four as a kid…but as an adult, I’ve found that Raphael’s tended to be my favorite moreso, including being the first turtle I went with for this line.

But Leo was not far behind, as here he is!

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The sides of the package give some images of the figure.

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…and the back shows even more, as well as having a brief text blurb about the character/figure.

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Then there’s Michelangelo. As mentioned above, I saw this one listed on AMAZON for around $40 more than the others, but since he was the same price as the others at Big Bad Toy Store, I opted to double-up for this order and include him, to hopefully avoid overpaying for any of the four turtles!

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Here are the box sides for him…

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…and the back of the box.

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Finally, here’s the NECA shelf at present. Three quarter-scale turtles, all four 7"-scale turtles, the quarter-scale Baby Turtles, and standard-TMNT-figure size "movie star" turtles (my vintage Donatello, and 3 unofficial replicas for the other turtles).

The NECA figures are by far the superior figures, nostalgia or otherwise.

And for the sake of checking it out, I immediately swapped hands so Michelangelo has the spinning weapon variant hand/weapon that came with the Baby Turtles!

I’m leaning toward ordering Donatello on my next paycheck, though also half wondering about seeing if I can find him at a convention I’ll be going to.

Time will definitely tell!

That said…I’m missing Donatello, the Ooze Cannister replica, and the Casey Jones facemask. I’m MOST interested in these turtles themselves…and THEN there’s several two-packs apparently due to be showing up in Target any time now, that I’m very interested in.

As I said regarding these on Twitter the other day: definitely "midlife-crisis" purchasing!

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NECA TMNT 1990 Movie Turtles (Gamestop Exclusives)

Last week I posted about finally getting the NECA quarter-scale Raphael figure I’d wanted for over a year.

The day after I ordered that, I had communication from Gamestop regarding a pre-order I’d placed way back in August 2018…for 7"-scale versions of the movie turtles. I’d completely forgotten about the pre-order, that the figures were even going to exist.

And–long story short–an ordering snafu and a 70+ minute phone call to customer service and several days, and my order arrived.

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The TMNT seem to be an excellent property to me for stuff like this–one rarely would want just one turtle, as there are four primary characters…but there aren’t necessarily SO many characters that it becomes a hopeless thing. And of course, I went with all four here!

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As a kid, Leonardo was always my "favorite turtle," for his color–blue–and being the leader (which seems odd to me as an adult with little interest in leadership). In more recent years I’ve found Raphael to be a "new favorite," as also demonstrated with opting for Raph as my first of the quarter-scale turtles. 

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The back of the package has the turtle’s name and several images of the turtle, as well as a brief paragraph describing stuff, and a static image common across all four packages.

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As said, Leo was my favorite; though Raph has overtaken him, he’s my "second favorite," and it’s interesting to me to see the two characters’ interactions; especially in the 1990 film where they butt heads and Leo is so relieved to be able to apologize to Raph for saying they didn’t need him. 

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It’s interesting to me to compare the 1990 film to the comics as it drew so heavily…though as a kid, I remember being a bit surprised when I discovered that in the comics it was Leonardo who was badly beaten by the Foot, and not Raphael…though the beaten turtle being tossed through the window to April’s apartment was consistent between the iterations.

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In some ways, Mikey’s my least favorite of the turtles…as a kid, I never cared for that notion of the "party dude"–though moreso with the ’80s cartoon, it was the surfer dude aspect I never cared much for. The film version was more to my liking, and some "iconic" lines that stand out for me to this day…"Pizza Dude’s got thirty seconds!" And of course, the infamous "God, I love being a TURTLE!" 

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I also recall even as a kid noticing that in the movie, it was Splinter who had the phrase "Cowabunga!" at first, though obviously the turtles adopted it quickly as the film closed. 

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While Raph and Leo are my favorites, Donatello is one I can identify with in other ways–especially his trying to join his brothers in exclamations while not quite fitting. Bossa Nova? Chevy Nova? And of course his friendship with Casey Jones and repairing the vehicle at April’s farmhouse. 

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In retrospect I also quite appreciate this 1990 take on the character…though Donnie may be the "geek" of the bunch, I don’t care for the "stereotype" of the heavy/thick glasses that they saddled the character with for the 2014 & 2016 films. And of course, it’s those films that by comparison make these look all the better in my mind, though the nostalgia does plenty of good in that regard on its own. 

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Here’s the Raphael figure on a (sold separately) NECA action figure base. 

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Above is a look at the shell of the 7" Raphael figure. I’ve long REALLY liked the shell pattern of these movie turtles over pretty much any other iteration. And as these figures do such an excellent job of looking exactly like the film costumes, I’m quite enamored with having figures with the shell pattern duplicated, and that I can see it so clearly myself "live" and "in person" without just pausing a film on a screen or such.

I’d wondered about how similar this scale would be to the quarter-scale, and based on the "battle damage" on Raph’s shell, it seems–if not a shrunken mold, certainly an extremely detailed match, if one looks closely at the various slashes! 

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Here’s a photo of the shell from the quarter-scale figure, and to my eye, I’d say they’re identical in detail, just different in size

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Here are all four turtles out of the packaging and on NECA-brand bases. 

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And here’s a look at the quarter-scale Raph, 7" scale Raph, and a "regular size" TMNT figure for scale (a reproduction of the "Movie Star Raphael" figure). The angle partially distorts the exact scale of the figures, but I still like seeing just how massive the quarter scale figure is, and these 7" figures are also significantly taller than the old standard figures! 

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The NECA turtles get their own shelf for display for present–quarter scale Raph, 7", and "baby turtles" that I posted about a few weeks ago.  The miniature figures on a wall rack behind are Mini-Mates if I recall correctly, as well as Mega Bloks (now Mega Construx) minis.

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Finally, since I have them, I’d added the Movie Star Turtles reproductions to the shelf because why not? I don’t even need risers or such for everything to be easily seen on the shelf!


I’m NOT keen on chain-exclusive toys, and count myself extremely lucky that I happened across some announcement SOMEWHERE of these GameStop figures. The TMNT have long been–and continue to be–an exception to most of my personal "rules" and "principles" with stuff. I wasn’t about to boycott these or ignore them once I knew of them…even though I did then–with having pre-ordered–forget about them. (I was confident in the preorder and thus no reason to worry about missing them, so it was out of sight/out of mind).

At the same time, I figure at least there are a lot of GameStop locations around. I have four within a 20 minute driving radius, with two more extending to the half hour, and several more within an hour and near places I get to fairly frequently. So at least for me, the chain is actually more common and accessible to me than Walmart!

And though these are GameStop exclusive…that sure as heck beats San Diego Comic Con exclusive, or ANY convention-exclusive! I did see a YouTube video where someone compared the two versions–the SDCC from a couple years ago and these GS and there was no appreciable difference.

I’m sure QUITE happy with what I’ve got out of it, and since I want them out in the open on display and not just as toys in a package anyway, I’m actually probably "happier" with these than much rarer, MORE-exclusive, MORE EXPENSIVE versions!

Of course, issues with GameStop itself–the preorder snafu, waiting on hold from an automated system for 70 minutes to talk to my first human, the "handling" AND shipping-cost-per-item-but-all-four-came-in-a-single-box–were less than ideal. But I got these within a couple days of their official release, I didn’t have to deal with calling around or driving around to various GameStops looking for these or stewing over whether or not to trust their website’s accuracy of something being in-stock or not, etc.

And having them…it certainly desensitizes me to anyone ELSE’s plight. I have these, I’m happy with them, I’m glad I got them…and within individual reason, I definitely would recommend them as themselves (can’t blame NECA for issues with GameStop, short of the exclusivity and such to begin with).

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NECA 1/4 Scale Raphael: Finally!

Right about a year ago, back in early February 2018, I had decided that I was going to “give in” and actually spend the money to get one of the NECA 1/4 scale TMNT figures based on the 1990 film.

Then the company I was working for decided that due to “lack of business” I was “expendable” and laid me off, so I put the big, singular purchasing on hold.

Reemployed for some time now, I decided to give it another shot, and managed to successfully order the Raphael figure, as my favorite of the turtles in that movie!

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The box is huge…I remembered these being large, having seen the Leonardo in a store in late 2017, and the Trenchcoat Raph at a convention last spring. But after so much time, I’d forgotten just how large it was…despite knowing the figure itself is quite a size!

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The sides of the box both show a closeup of Raph’s face as well as a full-body shot.

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The back shows several images of Raph, as well as a group shot of all four turtles, and a brief blurb about the figure.

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Here’s the figure out of its packaging. As I opened it, I caught myself thinking about how some figures anymore, I may hesitate to take out of the packaging; whereas this one, I opened the mailing box and basically kept right on going to get the figure itself out–no hesitation or thought of leaving it in the box for display or such! My intent for getting the figure was/is to have it “loose” and displayable!

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And here’s the figure from the back. I don’t know WHAT it is about it, but I absolutely love the detail in the shell! I’ve always dug the shells for the movie turtles, and at this size, the detail is incredible!

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Though the box and marketing suggests the figure as 16.5″ he seems to be closer to the 17″ mark. Some of that may be the angles–as you can do some amazing stuff with size and angles. But while the technical specification might be 16.5″ I’m comfortable considering this a 17″ figure!

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The figure arrived on Friday the 8th; and with virtually any given day of the year being some sort of made-up “holiday” or such, Saturday the 9th was some sort of “PIzza Day.” We had some work being done on the house, and took advantage of a “Pizza Day” sale from Hungry Howie’s for everyone. I couldn’t resist taking a photo like this, as the figure was already standing on the table the pizza was on!

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And for immediate scale, here’s the Raphael in a temporary spot near my “regular figures” display shelves…you could put a figure on Krang’s Android Body‘s shoulders and it still would not be quite as tall!

While the size of this figure is getting a bit “normalized” to me after seeing it as I have now…initially getting and opening it really impressed me!

And speaking of being impressed…I’m really extremely impressed with the detail of this thing. Compared to other figures purportedly based on the film, this seems like something out of Last Action Hero like someone reached into a screen and pulled the actual character out, frozen in a fraction of a moment of time!

Against bare wall backgrounds or mailing boxes or shelves with other figures, this is obviously “just” a large figure. But the detailing/style is such that with a darker background, by itself and nothing particularly distinguishing in the background for its actual scale…one could really take this and create/recreate lifelike images to rival the original 1990 film!

In fact, nowadays, it seems to me that it’s hard to simply “google” the film and not have to guess at thumbnails–is it a promotional image from nearly 30 years ago, or a well-staged photo of one of these figures?

I honestly cannot even imagine a better figure, short of some sort of just-as-sturdy rubbery texture and a malleability to the material it’s built from! And the figure itself is heavy–the packaging was thin tagboard for the box, just enough plastic inside to hold the figure and accessories; but my shipping notice suggested the entire package was around 8 pounds!

I told myself that if I was just getting one, I was going to get Raphael. I’m very interested in the others, and there’s a Shredder coming later this year, I believe!

A lot of what I tend to buy–toys, comics, whatever–tend to be fairly “immediate-gratification” and “impulse” buys. A lot that I consider getting, if I don’t get it right away tends to go “out of sight, out of mind” overall. This one, though, has been at least in the back of my mind for over a year, and certainly one of my most-anticipated “frivolous” purchases ever. AND despite having that year-plus to build up expectations and such..I can honestly say that I REALLY like the figure and am NOT disappointed in my purchase nor the figure itself!

My only real reservation regarding the figure is stories I’ve read online about the figures (eventually) keeling over and doing damaging shelf-dives; and have confirmed for myself that once a decent bit of pressure is applied to pushe the figure forward, it will pretty easily tip. So I’m going to be looking for some sort of stand or such to hopefully shore up the figure’s long-term stability without sacrificing it’s amazing appearance.

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NECA TMNT Baby Turtles

For over a year, I’ve been interested in the NECA figures based around the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. I was about to "pull the trigger" on buying one last year when I was laid off outta nowhere, and so that was firmly put on hold.

Now, re-employed for some time, I turned my sights back toward the figures, loving their detail and accuracy to the film in a way that other "based on the 1990 film" figures never seemed to truly match.

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I decided to start with the TMNT Baby Turtle Accessory Set. Though they were really only in the film for a brief scene–probably not even a full minute–I liked the look of these figures, as well as the price. They’re a bit more expensive than 4 standard TMNT action figures, though they’re basically the same size. As "premium" figures go, that’s not a bad price…and all the more compared to the "full size" teenage turtles.

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The set comes with the four turtles, as well as a Domino’s pizza box, a bag of chips, several baby-turtle-sized slices of pizza…and apparently to make up for some deficiency in size/etc or to otherwise add some sort of appeal to the pack, a "bonus" hand for the full-size teenage Michelangelo from his show-off-duel with a Foot ninja in the film, spinning his weapon balanced on the tip of a finger.

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I love the detail of the pizza box–it’s a flimsy tagboard sorta thing, but looks like a real pizza box miniaturized down to the grease stains! The pizza slices are a rigid plastic, so a bit off-balanced if put in the box. But they’re decent for having the turtles hold.

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The bag of chips is another nice touch, another "snack" and piece to add scale to these turtles.

"The little ones were crawling into a strange, glowing ooze from a broken cannister nearby. I gathered them up in an old coffee can, and when I awoke the next morning, I received a shock–for they had doubled in size. I, too, was growing…particularly in intellect. And I was amazed at how intelligent they seemed, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened next: one of them spoke.

"Pizza! Pizza!"

"More words followed, and I began their training, teaching them all that I had learned from my master […] And soon, I gave them all names. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello…and Raphael.

So next up for me is the full-size turtles and possibly the Shredder. At minimum, I definitely want to get Raphael and Leonardo, and Shredder. Of course, I’d love to get the entire set, but these things being expensive and going "out of production" (aka "out of print") and such could put a huge spanner in the works on that idea. For their steep, premium pricing, though…it’ll be a longer journey, as I may be willing to sink the money over time, but not in a large, lump sum, for multiple items in the line.

Along with these baby turtles, and the full size turtles, and a Raphael-in-trenchcoat, I believe there’s a Foot ninja, and coming sometime "soon" (or so I’d swear I’ve read) is Shredder.

Then there’s a reproduction of Casey’s facemask, as well as a replica of the ooze cannister.

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