Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Since I received my first set of toys for Christmas from my grandparents, all the way back in 1988. I've been hooked on those heroes in the half-shell. I still own all my original toys from those days, as well as all of the original movies and the entire 80s-90s animated series. I even have a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 that was reprinted for Free Comic Book Day and it's signed by Peter Laird.
Like all things, we lost track of each other as I grew older and I never really paid attention to any of the new series or comics. But, when I heard there was a new board game coming to Kickstarter earlier this year, I had to jump on it. In the end, nostalgia won the day and I went in for The Works, which was everything in the campaign plus some extra goodies.
Throughout the campaign, the community surrounding it seemed to be extremely negative and angst ridden, which surprised me. Going into it I was a bit apprehensive, as the previous board game based on an IDW comic series, Ghostbusters, seemed to miss the mark (I was a backer for that campaign as well, until I decided to pull out). But, this game was being handled by IDW Games themselves rather than Crypozoic and the designer has some cred, so I remained hopeful.
Since the end of the campaign, the community that backed the project has seemed to get more and more negative. Of course, part of this is due to what seemed like poor communication on IDW's part, such as poor quality pictures of production sample models or sparse updates during production. But still, I remained hopeful. I figured, if the game is crap, at least I'll have a bunch of TMNT minis to paint up.
Well, after a long week of hitting F5 and refreshing my tracking number, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past - The Works Edition is finally here! Lets take a look at this massive box of lean green Foot kicking goodness!