Updated: Apr 23, 2019
Over the past few years, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans in the UK and worldwide have been looking enviously at the US and particularly at the 7 inch scale Turtle product that has been released by NECA.
The 7 inch NECA figures are part of a licencing deal with the master toy licencee Playmates and this held back worldwide release of the figures and kept them as either US convention exclusives or sold only in stores in the US - Gamestop and Target.
It seems the situation has now changed, and it all started with this teaser image from NECA.
Soon after the UK independents started listing the 7 inch scale TMNT 2-packs for pre-order. These 2-packs include a Turtle and a Villian and have been exclusive to Target in the US. The UK retail price seems to be around £49.99 and the 2-packs are due for release some time in August 2019.
NECA have since released an official statement confirming that the agreement for distribution is worldwide and all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle product, even previous exclusives, are potential for worldwide release at some stage.
April 22, 2019 – U.S.-based National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) announced today the expansion of its licensing agreement with Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). For the first time ever, NECA’s distribution agreement will include international markets, allowing its bestselling TMNT action figures and collectibles to be sold in dozens of countries around the world from Asia to Europe to South America.
NECA first acquired the TMNT license in 2016 and has produced an expansive line of collector products based on the franchise’s movies and animated series, including action figures, prop replicas, accessories, collectibles and more. Until now, NECA items have only been available in the U.S., and this expansion into international markets will bring NECA’s TMNT product to fans around the world.
“Bringing our Turtle product to fans worldwide is something we have wanted for years. Thanks to our great partnership with Nickelodeon, we are so grateful to finally give loyal international Turtle fans – who have been supporting our TMNT line since its inception – an opportunity to collect this fantastic range,” said Randy Falk, NECA’s director of product development.
The question now is that will those gorgeous 1990 movie Turtles follow suit into the UK and Worldwide?