Play set:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colorforms Adventure Set


The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The creators of Teenage Mutant Ninji 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 show 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 painter: 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. They hooked up with the Playmates toy company to produce the first Teenage Mutant Ninji 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: Play set:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colorforms Adventure Set
  • Creator: Colorforms
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Type: Play Sets
  • Medium: printed cardboard, vinyl
  • Object ID: 108.3252
  • Credit Line: Gift of Karen Daskawicz in memory of Elizabeth Harris Daskawicz