Review: Half Shell Heroes Dinos and Turtles and "Blast into the Past" Special


Last week we shared the review for “Blast into the Past” A big Golden Book.  It’s based on the new Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Special.  This week, we’re bringing our focus back there, as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blast into the Past” airs on TV for it’s first time on November 22nd.  This review brings us right to the heart of the special, Playmates Toys.  Inspired by the Half Shell Heroes toys, here is my review of the 2pack sets of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dinos.

These Half Shell Heroes toys were inspired by the old Cave Turtles sets that came out in 1993.  Each Cave Turtle came with their own Dino.  Though the Dinos in the old sets look a lot more like the Dinos you see in “Blast into the Past”.  The little Dinos that come with the Half Shell Heroes Turtles seem like kids to the old Dinos that was released.  Still a really exciting nod to the old toys.

Each of these sets come with one Turtle and one Dino.  The Turtles each are dressed differently, though it would’ve been cool if it was the same designs from the special, these are cool designs on their own.  I personally like Michelangelo’s, as he has this cat fur hat that he wears.  Each of these Turtles are their own new sculpts and look really good.  Some could use touch up with paint if you worry about that stuff.

I recommend these for TMNT fans who collect the Half Shell Heroes Turtles and for fans who have the original Cave Turtle sets from the past.  Of course for the fans who have the Half Shell Heroes collection, these will be a fun addition to the play time.   Also good for photo shoots and display cases.  For fans who have the original Cave Turtles, these would look great setup next to them.  The small Dino toys, look as if they could be kids to the original set.  Which makes this a nice addition to that collection. 

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“Blast into the Past” is an interesting animated special inspired by the Half Shell Heroes toys.  Animated with a flash animation look, new character designs, and new types of gags for laughs.  It kind of reminds me of “Teen Titans Go!”.  While fun for a special, this is not how I would want to see a TMNT series ran.  I enjoy the on going series by Nickelodeon and respect their wonderful team of artist and character designers who work on the series.  Some of the new jokes were way out there, and they used the animation to help carry it.  You can find “Blast into the Past” online at or iTunes.  I personally downloaded it from iTunes as soon as I learned it was up there, and have enjoyed watching it a few times, sharing with my family.

“Blast into the Past” is about Turtles finding themselves thrown into the past where Dinos were still walking the earth.  We get to see how each of them meet their Dinos.  And watch as Bebop and Rocksteady are the first to bump into the real threat of enemies.  Which has one wondering if this will fit into the main story arch of the on going series or not, as a lot of the stuff shown does tie into the show that started in 2012 and is still going now.   The Turtles have to stop the main villains while Bebop and Rocksteady try to beg for a ride back home from the Turtles. 

I liked that we got this Cave Turtle Story and the Dinos looked like the ones from the 1993 toys.  That made this better for me as I watched.  I liked that they use the current TMNT series voice cast for the characters, and managed to bring in another star from Star Trek to voice one of the new villains.  I really enjoyed hearing Michelangelo say “Peace, Love and Animals” - anyone who knows Greg Cipes will understand why that is awesome.  And I do like some of the expressions of the Turtles in the special.  I would love toys of the Turtles in those clothes, with the right paint job and matching up to what we see on the screen.

What I didn’t like was the animation style.  It’s not my favorite type of animation out there, yes I do watch shows with this style, but that’s like reading comics done by artist that I don’t care for.  The artwork is not everything, while it helps carry it along the writing and acting makes the show as good as it can be.  I would of rather the Turtles be animated like we see in the Half Shell Heroes ads, than this flash animation.  But that is just my personal taste.  That really is my biggest complaint, odd things being pulled out of nowhere could come up as a close second since TMNT is not known for those type of gags, but to pick on that would be nit picking as I did laugh a bit at the gags and found myself enjoying it.  Just don’t want to see the main series turn into this.

Interesting fact.  Peter Laird use to run a blog titled “Blast from the Past”.  The name of this special is so close to that, I wonder if that’s done on purpose or not.  “Blast from the Past” shared old artwork and history about TMNT.  It was a fun blog, and the posts can be found now on Peter’s current blog.  It’s always fun with the creative team shows the stories and art from behind the scenes.

“Blast into the Past” is a fun special for people who can laugh at it and enjoy the light hearted side.  This is by no means a show for the die hard fans of the comics who thought the original cartoon was corny, or the people who hate the Next Mutation because they felt the episodes were too stupid, and deff not for the people who pick on the Tours because they were made for kids.  This Special is made for kids, it’s got it’s corny moments and it’s got it’s dumb moments.  It’s fun to laugh at and watch.  Which is good to have something so lighthearted and enjoyable on the market for people who just need a smile.

Do you own any of the Half Shell Heroes Turtles with Dino sets?  Which ones?  What do you think of them?  Have you seen “Blast into the Past”?  What is your thought of the special?  Please share reviews, comments and questions below!

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