‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Halloween Costume Reveals New Turtle Design

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 26th, 2014 at 10:41 am,

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When we selected Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for our “Most Anticipated Movies of 2014” list, it wasn’t because we were overwhelmingly excited for it so much as we were morbidly curious about what Michael Bay, his Platinum Dunes production company, and Battle Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman have done with the property. An icon for children of the ’90s everywhere, the new TMNT established the wrong precedent almost immediately with initial word that the film would feature everything from a wildly different alien origin story to a title that dropped the “Teenage Mutant” wording. 

Some of those initial worries have been smoothed out; the film WILL be called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the origin story will largely remain the same. However, when it comes down to the look and characterization of the TMNT principal players, there’s still been plenty of anxiety on the part of fans. Today that anxiety will likely reach new levels, as a Halloween costume reveals what could be the new look of the Turtle clan.

Have a look at this new version of a Michelangelo costume, courtesy of TMNT.com:


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When considering just how valid (or not) that image above is, it’s probably best to refer back to some recent unofficial descriptions of TMNT toyline inspired by the movie:

Michelangelo’s costume sounds like the most modern of the bunch: “a hoodie wrapped around his waist, pants and sneakers with the toes cut out, wrappings on his hands and forearms, a necklace (could be puka shell beads?) and his mask ends drape down to his chest.”

So, taking inventory of the photo above:

  • Hoodie around waist – check.
  • Pants and sneakers – check.
  • Forearm wrappings – check.
  • Shell bead necklace – check.

In fact, the only thing the toyline description mentions that we DON’T see in the Halloween costume pic are the long mask ends – though it’s easy to see why that detail might be left out of a child’s costume (tangled ends, etc…).

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Bottom line: When you have toyline descriptions alone, that’s just smoke; when you have toyline descriptions matching up to separate pieces of merchandise (like a Halloween costume) it’s pretty safe to assume that we have fire on our hands. As in: this is probably the design that Liebesman and company are going with.

Should that be the case, then we can probably say that – while there will undoubtedly be some vocal detractors – the design depicted in that costume skews close enough to the original Ninja Turtle cartoon  (and movie) design to keep older fans happy. However, if the designs of the Halloween costume do reflect they toyline and subsequently the film designs, it also means that the new version of Shredder (played by Lone Ranger star William Fichtner) will also probably adhere to what was leaked in the toy descriptions:

Pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything. He’ll be the stuff of ridicule for some time. Very overcomplicated outfit.

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No es bueno, if true. The last thing fans want to see is a villain who will be the butt of jokes rather than fearsome (see also: Bane) – and with some pretty concerning ideas seen in an alleged leaked script still hanging in mind, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a lot of hill to climb before it wins fans’ respect.

SEE ALSO: The Cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.

Source: TMNT.com

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  1. Must be custom sunglasses to fit around his head……..

    • Haha that was my first thought exactly. That said, as an “older fan” i dont hate this design.

  2. F U MICHAEL BAY ! youre about to take a huge sh1t on my 80’s childhood . next up — he’s gonna f*ck with ducktales. this movie should be called TEENAGE MUNTANT NINJA SHREKS… I pray this and transformers are his final movies

    • It was just a cartoon relax, it’s for kids, and so is this movie, does it really matter what he does.

  3. A Ninja Turtle with LIPS?!?! Jesus, Michael Bay.

  4. OK it looks like a total Photoshop job, like someone took the description from the “supposed toy line” and modded a costume ad, the mask looks like a hulk mask digitally altered, the nunchuks look totally painted in, and why would the costume have a draping piece from the crotch just to show the wrapped hoodie, it just looks like complete b******* to me, I mean hey I could be wrong, but it just looks waaaaay too photo shopped to me

    • Sorry guy, but no, the pic is 100% gen, back ground is alterd to white, but thats all.

  5. I don’t even think Michael Bay is this stupid.

    I’m ashamed of you, Screenrant. How could you possibly take this “story” seriously? I looks like a really bad PhotoShop job.

  6. I hate Michael Bay. Michael Bay ruined my childhood. Michal Bay is the devil. Blah blah blah. Same comments on ever TMNT story. Let’s just wait for a trailer already. All we’re really hearing is rumours/anecdotes/conjecture, but people still love to hate on this movie.

    Oh, and that sleeve permanently hanging between the kid’s legs will look really funny in a shadow as kids walk around on Halloween night.

  7. What the Hell is this!? this is a complete joke!, a Disaster! please don’t do this Micheal.

  8. I hope everyone knows this is a child’s costume…they NEVER look like the real thing. They always look like a crappy photoshop-printed costume on some puffy cotton. The kid’s costumes are never accurate. I mean really. Screw Micheal Bay yes, but don’t go raging just because a kid’s costume looks like a turtle turd. So I’m saying…ALL YOU SCREEN RANTERS GET A DAM BRAKE!!!!!IT’S A CHILD’S COSTUME FOR CRYING OUT LOUD….We haven’t even seen the other turtles yet…

  9. “When considering just how valid (or not) that image above is…”
    or maybe you could grow half a brain and see that it’s obviously photoshopped. The mask is real the entire body is just shoddy textures placed on a mask that a 5 year old could have done in ms paint. You think maybe they read the description before making the fake?
    But by all means post a pic anyways and plugg a couple of your previous posts in the “article”
    you list TMNT as a source but what about their “source”
    it’s “someone” doesnt say who or where it was originally posted just “someone has unveiled”
    seriously screen rant get it together.

  10. As was mentioned, kids’ Halloween costumes always look crappy. I like the reptilian texture on the character here. I think the characters should express their individuality with glasses, shorts etc. Even the Nick cartoon has that. Donnie has a chipped tooth. Raph’s shell is cracked on the front. More than just their eye masks. The other pre-production art that I saw showed the turtles looking more like real turtles with their heads a bit forward and their shells coming up further. Use your imagination and you can see the potential here for this to LOOK awesome!!! The script is another…story.

  11. That would actually be more modern than a sweater around his waist with some cut off jeans…smh.

  12. I Photoshop for a living and that, my friends, is a 10 minute cut and paste based off of the toy line description. Each piece listed in the description is cut separately. Nothing is from the same photograph. I’m till apprehensive about this movie, but not because of this troll image.

  13. Everyone just relax! Thankfully this is to be a child’s Halloween costume, not what will be on screen. Though honestly the only items of clothing I ever remember they guys wearing were trench coats and fadoras to “fit in”. But we shall see. Do I have faith in Bay?? No, not at all. And yes I grew up watching the original cartoon, lived through the multiple figure lines and movies. It’s always going to be something different. I’ll be happy if the final product knocks my socks off. But I’m not fully counting on it.

  14. NO Halloween costume EVER created is even 40% representative of the actual media it’s based on but I “get” it – ANY attempt to paint Michael Bay (which is funny in it’s own right b/c he’s not even directing it. He’s just exec producing it. Attempt to blame the crap that was “X-Men: Last Stand” or “X-Men: First Class” on Bryan Singer and all you’ll get is “he didn’t direct it” comments. LMAO at the lot of you.) in a bad light will be taken by this site (and others like it). It’s a real shame that the admin here frowns upon trolling but they themselves are not above those tactics when it suits their purposes. Hypocritical much?

  15. movie is gonna suck … like pyronant

    • how do u know? have u been on set & seen what’s goin’ on? if so, then please tell us how bad it’s gonna suck.

  16. …how would he wear glasses?

  17. Looks like a photoshop paint over. The Paints are the same design as the Kickass Character costume.

  18. Bane was the butt of jokes rather than being fearsome? Since when? Bane was an incredibly awesome, intimidating and intelligent villain who looked and sounded unique, and, like it or not, did what the Joker failed to do (though i do prefer the Joker)

  19. I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

  20. I love turtles but not the way you made them look like shrek and they don’t need the noise on them they should look like the old them ……