Minnesota’s Mall of America was bathed in Guinness and green this St. Patty’s Day…but not for the reason you might think.
A not-so slow and steady mob of 836 costumed-fans turned up at the mall’s Nickelodeon Universe theme park on Saturday to break the world record for largest gathering of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, besting the previous record of 786 set by students at New Jersey’s Rutgers University in 2008.
Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to certify the results. The event celebrated the launch of the new TMNT Shell Shock ride at the park, in advance of the Turtles return to television this fall in a new, CG-animation series on Nickelodeon.
TMNT fans can also look forward to a Michael Bay-produced live action feature film set to hit theaters on Christmas Day 2013 from Paramount Pictures. Bay appeared on-stage at the Nickelodeon Upfront last week to discuss and screen a 3D previsualization of the film, the centerpiece of which had the Turtles engaged in high-speed battle with unidentified baddies on a busy highway. Bay also tantalized fans by hinting that the Turtles of his film would be of alien origin, unlike the mutant origins of their small screen counterparts.