Does LEGO Have the TMNT License?

Posted 8 years ago by Toys


I try not to post a lot of wild speculation on the site or a lot of headlines with question marks at the end, but when it involves two of my favorite things possibly combining to form one perfectly awesome thing, I’ve gotta post it.

There are rumors on the interwebs that LEGO has the license for the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show and are releasing sets in 2013. Yes, LEGO TMNT could maybe become a thing.

I hope so. Mega Bloks’ license seemed to expire before Viacom bought the Turtles, and I’d love to see what LEGO could do. I would knock kids down to get to official LEGO TMNT sets.

The rumor originated on a French LEGO blog called Hoth Bricks that claims to have a reliable source. With Nickelodeon pushing the new show as much as they have been, and with their established relationship with LEGO, I could totally see this happening.

What do you think, would you buy LEGO TMNT sets?

Action Figure Cards: TMNT Super Shredder (1991)

Posted 8 years ago by Toys

Super Shredder Action Figure Card

Now that I finally updated my Mac to Mountain Lion and got my POS scanner working, I thought it would a perfect time to introduce a new series on the ‘squatch: Action Figure Cards. 80s and 90s packaging in general gets me super nostalgic, and that definitely goes double for action figures.

As you can probably guess, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures had my favorite card designs. The first one I grabbed off my stack is from one of my favorite TMNT villain figures: Super Shredder. Super Shredder briefly appeared in TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze after Regular-Type Shredderâ„¢ made a bad life decision and chugged a canister of ooze.

He looked badass in the movie and as a kid I lamented the fact that he only existed as Super Shredder for a couple of minutes. Luckily, they made him into an action figure.
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LEGO Turns 80, Still Uses Flash

Posted 8 years ago by Toys

The LEGO Group quietly turned 80 years old today, and so far the only thing I’ve found that qualifies as an official announcement is this 20 minute long CG animated short video. If it’s not showing up for you, that’s because the video is Flash. Apparently they can pay a company (I assume) a large chunk of change to animate this history of the company, but can’t afford to create a MP4 file.

Update: The video is up on YouTube now.

Seriously though, Happy Birthday to my favorite toy company around. Here are some details from their official blog:

In 1932, Ole Kirk Christiansen founded the LEGO Group. Today the company has approximately 10,000 employees, and it is the world’s third largest manufacturer of play materials.

I’ll admit I didn’t have the patience to watch that whole video, but I can happily report that I skipped ahead and found out that the kid sounds almost exactly like Ralph Wiggum.

Cool Stuff: A LEGO Store for your LEGO City

Posted 8 years ago by Toys

LEGO City Store

I tend to let CUUSOO projects go viral before I pay much attention to them, but in the case of this LEGO City Store by RayC, I’m glad I can help spread the word in its early stages. Built in the tradition of LEGO’s modular buildings (spoiler: they fit together and are really expensive), this LEGO Store is as cute as it is meta.

LEGO has said that it looks for projects on CUUSOO that would be best as a one-off, rather than a whole new product line. If the LEGO City Store project reaches 10,000 supporters, I doubt they would be able to resist making this an actual product. How cool would it be to see a modular LEGO Store for sale at a regular-type LEGO Store?
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Dick Tracy’s Police Squad Car [Photos]

Posted 8 years ago by Toys

If I had to list my favorite action figure lines as a kid, Playmates’ Dick Tracy series would be up there, hanging out with the likes of TMNT, Bucky O’Hare, and all the other embarrassing toys I used to play with. I’ve written about the Dick Tracy toys before, but never about the toy line’s vehicles.

Playmates released two vehicles in their line of action figures based on the (bad) movie, and even though they’re almost identical, I love them. Today I wanted to take a look at Dick Tracy’s Police Squad Car. Growing up, I was always a fan of normal-looking action figure vehicles. I was all about roleplay when I played with my toys, and having cars for my characters that didn’t look like giant mosquitos or crazy tanks was always a plus.
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