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Episode 274: Duck, Duck, Gus!

Greetings Turtletarians!

Welcome to our live streamed recording of Turtle Soup Podcast Episode 274! On this thrilling episode, we’ll be taking another bold step in the journey of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by reviewing Image Comics’ Casey Jones / Raphael – Bodycount issue 4!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We made it through one more year and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank you again for listening, watching, commenting, live chatting, emailing, friending, following, liking, sharing, subscribing, and any other way you’ve supported the show this past year.

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So, here we are, the finale of our first foray into the dark and strange new world of Image Comics version of the TMNT, aka: Vol. 3! This brief introduction to TMNT Vol. 3 has been an interesting one.

This last chapter finds our friends Casey Jones and Raphael still amidst the chaotic conflict between Johnny Woo Woo, Martin and his sanctuary followers, Lord Dong from Hong Kong’s men, and Midnight. If you’re confused, don’t worry, we were too.

So, basically… Lord Dong is the mastermind behind all these different gangs. Then Martin decides that he wants to do things differently and forms a new hierarchy of power within the gangs called Sanctuary. Midnight gets set up and Lord Dong puts a hit out on her with Johnny Woo Woo. On the run to find Sanctuary, Midnight runs into our heroes and they proceed to assist her on her journey. After countless dead bodies, bullets and blood, our protagonists make it to Martin’s house but they are not the only ones as Johnny Woo Woo and Agent Choy (a detective who is assisting with this gang violence case) are also in the vicinity.

All of this culminates in Raphael taking up some guns and developing a more love than hate relationship with these weapons whereas Casey Jones maintains his distaste for them. Raphael thinks that Casey took a bullet to the chest and killed him. In his grief we see a side of Raphael that is refreshing considering his newfound love of the honorless weapons of destruction that now have possibly killed his best friend. Thankfully, Casey Jones had a golden puck necklace that blocked the bullet.

Martin explains to everyone the setup situation and then proceeds to preside of Johnny Woo Woo and Midnight fighting it out to the death. Everything comes to a head with most everyone escaping the building right as it explodes. Casey Jones and Raphael say their goodbye to Midnight who thanks them for their assistance.

Choy and Hector become hotdog merchants. Hong Kong Dong gets a Fedex package with a message from Choy containing one of the cybernetic hands of the late Johnny Woo Woo, letting him know that his plan has failed.

And that’s about it.

  • What did you think of Bodycount?
  • Do you appreciate the “blocked bullet” trope or is it cheesy?
  • What did you want to see more of in this book?

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Episode 273: So, Basically… vol 5!

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This live streamed 273rd episode of Turtle Soup Podcast is our 5th annual So Basically (Year In Review) episode. Herein, we take a trip down memory lane and blaze through all the things we reviewed in 2021 on the podcast. We like to use these episodes as a fast track for those who don’t want to go through all 272 episodes to get current but want to get an idea of what we’ve done and what we thought it about. However, before we get to the meat of the episode, we have some NECA TMNT toy news!

NECA unveiled 2 more TMNT action figure checklists: One for the Cartoon Series and the other for their Movie line of figures. NECA uses these checklists as a way to reveal certain figures we’ll soon be getting in each line. On top of the checklists reveals, NECA’s Trevor Zammit was interviewed on The Fwoosh.com’s podcast Fwooshcast about all the toys and more.

2022 will bring us:

  • 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series Figures:
  • – A Neutrinos 3pk, featuring Kala, Zak, and Dask. They’ll come with the Baby Tribble and The Grybyx, three hover boards and some other accessories.
  • – Tokka and Rahzar 2pk. They will come with a ton of food accessories.
  • – Crooked Ninja Turtle Goon and Rock Soldier Infantry Man 2pk
  • – Usagi Yojimbo
  • – Reissue of April O’Neil figure
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live Action Figures:
  • – Secret of the Ooze Turtles: They’ll have mostly new sculpts and a ton of accessories.
  • – The TMNT x Universal Monsters line will be based on the movie turtles thus, April will be the Judith Hoag version.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage/Comics Figures:
  • – This line will replace the video game figures in specialty stores.
  • – Fugitoid (who was previously revealed) will have bendy arms.
  • – Kevin Eastman will be doing the box art for the new figures in the line.
  • – Potential for new comic TMNT figures based on Kevin Eastman’s style.

Now, on to the year in review!

We covered a ton of stuff this year. Here’s a quick list of what we covered and what we talk about on the episode.

  • 1995 Playmates TMNT Action Figures
  • 1996 Playmates TMNT Action Figures
  • 1987 TMNT Animated Series Season 9
  • 1987 TMNT Animated Series Season 10 1996
  • TMNT OVA – Mutant Turtles – Superman Legend
  • Live Appearances found on YouTube:
  • – The Barbara Walters Special
  • – Operation Blue Line
  • – Behind The Shells Making Of Documentary
  • – Turtle Tunes / We Wish You A Turtle Christmas
  • – Getting Down In Your Town
  • – Live With Regis and Kathie Lee
  • – The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • – The Mystery of the Cliffs
  • – TMNT Live Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990 TMNT x Savage Dragon Crossover Comics
  • TMNT x Creed Crossover Comic
  • TMNT – Mutant Turtle Gaiden Manga
  • Archie TMNT Adventures – Year of the Turtle
  • Mirage/Image Comics Casey Jones and Raphael Body Count 1, 2, and 3

And that’s a wrap on 2021!

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Episode 272: Headlights After Midnight!

Greetings Turtletarians! On this live streamed recording of Turtle Soup Podcast episode 272, we review the Image Comics TMNT – Raphael and Casey Jones: Body Count #3! We also take a look at the recently revealed NECA 12 days of downloads TMNT checklist.

After some massive technical difficulties, we finally manage to get the show back up and running and our first stop on the journey this episode is to take a look at NECA’s 12 days of downloads TMNT checklist! This is something NECA does every year and its a neat way to sort of celebrate the past and commemorate the last year’s additions to our collections. But most importantly, its a way for NECA to tease some more upcoming action figures to add to our shelf this coming year!

This year they start off with showing us General Traag and Granitor in their arcade appearance / pixelated paint job. These figures are mostly the same release from NECA’s 1987 TMNT animated series line. If I’m not mistaken, not only is the paint job different but I believe they also feature different head sculpts. Then next to them on the checklist, we see some more different colored foot soldiers! We here at Turtle Soup love the multi colored stylings of the video game foot clan. These figures appear to be repaints of previously released foot soldiers, however, these also include some more accessories to match them with!

The final reveal gleamed from NECA’s checklist is in their comic line. All the way at the end we get our first full glimpse of Fugitoid! This figure looks fantastic! Fugitoid is always a welcome addition to any area of TMNT and here is no exception. Not only does this reveal tell us that we’re getting another great addition to our TMNT toy shelf, but that, more specifically, we’ll be getting more Mirage comics figures from NECA!!!

Finally, we make it to the true step in our journey through the entire history of the TMNT by reviewing the 1996 TMNT Raphael and Casey Jones: Body Count issue 3!

This issue finds our heroes Casey Jones and Raphael escorting their new found friend Midnight to a place called “Sanctuary.” They meet a fellow named Courtney who will be their escort to “Sanctuary” by way of another guy named Martin. Detective Choy, his bodyguard, and Bode are hot on their trails as Johnny Woo Woo and his crew are leaving a trail of blood and gun shells behind them in pursuit of MIDNIGHT!!! We get some sort of context for what’s happening in the story by way of some of Choy’s theory about a fraction within some crime syndicate in Hong Kong. His theory continues to reintroduce us to the man who initiated the hit with Johnny Woo Woo on Midnight: Lord Dong! Casey Jones, Raphael, Midnight and Courtney finally make it to “Martin’s” only to find its a fortified church and Martin is looney tunes. Upon their arrival they are quick to prepare for battle as Johnny Woo Woo makes his way in to the church, while Detective Choy, Bode and company are watching from across the street as the pandemonium is exacerbated by the arrival of Lord Dong’s men who join the fray. These men however look an awful lot like the men who were involved with the setup that set up this entire story!

  • How are you liking Body Count so far?
  • Do you like this style of art work?
  • Is Lord Dong your new favorite TMNT villain?

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Episode 270: Old Johnny Woo Woo and the Beat Em Up Bar Boys!

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(Apologies for the late upload of the episode. Website issues abounded!)

On this episode we begin our journey through the beginnings of the Image Comics run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics, also referred to as vol. 3. This momentous step in the journey is brought to us by way of Mirage/Image comics Casey Jones/Raphael / Bodycount #1 from 1994/1996!

We also have some TMNT toy news to discuss as well!

Speaking of said toy news, we get started with Neca teasing their next entry in their TMNT x Universal Monsters line of action figures with one picture of Leonardo as Ygor “The Hunchback!” From this one photo posted by Neca, the fanbase apparently erupted in outrage at relegating the leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to a “lowly” character as Ygor. However, Neca manage to still put out quality sculpt and detailed paint on their figures without fail that helps to quell the unrest among disgruntled fans. Hopefully, they’ll reveal more photos of this divisive figure and its accessories. Given the limited text that was associated with the post, fingers crossed that we get a Krang “figure” in a jar to accompany this figure.

Secondly, we have news from The Loyal Subjects BTS AXN Line of action figures! We saw their takes on the 1987 animated series TMNT figures from a few months ago. Now we have in box pics of these figures that are also up for preorder. They also put up for preorder what appears to be a second wave of figures from this line. The figures included in are The Shredder, A Foot Soldier, Bebop and Casey Jones! The pictures posted with the preorder listings appear to be digital renderings of the figures. This is great news for people looking forward to this line of TMNT action figures in a 5 inch scale!

Finally we get to the meat of the episode, Casey Jones/Raphael / Bodycount #1! This issue is basically one half a giant bar brawl and the other a convoluted flash back to an organized crime job that was a set up. We get introduced to a midlevel crime boss named Johnny Woo Woo as well as his getaway driver Midnight! Something goes wrong with a hit that ends up with Johnny Woo Woo coming after Midnight. Midnight finds herself being thrust into a massive bar fight that has a familiar face among the participants… Casey Jones! Once Johnny Woo Woo shows up to the bar, all hell breaks loose as Woo Woo and his goons brought guns to a bar fight. Thankfully, Casey Jones and Midnight are able to make it out of the bar safely for a few moments before being cornered by Johnny Woo Woo and his crew. Suddenly, from the sky falls a fire escape ladder, incapacitating Johnny Woo Woo’s thugs resulting in everyone looking up to see the cause of the falling scructure only to find Raphael, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!

  • Where were you back when this was released and did you pick it up?
  • Are you a fan of the dark and gritty “Steve Dillon/Glenn Fabry” style art?
  • Do you like these Casey Jones / Raphael team up stories?
  • If you had a friend named “Midnight” would you constantly say their name?
  • Do you prefer your TMNT dark and gritty or colorful and jovial?

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Episode 269: Cowa-Boinga Transpizzafication!

Greetings Turtletarians!

Welcome to our live stream recording of episode 269 of Turtle Soup Podcast!

On this episode we discuss:

  • Neca TMNT x Universal Monsters action figure line reveal!
  • The winner of our 1987 TMNT animated series party wagon dvd set giveaway!
  • Playmates 1996 Coil Force Turtles action figures!
  • Playmates 1996 Muta-Force Turtles action figures!
  • Playmates 1996 Mini Mutant Turtle Within a Turtle playlets!

This Neca reveal is huge as it finally confirms some rumors that have been circulating these last few months about a possible Universal Monsters x TMNT line. Raphael as Frankenstein’s monster is the first offering from this line and will be released some time early 2022 with a full line of action figures to follow. We take a look back at the TMNT’s previous crossovers with the Universal Monsters in the original Playmates line.

We also announce the winner of our 1987 TMNT animated series party wagon dvd set raffle! Congratulations John Klein III! Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle, we sincerely appreciate it!

This next step in our journey brings the plastic portion of 1996 to a close as we review the “new” releases from Playmates that year.

Starting with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coil Force! These figures are literally just a color swap on a TMNT mold with a spring action feature. The action feature isn’t terrible but overall this is a lazy attempt at what could’ve been a much cooler line of toys.

Moving on to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Muta-Force! These TMNT mecha are rad. As fans of mechs in general, seeing our favorite four ninja brothers not online pilot their own but have them look like them, in theory sounds great. However, execution is a little strange. Also, these fall victim to the product in hand not being well painted as what’s on the back of the box. Nevertheless, these are still pretty neat.

Lastly, we talk about Playmates Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mini Mutant Turtle within a Turtle playsets. We’ve discussed similar sets in this line on previous episodes however (iirc) these are the first… upright versions of this type of playset and they sort of tap into a little bit of “body horror”. The problem is that with the previous sets Playmates released, they used more of a literal turtle mold that opens up at the shell. The benefit of this style is that you can forget the actual turtle that you just opened up and enjoy the playset as intended. However, with these “Turtle within a Turtle” figures, they are basically normal style action figures that sort of… explode and you play with their insides and shattered corpse. It’s one of those things that looks good on paper but in execution, falls into something entirely unintended. Not to mention the problematic placement of projectiles. Nevertheless, these playsets in general are always pretty neat and these follow suit for the most part, as long as you can get past the idea of playing inside an actual TMNT figure.

  • What did ya’ll think of the Neca TMNT x Universal Monsters reveal?
  • What Universal Monsters do you hope get paired with what TMNT?
  • Any homages you’d like to see Neca reference from the Playmates versions?
  • Did you have any of these figures back in the day?

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