Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Toys Review

Years have passed, worlds have changed, kids grew up, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remained a classic. Personally, I haven’t caught their glory days, when they were all over the TV and everybody was nuts over them.

I was born in ’88 and even in the early ’90 when I was definitely following them on TV, I couldn’t really fully get their story. What I do remember, and vividly in fact, are the action figures that every kid that was a couple of years  older than me seemed to play with.

There was something about them that made me really want them. I never got one of my own, but a kid is always ingenious and finds a way 🙂

What are the main characters on the series?

There are four teenage mutant turtles that make up the team, and there is also their sensei, Splinter. The main cast is named after some of the most important Renaissance artists:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Toys

Leonardo, named after the famous Leonardo Da Vinci, is the leader of the whole ninja pack. He is the best fighter of them all and he wields two katana. He is Splinter’s first and most devoted student.

Raphael’s got a Brooklyn accent and you know that when you hear it you’re talking to a badboy. You wouldn’t want to mess with him. He will be super sarcastic and make you burst out laughing, but he’ll also kick your ass pretty bad.

Michelangelo is the kid of the gang. He’s not really interested in the whole fighting thing, but he does handle a pair on nunchaks. I remember my uncle was also mad about the TMNT series and he too built himself two different pairs of nunchaks. I somehow managed to break them, but hey, I did have fun 🙂

Donatello is the scientist of the group and he almost always prefers to solve a conflict peacefully, using his intelligence instead of his bo staff. Even so, he’s not somebody to mess with.

Splinter in the group’s sensei. He’s a mutant rat, expert in the art of ninjutsu. He always teaches the four useful techniques, adding a couple of words of wisdom.

A lil’ bit of history

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered in 1984 as a comic book. A few years later, in 1987, they released the first animated series, followed by more that lasted well into the 2000’. Some have kept true to the original story, others did not.

There were also four different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films released over the years, with the last one in 2007.

TMNT Toys

With the popularity of the comic book and the cartoon series, TMNT toys easily became the top collectibles for every kid in the day. With the release of the new TMNT movie in 2007, the turtle are back in vogue and new toys were released, initially only with the four turtles and soon after with the other characters, like Shredder, Casey Jones, and a Foot Soldier.

Well, unfortunately, because the series has pretty much passed its high point, many of the action figures that made kids go nuts in their day are no longer available… for that, all we can do is hope for a re-issue or, who knows, maybe see them in a museum..

What’s next?

There is a planned TMNT series in 2012, so most likely we’ll see a whole new wave of toys. Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, here are the TMNT that are currently available.

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