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It's Wednesday, and you know what that means: ToyFarce review! This week, we're having a look at the different TMNT: The Last Ronin figures from NECA (so far!). It's the last week of the NECA Haulathon, so we'll finish it with a bang by checking one of the actual Haulathon offerings, the Rogue Derelict version of the Last Ronin. The 'Armored' and 'Unarmored' versions of that figure were released in January, but were also on my pile of unopened toys, so... 3 turtles with one stone? First of all, TMNT: The Last Ronin is an excellent TMNT comic book. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird reunited to give us a great story in a future, battle-ravaged New York City, where the last remaining of the Ninja Turtles seeks justice for his family (I will try not to spoil it for those who haven't read it). The box art of the figures are reminiscent of the comic book art, with the black and red colors heavily used, just like some of the covers. The figures come packed with accessories. These are some of the best figures NECA has released this year so far (and they came out in January!). The Armored version comes with a ton of accessories: An extra head sculpt and 2 bandana parts, 4 extra hands, a pair of googles, a grappling hook, a smoke bomb, 4 shurikens, a tonfa (or baton), and of course, the 4 weapons of the brothers: a katana, a bo staff, a sai and a pair of nunchucks. Most of the weapons can be attached on the figure, like in the comic book, which is great. The hood attached to the head is removable and can be replaced by one of the 2 bandana parts (flat or in the wind). The figure has decent enough articulations, even if bulky. It just looks really awesome. I can't really say anything bad about it! The Unarmored figure comes with an extra head sculpt, 5 extra hands, a broken katana, a sai, a pair of nunchucks, a tonfa (or baton), 4 throwing knives, Splinter's journal and a mouser. The figure itself looks great, with textures that remind of the original Mirage comics. This turtle has been through things, there are lots of scars on its skin and shell. This is the saddest figure of all 3 also, with a very sad facial expression, the broken katana and Splinter's journal... The NECA Target Haulathon Rogue Derelict figure is pretty much the exact same figure as the Armored one, but with a red and black coat of paint, as a lot of the covers of the comic book predominantly used red and black colors. He comes with the same accessories as the Armored one: An extra head sculpt and 2 bandana parts, 4 extra hands, a pair of googles, a grappling hook, a smoke bomb, 4 shurikens, a tonfa (or baton), and of course, the 4 weapons of the brothers: a katana, a bo staff, a sai and a pair of nunchucks, but all those accessories are also painted red and black. I wasn't sure if I would get it at first, but after seeing a few pictures online, I had to, it just looks too good. The paint on it is amazing, and the white highlights make for a nice contrast. NECA revealed a few more figures are coming on their checklists during their 12 days of downloads at the end of last year, so I'm looking forward for more! Bonus: Playmates also did a Last Ronin figure, which is a great mashup of old action figure design with the Last Ronin suit. Not sure yet if i will open it, but thought that I would add it here. More news at 11:00... "No more talking."
Paramount’s video game division is currently developing a new AAA adventure based on the adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, the graphic novel released by IDW in 2020. The Last Ronin was a five-issue miniseries, written by Kevin Eastman, based on an idea with TMNT co-creator Peter Laird in the late 1980s. Doug Rosen, senior vice president for games and emerging media at Paramount Global announced that the game will be a darker, more mature take on the Ninja Turtles and will be authentic to the story of The Last Ronin, which is set in a future where only one of the turtles has survived. Being primarily a single-character game, no information on which surviving turtle will be the main character, but other characters could be playable in flashback sequences. Rosen compared the upcoming third-person action role-playing game to Sony’s recent God of War titles. The identity of that lone remaining Ninja Turtle was something of a mystery when The Last Ronin comic series was announced. The arc’s story was built around a Ninja Turtle who wore a black mask and fought using all four turtles’ signature weapons: nunchaku, sai, bo staff, and dual katanas. It wasn’t until the final pages of the first issue of The Last Ronin that the lone surviving turtle’s identity was revealed: Michelangelo. The remaining turtles, and Master Splinter, have all been exterminated by the Foot Clan, leading Mike to seek justice for their deaths in a battle-ravaged New York City. Source: Polygon