Once again, the toy aisle at Target provides inspiration.

Nothing would make me happier than for the toys of my youth to be considered cool by my son. And when I was a kid, few things were as cool as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Turtle-mania broke right about the time I was outgrowing toys and kid’s cartoons, but my little brother was obsessed with the Turtles. As a result, I watched every Turtle cartoon episode dozens of times, played with the toys for hours on end, and ate at Burger King every week for months in order to nab all the collector’s VHS tapes for him. Yeah, I was a good brother.

The other day, my wife made the mistake of sending me to Target to pick up some items for the house. “Mistake” because inevitably I wind up coming home with a toy for Ethan, forgetting half the things on the list. Intending to pick up some Batman figures to go with his Batcave, I instead stumbled upon the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary action figures.

Put out by Playmates, these figures replicate the classic look of the 80s figures and the box art is completely old-school 80s. Hell, I even found the word “tubular” printed on the side. It was like a fucking time warp. Also included in every package are the classic weapons that came with the original toys and a DVD featuring an episode from the 80s cartoon.

I nabbed Leonardo for Ethan not just because he’s bad ass (though Michelangelo was always my favorite), but because it came with the very first episode of the cartoon. But not to worry, the very next day I ran back and picked up the rest of the collection. They’re just too damn cool.

If you feel like reliving some childhood memories, you may want to get to your local store soon as I have no idea how long these things will be in stock. They retail for about $9, but I’ve already seen them going on Amazon and eBay for upwards of $25. Damn dork collectors.


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6 Responses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Figures

  1. Hilden says:

    I had a Usagi Yjimbo figure from this set that was pretty bad ass. Maybe they’ll release that one as well.

  2. I still have my box full of the original Ninja Turtles action figures.
    Some have heads and others…not so much.
    I had the Turtle Blimp..but it Hindenburg’d.
    I still have the Turtle Van, but its missing pieces.

    Those are pretty sweet. It’s a total dick way of making people want to buy them, just because they are the same versions that we had as kids, but it works.

    Oh and Leonardo WAS the BEST turtle.

  3. damo says:

    John, this quote is great: “Nothing would make me happier than for the toys of my youth to be considered cool by my son.”

    You said it man! I’ve been getting my kid into all the awesome stuff from back in my youth – Legoes are the main one now. And Super Mario World on the SNES :-)

    I actually live in the town where one of the two guys who originally created the Ninja Turtles lives: Northampton, Massachusetts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Eastman
    I never had the action figures, but I always watched the cartoon as a kid, that was some good shit. John, are the cartoons as good now as they used to be (that’s kind of a joke and kind of not)? No cartoons these days can live up to the great stuff from Saturday mornings back then!

  4. John says:

    Actually, the new cartoon is pretty decent; at least the straight TMNT one is. They’ve got all sorts of spinoffs and whatnot, but the main cartoon is as good as the original, IMO, even though it doesn’t have much of the cheesy Cowabunga stuff.

  5. M.C. says:

    If your kid digs the Turtles, I’d be curious to know what he thinks of Avatar. Actually, I’m curious to know whether or not any of the other folks here have any thoughts on the subject of Avatar.

    When I was 10, I was about as big a fan of TMNT as I’ve ever been of anything. I watched the cartoon every Saturday, I read the comics, I had tons of TMNT toys, I got a Donatello cake for my 11th birthday… This childhood fanboyism went on for quite some time; but the second live-action film killed it absolutely dead. I begged my dad for weeks to take us to see it on opening night, and he even took us out for pizza before the movie. As for the rest of the evening… I don’t remember much about the movie– primarily, I remember apologizing profusely to him afterward, and receiving only a dead, hateful stare in response.

  6. John says:

    I’m not sure how into the Turtles he is as he’s only 18 months and pretty much digs the figures because they’re cool looking and likes the cartoon because it’s colorful. Beyond that, I’m not sure how much he comprehends.

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