Thursday, April 9, 2020

Childhood Toys:1992 TMNT Mutations

This is a new segment on here that will pop up on occasion when I am able to add a childhood toy I once had.

We kick off this segment with two figures from 1992 when I was at the ripe age of 9.

I was a huge TMNT geek. I didn't miss a single episode of turtles when they came on and I had the theme song down pact. When I used to play with my friends on recess, we knew exactly which turtle we each were.

Blue is my favorite color so I had no choice but to be Leo. Who is also the leader which I was fine with as well.

Despite my love of the turtles, I didn't actually own a lot of the figures because I came from a poor household, but I learned to play with and treasure what I did have. And I also had my friend Brian who had a ton of great stuff I would go over and play with his.

One of the more unique figures I owned was a 1992 TMNT Mutations of Leo. What is a Mutations? Well, it's a figure that you can mutate from a turtle to a ninja turtle or a ninja turtle back to a turtle.

Just give this YouTube video a watch and you will see what I mean.

Since I already had a regular Leo, I treated this figure like it was his evil clone that the Shredder created. They did some great battles however the final battle was a loss as they were sold off when I moved out.

And forgotten.

That's when an eBay likes you attack you on Facebook. I have no idea how or why, but a sponsored ad popped up for these turtles and was definitely focused on me. It made me jump back for a second and realize I had forgotten all about them.

The lot that popped up didn't have Leo and mind you I have never mentioned TMNT on Facebook, which makes it more creepy, but I had to click it and found out it was a two turtle lot ending. So what did I do, obvious, I put in the only bid and won.

The lot included two of the turtles and one accessory.

Mikey that had very minimal play wear.

And Donnie with even less

The one accessory. I believe each turtle came with a weapon and a small vile of "mutagen" which wasn't included with this.

With them in hand, there was really only one thing I should do...

that's right....mutate it.

It took me a few minutes to figure out how to mutate them and even longer to mutate it back but I managed to do so.

I will probably keep these in storage with the rest of my toy adds until I can find a perfect spot to display them all.

What will I add next and never know!

In the mean time, you can find my childhood toy wants HERE.


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  1. I had a bunch of TMNT toys as a kid. The mutating turtles don't sound familiar to me, but I had the regular figures and accessories. Also the mutagen ooze. That was fun :)

    1. too bad you still didn't have them, I would trade for them lol

  2. I had so many of those figurines, it feels like for several years any birthday or Christmas gift, TMNT stuff was all I ever asked for. Most are still at my parents' house having been played with by all their grandkids through the years. I know I had Bebop, Rocksteady, and Splinter that all mutated, and I think all 4 of the turtles. I guess that was toward the end of my collecting because looking online I see images of a 93 series of Mutations I don't remember that includes at least Rahzar, Shredder, and a Foot Soldier, so they must have been stretching

    1. Those are awesome! Yeah, I don't remember the 1993 ones but do remember now that you brought that up that they did another version.

  3. Very cool. I remember the rise in popularity of TMNT. I was in high school and college... so a little too old for their action figures... but a few years ago, I discovered they made action figures of Usagi Yojimbo. That's definitely on my wishlist.

  4. I had a lot of TMNT, but lifelu the ones around 88-89. I also had the blimp and the pizza shooter, which I'm guessing would be worth a ton now.

    1. Especially the blimp I believe. The figures dont' really have much value but the vehicles, etc seem to