Bizarre Ninja Turtles Action Figures

It’s the early 90s and the Ninja Turtles have reached absolute critical mass! The movies were making a killing at the box office and the toys were flying off the shelves.

It was an absolute goldmine that left the people of Playmates willing to do anything to keep the gravy train flowing! However the Ninja Turtles toy line had an interesting problem. Other toy lines like Star Wars, Transformers, and GI Joe played off the idea that you needed an army of characters to truly let your imagination run wild. But with Ninja Turtles all you really needed where the four turtles and a handful of basic characters to make things fun.

Basic TMNT

Sure the cartoon had a ton of extra characters, vehicles, and playsets that made us salivate at the mouth, but as long as we had the four turtles and a couple other characters most of us were pretty satisfied.

So Playmates did the (supposedly) smart thing and reimagined the four turtles with some crazy interpretations that tried to entice us into buying the four main characters we loved so much over and over again.

Disguised TMNT
Well, at least Samurai Leonardo is pretty awesome!
TMNT army
A little weird, but it’s not THAT crazy.
rocknroll TMNT
OK. Now you’re just fucking with us… right?

To make it even weirder they produced a barrage of commercials with life sized Ninja Turtle costumes/puppets that were way cheaper and creepier than the movie versions we were used to.

Here are a few of them.

Yes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was (and still is) one of the most popular franchise of all time, and Playmates is in the business of making money off their properties, but they went so far off the original mark with these lines that they just come off pathetic gimmicks that were most likely bought by an unsuspecting grandmother who had no idea that the Bodacious Birthday Turtle she was buying for her little grandson, Timmy, was an absolute piece of crap.


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