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Nickelodeon/Playmates Introduce New TMNT Action Figures

Dude, if you dig the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you’ll have to find a way to check out this year’s Toy Fair in New York (Feb. 12-15). That’s where Nickelodeon and Playmates will preview their extensive new TMNT product line which is based on Nick’s new CG-animated show set to premiere in the fall.

Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, TMNT aired from 1988 to 1996 and inspired some of the most popular licensed toys during those years. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo will be featured in the new toys launched by Playmate in August.

“We’re excited to continue working with our long-standing partner Playmates on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line,”  says Manuel Torres, senior VP of global toys and consumer electronics, Nickelodeon. “Playmates understands the property and has helped us reinterpret the toys from a fresh perspective, while staying true to the action and fantasy of this iconic franchise. The new toys capture the excitement of our new series in a way that fans of all ages can appreciate.”

The Playmates collection features over 40 action figures; sound figures that deliver battle phrases and sound effects; classic action figures, which replicate the original Turtles from the 1988 TV show; vehicles; play sets; and roleplay gear including ninja weapon, sword and the signature bandana. The Playmates line also includes a set of 12-inch figures, which will be exclusive to Toys ‘R’ Us.

By Ramin Zahed for Animation Magazine

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Rumors

New Xbox coming in 2013? Rumor has it that xbox is set to release new hardware 6x more powerful than the 360. There’s also a possibility that it will be sending used games to the chopping block; not just those pesky games that turn into bigger hand-me-down’s than your brothers sneakers, but the entire concept of used games. What do you guys think, will the extermination of used games be a deal breaker for the xbox fans?

We are also hearing from Big Shiny Robot that Rocksteady Studios is working on a new TNMNT that will use the Batman Archam Asylum engine. All four turtles are playable as well as flashback’s playing as Splinter/Hamato Yoshi. The villains we’ve heard will be Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, Baxter Stockman(pre and post mutation) and of course the almighty Shredder/Oroku Saki. Everything about this rumor sounds good, but it gets me thinking back to the last few attempts at the series… I hope it doesn’t suck haha

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New Releases!!!

Mutant Mudds (3DS)

Development studio Renegade Kid is most famous for creating Dementium: the Ward, a survival horror game that was technologically very impressive for the Nintendo DS hardware it was running on. It improved on this technology for their other shooter titles Moon and Dementium II, but their newest release has taken the opposite approach. Mutant Mudds is a downloadable 3DS title that uses a retro style and simplified gameplay mechanics, evoking memories of older SNES shooters. Fortunately, Renegade Kid handles the old school as well as the new.

The story’s premise is simple and explained in about thirty seconds. Strange mud-like aliens have come to Earth, attached to a meteor, and are now running amok. You play the role of a young child, aided by his grandmother, who is able to defeat the Mudds with a water cannon and, strangely, a water-powered jetpack that lets him hover. The game is appropriately light on story, suffice it to say that you need to collect all of the Water Sprites that can be found at the end of each level in order to defeat the Mudds.

Jim Avery for Nintendo Gal

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Mass Effect 3 Figures Come With Downloadable Content

Randomized DLC will come packaged with BioWare’s new line of Mass Effect action figures.

Just when you thought DLC couldn’t get any more elaborate, EA will release several Mass Effect action figures in March that will include DLC for BioWare’s upcoming sequel Mass Effect 3. Available for preorder at the BioWare Store and BigBadToyStore.com, each action figure contains a different set of in-game content available only for the PC and Xbox 360 North American release of the game.

Before everyone gets too excited, though, the BioWare Store explains that the DLC content is “slightly randomized during the registration” of any particular action figure and might only introduce things like weapon mods, upgrades, and new characters for use in multi-player. Depending on the specifics, it might not be worth shelling out the $20 for your very own model of a scientist Salarian (who has studied species Turian, Asari and Batarian) if all he comes with is a new costume for his in-game version.

The action figures are estimated to release in April or May of this year, and interested parties can order each model individually for $20 USD or in packs of four for approximately $75 USD. Most of the ME 2 cast is included in the pack, although fans of the game will notice they forgot to include characters like Jacob, Samara, or Jack which is pretty odd considering how major a role they all played.

Paul Goodman– The Escapist

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