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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures

 

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One of the most representative animated series of the 90s was based on the story of a team of four anthropomorphic turtles named after four Renaissance artists who in the series got out of their lair in the sewers of New York City to fight criminals, evil megalomaniacs, and other crazt villains who put lives of good citizens in danger. They initially appeared in comic books before being licensed for cartoons, toys,  video games, films, among other merchandise.

Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Raphael were first introduced in a black-and-white comic book by co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 80s. The mutated turtles lived in sewers, loved pizza, partied hard, talked like surfer dudes, and studied ninjitsu under the guidance of an also mutated rat-man named Splinter. In 1987 they were brought to TV with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles syndicated cartoon, adding immediately millions of fans from all around the world.

In 1988 due to the big success of the TV animated series, they showed up in action figure form. Each of the four turtles was distinguished by his weapon, color of mask, and originally by skin tone), as were Splinter; there were other characters too, like the news reporter/turtle buddy April O’Neil and the Turtles' arch-nemesis, evil ninja Shredder, among others.

In 1990, the Turtles hit the big screen in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (the first of three), and their popularity was boosted. Not only more figures were produced but the Turtles were given new features and accessories that ranged from the armored Party Wagon to a floating Sewer Party Tube. Figures from hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones or mutant henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady were added.

The Turtles were re-imagined as “Sewer Sports All-Stars,” as “Rock Turtles” and even as big-haired Trolls. Beyond that, the four teen mutants and their co-stars could be seen everywhere from breakfast cereals to snack foods, sleeping bags, video games among other things.

The Ninja Turtles had a big success and remained one of the most popular franchises of the first half of the 90s; until the appearance on stage of Power Ranger. The Mutant Turtles attempted to hold onto the top spot with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation series of toys and cartoons, but their days of glory had already passed. However they are still loved by kids of the 90s who do not forget them and still watch their series in retro programs or sites.

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