*Stands up and addresses the room*
Hi, I’m Alex and I’m a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy collector.
It’s been a while since I last added to my collection – life stuff has got in the way – but I know at some point in the future, I will expand what I started. This confession isn’t a cry for help by the way it’s an expression of love for TMNT toys.
When I was a kid I was OBSESSED with the Teenage Mutant Ninja (Hero) Turtles and as such I had a heck of a lot of Turtles collectables. From stationary sets and posters to trading cards, computer games, stickers and of course, the toys.
As I grew older, and yet more life stuff got in the way, I parted ways with the TMNT toys of my childhood, flogging them on eBay to help pay the bills and such. I was still a huge Turtles fan, reading the comics and keeping an eye on the franchise, but various other things grabbed my attention and of course I was far too busy being an adult.
Flashforward a few years and I realised that being an adult was kind of sucky. Sure, it has its perks but all the stuff from my childhood – specifically the Turtles – is still a lot more fun than some of the stuff I have to deal with as a functioning adult/member of society.
This is probably one of the reasons why I’ve yet to fully grow up. My other half says that I had such a good childhood and I enjoyed it so much, that I can’t really let it go. Yep, I think that pretty much hits the nail on the head.
Anyway, a couple of years later, thanks in part to an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, I decided to pick up a couple of Turtles toys on eBay. Those ‘couple of toys’ turned into a couple more. Then a couple more. And so on.
Currently I now have a rather large box filled with TMNT toys which takes up far too much room in my flat. Most of the toys are loose, but I have a handful of mint-on-card figures, like this awesome Heavy Metal Raph figure from 1991.
At present, my collection is currently on hold until such time as space isn’t a pressing issue. I’m not exactly sure when that will be. I think it will require me to be an adult again. Jeez, haven’t I done that enough yet?
Anyway, today I thought I’d share a few pieces of my collection on the blog. Nothing major, but a few figures, specifically some of my favourites.
To kick things off I thought I’d highlight three of the many loose figures that I have.
The first of the loose figures is Slap Shot Leo, a Turtle figure produced by Playmates Toys in 1991.
One of my favourite things about classic TMNT toys like this one are the quirky and often ludicrous elements that make up the design. I also love the amount of detail that went into the Turtles toys of this particular era (the ’80s & ’90s) as this level of detail is sadly missing in today’s toys.
There’s something so simple yet so neat about Slap Shot Leo – from his whacky expression down to his shell shoulder pads and ice skates. While I’m not a sports fan, I do love the sports theme and this figure is easily one of my favourites.
Sticking with the sports theme for figure number two which is Halfcourt – a basketball playing giraffe!
Again, the appeal of this figure is the quirky nature of the toy. Halfcourt’s tongue hangs out of his mouth, he’s got a basket ball net draped around his neck and let’s not forget the most notable element – he’s a basketball playing giraffe!
I’m all for equal opportunities, but I’m not sure giraffes make the best basketball players. Of course, I could be wrong about this. Either way, this figure is simply insane – and I love him.
And finally, the third loose figure I want to highlight is Turtle Troll Mike.
Yes, this is a mash-up of the Turtles and the Trolls – two toy lines that were very popular during the early ’90s. I had both Turtles and Trolls toys, so naturally I had to add this one to my collection.
There are four Turtle Trolls in the set and when I do finally restart my collection I will be on the look-out for the other three. For now, obtaining Michelangelo seemed like the obvious choice – after all, Mickey is the most fun and Troll-like Turtle out of the four so he’s a natural fit.
Oh and as a side note, the image doesn’t do this figure justice. His bandanna and hair are a lot brighter than they appear in this picture, giving him a really vibrant look. He just screams happiness.
And finally, moving away from loose figures to one of the boxed toys I have and one I bought because of the packaging – Fishface!
As you can see from the writing on the box, this figure came from Japan. He’s no different from the standard Fishface figure that I could have bought in the UK, except for one difference – the box art just called to me. Yes, it called to me!
I don’t know why, but the design and the style of packaging, which is different to the regular Playmates design just made him stand out. As with the Turtle Troll, the image doesn’t do the box justice as the colours look a heck of a lot better in real life.
This Japanese Fishface is one of a number of Japanese Turtle figures which are available and which are simply repackaged versions of the standard toys from the 2012 line. Will I get more? Probably not, I feel that this one covers my needs for now.
I suppose the purpose of this post, apart from it giving me the opportunity to talk Turtles, is to see if there are any other TMNT toy collectors out there. A show of hands please.
If you are a TMNT collector, which TMNT toys do you collect? The ’87-era? The ’03 toys? Maybe you’re strictly a collector of the 2012 Turtles.
Whatever you collect, let me know by dropping a comment in the comments section. I am a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy collector – are you?