Thursday, August 16, 2007

Random Ramblings

I went to the San Diego Comic Con last month for the first time ever. I'm still debating whether or not I want to write about it (three days worth is a lot to write about), but we'll see. It truly was an incredible experience, and I've still got a pile of goodies to sort through.

Steve Murphy recently posted an explanation about Jagwar's new look for the next release of TMNT action figures. Even though the original sculpt wasn't based on the Jagwar we know and love, I still think it'll be a good way to introduce an old character to a newer, younger audience. Who knows? If Playmates is satisfied with sales, maybe we'll get a retro action figure for every wave released. One can dream...

I recently discovered the blog of Tristan Huw Jones, a comic-book writer and big TMNT fan. He worked on Tales of the TMNT #36, which was an incredible issue. Paul Harmon's artwork and Tristan's writing really reminded me of the early Mirage issues, especially along the vein of "Return to New York". I know "dark and gritty" is such a cliched way to describe the TMNT, but I think this representation of them really fits the bill. I loved it, and I can only hope that we'll be seeing more from Tristan and Paul.

I'm a little nervous as we approach the end of the week. I really want to see the TMNT DVD do well in sales and rentals, but from initial reports I've read online, the guys in green may have their work cut out for them. With rumors swirling that a sequel is dependent on good DVD sales, I'm crossing my fingers. I loved the TMNT movie, but I will admit that I wish the characters were fleshed out more with some more action scenes for good measure. I was extremely disappointed that the "ninja tag" scene got cut. I think it would've set up the tension between Raph/Leo a little bit better, as well as give Don and Mikey some more screen time. Nonetheless, the movie was an enjoyable ride, and I want the ride to continue.

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