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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thirty Days of Turtles: Technodrome

Recently I decided that if I want to keep having new content on this blog, I'm going to have to branch out beyond Marvel and DC. They'll always bring in new content, and I'm sure I'll continue to find old ones I've missed, but it's time to move toward more unfamiliar territory. With that in mind, and because they have a new movie out, I thought I'd kick this new era off with Thirty Days of Turtles!

That's right: From June 3 to July 2, there'll be a post each day highlighting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canon immigrants. Now, because TMNT canon is a little confusing, it can be hard to tell what counts as a canon immigrant and what doesn't. So for the purposes of this blog, a TMNT canon immigrant is anything (a) from the movies, cartoons, video games, toy lines, or tie-in comic series that later appeared in (b) TMNT volumes 1, 2, or 4 [because they're by the original creators] or TMNT volume 5 [because the original creators are involved, it's the new official continuity, and its goal is to use as much of the diverse TMNT lore as possible].

With that in mind, let's look at today's entry: The Technodrome!

Since Krang is a canon immigrant, pretty much everything surrounding him will also be a canon immigrant, and the Technodrome is no exception. The Technodrome is a giant, round tank from Dimension X that was first mentioned in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series premiere, "Turtle Tracks" (December 1987), but didn't actually appear until the second episode, "Enter the Shredder" (December 1987).

Its first comics appearance was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (miniseries) #1 (August 1988), but since that spun out of the tv show, what really matter is its first in-continuity appearance, which didn't happen until the IDW run.

It was first mentioned September 2012 in two different issues: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #8: Fugitoid. "Fugitoid" may also be the first appearance of the Technodrome, as here in the background is a sphere that looks quite like the animated Technodrome.

However, we get a different look in TMNT Villains Micro-Series #2: Baxter (May 2013) that seems a lot less complete.

We finally see a completed and fully operational Technodrome in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41 (December 2014).

You can also see the Technodrome in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theatres now!

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