While Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, they have helped keep the turtles in the limelight. ThreeZero is looking to tap into the nostalgia with a line of comic-inspired sixth-scale action figures and they’ve brought Kevin Eastman, one of the original TMNT creators, on board to help.
ThreeZero announced the new toy line last week during an interview with Kevin Eastman. The interview, which they shared on Facebook, gave TMNT fans a chance to check out some pics of the initial sculpture designs. Kevin also had the following to say about the inspiration for the line:
“From some of the earliest versions of the TMNT, say around issue numbers five and six of the original Eastman and Laird comics, I started drawing them a lot more muscular, more traditional superhero stylized look – considering the kinds of stories we were putting them in, it over all made more sense – as they are always training and fighting – that they would become stronger, in look and reality, to do the things they are doing.
Also, when we were working on a fourth TMNT film with New Line Cinema in the early nineties, it was never made, but I designed a fifth Turtle named Kirby, and he was bigger and stronger than the originals – I wanted to explore that design concept for this special edition series/sculptures.”
ThreeZero hasn’t officially announced yet when the toys will be released, but they will have full articulation (25 at the moment), and the toys will be mixed-media pieces. While the new line will focus solely on the four turtles, Eastman noted in the interview that he would love to expand the line to include other TMNT characters like April, Shredder and Slash.