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10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Figures Diehard Fans Need

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesseries is no stranger to merchandise and memorabilia. In fact, it's one series that truly defined modern pop culture memorabilia now and one of the cartoons that helped shape how commercials and toylines are made for all popular shows.

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Of course, that means that the line is full of different types of toys that have spanned across the years, both for children and adults that love the "Heroes in the Half Shell." There are a few of these figures made for adult collectors that are truly must-haves for any fan.

10 NECA's Metalhead Is To Die For

Metalhead is technically the fifth member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He made his first appearance in the 1987 classic cartoon series and was a robotic turtle that fans fell in love with.

The NECA figure of this robotic turtle is one that any fan really needs to hunt down and make their own. Its amazing detail and great accessories make it look like the character jumped right off the screen into the hands of any collector.

9 This Tokka And Rahzar Are Well Worth The Price

Tokka and Rahzar made their first appearances in the second Turtles film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in the place of Bebop and Rocksteady.

The NECA versions of these characters are easily two of the best figures created by the figure-creating company. Both are so movie-accurate that in the right pictures they look like their movie costume counterparts.

8 The Comic Version Of The Turtles Are One Of A Kind

Way back in the year 2008, NECA began its journey into the world of creating amazing figures for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this is where it all started.

The company released figures of the original comic book versions of each turtle. Ever since then these figures have become very hard to find at a good price. Thankfully many fans have found cheaper high-quality bootlegs.

7 The Comic Version of Shredder Is Another Gem

Of course, NECA couldn't leave the turtles to be the only comic-based figures they released. In fact, there was also a Comic-Con exclusive comic book version of the villain Shredder as well.

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In 2020 a Lootcrate exclusive Shredder was released. This version had the comic book design as well as the special coloring shown in the pages of the comic. It's sad that this one won't be in the hands of fans that missed this initial release.

6 Super Shredder Is One Of The Best In The Line

Thankfully, there exists another Shredder figure that's just as good as the previously mentioned ones that is readily available at most retailers at a much more reasonable price.

This figure is of Super Shredder, a mutated super-form of the Shredder seen in the film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze. It boasts great articulation as well as awesome detailing.

5 The Movie Turtles Are A Must Have

Another version of the turtles released was the film versions of the 4 turtle brothers. This release from NECA was also fairly recently released, marking another win for the company.

Due to how long they've been out they are a bit harder to find at good prices as well, but these four are much easier to find than the likes of the comic book versions at least.

4 Fans of Turtles In Time Will Love These Two

The beat-em-up game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time is looked at as one of the best games of the genre and one of the best arcade games in general.

NECA caught onto this and decided to make figure versions of the characters seen in the game. One two-pack released from the company is the pirate Bebop and Rocksteady, appearing as they did in a stage of the game as bosses.

3 Super 7's Mutagen Man Is Nostalgia Overload

Mutagen Man is one of those characters that appeared in the 1987 series. This delivery man transformed into a mutated nightmare became one of the most iconic toys in the classic Playmates series.

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The toy company, Super 7 tackled a new release of this classic figure and succeeded. While he lacks the mutagen feature he boasts the nostalgia that old fans want from him.

2 No One Could Resist Super 7's Metalhead

Super 7 didn't end there, as they are planning on releasing a new version of the classic Metalhead figure that lives on in the hearts of childhood TMNT fans.

This figure boasts the classic metallic paint job that so many are nostalgic for and comes with all the old figure's accessories with a few new inclusions to boot.

1 Fans Will Love These Retro Remakes

Of course, Super 7 wouldn't dare release only the villains of the turtles, as they've been churning out new versions of the original Playmates TMNT as well.

With all-new modeling jobs from the company behind the molds for the comic book NECA TMNT, it's easy to say that these heroes in the half shell are in good hands and are a must-have for anyone that missed the comic NECA turtles.

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TMNT Gets Exclusive Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates

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Playmates have unveiled another amazing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) van bundle. Quite similar to their San Diego Comic Con 2020 exclusive, Playmates is bringing back all your favorite turtles and then some in one nice bundle set, yet again. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Master Splinter, and Shredder are all individually packed together in a turtle van box. The biggest difference between the SDCC exclusive and this version is that the deco is based on the original IDW comic book design. Unlike their black and white counterparts, each figure will be colorized and equipped with their signature weapons. Master Splinter and Shredder will feature a nice set of weapons with an included weapons sheet, and Master Splinter will get that extra detail with a fabric outfit. This is a simple re-deco and replaced figure set, but TMNT fans can now acquire all their favorite figures in one amazing box set.

TMNT Gets Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates
Credit: Playmates

TMNT Gets Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates
Credit: Playmates

TMNT Gets Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates
Credit: Playmates

TMNT Gets Exclusive Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates
Credit: Playmates
TMNT Gets Exclusive Original Comic Book Deco Bundle from Playmates
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The TMNT Box Set is the perfect figure set for any fan of the series, old or new. All of these figures will be great to display as a set or individually in any growing collection. This will be a great companion piece for anyone who has the SDCC 2020 exclusive, and this one is set as a Walmart exclusive and can be found here. The TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Comic Book Action Figures Limited Edition Bundle Pack is priced at $39.95 and set to release in December. Make sure you lock down a pre-order before this set sells out like all the others released before it. It would be nice to get a bundle of just Foot Soldiers in the future to help collectors army build and give some of our turtles some worthy adversaries to go against in our displays and collections.

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TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Comic Book Action Figures 1984 Limited Edition Bundle Pack

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Comic Book Action Figures Limited Edition Bundle Pack was offered and sold out online at Walmart.com. This doesn’t always mean you are completely out of luck they will probably show up in stores then your pre order would be canceled after you didn’t buy it.

As I grew up with the comic book versions before the cartoon they always have a special place in my heart. If you ask why they all look like Raph well in the books they all had red masks that was only changed for the cartoon later and stayed ever since. Also Shredder was in red, too. Back then they really liked black white and red as a color pallet– it was cheap. This is a Walmart Exclusive much like the SDCC Diamond Exclusive we had with the original Playmates TMTN set.

TMNT Original Comic Book Figures Bundle Pack Walmart Exclusive

Includes 6 figures

Comic Book Series Packaging and colors

Available – now

Retail – $39.97

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Rise of the TMNT Toys! 🐢 Action Figures Through the Years - #TBT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) is still profitable after almost 40 years. The pizza-loving turtles have been the subjects of comic books, cartoons and several films. In addition, there is a large market for collectible action figures and other toys in the TMNT universe. While some toys were one-off flukes and others special limited editions, all of the figurines on this list are rare. They range dramatically in price, with some only costing tens of dollars and others thousands.

  • 25th Anniversary Figures
  • Year: 2008
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic book series
      Cost Today: $50 – $150

    25th Anniversary Figures
    photo source: Figurealm.com

    To celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary, TMNT released several limited edition action figures. These included all of the turtles, their mentor Splinter the rat, and several of their enemies, including Bebop the mutant punk rock pig. Each figure also came with a corresponding weapon. They had special features that made them more realistic, such as moving heads and hands. The toys are still relatively easy to find online, but an individual toy can cost hundreds of dollars.

    Did you know

    The turtles are named after Renaissance artists simply because the creators were art history buffs.


  • Soft Head Action Figures
  • Year: 1988
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic book series
      Cost Today: $40

    Soft Head Action Figures
    photo source: Dallasvintagetoys.com

    The first iteration of TMNT toys had heads made from a soft, pliable material that was much cheaper to produce. This was done to mitigate risks in case the toys didn’t sell well. Since they ended up turning a profit, all of the subsequent toys and action figures used more durable material. As a result, the soft head action figures are quite rare nowadays.

    Did you know

    Until 2001, the turtle Michelangelo’s name was misspelled as “Michaelangelo.” There was an opportunity to change it in 2001 and the creators jumped on the chance.


  • Genghis Frog Tan Belt Variant
  • Year: 1989
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1987 television series
      Cost Today: $50

    Genghis Frog Tan Belt Variant
    photo source: Collectors.com

    The Genghis Frog action figures were supposed to have black belts, but a few were sold with tan belts instead. The difference in worth between these two versions is significant: the black belted version only costs about $10 today while the tan belted version is around $50. The character is part of the Punk Frogs, a group of mutant frogs created and brainwashed by the turtles’ archnemesis Shredder. In the series, the frogs believe the turtles are evil, but switch sides when they discover the truth.

    Did you know

    The turtles’ mentor named them after famous artists because he admired them. Similarly, Shredder named the frogs after people he admired— notorious war heroes and dictators.


  • Toon Burne
  • Year: 1992
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1987 television series
      Cost Today: $150 – $200

    Toon Burne
    photo source: Fernando Pandha via Turtlepedia

    The Toon Burne figurine was part of the Toon Turtles release. Not surprisingly, there aren’t any other figurines for this character. This one didn’t sell well, probably because the character Burne Thompson is just a normal human journalist without any special powers. His action figure came with a television, cell phone, megaphone, press pass and sword sandwich— not exactly the exciting fare expected from TMNT fans.

    Did you know

    The 2014 live action TMNT movie replaced Burne Thompson with Bernadette Thompson, played by Whoopi Goldberg.


  • Hot Spot Action Figure
  • Year: 1992
    First Appearance in Franchise: None
      Cost Today: $300

    Hot Spot Action Figure
    photo source: Zakor1138 via Turtlepedia

    Hot Spot, a mutant firefighting dalmatian, is a non canonical character in the TMNT franchise. He was only released as a toy in 1992, making him a rare personality and action figure. Although not officially part of the TMNT universe, Hot Spot’s Turtlepedia page states that he’s an ally to the turtles. His figure came with a battle axe, fire hydrant and a gas mask.

    Did you know

    Creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird put together press kits themselves to help with their comic. These press kits ended up getting them a tv deal.


  • DreamEX Set
  • Year: 2017
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic book series
      Cost Today: $649.95

    DreamEX Set
    photo source: Onesixthoutfitters.com

    The TMNT DreamEX set was a China market exclusive, meaning that it wasn’t available anywhere else. The set featured all four turtles as well as side characters from the franchise on a ⅙ scale. The action figures, considered collectibles, are highly detailed with defined muscles, veins and skin textures. The figures also come with a series of props, including weaponry and pizza slices. Their hands can be switched out to create different poses. Notably, Raphael’s name is misspelled as “Rapheal” in this series.

    Did you know

    TMNT was gritty and dark as a comic book series. It was reworked to be more appropriate for children when it went to television.


  • Super Shredder – Black Armor
  • Year: 1991
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic book series
      Cost Today: $1,000 – $5,000

    Super Shredder - Black Armor
    photo source: The S via Turtlepedia

    While there are several editions of the Super Shredder action figure, the black armored and purple armored ones are the most rare. The black suited Super Shredder was only available through an unlikely partnership with canned food brand Chef Boyardee. Kids sent in a mail in request to receive the toys.

    Did you know

    Super Shredder has three versions. First, he is Shredder, a human. Then, Super Shredder, a mutant. He was later resurrected and appeared as a corpse.


  • Super Shredder – Purple Armor
  • Year: 1993
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic book series
      Cost Today: Unlisted

    Super Shredder - Purple Armor
    photo source: The S via Turtlepedia

    The purple armored Super Shredder toy was only available in the European market. This version of the toy used lower quality supplies, making the purple Super Shredders more susceptible to damage. Super Shredder’s character is one of the main antagonists in the TMNT universe. His main power is shredding things with his bladed armor.

    Did you know

    The TMNT comic series debuted in 1984. Cartoonists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird printed in black and white with the help of a family loan.


  • 30th Anniversary Collection
  • Year: 2017
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1984 comic books
      Cost Today: $600 – $1,000

    30th Anniversary Collection
    photo source: Nikiuk84 via Ebay

    Unlike the twenty-fifth anniversary, the thirtieth anniversary collection was not sold to the public. Instead, only attendees of the 2017 San Diego Comic Con could purchase one. The sets came in one of two special collectors’ cases with detailed retro style art of either the turtles or Shredder and his minions. The turtle set came with all four turtles, along with nunchucks, swords, and pizza. The other included Shredder and his minions along with their guns and swords.

    Did you know

    There were three TMNT films released consecutively from 1990 to 1993. A fourth movie was released in 2007 and then two more in 2014 and 2016.


  • Scratch the Cat
  • Year: 1993
    First Appearance in Franchise: 1987 Video Game
      Cost Today: $3,450

    Scratch the Cat
    photo source: Krang07 via Turtlepedia

    Collectors and fans regard the Scratch the Cat action as the rarest toy in the TMNT line. Like Hot Spot, Scratch the Cat doesn’t appear in the TMNT television series or film franchise. There aren’t a lot of details about the character, except that he is a mutant cat who robs banks and uses his claws to attack. The action figure had a limited release in 1993 and no other versions of Scratch exist.

    Did you know

    Nickelodeon bought the TMNT franchise for $60 million in 2009.

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures

    Action figures based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Action figures based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise have been produced by Playmates Toys since 1988. Staff artists at the Northampton, Massachusetts based Mirage Studios have provided conceptual designs for many of the figures, vehicles, and playsets and are credited on the packaging of the products they created.

    Getting started[edit]

    The first TMNT license came in the form of a role-playing game by Palladium, followed by miniatures from Dark Horse. Within a year, First Comics began to reprint the early issues in color volumes; four were produced, stopping at issue 11. These sold well, and Eastman and Laird were soon contacted by Mark Freedman, a licensing agent who believed he could make something of the Turtles. Freedman took the idea to a variety of toy companies, only to be turned down by those who felt the concept was not popular enough to support a toy line. Only one company expressed interest, a little-known California company by the name of Playmates Toys. Not entirely willing to risk marketing a small cult comic book, Playmates insisted that a cartoon series be produced first.[1] Development initiated with a creative team of companies and individuals: Jerry Sachs, famous ad man of Sachs-Finley Agency, brought together the animators at Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, headed by award-winning animator Fred Wolf. Wolf and his team combined concepts and ideas with Playmates marketing crew, headed by Karl Aaronian and then VP of Sales, Richard Sallis and President of Playmates, Bill Carlson. Aaronian brought on several designers and concepteer and writer John Schulte and worked out the simple backstory that would live on toy packaging for the entire run of the product and show. Sachs called the high-concept pitch "Green Against Brick". The sense of humor was honed with the collaboration of MWS's writers, Walk Kubiak, Aaronian, Schulte and Sachs. Playmates and their team essentially served as associate producers and contributing writers to the miniseries that was first launch to sell-in the toy action figures. Phrases like "Heroes in a Half Shell" and many of the comical catch phrases and battle slogans ("Turtle Power!") came from the writing and conceptualization of this creative team. As the series developed, veteran writer Jack Mendelsohn came on board as both a story editor and scriptwriter. David Wise, Michael Charles Hill and Michael Reaves wrote most of the scripts, taking input via Mendelsohn and collaborating writer Schulte and marketing maven Aaronian. In signing with Murakami-Wolf-Swenson Productions, Eastman and Laird saw the production of the first TMNT cartoon in December 1987. Playmates held up their end of the deal and produced the first series of TMNT action figures in the summer of 1988.[2] The premiere series included the four Turtles, Splinter, April, Shredder, Rocksteady, Bebop, and a Foot Soldier. Vehicles included the Cheapskate, Turtle Trooper, Turtle Blimp, and Foot Knucklehead. Each vehicle set was packaged with a jokebook and a small catalog. If one was to clip the "Pizza Point"s located on the reverse side of the packaging then a person could redeem them along with a small fee for other Turtles merchandise like VHS tapes, posters, bath towels, among others. Corresponding firmly with its animated series counterpart, the original TMNT action figure line would last ten years and develop a legacy within the toy realm.

    Overview[edit]

    The first three series of figures took obvious influence from the original Mirage comics. The Turtles lacked pupils and had bulging muscles with large veins. The blister card art was also very unrefined and reflected the comics; in fact, Shredder's pose was based directly on art from the debut issue. Each figure had at least 7 points of articulation (neck, shoulders, wrists, hips), many accessories including the characters signature weapon, and a bio card on the back of the blister package that kids could cut out and collect. Also included was a fully illustrated origin story on the card's backside which was phased out during the 4th series. The figures boasted highly detailed sculpting, especially for the time. Colorful characters like General Traag, Rat King, Mutagen man, Scumbug, Pizza Face, Muckman, and many others featured intricate details such as small animals crawling over them, large scars, torn clothing, and pieces of garbage stuck to their bodies.

    With the release of the second series in 1989, fans saw ten entirely new figures: five allies and five enemies, six new vehicles/accessories, the first playset, the Turtle Battle Fun role-play sets, 9" and 13" plush dolls, and official Retromutagen Ooze. This year also marked the first time Playmates would incorporate action features into their figures along with the first Turtle variants in the "Wacky Action" sub-line. Each figure possessed a wind-up function that, when applied, caused the figure's limbs to rapidly move in a rhythmic motion.

    Wacky Action was merely the tip of the iceberg, however, as the new decade of the 1990s dawned Talkin' Turtles, Head Droppin' Turtles, Mutations, Sewer Sports Turtles, and dozens of other fresh ideas began making their way to toy shelves. With such innovations, Ninja Turtle action figures were sure to gain a foothold in the toy market.

    Vehicles/accessories[edit]

    Considering all of the vehicles and inventions conceived by Donatello, Playmates couldn't have their figures without a slew of toy gadgetry to interact with. Aside from vehicles actually seen in the cartoon, Playmates went on to create a wide variety other accessories. These often expressed the humorous side of TMNT with gadgets commonly made out of sewer lids, trash cans, plungers, and toilet seats. However, vehicles would also include a diversity of play features from the ripcord action of the Psycho Cycle to the electronic launching of the Turtle Pizza Thrower to the smoky bubble spout of the Bubble Bomber. For its time, TMNT was remarkably innovative in terms of fun action figure accessories.

    In the midst of action figures filling the store shelves, role playing toys were also released. Depending on the depicted character, these typically included a ninja mask and plastic weapons. Other TMNT toys would be sold individually such as the Turtle Communicator, Raphael's Spy goggles, and Leo's Sewer Force Sword.

    One of the most famous components of the TMNT realm is the radioactive slime Retromutagen Ooze, which mutated the Ninja Turtles from common house pets to "mean, green, fightin' machines." Thus, even Ooze was produced for the interaction with TMNT figures in 1989. The green slime was sold in a small container which also included a glow-in-the-dark Ninja Turtle in mid-mutation. Aside from the classic "Turtle Green," a "Purple Foot" variation would also become available in 1993. Ooze was an essential component to playsets such as the Flushomatic, and action figures like Muckman, who could have it run from his hollow head and out his mouth. Depending on their features, occasional figures and accessories came with their own smaller canister of Ooze to fulfill the playtime experience.

    Themes and incarnations[edit]

    Throughout the 1990s, Ninja Turtle action figures would run an extensive gauntlet of different themes and incarnations. Whereas Batman may have become known for hundreds of gadget-wielding action figures, the Ninja Turtles would become synonymous with dozens of historical and pop culture related embodiments; which would be replicated by Kenner in their "Legends of Batman" line.[3][circular reference] Varying concepts and toy trends resulted in the many examples shown below.

    • Basic series figures taking on various looks; Leo, the Sewer Samurai, Don, the Undercover Turtle, Mike, the Sewer Surfer, and Raph, the Space Cadet. (1990) Also released with the basic line were the four turtles with Storage Shell. Each action figure had an opening back shell which could store the various accessories each figure was packaged with. Donatello would be released in 1990 and the remaining three the following year.
    • Mutant Military - Different forms of military - Lieutenant Leo, Pro Pilot Don, Midshipman Mike, and Raph, the Green Teen Beret. (1991)
    • Rock'n Rollin' - Vibrant musical gimmicks; Classic Rocker Leo, Punker Don, Rappin' Mike, and Heavy metal Raph. (1991)
    • Sewer Sports All-Stars - Sport-themed figures with action features; Among others, T.D. Tossin' Leo, Slam Dunkin' Don, Shell Slammin' Mike, and Grand Slammin' Raph. (1991)
    • Wacky Wild West - The Ninja Turtles taking on the Old West; Chief Leo, Crazy Cowboy Don, Bandito-Bashin' Mike, and Sewer Scout Raph.(1992)
    • Cave-Turtles - Stone Age "Collectible Turtle Combo" boxsets; Among others, Leo and his Dingy Dino, Don and his Trippy Tyrannosaurus, Mike and his Silly Stegosaurus, and Raph and his Tubular Pterodactyl. (1992-'93)
    • Turtle Trolls - A take on the early 1990s troll doll craze; Leo, Don, Mike, and Raph featuring tall, synthetic hair and childlike appearances. (1993)
    • Universal Studios Monsters - Classic monster-themed figures; Among others, Leo as the Wolfman, Don as Dracula, Mike as Frankenstein's monster, Raph as the Mummy, and Bride of Frankenstein April. (1993-'94)
    • Star Trek - A crossover due to Playmates' owning both Star Trek and TMNT licenses; Captain Leonardo, First Officer (Star Trek) Don, Chief Engineer Michelangelo, and Chief Medical Officer Raphael. (1994)
    • Adventurers - Figures dressed for adventuring; Deep Sea Diver Leonardo, Arctic Donatello, and Safari Michelangelo. (1995)
    • Jim Lee's TMNT - Majorly restyled Ninja Turtle figures based on the designs of famous comic book artist Jim Lee. (1995)
    • Mutant Masters - The Ninja Turtles sporting Anime inspired armor as "ancient mythic warriors"; Leonardo Wind Warrior, Donatello Water Warrior, Michelangelo Thunder Warrior, and Raphael Fire Warrior. (1997)

    Even with the silliest of concepts, Playmates managed to create some intriguing and fun figure designs for children. In contrast to other companies like Kenner, who constantly re-released figure sculpts with different paint jobs, Playmates rarely showed a cheap or careless effort in their TMNT figures. But with rising competition, limited figure concepts, and the end of the cartoon series, a pitfall was inevitable.

    Movie Stars and Toon Turtles[edit]

    By the second, less violent TMNT film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Playmates decided to create a figure collection based on the characters' live-action appearance. In contrast to the regular figures, these were made of a softer, more rubbery material to better reflect the look of the animatronic costumes used in the films. They also featured ball joints at the neck, shoulders, and hips, and each figure came with a small, canister of Ooze. In terms of character variety, however, the Movie Stars collections were in stark contrast to the wide variety seen in the basic figure lines.

    1992 also saw the production of Toon Turtles. These figures took on an almost stereotypical approach to being humorously cartoon-like. Each character bore a friendly, animated appearance with a glittery paint job and including some type of "cartoon" action feature (Raphael's head spun, Michelangelo's tongue unraveled in Tex Avery fashion, etc.). On the upside, this series produced a more "cartoon accurate" painted version of Shredder and introduced toys not previously made for many longtime characters from the cartoon series such as the Neutrinos and April O'Neil's co-workers, Irma Langinstein, Burne Thompson and Vernon Fenwick.

    A third movie hit theatres in 1993 but saw less success than its predecessors. This collection featured the Ninja Turtles once again in their Movie Star likeness and sporting samurai armor, as well as several other side characters. The Giant Movie III Samurai figures also came complete with removable masks and time scepters as seen in the film.

    Mini Mutants[edit]

    In 1994, Playmates, in an attempt capitalize on toy lines like Mighty Max and Polly Pocket, shrunk the Turtles down to an equally small size in a sub-line simply named "Mini Mutants".[4] These were "Turtle Transport Combos" which contained one figure and two vehicles. "Bodacious Battlesets" which were four playsets which could connect via bridges/platforms; these included one figure. "Turtle Top Playsets" were a characters head which would open into a double decker playset; these included three figures. Slimmer "Carry Along Playsets" took the shape of Raph's sai, Leo's katana, and the Turtle Communicator; these came with three figures. And finally, "Turtle in a Turtle" consisted of four playsets that were figures of the four turtles about 6 inches taller than the normal figure; their heads, stomachs, and shells opened into the playsets. Each had themed removable armor as well; two figures were included with each.

    WWE Tie In[edit]

    Playmates also released a series of four special edition WWE themed figures. The line featured only figures of the four turtles, presented in the wrestling attire of famous WWE Wrestlers. This line included: The Undertaker (Don), John Cena (Leo), Sting (wrestler) (Raph), and Macho Man Randy Savage (Mikey).[5]

    Unproduced toys[edit]

    The original Ninja Turtle line ran for almost ten years and, in that time, various planned items would ultimately not hit toy shelves. Some of these went as far as the prototype stage and being presented at New York Toy Fairs; others had only designs drawn.

    1989[edit]

    • The original Casey Jones figure had an interchangeable head without a detachable mask. The sculpt looked to be based on the Mirage Comics.

    1991[edit]

    • Turtle Tenderizer 4x4
    • Leo's Turtle Shell Backpack
    • 13" April - drawing gives the impression she would have been in the vein of a Barbie doll
    • Tokka Battle Fun Set

    1992[edit]

    • Michelangelo's Sidewalk Surfer
    • Raph's Pizza-Powered Parachute - this was produced with Donatello instead
    • Retromutagen Rifle
    • Turtle Popcan Racer

    1993[edit]

    • Giant Movie 3 versions of Don and Mike
    • “Transforming” Muta-Party Wagon. It would have transformed into a 19" Robot Turtle with a resemblance to Metalhead

    1994[edit]

    • The Star Trek Leonardo/ Kirk figure was originally shown in his green shirt and had a different sculpting.
    • The Start Trek Don and Mike figures originally had all unique sculptings.
    • A Giant Cyber Samurai
    • “Warriors of the Forgotten Sewer” “Knight Mike,” “Wizard Splinter,” and “Savage Leo with Sewer Warcat” two-pack
    • Sewer Subway Car vehicle
    • “Ninjamobiles” - Turtle Van and Foot module in an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth style
    • A “Kung Fu Tournament Fighters” Leonardo

    1995[edit]

    • Team Ninja Figure assortment (the four turtles in cybernetic armor)
    • Metal Mutant Rocksteady with Serpent Armor
    • Metal Mutant Bebop with Fish Armor
    • Metal Mutant War Horse
    • Warrior Rahzar with Fur
    • Jim Lee's TMNT Leonardo
    • 8 Mini Mutant Vehicle Combos
    • Repaints of "The Military Turtles" - Leo and Raph were from the 1991 series and Don and Mike were from the ’92 series.
    • Shredder's Ooze and Raphael's Pizza Chompin' Portable Games

    1998[edit]

    • Dr. Quease
    • Shadow Ninja Deluxe figures

    Unknown Year[edit]

    Advertising[edit]

    TMNT action figure commercials that started with the first series featured clips from the cartoon and narration describing the figures which were shown in incredible "toy size" environments. This also went for vehicles and playsets. The scenes from the show were overdubbed with dialogue usually from the actual voice actors that went along with story in the ad.

    During post movie success, many commercials relied on live-action, animatronic Ninja Turtles similar to those seen in the "Coming Out of their Shells" Tour. Prime examples of these include 1992 spots for the Bubble Bomber vehicle featuring Raphael in military fatigues and Bodacious Birthday figures where a surprise party was thrown in the Turtles' sewer lair.

    1996–1998: Dry spell[edit]

    By 1996, the cartoon series that lasted nearly a decade had come to an end. The following year, a new live-action series premiered entitled Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. The series was somewhat short-lived but managed to make for an extensive action figure line. Alongside the basic TMNT characters, this collection of taller scale figures included a female Ninja Turtle named Venus. The show's demise, however, would further confirm the dissolving popularity of the Ninja Turtles, and the franchise would remain in limbo for years to come. Left with a disappointing movie four years prior and virtually no place on television, the TMNT franchise would face a halt in action figure production for several years.

    2003–2012[edit]

    On February 8, 2003, Fox revived the TMNT franchise with a brand new cartoon series. With it inevitably came a series of action figures. These figures showed reminiscence of those released in 1988 yet with the refreshed design of the new, bold look of the cartoon series. Unlike the previous figures, most of the figures released in this collection actually appeared in the 2003 series. This collection successfully continued into 2006 with new character designs and even an occasional revisiting of past concepts like 1993's Cave-Turtles. In 2006, by request of Playmates, the cartoon series took a new lighter direction which brought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, a futuristic take on the heroic mutants. Playmates thought of this change as a means of selling more new Turtles action figures.

    March 2007 introduced fans to a new CGI feature film entitled simply TMNT. This introduced the Ninja Turtles on-screen to a new generation and corresponded with an extensive action figure line. New figures based on the film continued to be produced into the following year.

    In September 2007, it was announced that the collectible figure company NECA had acquired the license to produce Ninja Turtle figures based on their character likenesses from the original Mirage comic books. The first wave of figures consisted of the four Turtles and was released in comic and specialty stores in early 2008. The New York Comic Con also boasted an exclusive figure four-pack, and that same year, NECA released black & white versions of the Turtles just as they appeared in the pages of the comics.[6]

    In January 2009, to commemorate the Turtles' 25th anniversary, Playmates re-released the first series of figures c. 1988, plus Slash and the Party Wagon. Each figure comes packaged with vintage card art and a DVD containing one episode of the 1987 cartoon series.[7] A separate series of totally new designs was also planned but not released by Playmates. These figures are based on early Mirage comics and include Splinter, Shredder, and a Foot Soldier among the four Turtles in red apparel. These turtles were first unveiled in the Nintendo Power magazine.[8]

    2012 Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles[edit]

    In 2012, Playmates released a new series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures[9] with wide variety of characters of the popular Nickelodeon's new CG animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.[10]

    2014 TMNT action figure checklist

    The first wave of action figures contained characters from the new animated series. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Splinter, April O'Neil, Shredder, Foot Soldier and Kraang. Power Sound FX figures were released for Leo, Raph, Don, Mikey and Shredder. Each of the 4 turtles also received Deluxe Battle Shell figures, featuring shells that open for weapon storage. The turtles vehicle the Shellraiser was also released along with the Ninja Stealth Bike, Dragon Chopper, Rippin' Rider and the Sewer Spinnin' Skateboard & Stunt Ramp. The Secret Sewer Lair playset was also released

    Wave 2 featured Metalhead, Fishface and Dogpound. Vehicles included the Drop Copter and the Sewer Cruiser. The Anchovy Alley Playset was also released.

    Wave 3 featured Ooze Launchin' Leo, Ooze Tossin' Raph, Ooze Scoopin' Donnie and Ooze Chunkin' Mikey, featuring backpacks which would fling Mutagen Ooze, which was sold separately. Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey received deluxe Flinger figures in this wave. Each Flinger figure would fling their weapon when activated. The Turtle Communicator was also released. Vehicles included the MMX Cycle and the Hover Drone. A remote control Shellraiser was also released.

    Wave 4 featured Leatherhead, Baxter Stockman and Snakeweed.

    Wave 5 featured Stealth Tech Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey, and villains the Rat King and Cockroach Terminator.

    Wave 6 featured the release of "little" turtle 2 packs, Ninjas in Training Leonardo & Donatello, and Ninjas in Training Michelangelo & Raphael, and the release of villains M.O.U.S.E.R.S. (6 pack), Shredder w/ removable helmet, and Spider Bytes.

    Wave 7 features smaller version of Battle Shell Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey. Leo, Don, Ralph and Mikey also received deluxe Throw N' Battle figures in this wave.

    Wave 8 featured Casey Jones, Kirby Bat, Mutagen Man and Squirrelanoid. Patrol Buggies were released for Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey. Each was sold separately, but could be joined to create one vehicle.

    Wave 9 featured Dojo Splinter, Newtralizer, Rahzar and Slash.

    Wave 10 featured Leo The Knight, Don The Wizard, Raph The Barbarian, Mikey The Elf, Robotic Foot Soldier and Tiger Claw.

    In 2015, some figures in the TMNT 2012 animated series line were re-released as Mutations figures. Each figure has removable body parts that can be placed on other figures to make wacky mutations. The line includes Leo, Donnie, Raph, Mikey, Splinter, Shredder, Slash, Metalhead, and Tiger Claw.

    Also in 2015, Mystic Turtle figures were released, which included Leo, Don, Mikey, Raph and Fugitoid. Future figures include Karai Serpent, Turflytle Mikey, Muckman, Napoleon Bonafrog, Atilla the Frog, Dire Dream Beaver, Dark Dream Beaver, Baxter Fly, Kraang Prime, two of the three Shredder Mutants (2 pack) and the Mutant three pack (Dr. Cluckingsworth MD, Ice Cream Kitty and Spike).

    2014 Movie[edit]

    A basic figure assortment wave was released for the 2014 Jonathan Liebesman Ninja Turtles movie which included Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter, April O'Neil, Shredder and Foot Soldier. Deluxe Leo, Don, Raph and Mikey were also released. The Turtle Van also came out in the 2014 series

    References[edit]

    External links[edit]

    Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_action_figures
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