ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

If you want to know anything about a Hollywood blockbuster, there's now only one place to go: merchandising.

Take for example the -produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Of course, the big question on TMNT fans' lips is 'What are the new Turtles even going to look like?' Well, today we've sort of got an answer, kind of... Well, we know what the LEGO Turtles will look like... Dude, it's better than nothing!

At the recent London Toy Fair, LEGO presented their brand new movie-tie in toy sets. Photography was strictly forbidden at the convention, but luckily Bleeding Cool and Brick Fanatics were there to spy out the sets. Check out their descriptions below:

Bleeding Cool stated:

There were three movie sets from the Turtles movie: Turtle Van Takedown, Big Rig Snow Escape and The New Turtle Lair. The Turtle movie minifigs were on display and so close to the cartoon themed ones the design differences were obvious. They were certainly darker, literally darker, a darker shade of green and chunkier.

The Splinter figure was chunkier too and had shortened legs to make sure he stands lower than Turtle height. None of them looked too friendly either. You certainly won’t mistake the movie and TV versions of these characters.

I asked a little about and was told some things about the other sets that I didn’t get too good of a look at. One is a motorbike chase with Karai, another is a submarine set and there was also the Turtles’ T-Rocket too, but as far as I could tell, these were tie-ins to the show and not the movie.

Brick Fanatics added:

TMNT movie sets will be Turtle Van Takedown, Big Rig Snow Getaway, Turtle Lair New figs: Leatherhead, Spiderbytez, Kirby Bat, Karai (movie and show versions). Differently styled Turtles in the movie sets, much darker. Splinter has short legs.

Of course, LEGO isn't exactly known for its high levels of character detail, so this information isn't terribly revealing. However, it does perhaps suggest a new darker tone (both physically and thematically) for the TMNTs. It also suggests the character of Karai will be of increased importance in the reboot. For those of you who do not know, Karai is a high-ranking member of the Foot Clan and is actually sometimes represented as a relative of Shredder. She first appeared in the comic-books in 1992 and since then has cropped up a few times in other mediums.

What do you think? Do you like the sound of a darker Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Drop your opinions below.


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