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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figure Collection

Updated on October 24, 2013

A must-have collection for any TMNT fan!

I have been watching teenage mutant ninja turtles since I first saw it in the 90s. It is one of my favorite cartoon which keeps me tuned in on the TV every night as a kid. The show was just so fascinating back then with all the turtle's different colors and personality while working and fighting together.

Even up to this day, they still haven't lost their spark and remains one of the most awesome cartoon of all time. With every good cartoon TV show comes popular action figures. And let me tell you, fans are just super crazy to get their hands on these bad boys. Collectors out there can't get enough of TMNT action figures because of their unique style. They even look pretty awesome when seen all together.

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TMNT Madness - The turtles are ninja kicking their way out of your TV screen!

The first episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired in 1987. I was born in the late 80s and I'm glad to have watched this series in the early 90s. You have no idea how this cartoon would glue my eyes on the television for half an hour every Friday night.

I used to have ninja turtle bags and shoes going to school on 1st grade. Yes, I was that much of a fan when I was a kid. I also used to play make-believe with my brothers shouting "Cowabunga!" holding toy nunchucks.

Through the years, several series and movies of TMNT were made. The poster above illustrates the latest TMNT TV animated series to date which airs on Nickelodeon. That is also where these action figures were adapted from.

TMNT Videos

If you don't know what these green creatures are, I think these will introduce them nicely.

Trailer from the animated film, TMNT, from 2007.

Intro from the 1987 series.

Intro from the 2003 series.

Intro from the 2012 series on Nickelodeon.

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Meet the Action Figures - "Heroes in a half shell"

Nickelodeon outdone themselves with these ultimate collection of TMNT action figures. Each turtle has over 12 points of articulation so you can do all those amazing poses and action scenes easier and nicer.

I loved the fact that each turtle also has their own unique weapon racks. They don't just have their usual weapons (Leo's katana and Raph's Sai for example) but they have additional ones like shurikens and kunai. This is where the ninja fun begins!

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Collect All Four Turtles!

Collect these cool shelled heroes as they are up for grabs at the palm of your hands. I think these these are really great action figures overall. They have these really detailed look into them. From the realistic scars in their shells to the expressions and color complexions that make them unique among each other.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo

Named after the famous Italian polymath, painter, engineer, inventor, writer, anatomist, and sculptor, Leonardo Da Vinci.

Leo is the fearless and courageous leader of the turtles. He is also the most disciplined among the four brothers taking his ninja training seriously. His signature weapons are two razor sharp ninjatos as well as quick ninja reflexes.

 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael

Named after the 16th century Italian painter Raphael.

Together with his twin sai, Raph is the meanest turtle of the four brothers. He has an extreme personality of being hot-tempered, aggressive and rebellious. Raph's anger sometimes get in the way of their strategies in battle as he is known to attack now, think later.

 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello

Named after the Italian Sculptor Donatello.

Don is depicted as the smartest of the four turtles often using his brains to solve most conflicts. Other than being the inventor and scientist of the group, he wields a bo staff making him a master of bojutsu.

 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo

Named after the Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Mikey is easy-going, relaxed, and free-spirited. Unlike his brothers, Mike has the nature of bringing the fun into everything he does. Along with his nunchakus and his adventurous and creative nature, he is one cool turtle.

 

The Supporting Characters

Where will our turtles be without these guys?

Master Splinter acts as a sensei as well as a loving and cunning father to the turtles. He is the one that raised the turtles to be the awesome team they are.

April O'Neil is the turtles' loving friend and link to the outside world. She is clever and independent with a few lessons from Master Splinter to booot which makes her a damsel not so easily caught off guard.

Vehicles

Along with the action figures, there are also sets of vehicles available for grabs which includes the Shellraiser, buggies for each turtle, and motorcycles.

The World of Storytelling

I remember being young and having to play with action figures with my brothers and my neighborhood friends. We used to bring our best toys over when we meet up and we just make up all these different kinds of stories while playing with them.

Fun is only limited by our imagination. I believe that the most powerful thing in a child's mind is his or her imagination. Playing roleplay with our toys have definitely sharpened our creativity at our young age.

We could live in a world of chaos and the only people that can stand between good and evil would be Wolverine, Barbie, and Mr. Potato Head!

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Meet the Villains - The worst turtle haters of all time

I believe that heroes are nothing without their dastardly villains. They are a big part of TMNT as well and I have to say that I love the villains as much as I love the heroes. The villains are rather awesome as well. Shredder, Kraang, and the rest of the gang are also available among these plastic creations.

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Collect All Villains!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder

The archenemy of the turtles. Shredder, also known as Oroku Saki, is a ninjutsu master and the leader of the Foot Clan.

Covered with his shredding armor and his ninja skills, he is one of the most badass villains to trifle with.

 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foot Soldier
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foot Soldier

The Foot Clan are a group of trained ninjas based on New York City in which the turtles are up against. The silent and deadly Foot soldiers vowed to only serve their master which is none other than the Shredder.

 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraang
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraang

The Kraang are an alien race of brain-shaped beings that pilots robotic bodies. Kraang is an iconic villain in the TMNT universe since it appears in the early cartoons as well as in the latest series.

 

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      PlumberJorge 4 years ago

      @ValerieJoy: Thanks. They are really lots of fun especially if one of your hobbies is collecting.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      A really nice lens. These action figures look like lots of fun to me. Oh to be young again!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      I somehow avoided action figures right from childhood.