Over the past few weeks, everyone have been following the promotional frenzy for Cartoon Network’s revamp of “ThunderCats“. We’ve all but forgotten that another eighties favorite is once again hitting the small screen, “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles“! The Nickelodeon Network has gotten their claws into the property and are preparing to air a revised version of the characters we all know and love. One of the first pieces of artwork from the show has appeared on Flickr [via /Film] and you can check it out below.

The Wall Street Journal did a piece on the new “Turtles” series and got some choice words from executive producer Ciro Nieli. Back in the day, the one thing that separated each turtle from the other were their colored masks and their weapons. Nieli says this time around they’ll have “more individual attributes.” We’re not sure what that means but here they are…

The new character design is OK. We’ve seen worse. We wonder what the producer means by individual attributes? Is he speaking in terms of physicality or personality because we always thought they each had their own. Raphael was the hot head, Leonardo was the leader, Donatello was smart, and Michelangelo was the youngest and a free spirit. What’s so hard to differentiate?

The new series is slated to air in 2012.

What do you think of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?