First things first, make sure you’ve:
- Seen the Official First Trailer
- Seen Trailer #2
- Watched the show’s Opening / Intro Sequence and heard the new theme song
- Checked out the Dark Horizons TMNT game over at Nick.com
- Drooled over the new line of Nick Turtles Toys
- Cast your vote for the Turtles or The Foot over at Turtles vs. Foot with your mobile device
And now on to the new stuff:
Just like old times.
The Leo-centric trailer for the new show, the first in a series of character-specific teasers; more to come.
This is a capture of Splinter’s voice from the Turtles vs. Foot mobile promo site.
The leader of the Turtles, Leonardo aspires to be a brave, decisive, perfect hero. Unfortunately, for the moment at least, he’s just an inexperienced teenager with three rowdy, smart-aleck brothers. It’s the gap between his aspiration and the current situation that is Leonardo’s greatest source of frustration. He’s also the most driven of the four Turtles, training and studying relentlessly. Leo tends to be hard on himself, but his diligence does not go unnoticed. He’s the favored student (the uchi-deshi) of hissensi, Splinter, whose approval he craves. Leonardo’s choice of weapons is the Niten Ryu, the legendary twin katanaswords used by ancient Samurai warriors.
Raph is the biggest and toughest of the four brothers. A straight-up brawler, he has very little patience for things like stealth, hiding in the shadows, or keeping his voice down! While he’s fiercely loyal to his brothers, Raphael is often also the one most likely to strike out on his own when he feels unappreciated or annoyed. His temper can sometimes get the better of him, causing him to get into situations over his head. Raphael’s closest confidante is a pet turtle named Spike, who he rescued after someone flushed him down a toilet. Raph’s choice of weapon is the twin sai—short, pronged, dagger-like batons that can be used for both jabbing and clubbing.
Donnie is the team’s brilliant inventor. He creates all of the Turtles’ weapons and gadgets, from the simplest bo-staff to their amazing vehicles. This Turtle is able to cobble together fantastic stuff from things he’s literally scrounged out of a trash heap. He’s obsessively detail-oriented and often impatient when his brothers can’t keep up with his keen intelligence. On the other hand, Donnie also happens to be the shyest, most reclusive, and socially awkward of the Turtles—especially when April O’Neil is nearby! Donatello’s weapon of choice is the Naginata bo staff. Used in the art ofbōjutsu, the staff is considered an extension of the warrior’s own arms and can be formidable.
Smallest, youngest, and least mature of the brothers, Mikey is easily distracted and enthusiastic about…well…pretty much everything! Mikey’s easy-going attitude is often expressed in casual, surfer-type language. But this free-spirited Turtle is also extremely creative. He has a thousand ideas and, every now and then, one of them will be brilliant. More than any of his brothers, Michelangelo is a social character and longs to be part of the real world. He loves to kick back and enjoy a pizza. But he can also bring it when the brothers are in the middle of a fight. He’s master of theKusarigama, nunchukswith a sharp blade hidden inside. One of Mikey’s most impressive tricks is to whirl the nunchuks with lightning speed.
Calm and wise, mutant rat Splinter acts as the instructor or sensei of philosophy and martial arts to the teen Turtles. He is also the one who gave the brothers their Renaissance-inspired names. A master in “Ninjitsu,” Splinter strives to teach the team the Bushido Code (also called The Warrior’s Way) of honor and loyalty, as well as the secrets of the stealthy Ninja. As befits an experienced master teacher, Splinter’s prowess includes skill in many different martial arts weapons. He’s always ready to protect his “mutant sons” and to battle the evil Foot Clan!
When she’s not busy with her studies, April dreams of becoming a television reporter. She’s smart, mischievous, and one of the Turtles’ only human friends. Luckily for April, being a friend of the Turtles means that they’ll come to her rescue whenever she gets into trouble—which happens a lot! April is taking martial arts lessons from Splinter, which should improve her ability to defend herself.
This arch-villian is the leader of the Foot Clan and controls a vast criminal organization headquartered in New York City. By twisting the Bushido Code and his martial arts for evil, Shredder and has gained power, wealth, and an aura of fear that makes him a mega-villian opponent for the Turtles to overcome. Cold and cunning, Shredder wears an ancient suit of multi-bladed armor and is a skilled Ninjitsu master.
Banished from Dimension X and reduced to a brain-like form, the alien Kraang arrived on Earth and allied himself with the villanous Shredder. In return for his alliance, Shredder built Kraang an droid exo-skeleton in which to house himself. Kraang’s ultimate goal is to take over the Earth. Unlike Shredder, he is not obssessed with the Turtles; he sees them—and Splinter—as annoying but minor obstacles that must be destroyed in order to achieve his plan of worldwide domination.
The Foot Clan
The Foot Clan are a secret, worldwide group of warriors and assassins. Led by Shredder, they are always attempting to defeat the Turtles. The Foot Clan is divided into several branches. The most common—and numerous—are the Foot Ninja. Armed with the best, stolen weapons and gear, there are figures of fear for everyone but the heroic Turtles. Four Elite Foot Ninja serve as Shredder’s personal body guards and are daunting opponents, even for the Turtles.
I’ll update this post as more stuff becomes available. Special thanks to Roseangelo, Allio & the other awesome TMNT fans over at the Technodrome Forums for the YouTube clips.