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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DaEXfactoR - 2023-03-23 @ 3:24 am

This is Ridiculous. And I know everyone wants to give NECA a pass on this. But this experience just turned me off to this whole line. And I haven't received a single crate from this thing. And this after months and months of being told it was delayed but I would definitely receive all the crates I paid for. What a joke.

ucsf - 2022-12-20 @ 11:36 pm

Great looking figure, I'm glad that finally, after all the strange things, hassle etc, this figure is at people's hands.

Nosferatuman62172 - 2022-12-17 @ 4:58 pm

I love the look and the sculpt on this guy, but I'd love one without the video game style paint apps

WebbedSpider - 2022-12-16 @ 9:56 pm
20 minutes ago, DaEXfactoR said:

Nope. No chance. These jokers at Loot Crate are still telling me it's going to ship. But will not acknowledge that they have yet to ship a single crate to me.

Wow! I had terrible experiences with their customer service but nothing like that. Are you under international shipping? Maybe they're going to send all the crates to you at once.

DaEXfactoR - 2022-12-16 @ 9:34 pm
13 minutes ago, WebbedSpider said:

Dude, that's awful. I'm guessing your bank won't refund your purchase.

Nope. No chance. These jokers at Loot Crate are still telling me it's going to ship. But will not acknowledge that they have yet to ship a single crate to me.

WebbedSpider - 2022-12-16 @ 9:20 pm
2 hours ago, DaEXfactoR said:

Looks good...but I will keep screaming this until someone hears me....I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE A SINGLE CRATE!!!!. So disappointing. Almost makes me want to dip on NECA TMNT all together. The taste in my mouth from this whole thing is that bad.

Rant over

Dude, that's awful. I'm guessing your bank won't refund your purchase.

DaEXfactoR - 2022-12-16 @ 7:10 pm

Looks good...but I will keep screaming this until someone hears me....I HAVE YET TO RECEIVE A SINGLE CRATE!!!!. So disappointing. Almost makes me want to dip on NECA TMNT all together. The taste in my mouth from this whole thing is that bad.

Rant over

WebbedSpider - 2022-12-16 @ 6:22 pm

This is the best TMNT Loot Crate so far. Definitely felt like I got my money's worth on this one. That being siad, now that I have my final Loot Crate in hand I cancelled my account. Their customer service, constant delays, wrong shirt sizes and lack of communication is horrible. If NECA does another deal with TMNT Loot Crates, those will be figures I won't own -- and I'm ok with that.

JayC - 2022-12-16 @ 4:23 pm

Shown below are in-hand images for the last LootCrate NECA TMNT set from early 2021 which features the video game based Armaggon figure that has finally started shipping out to folks. I got mine yesterday in the mail. Besides the figure you get a pretty cool shirt, socks, a pin, Krang squeeze ball and a set of drinking glasses with Tokka and Rahzar on it.

JayC - 2022-12-09 @ 3:44 pm

Just got a shipping notice Armaggon figure has shipped.

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