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Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 05:41 AM
I cannot say I am the biggest TMNT Action figures collector but this project really deserves to be more visible within our communauty.

The guy behind this project is basically making an attempt at an exhaustive TMNT action figures book.
That is impressive.

KICKSTARTER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TMNT-ACTION FIGURE ENCYCLOPEDIA (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia?ref=user_menu)

From the look of it, the project seems to be rather well handled: pictures are good quality, figures list is extensive...

+ the guy already succesfully completed other Kickstarter campaigns.
That speaks for him.

And to put the lid on it, shipment outside of the US now is affordable :D.

Anyone else is backing this project?
What are your thoughts about it?

RaphaelinSTL
08-01-2017, 05:49 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

Raptor86
08-01-2017, 05:50 AM
I am in! :D

Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 06:05 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

The topic you are referring to is about another book.
Even if the Kickstarter is addressed in the comments, I believe it deserves its own thread.

Does anyone know more about the guy behind this project?
He probably has an extensive action figure collection himself so I doubt he is a complete unknown in the fandom. Especially since he's been working on this project for 3 years.

Rewdog
08-01-2017, 06:06 AM
Will watch the film and read it properly when I get home from work, but looks like I will be in for this. Pretty amazing stuff, thanks for posting or I may have missed it.

Candy Kappa
08-01-2017, 06:14 AM
Looks nifty

I Crave Pizza No More
08-01-2017, 07:00 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

Not the same book.

RaphaelinSTL
08-01-2017, 08:24 AM
Not the same book.

It's being covered in the thread though ... but yes, I guess it's getting its own now.

TheCanadiandrome
08-01-2017, 08:59 AM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

Panther10
08-01-2017, 09:10 AM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

This campaign launched just a little less than 24hrs ago. He'll have all the funding he needs in less than 5 days at this rate.

The Deadman
08-01-2017, 09:27 AM
I would buy this if it got funded and released.

Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 10:34 AM
Usually these things are not released. It's a one-shot.
Yoy may still hope a second campaign for a reprint but if you are sure you want the book, you should pledge now :tgrin:.

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 11:25 AM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

TatooineSandworm
08-01-2017, 02:23 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

Pledge for $1 and then ask the project creator directly. If you don't like the answer, cancel your $1 pledge.

Or ask him a question by sending an e-mail here: thetmntbook@gmail.com

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 03:16 PM
The books mock-up for the Technodrome page has similar looking background to http://www.tmnttoys.com/90vehicles/technodrome/index.html
must be a common background in photography.

tmntman
08-01-2017, 04:32 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

Andrew NDB
08-01-2017, 04:40 PM
wtf? This book needs $58,000? For what?

oldmanwinters
08-01-2017, 04:42 PM
This book needs $58,000? For what?

Uh... shipping? Yeah, of course! For which... folks are charged an extra $15 for anyway? :tlol:

marcelangelo
08-01-2017, 04:54 PM
hahahaha, now that you mention it:)...hmm, never payed much attention to the financial goal:)
I guess telephone book sized hardcovers with lots of full color fotos in it cost a lot these days:)
...anyway, I backed this project and hope it gets made:)
love the idea of seeing all the toy art again:)aaaaaaaaah my childhood:)

Powder
08-01-2017, 05:18 PM
New drinking game, take a shot every time Marcelangelo uses a smiley face in a single post, then die of alchohol poisoning.

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 05:24 PM
It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

An all encompassing TMNT merchandise book would also be cool. I'm not sure I would pay for toy specific book when I have a great website like yours for free. But I understand the need to have both types of books as well as physical and virtual resources.

predaking000
08-01-2017, 11:41 PM
Was really happy to see the news on this. Hope it gets fully funded.

TurtleWA
08-02-2017, 11:22 AM
It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

Just found out today that you are writing the foreword to this book if successfully funded. Considering you have some involvement it makes sense why some of the photos resemble the ones from your website. Hope it works out! :)

marcelangelo
08-02-2017, 11:33 AM
New drinking game, take a shot every time Marcelangelo uses a smiley face in a single post, then die of alchohol poisoning.

cheers man:)

***First of Two Latin Kings***
08-02-2017, 02:58 PM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

How? I thought you didn't have any money :tlol:

Powder
08-02-2017, 03:07 PM
You are not looking like the bigger man by ghosting his posts with that sort of antagonistic comment.

OA
08-02-2017, 03:17 PM
Looks pretty sweet. A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors, but seeing some of the picture captions on the KS page...Techno Drone Scout Drone

Anyways, wish them the best!

TheCanadiandrome
08-02-2017, 04:21 PM
You are not looking like the bigger man by ghosting his posts with that sort of antagonistic comment.

rofl of course not, but he's not going to care Powder, that's just how he is. meanwhile I just go about my own business and ignore his childishness

Nortock Diab
08-09-2017, 12:51 AM
Campaign seems to be going well reaching half the funding at its pace.

I wonder if never released figures will be addressed through prototypes, I think about the second half of the Warriors of the Forgotten Sewers line.

By the way, I received the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectables Paperback (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603) and even if this official book is pleasant it clearly does offer enough for the true fan : photos are not particularly well shot, it is rather incomplete...
We can clearly see that the choice was too release a low budget book targeting as many people as possible (from fans to casual readers)
While my wishes would have been a definitive encyclopedia that can be a reference for the years to come.

In other words, this Kickstarter project is a blessing :tgrin:.

marcelangelo
08-09-2017, 11:39 AM
Campaign seems to be going well reaching half the funding at its pace.

I wonder if never released figures will be addressed through prototypes, I think about the second half of the Warriors of the Forgotten Sewers line.

By the way, I received the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectables Paperback (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603) and even if this official book is pleasant it clearly does offer enough for the true fan : photos are not particularly well shot, it is rather incomplete...
We can clearly see that the choice was too release a low budget book targeting as many people as possible (from fans to casual readers)
While my wishes would have been a definitive encyclopedia that can be a reference for the years to come.

In other words, this Kickstarter project is a blessing :tgrin:.



I have backed this project and as a backer you get updates from time to time.the guy doing this sent an e mail a few days ago that said that playmates has contacted him upon seeing this kickstarter campaign and they were pretty excited about it and assured him they would support his book.

so, I guess it does look good for that tmnt toys encyclopedia...

I am looking forward to seeing all that wonderful packaging art work again.

funatic
08-09-2017, 12:31 PM
+ the guy already succesfully completed other Kickstarter campaigns. That speaks for him.

It looks like his other campaigns were for a similar giant hardcover showcasing every Air Jordan ever produced. The fact that they actually got printed is a great sign... though there are a lot of complaints in the comments sections on those campaigns which makes me a bit leery. I guess that's to be expected in a huge production like that though: people will share 99% problems, 1% praise.

A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors, but seeing some of the picture captions on the KS page...

Yeah the subtle syntax and grammar problems in the description, even in the video, raise some red flags. If he assured some extensive proofreading I'd be much more inclined to pledge.

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:

The page count would be staggering. I think that book's binding would be taller than the coffee table trembling beneath it. :tlol:

mikey0
08-09-2017, 05:40 PM
Looks pretty sweet. A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors

I already spotted one on his Kickstarter page. Krang's Android Body was released in early '92.

TurtleWA
08-09-2017, 05:58 PM
The page count would be staggering. I think that book's binding would be taller than the coffee table trembling beneath it. :tlol:

I'm not a Star Wars guy but this book looks amazing and similar to what I am talking about. It's 568 pages. I really think the table of contents is cool. I like how each title ends with the word "it." I don't understand Spanish but still watched the video. Perhaps if this TMNT book is successful the makers could produce a second volume of all merchandise.

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https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-1-000-Collectibles/dp/0810972913

:tsmile:

easyemoney
08-14-2017, 05:34 PM
So the campaign is being cancelled and restarted with a few changes and lower goal.

Unsure if I want to re-pledge as I'm feeling a little buyer's remorse. Will probably keep an eye on the campaign though.

oldmanwinters
08-14-2017, 05:37 PM
So the campaign is being cancelled and restarted with a few changes and lower goal.

Unsure if I want to re-pledge as I'm feeling a little buyer's remorse. Will probably keep an eye on the campaign though.

Wow, it was really getting money in a hurry too. Already up to over $34k. But $58k always seemed unbelievably excessive for a book campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia/posts/1963150

DonnieLaForge
08-14-2017, 11:44 PM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

RaphaelinSTL
08-15-2017, 09:44 AM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

Hopefully he'll still keep that ... just pledged and sent him an e-mail with my name and photo for the donor page. :tlol:

DonnieLaForge
08-15-2017, 11:15 AM
Here's the new link...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia-hardcover-and-soft

It's only going to run for 11 days! Wow... Well, come on people, climb back aboard!

Hopefully he'll still keep that ... just pledged and sent him an e-mail with my name and photo for the donor page. :tlol:

It does say that is still part of the rewards.

tmntman
08-15-2017, 01:13 PM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

It's quite possible that the first campaign would have gone forward. But I the person putting this together has been working on this project for three years (though not exclusively) So seeing it not go through would have been VERY disappointing for him. When you add that to all the feedback that he received with helpful suggestions about what the fan base actually wanted (getting rid of the price guide, large format so photos could fit on a single page & the soft cover option) all of which allowed him to reduce the printing cost, it's not hard to see why he would make the changes to ensure that the project will go forward.

Casey
08-16-2017, 08:49 PM
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/13/16140820/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-action-figure-toys-guide-encyclopedia-kickstarter

The Deadman
08-17-2017, 10:27 AM
According to the Kickstarter page, he only needs 2K to reach his goal.

TheCanadiandrome
08-18-2017, 02:31 PM
Wow, hopefully he does

EddieNES
08-18-2017, 05:07 PM
If I bought the 2 books for $65, think I could put both my kids for pics? Or still just 1 picture still?

TheMasterTurtle
08-19-2017, 09:26 AM
If I bought the 2 books for $65, think I could put both my kids for pics? Or still just 1 picture still?

I'd think 1. He's accepting questions via email so why not just email and ask to be certain?

oldmanwinters
08-28-2017, 09:49 PM
I didn't back a book, but seems like the project was a great success the second time around. Hope it ends up being a great volume.

inaheap
08-29-2017, 12:09 PM
I hope he ends up doing another run for those of us too stupid to back the first one.

RaphaelinSTL
08-29-2017, 02:57 PM
So pumped on this. This is gonna be something I'm never gonna wanna put down.

tmntman
08-29-2017, 03:42 PM
I hope he ends up doing another run for those of us too stupid to back the first one.

It looks like Kevin Eastman is going to be buying some in bulk to sell on his site. So that may be an option eventually. Of course, they would be signed copies so they would be more expensive.

Powder
08-29-2017, 03:44 PM
I don't think this will be anywhere near as comprehensive as it could/should be.

oldmanwinters
08-29-2017, 08:44 PM
I don't think this will be anywhere near as comprehensive as it could/should be.

Yeah, I was hoping this might have an official involvement with the Playmates Toys archival department. Now THAT would be a book I'd buy!

tmntman
08-29-2017, 11:09 PM
Yeah, I was hoping this might have an official involvement with the Playmates Toys archival department. Now THAT would be a book I'd buy!

From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

Ninjinister
08-30-2017, 12:36 AM
From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

I can add my experience in trying to get in touch with such a department as having been useless.

oldmanwinters
08-30-2017, 04:00 PM
From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

I can add my experience in trying to get in touch with such a department as having been useless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkP_oMe-rWw#t=00m27s

inaheap
08-31-2017, 12:56 PM
I thought he said some where that Playmates was supporting him. I could be wrong.

tmntman
08-31-2017, 05:55 PM
I thought he said some where that Playmates was supporting him. I could be wrong.

After he launched the Kickstarter I contacted a rep at Playmates to make them aware of the project. They did send back a response in support of the project. But to my knowledge, they were not involved with the project previously.

TheCanadiandrome
09-06-2017, 04:12 PM
Missed my chance on this, but Grats to all who got involved

tmntman
09-20-2017, 04:33 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

You might want to order this: Ninja Turtles Collectibles (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603)

It's not comprehensive or even close to it. But it does dedicate most of the book to non-toy merchandise.