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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.