Teenage Mutant Ninja Mona Lisa

Growing up I was a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. Don’ believe me? Read this. So I love the Turtles and I love wearing Mona Lisa tees. I’ve got a few Mona Lisa tees and I feel like THIS T-Shirt from Snorg Tees is a MUST. It’s called Leonardo but I’d like to rename it Teenage Mutant Ninja Mona Lisa. Cowabunga!

Leonardo is available now from SnorgTees for $14.95.

Co-Tee TV 84: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Shirt from Nickelodeon. Last March, Nickelodeon flew me up to Los Angeles for a sneak peak of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series (to be released in 2012). I talk about the event and what I thought of the sneak peek, or the mutation in progress. I hint at reviewing a tee from The N-Spired Story, but the episode goes long and so I end up reviewing The N-Spired Story in episode 85 of Co-Tee TV (check back tomorrow for that).

By the way, this is a little weird but I am playing catch up. You see, I recored a bunch of episodes earlier this year but never posted them. As such, some of the things that I talk about will seem grossly out of date. My apologies. Casualties like this happen when you’re stressing out over finishing a PhD. Needless to say, I will be posting these episodes over the next few days!

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo or blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod, iPhone or iPad by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Facebook Like Co-Tee TV

Coty’s Thoughts:

Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Shirt by Nickelodeon (designer unknown). Pros: For the most part, I review the event and sneak peek of the new TMNT show in this episode and not really the T-Shirt. However, I have to say that I love the new look of the turtles, which is featured on the T-Shirt. And to my surprise, it wasn’t printed on a cheap Hanes T-Shirt, instead they used an American Apparel blank.

Price: Not available; given to those who attended the sneak peek event at Nickelodeon studios.

[NOTE: I usually have an embedded gallery of photos right around here in the review post, but for some reason, I can’t seem to locate the photos that I took for Episodes 83 and 84. Instead of prolonging the wait to get these episodes out, I have decided to go ahead and publish the post minus the gallery. So don’t worry, the galleries aren’t gone for good, they’ll just be missing in Episodes 83 and 84].

Also mentioned in this episode:

Dirt Pudding Cups with Worms

Fanboy and Chum Chum

The N-Spired Story

The sucky Apple iPhone 4 bumper

Groundhog Day

If you want to send me a product to review, please feel free to do so. You can find my information in the contact menu above. Thanks!

shirtcity.com - USA FANSHIRTS

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee

Okay, we all know that flip tees are a little cheesy, but this might have to be an exception (or not). It’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael flip tee! It’s Raphael from the 1980’s series, which is awesome. Of course, the T-Shirt wearer must exude a lot of cool and some (or a lot) of crude. If you got the previous sentence, then you’re a bonafide 80’s kid. Cheers, to you!

By the way, if you’re a Turtles fan, be sure to read my post on my exclusive trip the Nickelodeon Studios for a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview event for the upcoming TV show.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Costume Flip Tee is available now from TV Store Online for $20.95.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fan Preview Event

NOTE: Before I begin, I should note that everything that I mention regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninjs Turtles Nickelodeon show is, at the moment, a MUTATION IN PROGRESS. Nothing yet is set in stone. Storylines and Voices can still be changed and replaced. Mutation In Progress, keep that in mind!

About a month ago, a representative for Nickelodeon contacted me regarding attending a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles preview event in Burbank, California. Now, I get a lot of emails, but this one was pretty far out there. And lets not forget, most of my emails pitch T-Shirts, not mutant turtles. Needless to say, I was curious and so I replied back (the email said I needed to reply within the day in order to be considered). The next day, I was informed that the following week I would be contacted by some Nickelodeon representatives to discuss the Turtles. Neat.

Turns out, Nickelodeon was recruiting TMNT fans throughout the country, to attend a fan preview event at their studios in Burbank, California. I figured, I wouldn’t be chosen considering that I’ve only just blogged about the turtles a few times on this blog and each time it was in regards to TMNT themed T-Shirts. In retrospect, though, and looking back at those videos and TMNT posts, I spoke pretty passionately about the turtles and growing up with them. Despite this, I thought I had no shot … I mean there must be tons of other more uber mega super Turtle fans out there. Like, serious, serious fans. I certainly would not be chosen.

I was chosen. The madness begins.

About a week before I was scheduled to fly out to Burbank for the even, I received the official invite to the event. Can you guess how they delivered it? As a pizza! That’s right, someone dropped off pizza to my home in a custom TMNT pizza box. It was a pretty good cheese pizza too! At this point, I’m pretty excited because they are obviously going all out for this event.

The day of my departure arrives. I had an early flight, and I’m out of Honolulu at 8am on March 29th. I arrived at LAX at around 4pm and I have a personal driver (arranged by Nickelodeon) waiting for me at baggage claim to drive me to my hotel. Nice.

I arrive in my room and lo and behold, what’s there waiting for me? Ninja Turtle stuff! It was more like a big, circular gift box (made to look like a manhole/sewer) filled with goodies to keep me occupied throughout the night. Inside were some pretty dope snacks, as well as a TMNT T-Shirt and a VISA Gift Card. Awesome!

The big day arrives. I really didn’t know what to expect. Should I wear a TMNT shirt or not? I came prepared with three. I am a T-Shirt blogger after all. I decided to go with Heroes In An Art Shell by John Hillier from Threadless. 8:30pm rolls along and all of the people that flew in for the event meet up in the lobby of the Hotel Amarano. We are then driven to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

After waiting in the transportation van for a bit, we are finally allowed to enter the NICK lot. I should note, that they really know how to build up the tension. As we were all waiting in the van, each and every one of us was boiling with excitement. We didn’t know what to expect!

We were then finally let in and are told that we needed to give up our cell phones and any recording devices during the event. Meaning, I unfortunately could not take any pictures whatsoever. This sucked. Plus, I kept reaching for my imaginary iPhone in my pants pocket throughout the day! Those imaginary phones can be such a distraction. Once we turned in our goods, we were treated to a pretty good breakfast spread of baked goods. All the while, we mingled with our fellow TMNT brothers and sisters. Now during this time, we were unknowingly being treated to some music that they were considering for the show. This included music from Handsome Boy Modeling School and DJ Shadow. Pretty good vibe so far.

We were then officially led inside the studios (breakfast was in the front courtyard) and brought into the official NICK gym. Of course, they converted the gym into something more like a TMNT fanboy’s dream man den. It was seriously cool. Imagine lot of green uplighting and barrel’s of oooze and TMNT paraphanilia. The room itself elicited a bunch of ooohhs and ahhhhs from many of us.

Once inside, we each took a seat. We were then introduced to the president of Nickelodeon Animation, Brown Johnson, who welcomed us to the studio. We were then each asked to introduce ourselves to the group. One-by-one uber turtle mega fan after another introduced themselves. It was pretty crazy. There were people there known for being Sexy April in the cosplay world to the current Guiness record holder for largest gathering of people dressed as Ninja Turtles. We had people there with Ninja Turtle Tattoos, large Turtle toy collection, and webmasters of the most popular TMNT fansites and forums. It was pretty insane that they were able to put together such a group of TMNT fans. I guess, thank you to Google and their amazing search engine?

After the introductions, we were then given a tour of the NICK Animation Studios by Rich Magallanes, Vice President Current Animation Series Production at Nickelodeon. We first stopped in on a live voice recording for Fanboy and Chum Chum. We then passed by the areas dedicated to shows such as Avatar and Sponge Bob Square Pants. All the while, passing by all of the awesome artwork that hang in the hallways. Speaking of the hallways, many of the walls are made of whiteboard to encourage people to doodle when they feel inspired. Neat!

Afte the tour, we were then treated to a little snack session. And by little, I mean they went all out. They were handing out smoothies and milkshakes for crying out loud.

Post snack session, we returned to the gym turned makeshift Turtle den. Now came the good stuff. We were now treated to a sneak peak of the pilot episode in animatic format. Think moving storyboard with the voices. This wasn’t the CGI stuff that they are promising for the actual show and again, they emphasized that this was a “Mutation In Progress”, meaning that what we were seeing, may not even make it to the final version of the show. Makes sense, if they had made up their mind then why would we be there in the first place. I watched the animatic intently, it was about 25 minutes long. I can tell you that the rendered images of the Turtles looked great. Again, the characters looked great and each were well defined.

Following the animatic presentation of the pilot, Playmates gave a short presentation of the new Turtles toy line that will be released in conjunction with the new TMNT series.

Following the Playmates presentation, we were then treated to yet another surprise. Up to this point, we had no idea who the voice actors were going to be. And we had no idea that we would be treated to a script reading by the actual cast. This was fucking awesome. I was excited. We were all stoked. One by one, they introduced some of the producers, writers and then voices for the show. Of note were Jason Biggs as Leonardo, and Ron Paulsen as Raphael. Meeting Jason Biggs was exciting, but meeting Ron Paulsen was epic (he was the voice of the original Raphael voice and even the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain). Trust me when I say that during the script reading, we all had big smiles on our faces – we were all so excited to be there. I should note, however, that the voices have not yet been finalized. An official announcement of the TMNT voices should be coming from Nickelodeon shortly.

Lunch time. As expected, there was pizza and pasta, as well as some throwback snacks from our childhood … can you say dirt pudding cups with gummy worms. Seriously, we were all in 1980’s heaven at this point. What’s even better is that the voice actors hung around for lunch. Jason Biggs even stopped by my small table to chat, as did Ron Paulsen. They were both super cool, Ron even did a few of his vintage voices! I had lunch with Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Crazy insane.

After lunch, the real work began. For the focus groups, we broke up into small groups of four. I’m not going to go into detail about what we specifically talked about, but I will say that we discussed both positives and negatives of the new series.

We ended the day with a nice Q&A session with the writers and developers of the show. These were all questions that we had handed back to them after seeing the animatic and prior to lunch.

And that was the day! After the Q&A, we were given a poster and thumb driver with some key art for the show. Following a group picture, I was then driven straight to LAX, and I was back in Hawaii at 8pm on March 3oth. This was one 24 hour trip that I will never forget.

So quickly, some things about the new show:

  • The animation is top notch.
  • The action sequences looked great.
  • Not a big fan of the changes they made to April Oneil’s character. She’s 15/16ish and emo!
  • No mention of the origin story, they made it a point not to tell us this.
  • The renderings of Shredder looked badass (though he wasn’t in the trailer).
  • Loved the dark tone.
  • The city landscape look great, it just feels like New York.
  • Splinter is big, agile and not crippled. He can fight!
  • It was funny without being campy like the 1987 series.
  • Didn’t hear cowabunga or turtle power once.
  • Each of the turtles look slightly different (height and weight differed).

And that’s my roundup of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Preview Event at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was seriously a great time, and I am so happy that I actually checked my email the day they initially sent me the invite (thanks to Philip Ross of the Pitch Agency for finding me)!

Here are some sites you should check out that are run by some of the TMNT preview event guests:

Go Green Machine

TMNT & Other Strangeness

Mikey’s TMNT

Ninja’s Pizza

http://www.tmnt-ninjaturtles.com/blog/

www.tmnt-ninjaturtles.com

The Technodrome

Co-Tee TV Episode 23: Integral Apparel, tFuse and TMNT!

In this episode I wear and review Turtle Power from Integral Apparel and review a tee called Lend A Hand that was designed by Joe Choe for tFuse. Earn $4 in residuals for each shirt sold (up to $3000) at tFuse or upload a video and earn up to $500 in cash prizes! Remember, you can save 10% if you use the coupon code “TF3GY” at checkout whenever you shop at tFuse!

This week I continue my summer long series on Ongoing T-Shirt Contest Sites. Every week, I will be reviewing a different tee from one of many different online contest sites. I’ll be discussing how each of these sites differ, how the submission and selection process work and what your rights are as a designer. Check out past reviews on: ShirtFight, A Better Tomorrow, and Full Metal T-Shirt.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Coty’s Thoughts:

Lend You A Hand by Joe Choe and available at tFuse. Good: The hand print is massively impressive! The shirt itself is super soft. Tagless for itchfree comfort, love that! Awesome design. The print is pretty soft but not super soft. Bad: Great shirt, my only complaint is: the packaging (which has nothing to do with the product because I think the shirt itself is flawless)! For such an awesome shirt, I just wish they paid a little more attention to the packaging details. Price: $19

Lend A Hand by Joe Choe for tFuse

 Turtle Power by Cryface and available at Integral Apparel. Good: Fun design, especially for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans! Love the bright yellow of this Alstyle tee. Custom hangtags with washing instructions attached. Bad: Not tagless, wish that the print was a bit larger. Price: $19.80.

turtlepower

If you want to send me a product to review, please feel free to do so. You can find my information in the contact menu above. Thanks!


Cute microbes on sale

Electric Zombie Summer 2009 Release

Our buddy Kyle Crawford from Electric Zombie recently released his new Summer 2009 line, and, probably his most impressive! As expected, there’s a lot of fun colors, guts, ooze as well as an infusion of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and WWE stars from the past!

Now there have been WWE themed Electric Zombie tees in the past, most notably his Ultimate Warrior “No Brain No Pain” design, but these new tees are even better! He features the mega powers, Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man Randy Savage (ahh, my childhood!). 

Aside from the WWE and TMNT themed tees, he also released a bunch of other Electric Zombie shirts featuring brains, guts and insects and robots! Seems like he’s got all the bases covered with this release! 

You can browse through the EZ summer 2009 Look Book or head on over to the Electric Zombie shop and pick up some tees now! By the way, don’t you think these promo shots are amazing!

Mondo Teal by Electric Zombie

Don Of The Dead Black by Electric Zombie

Gnar Face Pink by Electric Zombie

Legends by Electric Zombie

[Read more…]

Johnny Cupcakes TMNT Pizza Party

As a kid, I must have seen the original live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick a gazillion times. I remember how excited I was when I went to go and see it in the theaters, it was a blast! You can now relive those memories this weekend if you live in the Boston area. Johnny Cupcakes will yet again be hosting another movie night at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline / Boston. Here’s the info you need:

“Join me THIS Saturday June 13th at 11:55pm (midnight) to see TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES on the big screen for $7.75 @ The Coolidge Corner Theatre on 290 Harvard Street – Brookline, MA. Along with your movie ticket, you will be given FREE Upper Crust Pizza upon entering the Theatre. We even got a hold of the original movie reel from back in the day!”

Will you be attending?

Johnny Cupcakes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Johnny Cupcakes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles