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You can say what you like about how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looked in the movie this summer, but just be thankful that we didn’t get anything resembling these guys. According to CBM, this pitch artwork by Anthony Francisco (who recently did some great work on Guardians Of The Galaxy and G.I. Joe: Retaliation) represents a much more alien version of the Turtles which would undoubtedly have made fans mob theaters with torches and pitchforks.

Thankfully, the designs only went as far as a meeting with the producers.

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This incredible mod comes from pro modder Platimumfungi who has fit a Nintendo game system into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Wagon toy. He’s even got controllers to match painted by Custom NES Guy. The best part is that he’s auctioning off this mod to the highest bidder on eBay!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did so well at the box office that they already have a sequel in the works, and now a Pop! vinyl version of their van is on its way. It even has a spot on top to fit the Pop! Turtle of your choice. Preorder now for delivery in September.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have been pretty universally panned, but it still managed to rake in $65 million over the weekend, which was more than enough to get Paramount to greenlight a sequel slated for for June 3, 2016. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will return as writers, along with Michael Bay as a producer. So far, there is no word on whether or not Jonathan Liebsman will return as director.

According to the President of Paramount’s Film Group, Adam Goodman:

Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before. The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.

Looks like Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Raphael will be back on the big screen no matter what the critics have to say.

(via /Film)

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Sometimes, a mistake seems really obvious in retrospect. Paramount is probably thinking that thanks to a poster released for Australia. Although the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out in August for the U.S., fans down under have to wait until September 11. Now, here’s where it gets bad. Rather than just re-use one of the US posters, Paramount’s Australia branch put together an image of the turtles falling from a building that was exploding. This, along with the highlighted “September 11″ copy at the bottom caused quite a few people to link it with some pretty bad memories.

The poster was quickly removed after debuting via Twitter on @ParamountAU. Of course, this is most likely just an unfortunate error in judgement, not anything intentional. However, the last thing the TMNT movie needed was another bit of bad PR.

(Twitter via Kotaku)

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The new Awe me Channel show Man At Arms: Reforged is taking things in a new direction by mashing up our favorite fandom weapons into crazy new hybrids. This time they’ve taken all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles weapons and reforged them into one weapon.

I have no idea if this thing would be even remotely useful in an actual battle, but it looks cool and, really, isn’t that enough sometimes?

Check out the video after the break.

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You knew it was coming. Ever since we heard the theme song from the original cartoon series, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have often been associated with hilarious silly to awkwardly bad music. Many of us even learned the dance that went along with Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap.” (or was that just me?) While I personally enjoy the theme from the reboot cartoon airing on Nickelodeon, I can’t say much for “Shell Shocked,” from the soundtrack of the new live-action movie. The song that seems to take itself too seriously is by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dollar $ign, and features Kill the Noise and Madsonik.

Check out the song after the break, along with a new TV spot and a larger image of the new poster.

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Mondo seems to be poised to take over the nerd world. It’s not enough that they already make amazing art and pop culture inspired clothing, nope — Mondo is making toys and they’re revealing them at SDCC.

They’ll be launching figures and collectibles for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock which you can see in person at San Diego Comic-Con in Mondo’s booth (#835). Pricing and release date information will be revealed in the coming months.

Check out more pics and read the full press release after the break.

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There’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed art show happening at Gallery Nucleus through August 3rd. This gem by artist Jeff Victor is on display, and it’s titled “Rebooted.” I knew the latest version of the TMNT group was different but didn’t realize how much has changed until I saw this picture. I don’t blame the original Raphael for being scared.

Of course, this can also be viewed as a commentary on the nature of the reboot in general. Is going “darker” a good thing, or do you miss the more lighthearted depictions of yore?

(Xombie Dirge via io9)

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We’ve seen some great Epic Rap Battles of History with the likes of Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye and Rick Grimes vs Walter White but this time, there are ninjas.

Indeed, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on their artist namesakes as they go up against Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael. This might be the best one yet.

See the video after the break.

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