Episode 264: Shrang, Actually!

Greetings Turtletarians!

In this episode we take a look at some TMNT toy news from Neca and Playmates as well as discuss the announcement from Mirage Licensing. Finally, we take an in-depth look at Episode 4 of Season 10 of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series – “A Turtle In Time!”

Starting things off with a highlight in the way of NECA announcing they reached an agreement with Stan Sakai enabling them to make action figures of Sakai’s signature samurai rabbit, Usagi Yojimbo! We take a look at some of the previous Usagi Yojimbo action figures that we’ve got in past TMNT toy lines, how he appears in the 87 animated series and compared them to the 3d rendered image NECA released to the press. This is looking to be the best Usagi Yojimbo figure we’ve ever seen! The hype is real here at Turtle Soup!

And then the hype train comes to an abrupt halt with Playmates reveal of their TMNT vs series, starting off with a Cobra Kai crossover. We discuss the popularity of Cobra Kai and how this concept is kind of cool, but then quickly turn to talking about how Playmates seem to be missing the mark with their repeated use of nearly a decade old sculpts of the TMNT figures from their classics line.

Lastly, for the news, we discuss the formal announcement of the official dissolving of Mirage Licensing and what witnessing this means to life long TMNT fans.

Finally, we get to the meat of the episode with our review of Episode 4 “A Turtle In Time” of Season 10 of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series. This is the climax to a 3 part story where Dregg and Mung finally execute their plan to drain the TMNT of their “ninja abilities” and as a bonus, due to their newly discovered punk rock attitude, Shredder and Krang have been added to the Dregg’s brain drain cocktail. However, Dregg greatly underestimated the cleverness of the Shredder, who is able to escape and take his emaciated “friend” Krang with him back to Earth and find a way to restore him to full health by giving of his own energy through a transfusion! An act that shows so much growth and maturity from two tired and played out characters that found them revitalized and renewed, leaving us (at least us here at Turtle Soup) wanting more! The turtles eventually escape with the help of Carter and Splinter who bounced a message from the internet off a star to our friends from the future, Landor and Merrick, who hear and respond by returning to the present to then return to the past and recruit the past TMNT to assist them in the rescuing of the present day TMNT. April manages to get the present day Turtles out of their cells and eventually meets up with Carter and the past TMNT and with their powers combined, are able to yeet Dregg into another room, giving them enough time to escape the Dreggnaught and make it back to Earth only to be confronted with the weird metal monstrosity that Mung used the microbes to create.

  • How are the turtles gonna get out of this one?
  • Why would Dregg think that a giant robot would be a threat to a team of mutant ninjas who have spent most of their lives destroying giant robots?
  • Were you happy to see Landor and Merrick again or meh?
  • Have you ever bounced a message off a star to the future from the internet?

Lettuce know what you think!

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