Will We Ever See Our NECA TMNT Loot Crate Figures?!?

by Jay Cochran
April 13, 2022
If you ordered the NECA TMNT Loot Crate sets back in early 2021 and wondering whats going on with them, well you aren't alone.

So before we get to the present situation, lets first recap how we got here. Back in 2019 the original Loot Crate subscription box service company declared bankruptcy and was sold to Joel Weinshanker who is also a principle of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA). At that point the original Loot Crate Acquisition LLC became The Loot Company.

While technically NECA and The Loot Company are two separate companies, they both seemingly have a close connection with one another starting in 2019 with Weinshanker now having ownership in both. It was at that time we started seeing many NECA based products being offered with many of the Loot Crate boxes including several Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman figures.

Then in early 2021 Loot Crate offered the following TMNT sets with NECA action figures for pre-order.

Crate 1 movie-themed and comes with a NECA exclusive Danny Pennington figure.

Crate 2 arcade-themed and comes with a NECA exclusive Armaggon figure.

Crate 3 is themed after the comic books and includes a menacing Mutant Shredder exclusive figure.

Crate 4 will be themed after the cartoons with an exclusive Donatello the Dark Turtle figure.

If you Ordered all 4 then you also were to get a NECA Scrag bonus figure from the cartoon.

The cost of each crate was $49.99 and all four crates with bonus figure which included basic shipping was $219.96. Originally crate 1 was supposed to ship in August, Crate 2 in September, Crate 3 in October and Crate 4 in November.

Now understandably with COVID and all the shipping port delays that followed, things did not ship out as planned. At this time the only figure to ship out at all to people has been the first Crate with the Danny Pennington figure which went out people in November 2021.

Back in January Loot Crate put out a tweet saying Crates 2 and 3 had arrived in the US and would be shipping out early to mid February.



On a shipping schedule page they have up they then listed Crates 2 and 3 with March shipping dates. And since then there has been no word on these from either Loot Crate or NECA. Well it looks like someone through Club NECA may have responded where they seem to be trying to distance themselves from Loot Crate by saying they are a separate company and therefore don't have any information.



On April 1 I sent an email to the Lootcrate PR person who in the past sent out press releases about Loot Crate products seeing if I could get an update, but never heard back.

I haven't tried emailing NECA directly yet because I have never found them to be terribly responsive that way, but I did post a tweet the other day tagging both NECA and Loot Crate asking for an update on these TMNT crates. Knowing how often NECA monitors their Twitter feed I figured that was the best chance of getting any response from them, but at this time there has been no response.



However I did get a response from Grim Inc. who gave me a heads up about a lawsuit that apparently is going on between the original owner of Loot Crate and the current one. Word of this law suit was originally reported back in February by Law360.



Now it's not clear if this lawsuit has any baring on why Loot Crate isn't shipping out the TMNT crates and I don't know if other crates they offer have also been delayed or not. That however seems to be the going assumption with many who pre-order the Turtle crates. Now it makes sense that these companies wouldn't publicly comment on an active lawsuit like this for legal reasons, however IF the lawsuit is the reason for the current delays, that is something that could possibly drag out for months or even years. Its hard to imagine they are going to run silent about the status of products and when or if they will ship out to people until their legal matters are cleared up. I also don't know if anyone has requested their crates be canceled at this point and if they have, where those requests ignored? When or if we hear more on this we will be sure to update you here.
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WebbedSpider - 2022-07-22 @ 4:50 pm
On 7/21/2022 at 6:53 AM, baker said:

Yip, same. Ordered Medium got a Small instead.

I contacted them to get a replacement, and after 3 weeks they said they would send me one of their sale t-shirts as a replacement. I want my TMNT shirt, not some bargain bin shirt that they couldn't sell.

baker - 2022-07-21 @ 10:53 am
On 6/30/2022 at 2:12 PM, WebbedSpider said:

Did anyone else get the wrong shirt size? I ordered M and got Sm. Seeing a lot of people who got one size smaller than what they ordered. I messaged them almost 3 days ago and no response.

So for $50 I got a $25 figure, a shirt I can't wear, a fanny pack (WTF) and a pin (which is pretty good).

I swear, I am done with Loot Crate. Worst customer experience ever.

Yip, same. Ordered Medium got a Small instead.

UnknownQuantity - 2022-07-06 @ 4:49 am

Yay for crates 3 and 4 and oh, hey, are we getting crate 2 and the bonus figure in this @#$%ing lifetime maybe? Asking for a ME.

SpasticPlastic - 2022-07-05 @ 2:39 pm

Dark Donatello looks good. Though it says it "pooped up online". That's a pretty good sentiment for this whole Loot Crate experience.

SleeplessKnight - 2022-07-04 @ 11:32 pm

Got my crate today with the Mutant Shredder. I didn't get the Krang/Utrom fanny pack in mine. Kinda disappointed.

Satam - 2022-06-30 @ 11:30 pm
3 hours ago, WebbedSpider said:

I messaged them almost 3 days ago and no response.

And you'll probably never get one.

WebbedSpider - 2022-06-30 @ 8:12 pm

Did anyone else get the wrong shirt size? I ordered M and got Sm. Seeing a lot of people who got one size smaller than what they ordered. I messaged them almost 3 days ago and no response.

So for $50 I got a $25 figure, a shirt I can't wear, a fanny pack (WTF) and a pin (which is pretty good).

I swear, I am done with Loot Crate. Worst customer experience ever.

JayC - 2022-06-30 @ 7:28 pm

My Mutant Shredder Crate arrived today. Here some images of it.

JayC - 2022-06-22 @ 7:15 pm

Today I got an email from LootCrate telling me my order for last years TMNT LootCrates where on their way. Now it's not totally clear how many Crates are actually shipping out right now. In the email I got it said items in the shipment included:TMNT Limited Edition Crates, Series II - Complete Set of 4 + Bonus Figure 1

However when I click on the link to view my order on the LootCrate website, it only indicates that Crate #3 is shipping now which should be for the Mirage Comics Mutant Shredder. I actually was one of the lucky ones to get my Crate #1 last year which contained the TMNT movie Danny Pennington.Hopefully Crate #2 for the Arcade Themed Armaggon and Crate #4 for the Animated Series Donatello the Dark Turtle figure along with the Bonus Crate with the Animated Series Scrag will also be shipping soon.If you pre-ordered any of these last year from LootCrate then you should probably keep an eye on your email inbox for a shipping update.

Admiral_Brockbar - 2022-06-01 @ 12:58 pm

92 different crates 'on the way' with additional 'premium' items and t-shirts, etc. from September of last year.

I know some of the stuff is trickling out, but its looking more and more like a possible collapse of the company.

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