Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shirts

Perhaps the most perplexing of 1980s super heroes, the sewer-dwelling, pizza-hoarding, skateboarding quartet of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has stood the test of time and remained one of the most popular children's franchises of any decade. The adventures of...View More
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Heroes in a half shell--Turtle power! (You most likely have the theme song stuck in your head now. No need to thank us, really.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of the most awesome, radical, bodacious 80s Cartoons ever, and there are so many reasons why. Seriously. When you combine ninja skills, skateboarding, and pizza you can't lose. It's always a winning combination. But there were also so many other aspects that appealed to us, which is probably why the TMNT franchise is still going strong today.

The turtles, with their fun-loving nature and unique personalities, made them easy to identify with. You've got Leonardo as the head honcho of the crew, Donatello who invents cool stuff, Raphael the quick-witted prankster, and Michelangelo the "party dude". We could relate to them because we all knew others who shared the same characteristics as the turtles—think Class President, Smart Kid, Class Clown, and Free Spirit. We all went to school with each of those guys.

Their sensei was an overgrown mutant rat (some people claim to have seen actual overgrown mutant rats in the subway but those aren’t nearly the same as Splinter). Master Splinter taught them the ways of ninjutsu which aides them in fighting off the evil forces of Shredder and the Foot Clan. He’s like a really cool father figure type who just happens to also be able to kick some serious butt. Splinter lives in the sewers with the Ninja Turtles. (Which compels us to make this point: Their living arrangements totally...well, stink. Seriously, you gotta hand it to anyone who lives in a sewer...even if they are giant mutated reptiles.)

Of course, there were also the amazing action figures and coordinating accessories that allowed us to reenact our favorite scenes from the cartoon. Want to foil Bebop and Rocksteady? Want to save April O’Neil from the evil Shredder? You could do all that –and more—with all the awesome toys like the Technodrome, Turtle Party Wagon, and Sewer Playset, just to name a few. All these things and more are what make us all have such fond memories of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And now with a whole new generation getting into the TMNT vibe with the latest cartoon and toy line, it’s a safe bet that the world's most fearsome fighting team will reign supreme for years to come.

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