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Old 09-24-2023, 02:45 PM   #1
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2003 Playmates Reissues

On September 12, 2023 at the Toy Insider's Holiday of Play event, Playmates Toys displayed their assortment of TMNT figures, including upcoming reissues of the 2003 series figures, specifically Donatello and Leonardo. We don't have a release date yet, but based on the event it seems like we can expect them around later this year. This was already discussed in the "New reissue figures found" thread, but I felt that these deserve their own.

A few differences from the originals that I can see are that the packaging for the individual Turtles doesn't have their own individual head above the bubble (the packaging with all four heads are for the rest of the characters), but maybe that's not final. Also, the ninja stars are missing the yin and yang symbol stickers. If you remember the History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Leonardo set, the weapons were unpainted, so hopefully we get painted weapons in the final release like we see here.

Source: https://www.hidefninja.com/2023/09/1...showcase-2023/


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Old 09-24-2023, 03:15 PM   #2
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Excellent choice for a reissue! The turtles are “standard” looking enough for the casual parent or kid, while they are good for those of us who didn’t really get much of this line during its original era.
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Old 09-24-2023, 03:40 PM   #3
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I'm definitely buying these!
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Old 09-24-2023, 06:34 PM   #4
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It's hard to tell if the logo is obscuring it, but I'm kinda hoping Donatello still comes with two bo staffs like he did in the original release. But I can already see the buzzsaw shuriken don't have the Yin and Yang symbol on them anymore, which is disappointing.
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Old 09-25-2023, 03:36 PM   #5
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While I have most of the 2K3 figures in my collection, or at least, the ones I want to have, as a fan of this show, I´ll keep an eye on those reissues.
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Old 09-25-2023, 06:44 PM   #6
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Donatello will be mine! Great reissue.
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Old 09-25-2023, 07:21 PM   #7
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Man…at one point in time I had a monster sized 2k3 collection with an army of foot, Utroms (Utrom? How do we pluralize them?) and Triceratons. Sold it all to help pay some bills - probably responsible. Whatever.

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Old 09-25-2023, 08:08 PM   #8
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I still of all of mine on card, including Quarry
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Old 09-26-2023, 01:59 AM   #9
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Very much looking forward to a new Donatello- broke the arm of mine about 5 years ago and I’m too apprehensive to buy a used copy to replace it
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Old 09-26-2023, 06:07 AM   #10
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When playmates does the box sets with the outer artwork they use cards that aren't unique per figure, versus when they do actual case assortment releases now the card art closely matches the originals and is unique per character.

So maybe this is a clue that these are first destined to release in a box set made up to look like a 2k3 battle shell.
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Old 09-26-2023, 08:25 AM   #11
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not sure how deep i'll go with this if they do a lot of them, but assuming they do more than just the four turtles I'd probably buy Splinter, Casey, April, Shredder, Leatherhead... ya know, the essentials
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Old 09-27-2023, 07:19 AM   #12
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I have a modest 2K3 collection, "the essentials" that Zulithe referred to.
I'm down with these if they get the Turtle's skin colours right!
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Old 09-28-2023, 04:16 PM   #13
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I have a modest 2K3 collection, "the essentials" that Zulithe referred to.
I'm down with these if they get the Turtle's skin colours right!
The turtles will be interesting even if Raphael has a light lime skin color. I think these will look exactly like the originals from 20 years ago.
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Old 09-29-2023, 10:31 AM   #14
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The turtles will be interesting even if Raphael has a light lime skin color. I think these will look exactly like the originals from 20 years ago.
They probably will If those new toys toys are based on the Playmates toys but I hope they're cartoon accurate
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Old 10-01-2023, 09:17 AM   #15
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These are shown at toyfair and will be reissued in the classic collection



https://twitter.com/preterniadotcom/...206073/photo/1
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Old 10-01-2023, 12:52 PM   #16
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Dang, I may have to pick some of those up!
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Old 10-01-2023, 01:32 PM   #17
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These are shown at toyfair and will be reissued in the classic collection

https://twitter.com/preterniadotcom/...206073/photo/1
Nice! Thanks for the update! And it looks like the ninja stars will have the stickers after all.
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Old 10-01-2023, 01:45 PM   #18
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Nice! Thanks for the update! And it looks like the ninja stars will have the stickers after all.
Oh, hey, you're right! Hopefully this also means Donatello still gets two bo staffs and not just one, though he's still only pictured with one. I know he really only needs one, but I love it when he has two (which he always used to... not sure at what point Playmates stopped doing that).
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Old 10-02-2023, 10:57 AM   #19
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Kinda surprised they haven't done a single, original card art reissue of Slash yet what with the outsized fanboyism around him and the fact that he was in one of the box sets. Same with Mutagen Man, though, maybe the fact they're missing his accessories is holding them back from a single release there.

I feel like I've bought 1,000 Mondo Geckos in the last couple years. For me the appeal of these reissues when it comes to figures we've already bought 3x times is solely the card art, being as close to the originals as we're going to see and me not really having any in-package vintage figures outside of Ray (which makes me question if I will pick this Ray up; the cards are slightly different sizes and the logo green is a different shade so if I don't he'll be the odd man out).

Given I already have the 2K3 essentials out-of-package, and given their card art has never been appealing to me, and given Raph is the wrong color, there are few reasons for me to go in on 2K3 reissues.

But I have no bad feelings about them going that route; hopefully it will give my wallet (and ongoing game of display case tetris) a break for awhile...along with apparently yet another unwanted reissue of the Mirage style turtles they've already released every which way from Sunday.
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Old 11-24-2023, 11:07 AM   #20
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looks like these have started turning up!
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