Flashback Product of the Week: 1989 Topps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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It has been over twenty years since we’ve seen a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film hit the big screen.  TMNT hasn’t gone anywhere.  They’ve been around in all types of animated media, but not live-action.  Their last live-action film, TMNT III, was released in 1993 and is still considered a major bomb.  TMNT III never lived up to its first two predecessors, and didn’t take advantage of the library of villains the Turtles have.  This weekend though TMNT is making a comeback to live-action.  It literally is judgment day for a film that’s been in development for awhile, and has had die-hard TMNT fans talking.  I personally would like to see it do well.  The TMNT and Batman were my introduction to the world of superheroes.  I’ve got a feeling though that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to take the top spot again.

The TMNT animated series that ran for ten seasons (1987-1996) is a core element of my childhood.  It started well before the first movie was released in 1990, and was much more kid friendly than the original TMNT comics.  It shocked me when I found out how violent the TMNT comics actually were.  The original comics showed the Turtles drinking beer and killing people.

In the 1980’s, Topps created card sets for everything.  Not just sports.  It should be no surprise that the TMNT animated series got their own set.  So many of these sets were produced, very little value can be found in them today.  The TMNT set consists of 99 cards/stickers.  There are 88 story cards and 11 stickers.  Unopened boxes can sell for $40.00.

Who would’ve thought Kevin Eastman’s and Peter Laird’s goof would have turned into one of the biggest superhero name brands.

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