So, I've been meaning to tell you all about this really great Quick Stop I made at Goodwill last week, and I find myself staying up late to finally get it posted. What was so great about it? Well, let me give you a hint:
See more Turtle-y Goodwill Goodness, after the jump!
So, the image above is from the TMNT series that was shown back in 2003 and lasted until sometime in 2009. I was never a watcher of the show, and I'll tell you why. I think at the time, I didn't like the idea of them messing with my precious turtles. I hated that there were way less mutant animal villains, (or that's how it seemed as I browsed the toy aisles) and was flabbergasted when I discovered that Baxter Stockman was now some sort of beheaded cyborg instead of a human/fly hybrid. I pretty much decided to ignore the whole thing and hope it went away. To put it in X-Men terms, the 1980's TMNT cartoon was the Claremont/Byrne X-Men run, and the 2003 TMNT cartoon was the weird, Morrison/Quitely run that scared me. These turtles felt like a high-concept reboot of the concept that wanted to distance itself from the turtles of the past, and just change things for the sake of changing them. So I stayed away.
Now with Turtle-Mania starting to hit again, there seems to be a real love for the nostalgia for the old Turtles that Nickelodeon is definitely trying to capitalize on. I think this time around they are definitely keeping their adult fans clearly in mind as they reboot the series and toy line. But what's funny is that you're seeing a lot of the influence of the 2003 series in there too. Sort of like... in X-Men terms again, when Joss Whedon did Astonishing X-Men and did a beautiful hybrid that melded the nostalgia of Claremont/Byrne, with the new higher concepts of the Morrison/Quitely run. It really embraced and melted down those two concepts into one stronger whole... and I hope Nickelodeon recognizes that same need for nostalgia balanced by something fresh and new and sleek.
Now... I have gone back and fully explored the Morrison/Quitely run on X-Men, and I love it... So maybe it's time to go back in time to 2003 and explore the TMNT reboot of that decade. And a great way to begin are the cool finds I made in my latest Quick-Stop at Goodwill:
2003-Series TMNT Toys (and a couple from the 2008 TMNT movie too)!
Now, mind you, there was this creepy woman being creepy in the toy department when I showed up, and she was pawing through everything, oblivious to the TMNT goodies laying around. But as soon as she saw me pick up a Turtle figure... all bets were off and she needed to look at them all too. She only got a handful of figures that I didn't really want anyway, but jeez, I hate people who hover like vultures and watch to see what I'm going for and then try to get it before I do.
|2003 Sewer Slider|
|2003 Shell Sub|
|2004 Battle Bike Raphael|
|2003 April, 2006 Paleo Patrol Splinter, 2007 TMNT Movie Leo and Donny|
She's not wearing the yellow jumpsuit, which is fine, and she looks like she goes perfectly with the newly redesigned action figures. I mean, look at them! How sweet is that line-up right there (they are getting pissed that I still haven't reviewed them...) with April as the center of attention?
So anyway, for under 8 bucks (because I have Goodwill discount card) I brought home a bag of TMNT goodies. I was excited as SHELL.
I'm still in the process of moving, but we are so much closer to being done now than we were just a week ago! Soon I'll have pictures of the new Geek-Cave, which will be undergoing extensive shelving additions in time... when I can afford it. Buy my real point is that my posting may still be a bit sporadic over the next few days/week. I hope to be back VERY soon with my awesome Payday Friday finds, and I'm still sitting on some nice stuff I brought home from the Brewer Goodwill a little while back, so there's that to look forward too... but most importantly, a TON of stuff is coming out of boxes soon, and I will get pictures, and share all my Goodwill (or otherwise) Goodies with you soon!!!
So, until then... Happy Hunting!