During the 1980s and 1990s, Playmates Toys produced an ever-expanding array of action figures and playsets for its incredibly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line. As a big fan of the Turtles, I had many TMNT toys during the ‘80s & ‘90s, and I still have many of these TMNT toys now.
Some of my favourite TMNT toys are a set of figures called the Rock’n Rollin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a collection of four action figures themed around music. Each figure took inspiration from a famous band or rock icon of the past, to present a bodacious collection of characters.
Rock’n Rollin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The four Rock’n Rollin Turtles figures included:
- Rappin’ Mike
- Classic Rocker Leo
- Heavy Metal Raph
- Punker Don
Each figure was incredibly detailed, and boasted an assortment of colours and imaginative design ideas. The figures were individually designed, to ensure four very unique, very exciting toys, and they certainly stood out on toy shelves.
In terms of their appearance, Rappin’ Mike (pictured below) wore sweat pants, sunglasses, a white vest and a pair of knuckle dusters, with ‘Mike’ written on the right and ‘Raps’ on the left. A clock hung around Mikey’s neck, a nod to American rapper Flavor Flav, while a lime green cap and matching sneakers completed his outfit.
Heavy Metal Raph (pictured above) rocked yellow sneakers, zebra print pants, and a purple shirt. While Punker Don (my favourite figure in this set) was decked out in a leather jacket, ripped jeans, green sneakers and a bitchin’ neon orange mohawk.
Rounding out the set was Classic Rocker Leo, who certainly lived up to his name. His outfit included ripped jeans, a white tee, and a waistcoat.
The figures came with a range of musical accessories, from turntables and guitars, to microphones and a keyboard. Each figure was also packaged against dynamic card art, all keeping in with the theme of the collection, to make this a very enticing, very collectable set of toys.
Simply the best
Taking inspiration from various subgenres of music (wrap, rock, etc), Rock’n Rollin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were, and still are, some of the best Turtles figures of all time. The level of detail involved in bringing these toys to life was astounding, and of course, they also looked so much fun to play with!
Often, toy lines get overlooked for being cheaply produced cash grabs. In the terms of the Turtles toyline of the ’80s and ’90s this was not the case, and these Rock’n Rollin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures are a fine example of what can be created when the imagination is allowed to run wild!
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