Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first introduced in 1984 in a comic book published by Mirage Studios. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the characters during a brainstorming session and originally only intended to publish a single-issue comic that parodied some of the other top properties in the genre. Two years later, a licensing agent sought out the two artists with a proposal for wider merchandising opportunities including action figures and a TV miniseries. In 1987, the characters found their audience, and the hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show began to air on CBS. The turtles themselves also became a pop culture craze, and their likenesses were featured on all sorts of merchandise. The original series ran for 10 years and spawned several full-length motion pictures.

Though it has occasionally lain dormant for short periods of time, the franchise has always bounced back with new TV shows and movies. In 2012, the rights to the characters were acquired by Nickelodeon, which began to air a new computer-animated series and produced a hit movie in 2014. The four main characters have remained constant through every incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often abbreviated TMNT) saga. Named after famous Renaissance artists, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello are anthropomorphic turtles who fight crime in New York City and love to eat pizza.

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Toys are among the most popular products you can find in relation to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Action figures are available in the shapes of all the main characters, in addition to various villains from the TV shows and movies. Kids can also play with toy vehicles, playsets, building block sets, and more. For tots interested in role-playing as their favorite characters, products include costumes, accessories, and play tents. Outdoor play options like sports balls, trampolines, and even pogo sticks are also available adorned with characters from the franchise.

Video games featuring the TMNT stars have been made for both console and handheld gaming systems through the years. You can also find other electronic gadgets like walkie-talkies, alarm clocks, watches, speakers, headphones, and more. Apparel is available for both kids and adults, including graphic tees, sweatshirts, tanks, pajamas, hats, shoes, socks, underwear, leggings, jewelry, and more. You can also find home décor items like bedding, bath accessories, and wall art. School accessories include backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles, stationery sets, notebooks, folders, and more.

Swap.com's Rating of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Many older franchises that were dismissed as "just for kids" when they first debuted have experienced a resurgence for all ages now that parents are taking the opportunity to introduce them to a new generation. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has an extremely wide appeal--both among longtime fans and newer aficionados. The brand has always been a little quirkier than other superhero franchises because of its inherent comedy and likeable characters. Kids today can enjoy discovering the TMNT crew through newer TV shows and movies, while adults can enjoy the brand's nostalgia. Since the franchise hasn't changed much over the last 30 years, even older products are still popular via consignment. We give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.5 stars out of 5.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Established 1984
  • Superhero TV shows, comic books, and merchandise
Sold at:
Major retailers and online
Types of items:
Action figures, playsets, toy vehicles, costumes, dress-up accessories, building block sets, sports toys, video games, DVDs, books, gadgets, home décor, bedding, bath items, graphic tees, pajamas, sweatshirts, underwear, leggings, shoes, socks, backpacks, lunchboxes
Related brands:
Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Spongebob Squarepants, Power Rangers
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