Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Leatherhead & Ace Duck)

LEATHERHEAD:-Another of the oldest “Always Appearing” characters in the franchise is of course Leatherhead. One of comparatively few mutant animals in the Mirage Comics, he was actually a good guy. The Leatherhead character was actually created by Ryan Brown in 1988 for a TMNT comic- Eastman & Laird had already signed off on the TV show & toyline, and were letting others write the main continuity, too. … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Leatherhead & Ace Duck)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Man-Ray & Merdude)

This week, we take a look at the TMNT’s aquatic buddies! All… four of them. It’s weird! Read on! You smell something fishy? That’s because you just picked up Ray Fillet, the coolest sea creature to ever leap from the deep. Spawned from a marine biologist and a manta ray, Ray Fillet emerged from a toxic sewer pipe only to discover himself super-strong and super-slimy. … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Man-Ray & Merdude)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (The Archie-Exclusive Characters… yes including Cudley the Cowlick)

JAGWAR: -Jagwar is the de facto leader of the Mighty Mutanimals, a spin-off attempt from the TMNT Adventures Archie Comics series. Like I said earlier, they were short-lived (a three-issue mini-series followed by an ongoing that was cancelled after only 9 issues), and were killed after a six-part back-up storyline in the main “TMNT” book- a SHOCKING move at the time. The Archie comics were kind of messed-up in … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (The Archie-Exclusive Characters… yes including Cudley the Cowlick)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Baxter Stockman & The Mousers)

Baxter is turned into a wild-haired, comedic Mad Scientist in the first cartoon (you weren’t allowed to have black villains in children’s cartoons back then), acting as a nerdy loser working for Shredder, and later one of the show’s many stock “Mutant Supervillains”. He appeared in the Archie continuity in the same vein, but the writers quickly ignored him- he is arrested by the police … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Baxter Stockman & The Mousers)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Splinter & April O’Neil)

SPLINTER:-Splinter is naturally in every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continuity. He is their teacher and adoptive father, and continues to act as a wise old mentor figure throughout. His personality is usually calm, serene and considerate, making him almost as uniform in personality as the four Turtles. In nearly every continuity, Hamato Yoshi was in a relationship with Tang Shen, and both were attacked by a jealous … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Splinter & April O’Neil)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Fugitoid, Metalhead & Rex-1)

While tinkering with an unstable mental device, the infamous Dr. Honeycutt transferred his brain into his android servant – making him the world’s first and most sought after servo-scientist. Now a hunted hybrid humanoid, Honeycutt’s on the run. Officially classified as a Fugitoid, he bumped into the Turtles while trying to squeeze through a transdimensional portal and returned with them to earth. Loyal to the … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Fugitoid, Metalhead & Rex-1)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Groundchuck, Dirtbag, Scale Tail & Tattoo)

Time for more TMNT characters! This time, I grab a quartet of villains from assorted times in the show’s history! Always dead-on target, Groundchuck aims to please Shredder. This mutated weapons expert is the Foot Clan’s hooved hoodlum of choice. Chunky and beefy, Groundchuck is Grade A when it comes to grinding up the Turtles. Pushing the Teens to their limit with his electro-prod and … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Groundchuck, Dirtbag, Scale Tail & Tattoo)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (The VEHICLES!)

Next up, I take a look at all the iconic gear used by the Turtles over the years- the cheapest toys you could buy kids and still count as vehicles (the Cheapskates) to the mighty Technodrome itself. THE TECHNODROME: Probably the most iconic Villain Base in TV history (even over SNAKE MOUNTAIN from He-Man!), The Technodrome is the home base of Krang, and nearly constantly seen … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (The VEHICLES!)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Scumbug, Antrax & Wyrm)

Sent to eliminate the bug problem in the Technodrome, a mild-mannered exterminator got accidentally oozed and mutated into the scampering, sickening Scumbug. Unable to face other customers, Scumbag saddled up with Shredder as his ace assassin. Armed with his poisonous pinchers and a tank full of Anti-Turtle Spray, this rude roach chews his way through almost anything. His power claw and bullet-proof shell make him … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Scumbug, Antrax & Wyrm)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Pizzaface, The Mutagen Man & Muckman)

Pizzaface – Shredder’s crazed culinary creator – had a plan to become the most powerful pizza chef ever. So he zapped himself in his Retro mutagen oven, hoping the energy would bake him with badness. But the hungry Turtle Teens burst into the parlor and pulled Pizzaface out. Now this half-baked bozo wants to get even with the Turtles for foiling his formula. All the … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Pizzaface, The Mutagen Man & Muckman)

Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Rocksteady & Bebop)

ROCKSTEADY & BEBOP:-Among the most iconic “Idiotic Henchmen” in TV history, Rocksteady & Bebop started life as a pair of goons in a vicious street gang that were sent to assault reporter April O’Neil, who was investigating the Foot Clan’s activities. A stocky blonde guy with short hair, and a skinny black punker (I hate punkers) with a purple mohawk, they were the only named … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: TMNT (Rocksteady & Bebop)

Jab’s Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Movie)

Casey: “What is all this talk o’ spendin’ the night down here?”Donatello: “*chuckles* You’re a claustrophobic!”Casey: “*stunned*… You want a FIST in the mouth?… I never even LOOKED at another guy before!”-Donatello and Casey, who has somehow conflated claustrophic with homophobic, and homophobic with HOMOSEXUAL. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: The Movie The TMNT Movie was pretty much a hallmark of my youth- I was way … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Movie)

Jab’s Reviews: The Ninja Turtles (Donatello & Michelangelo)

Donnie, like I’ve said before, was my favorite Turtle- he wears purple and has the coolest weapon! I mean, if he wasn’t the best, then why would he be wearing purple? PLUS he’s the best guy to play in the video games! DONATELLO:-In every continuity, Donatello is the “Smart Guy”, meaning his brilliance can shift depending on the basic nature of that universe. The more … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: The Ninja Turtles (Donatello & Michelangelo)

Jab’s Reviews: The Ninja Turtles (Leonardo & Raphael!)

LEONARDO:-Leonardo is always the leader, in each continuity. Generally, this makes him the most serious member, the least emotional, and the least likely to joke around. Only in the 1987 Toon and Rise of the TMNT toon is he sillier and more of a jokester, but even then he is the leader. Leo thus adopts most of the “Generic Leader Tropes” that were becoming super-entrenched by the … Continue reading Jab’s Reviews: The Ninja Turtles (Leonardo & Raphael!)

Jab’s TMNT Review: Overview Part 2

For part one in this series, click HERE! THE PLAYMATES TOY LINE:-Well crap, you want something every kid I knew was OBSESSED with, back in the day? Look no further. These toys were AWESOME- some were incredibly-detailed, some were HUGE, and plenty of them kicked ass. My brother and I had all kinds of these things- General Tragg, Muckman, Baxter Stockman, my beloved Casey Jones, … Continue reading Jab’s TMNT Review: Overview Part 2