In a thrilling nod to nostalgia and the rich history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), ISH, in collaboration with Bottleneck Gallery and Varner Studios, is excited to announce the release of TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle. This unique collection celebrates the 40th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, paying homage to the very first prototype that set the stage for the beloved franchise’s toy line. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these statues are a must-have for collectors and fans alike, marking a pivotal moment in TMNT history.

The Legendary Pitch Turtle

TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle

The Pitch Turtle statue is a faithful recreation of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure prototype sculpted by Steve Varner and Eddy Mosqueda of Varner Studios in 1986. This prototype was instrumental in convincing TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to embark on the journey of bringing the Turtle brothers to life in toy form. By 3D scanning an original casting from the Varner Studios archives, the statue has been upscaled to approximately 9 inches, showcasing the intricate details and original tool markings from the sculpting process.

To celebrate the artistry behind toy making, TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle is available in two distinct colorways. The “Clay Edition” mirrors the original clay sculpture’s appearance, while the “Wax Edition” represents the wax sculpture stage that precedes the final molds. These editions offer fans a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes process of creating action figures, highlighting the craftsmanship involved.

Bronze Editions: A First in TMNT Collectibles

TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle

For the first time ever, the Pitch Turtle is also available in bronze, offering collectors a unique and premium option. The “Patina Bronze Edition” features a hand-cast bronze statue with a green patina, adding a touch of elegance and historical weight to the piece. Additionally, the “Natural Bronze Edition” presents the statue in its pure bronze form, showcasing the metal’s natural beauty. Both bronze editions come with a numbered plaque under the base, making each piece a valuable addition to any collection.

Limited Availability and Pricing

  • TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle – Clay Edition: Limited to 500 pieces, priced at $95.
  • TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle – Wax Edition: Limited to 500 pieces, priced at $95.
  • TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle – Patina Bronze Edition: Limited to 100 pieces, priced at $450.
  • TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle – Natural Bronze Edition: Limited to 50 pieces, priced at $750.

Each statue also includes a 5 x 5 inch hand-numbered print, adding an extra layer of collectibility. The resin and bronze statues are estimated to ship in late Q2, making them an anticipated addition to any TMNT or collectible enthusiast’s display.

Secure Your Piece of TMNT History

TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle

TMNT Firsts: The Pitch Turtle statues are available for purchase today at 12PM ET exclusively on the Bottleneck Gallery homepage. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles history and celebrate the legacy of one of the most iconic franchises in pop culture.