Action figure:Sewer Sport All-Stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: T.D. Tossin' Leo


The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, explained that they thought up their four "Heroes in a Half Shell" after watching bad television shows like "T. J. Hooker," "The A Team," and "Love Connection." The twenty-somethings, living in Dover, NH in the mid-1980s, thought they could create something as ridiculous as what they had seen on commercial TV. Their idea involved four small turtles from a pet shop that had been thrown into the toxic wastes of the New York City sewer system and emerged as human-sized turtles who walked upright, spoke English, studied martial arts under the tutelage of a human-sized rat, chased bad guys, and ate pizza with marshmallows and pepperoni. As if Laird and Eastman?s creatures were not already suitably ridiculous, they named each turtle after a Renaissance artist: Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello. The two artists self-published their first black-and-white comic book that quickly sold out across the country, fueling a demand for more. The two artists hooked up with the Playmates toy company to produce the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures in 1988. Turtlemania--fed for 30 years by more comics, cartoon series, movies, video games, toys, and other consumer goods--has hardly subsided. As the turtles themselves might say, "Cowabunga!"

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  • Title: Action figure:Sewer Sport All-Stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: T.D. Tossin' Leo
  • Creator: Playmates
  • Date Created: 1991
  • Location: China
  • Subject Keywords: turtle, karate, football
  • Type: Action Figures and Character Toys
  • Rights: Mirage Studios, USA
  • Medium: plastic, printed cardboard
  • Object ID: 117.2492
  • Credit Line: Gift of Kellan, Andrea, & Garth Parker