Nickelodeon today revealed a first look at the character art of original villain, Baron Draxum, voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, in the all-new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cena will portray the Turtles’ newest nemesis, alongside Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter. Cena unveiled the artwork at Nickelodeon’s Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, so getting the opportunity to voice a character, especially the villain Baron Draxum, is truly special,” said Cena.
An alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City, Baron Draxum is the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind. Using ooze, he plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes. Cena’s recurring character will debut in the premiere episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bowing later this year on Nickelodeon.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.
Viewers can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on Nick.com for more information and follow @TMNT for Turtle Power updates.
Check out this tour of Mattel’s WWE booth from NY Toy Fair 2018 and see the new Smackdown Elite Scale ring with exclusive Jinder Mahal figures, a new WWE Tough Talkers ring, roleplay items including costumes of Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, a talking championship belt and a microphone, and more dolls and plushies from the female WWE superstars.
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Check out the new WWE Micro Maulers from Wicked Cool Toys. This set of mini-figures of pro wrestling stars from the past and present is a fun bucket of nostalgia, but is it worth your hard earned cash? Check out the video to find out!
Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced today an animated sequel to “Surf’s Up,” the 2007 Academy Award-nominated action-comedy about surfing penguins. The companies are co-financing and producing the movie, which is expected to release in 2017, in time for the original film’s 10th anniversary. “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its extensive multi-platform reach.
Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on “Sym-Bionic Titan” and both “Hotel Transylvania” feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on “Hotel Transylvania 2”) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) is writing the screenplay.
More information after these character designs:
“We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.
“WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.
One of the lines that I collect with a rabid fever is Mattel’s WWE line. The company has had the license since 2009 and their figures continue to be solid. At NY Toy Fair 2016, there was not much new to show unfortunately, as most of the prototypes on display were of figures that were already out or about to come out. However, there were a few surprises that made me very happy.
Aside from the new elites and basic figures, we also got our first chance to see the Defining Moments exclusive Chris Jericho, as well as a new classic style Sting with an American jacket. The coolest item had to be the world debut of their WWE Zombies line, which includes John Cena, Triple H, Paige, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and The Undertaker in an undead style.
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WWE was in full strength at NY Toy Fair 2014, as we got to see the latest action figures from Mattel during their special press event.
Wrestling fans can look forward to new figures of all their favorites, both current roster and classic legends, including The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Randy Orton, Curtis Axel, Big E. Langston, The New Age Outlaws, Vickie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, Fandango, all three members of The Shield, and many more. Plus, for the first time in the line, you can get Rob Van Dam as a Classic style figure, plus the leader of the Wyatt family, Bray Wyatt!
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