NECA's Randy Falk Talks Defenders of the Earth, Turtles And More Including The Possibility Of Turtle Vehicles And Playsets

by Jay Cochran
May 07, 2020
NECA's Randy Falk sat down with Pixel Dan to talk about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jaws, Defenders of the Earth and more.

Some of the key takeaways from the interview include the following:

There will be 4 NECA SDCC exclusives offered this year and they are looking to work with some of their retail partners so they will be made available both online and at brick and mortar stores, since the con itself has been canceled.

Randy confirmed that a Rocksteady in Bunny Suit figure will be offered in one of the LootCrate bundles, to go with the Bebop in a Bunny Suit, as seen in the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode “The Turtles and the Hare”. The Bebop figure is only available when you buy all the 3 Turtle crates as a bundle. The Rocksteady figure should be the one offered in the cartoon based crate, to go along with the Mirage Shredder and recently announced Arcade Electrocuted Turtle figures.

For the TMNT movie line coming to Walmart, things start off in June with the Casey Jones and Raph in Disguise 2-pack. Casey's mask is not removable, however they did sculpt an unmasked head. Unfortunately they were not able to get the actors likeness rights in order to release it.

After the Casey 2-pack, they will be re-releasing the 4 movie turtle figures in 2-pack form. The only real difference with these Walmart versions and the previous Gamestop ones is, the new Walmart ones will feature additional headbands.

There is a Movie FOOT Clan Army Builder Pack coming and they are hoping to be able to include the weapons rack previously released in last years SDCC exclusive set.

Beyond that Randy said they have two more 2-packs for the first movie coming to Walmart as well as some type of movie accessory pack. Then of course they also have the TMNT II The Secret Of The Ooze Super Shredder deluxe figure and Tokka & Rahza 2-pack. The Tokka and Rahza 2-pack will cost more than their other 2-packs and likely cost around $60, as opposed to $50.

For the Target exclusive TMNT animated series line, Randy said wave 3 will be shipping soon and wave 4 will soon follow after that. By the end of the year Randy expects that they will have released around 40 different animated series figures.

Randy said they are looking to release the TMNT animated series diorama that was on display at Toy Fair. Originally they were looking to first make it available during SDCC this year. Now it will likely be offered as a specialty store item with hopes of getting it out by end of year. Sometime after series 5 gets released.

While NO where near being confirmed at this time of being able to happen, Randy said they had been doing some design work on possibly doing a Animated Series Sewer Lair diorama. The idea would be that it would attach to the building diorama so you would have the building above ground and the lair under the street. They have also been looking at ways of possibly doing a Party Wagon van vehicle.

Randy goes on to say that they have a big expensive Turtle item coming to Target which is set to be released in mid-november, just in time for the holidays. This item is going to cost around $100. If that item sells well, it should help open the door to being able to do other things like the Sewer Lair and Party Wagon.

Randy also indicated they really want to do a Usagi Yojimbo figure for the Turtles line, but that some additional negotiations still need to happen first. The Usagi character is controlled by it's creator Stan Sakai, so they need his blessing as well as Nickelodeons to make that figure happen, which Randy doesn't foresee being a problem.

Randy also teased the possibility of doing characters like Napoleon Bonafrog and his entire clan.

More quarter scale figures are coming as well. For the movie look for Splinter and Casey Jones to be released some time in 2021. Randy said they also plan on doing animated versions of the 4 turtles, with the idea that each will come with interchangeable facial expressions.

Outside of Turtles Randy talked about things like how they have been working on a huge 30" Jaws shark figure which will feature a diorama base and articulated jaw and fins. Because of the size and cost, they may end up looking to crowdsourcing to get it released.

Randy said they have a couple more Godzilla figures coming, but then after that the line will likely go on hiatus due to there being a new master toy license holder for the property. I don't think we should expect any Kong vs Godzilla products from NECA.

The newly announced 7" scale Defenders of the Earth line likely won't be released until 2021. Randy hopes that either Target or Walmart will carry these figures. The plan is to release Flash Gordon, Ming the Merciless and The Phantom first, followed by Mandrake the Magician and Lothar. Other figures have been sculpted for the line which they also plan on releasing. If the line does well then they may look to expand it and do figures based on the Flash Gordon comics and animated series.

Randy finished up by saying they people should look for more NECA product in general being available in more Walmart stores by September.
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TheMikeSnyder - 2020-05-20 @ 6:20 am

I also love the neca sculpts from Batman And Superman they are using here. I kinda wish they were doing DC figures instead of McFarlane.

InspectorZartan - 2020-05-20 @ 4:46 am
15 hours ago, JayC said:

I didnt really watch the show either but like the characters. I am also interested in seeing more from Boss Fight Studio for the 4 stuff.

Im looking forward to the boss fight ones too. The only thing is I know the first one was being planned for a release at a higher price point since it came with a retro style lunch box. I dont really have room for these lunch pales on those particular shelves so I really hope they are able to get these price costout at a more affordable price with just the figures

InspectorZartan - 2020-05-20 @ 4:39 am

I picked up the DVD boxset awhile ago but havent had a chance to go back and revisit it yet (I have between 10,000 and 15,000 BluRays and DVDs in my collection so I have a ton Ive yet to watch). I think once these figures hit shelves and join my vintage figures in my collection that will inspire me to go back and give it a rewatch for sure.

But I remember really enjoying the show and I can still hear the theme song in my head. In my particular market for a good chunk of the series syndicated run it was slated as the first cartoon in that morning syndication blockso I was waking up extra early just to watch it each day (cant recall if that block was starting at 6AM or 5:30AM but either way that was earlier than I needed to get up so I was doing it just to watch the show.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-05-19 @ 11:06 pm
6 hours ago, JayC said:

Yeah they had the figures on display at toy fair.

Maybe you can get an interview with them in the future... ???

JayC - 2020-05-19 @ 4:54 pm

Yeah they had the figures on display at toy fair.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-05-19 @ 2:05 pm
51 minutes ago, JayC said:

I didnt really watch the show either but like the characters. I am also interested in seeing more from Boss Fight Studio for the 4 stuff.

In an interview with one of the boss fight studios founders, he stated that they been trying to get the Defenders of the Earth license but they didn't were able to get it so they focus on doing Flash Gordon all versions (Not DOE), the Phantom also trying to make different versions from the comics...

Here is the interview.

JayC - 2020-05-19 @ 1:17 pm

I didnt really watch the show either but like the characters. I am also interested in seeing more from Boss Fight Studio for the 4 stuff.

Roadpigmaster - 2020-05-19 @ 1:59 am
4 hours ago, TheMikeSnyder said:

I didn't really grow up with Defenders of the Earth, but I'm definitely going for that Phantom figure.

You can watch the episodes on Tubi so you get familiar...

I have all the episodes on DVD...

TheMikeSnyder - 2020-05-18 @ 9:27 pm

I didn't really grow up with Defenders of the Earth, but I'm definitely going for that Phantom figure.

GojiBill - 2020-05-18 @ 1:01 pm

Giant Alien Queen happensand 30 JAWS gets options, but no love for a KotM King Ghidorah release, bollocks.

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