Sunday, July 21, 2019

[YouTube] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Toys (1988) & Other Products

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) were created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird as a black and white comic book. They named the turtles after Renaissance painters: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Drawing inspiration from Marvel's Daredevil, the original comic books were on the violent side but it was turned into a kid's property and went mainstream in 1988 as a cartoon (launched at the very end of 1987), comic book (Archie Comics), and toy line, plus a live action movie in 1990. Of course, 30 years later TMNT are still going strong with more live action movies, video games, toys and a Nickelodeon cartoon.

Playmates, which I wrote about when I posted video game ads here, made the action figures and accessories which have nice detail but many of the early figures are tough to balance with a lack of knee joints. I only own a handful of the figures and two small accessories so there aren't too many shown in the video or this post. Aside from the toys, I also show the fan club items, some food tie-ins, sticker albums, and VHS tapes with a clip from the concert tour video. Below are photos and scans for everything seen in the video as well as a few other items from the late '80s/early '90s. Michelangelo's nunchuks are broken but I used Photoshop to make them look complete.

Action Figures

Action Figure Packaging

Cheapskate Toy

Turtle Trooper Toy

Turtle Force Fan Club

Chaos Chronicles Vol. 1, April 1989

Chaos Chronicles Vol. 2, Fall/Winter 1989

Chaos Chronicles Vol. 3, September 1990



Pudding Pie, Ellio's Pizza, and Mask

1990 Christmas Catalog

Everything Else

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