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TMNT Merchandise History
Among the first licensed products to feature the Ninja Turtles was a
pen and paper RPG titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other
Strangeness, published by Palladium Books in 1985 and featuring
original comics and illustrations by Eastman and Laird themselves.
The game features a large list of animals, including pandas and
sparrows, that are available as mutant player characters. There were
several more titles in this genre, including Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles Adventures, Truckin' Turtles, Turtles Go Hollywood, Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles Guide to the Universe and Transdimensional
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 1986, Dark Horse Miniatures in
Boise, Idaho produced an attendant set of lead figurines, unlike
later incarnations the bandannas on the store's display set were
painted all red before the multicolored versions were released to
help younger readers distinguish between the four characters other
than their weaponry. Palladium allowed the license to lapse in 2000,
in part due to declining sales stemming from the "kiddification" of
the animated and live-action incarnations to that point. However,
Palladium's publisher, Kevin Siembieda, has indicated a potential
willingness to revisit the license given the franchise's recent
moves closer to its roots.
During the run of the 1987 TV
series, Playmates Toys produced hundreds of TMNT action figures,
along with vehicles, play sets, and accessories, becoming one of the
top collectibles for children. Staff artists at Northampton,
Massachusetts-based Mirage Studios provided conceptual designs for
many of the figures, vehicles and playsets and creator credit can be
found in the legal text printed on the back of the toy packaging.
The line featured many different variants of the TMNT, such as
"Farmer Mike" and "Classic Rocker Leo." In addition, Playmates
produced a series of TMNT/Star Trek crossover figures, due to
Playmates holding the Star Trek action figure license at the time.
The series was highly popular in
the UK where, in the run-up to Christmas, the Army & Navy Store in
London's Lewisham devoted its entire basement to everything Turtle,
including games, videos, costumes etc.
Playmates continues to produce
TMNT action figures based on the 2003 animated series. The 2007 film
TMNT also gave Playmates a new source to make figures. And in
September of 2007 NECA announced that they would produce figures
based on character designs from the original Mirage comics. As of
April 2008 there have been toys released of the 4 turtles with their
weapons, a piece of an interhooking platform, a can of ooze, an
unmutated turtle toy, and two alternate hands. It features a
detailed color/design job as well as 20 points of articulation.