TMNT IDW Color Classics

Get ready to start cracking some packs, because The Topps Company and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) are together again!

As part of a newly inked partnership between Topps and Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products, TMNT returns to the company that first featured the famed, sewer-dwelling brothers on trading cards in 1989. The first release under the new deal is a TMNT limited-edition set featuring comic book artwork, including new art from famous illustrators from the franchise. Fans can expect Topps The Art of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trading cards to release later this summer.

Additionally, the new set will include sketch cards from a number of top-tier artists. There’s also a chance to find autographed cards from artists such as Michael Dooney, Jim Lawson, Steve Lavigne, and more.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who first appeared in comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The original Topps partnership included cards based on the original animated series and the early ’90s series of live-action films.

For the record, I still have some of my original TMNT trading cards from 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and its sequel The Secret of the Ooze.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.