Twenty Bizarre TMNT Toys
In lieu of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie hitting theaters this weekend, I decided to go back in time (much like our fair shelled quartet in their third film, even) to relive the good old days of Playmates Turtle Toys!
Yeah, well, there is a bit of a stipulation here: I didn’t cover any of the regular most popular figures, so nothing you see in the photo above. Yes, Mikey, Don, Raph, and Leo were all over the place and relatively easy to come by, so we all owned those figures. Instead, I focused on the far more bizarre and obscure of the playthings released anywhere from 1988 till about 1991.
Oh, and lest I forget my manners, many of these images came from a very cool site dedicated to preserving our collective love for all things Turtle Toys, the now defunct ninjaturtles.com. So, let’s all relive our younger years when life was simpler and the TMNT boys were all over the place with 20 of the oddest collectibles. Take a trip into the Nostalgia Sewer with us…
TMNT Battle Outfits
TMNT Star Trek Engineer Michaelangelo
Halfcourt the Giraffe
So throughout the creation of the toys, it became pretty obvious early on that just making turtles, boring-ass Foot Clan, and like two other characters was going to get pretty dull. So, they mutated every conceivable animal on the planet. Oh, and this one plays basketball really well. Of course.
Jolly Turtle Tubboat
Long before Battle Toads was friend to the Ninja Turtles, Genghis Frog. And, according to his toy, here’s how it all went down: ‘Genghis Frog, once a humble, naive tadpole, was accidentally mutated, then intentionally tricked by the evil Shredder to join his cohorts in horror. Once exposed to the sinister, wicked ways of Shredder, Genghis soon realized that the Turtles were his true friends.‘ We’ve all learned something here.
Somehow, for inexplicable reasons, Hollywood Classic Movie Monsters decided to merge with the TMNT franchise. This mummy Raph is but one of six or so of the creatures including Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Creature. I have to admit, though bizarre, this is pretty sweet.
The Party Tube
This, right here, is all kinds of messed up: ‘You smell something fishy? That’s because you just picked up Ray Fillet, the coolest sea creature to ever leap from the deep. Spawned from a marine biologist and a manta ray, Ray Fillet emerged from a toxic sewer pipe only to discover himself super-strong and super-slimy.’
Not only a completely nondescript school bus (good Lord) that says, ‘Mutant Hight’ on the side, but also a stage for the band, ‘Turtle Town’. Because the Turtles have all that extra time to form a band, what with all those other malformed animals roaming around.
All of this is just silly: ‘When Krang, on his annual scouting trip for Turtle tearing talent, spotted this top crop choice! Krang was impressed with Antrax’s skill with the ante-up axe and the beat ’em back bat. Krang offered Antrax money, power – even cable TV (with all the channels, of course). Antrax accepted and became Krang’s own judge, jury and Turtle executioner.’
Slap Shot Leo
Someone better have been fired after this fiasco: ‘Hungry for duck brain, Krang ordered Shredder to beam an Earthbound duck to Dimension X (there’s a shortage of ducks in Dimension X). While transmuting the duck, famous test pilot, Ace Conrad, accidentally flew into the energy beam. The emerging plane was suddenly piloted by none other than Ace Duck, the aero-dynamic adventurer with a big bill.’
The fact that this nut-job is a Camel notwithstanding, here’s his weaponry and attack description: ‘Loaded down with his wonderful weapons, like the swami slicin’ sword and magic lamp pistol, this crazy carvin’ camel is a cut above the rest. He’s a sewer sultan and desert dude who’s quick at the hip with lightnin’ fast twists and turns.’