In 1987, Playmates Toys produced a collection of action figures based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The figures – just like the comics and TV show they were based on – were incredibly popular and led to the release of further toys.
With each successive wave of figures and playsets, the toys became wackier and more detailed. In fact, many of the Turtles toys were incredibly detailed, with fun little touches here and there to make them some of THE BEST toys on the market.
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Turtles brand, the original toy line lasted for a decade, before being replaced by subsequent lines based on new Turtles movies and shows. Playmates remained with the brand (and still manufactures Turtles toys to this day), but it is fair to say that only a few of the later lines matched the quality or innovation of the early years.
As a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as someone who has a stack of figures in his possession, I thought it might be fun to take a look at a few. Below is a collection of snapshots, highlighting the fun and detail that was put into the line.
Turtles up close
You are about to see a bunch of images of the magnificent Mutant Turtles and their foes – so don’t scroll too quick.
These images give a flavour of the hard work that went into making the Turtles line so well received (and fun to play with).
Just a brief note here to say Slap Shot Leo (the ice hockey-themed figure above) is one of my favourites. Moving on…
From top to bottom (including the header image), the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys featured in this post include:
- Storage Shell Michelangelo & Movie Foot Soldier
- Napoleon Bonafrog
- Genghis the Frog
- Crazy Cowboy Don
- Mondo Gecko
- Rat King
- Movie Splinter
- Slapshot Leo
- Ray Fillet
- Casey Jones
- Storage Shell Leonardo
- General Traag
- Super Shredder
- Raph as The Mummy
- Punker Don
- Baxter Stockman
- Sewer Lair playset
- Doctor El
- Scale Tail
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