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History Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featuring Leonardo box set

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In 1984, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman created and published a 40 page black and white comic, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were born. The comic was dark, edgy and the look of the Ninja Turtles reflected that style. In the color versions of the comics, all the Turtles were the same color green and their signature bandanas were all colored red. If not for their different signature weapons, it was hard to tell the Turtles apart.


In 1987, the Ninja Turtles hit TV screens and took America by storm. The show ranked #1 in the ratings for an unprecedented 5 straight years. The TV show targeted a much younger kid audience and the look of the Turtles was much lighter and friendlier than the original comic books. In 1988, the Turtles action figures hit retail shelves and became instant "mean green selling machines!" Each of the Turtles had their own signature colored bandana, had the first letter of their name imprinted on their belt buckle and their distinct and different personalities were a huge hit with kids.


In 1992, Playmates Toys created a Movie Star collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures based on the characters' live-action appearance in the TMNT movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze. In contrast to the regular figures, these "Movie Star" figures were made of a softer, more rubbery material to better reflect the look of the animatronic costumes used in the film.


In 1997, the Ninja Turtles continued their adventures in a live-action television series, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. There were some variations to the show as Leonardo has one double-bladed katana sword. The Leo figures were also made much larger than the other Turtles, making him more powerful and authoritative. This was also the series that introduced Venus de Milo, the 5th "girl turtle".


In 2003, the Ninja Turtles returned to action in an animated television series. In this relaunch, the Ninja Turtles had a stronger family bond and the tone was darker, edgier and closer to the original comic book feel. The 2003 series also featured magical powers which were new to the Turtles. Leonardo and Raphael often picked fights with each other, Michelangelo was very obsessed with being cool and famous, and Donatello seemed to take his inventions more seriously.


During 2005, by request of Playmates Toys, the 2003 TV Series took a new lighter direction which brought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, a futuristic take on the heroic mutants. In the storyline, Cody Jones (the great grandson of April and Casey Jones), brings the Turtles and Splinter to the year 2105. Cody participates in Turtles adventures, and learns ninjutsu from Leonardo and the other Turtles.


In 2012, the Ninja Turtles were re-born and hit the TV air waves under the creative vision of Nickelodeon. The TV show is once again a big hit and is consistently the #1 rated TV show in its time slot for young boys. While the Turtles retained their signature colored bandanas and distinct personalities, Nickelodeon created its own unique look which pays homage to the look of the original comics but has a very modern anime style that both yesterday's and today's fans find very appealing.


Th Turtles returned to the big screen in 2014 as a live-action/CG film. The Turtles appeared much larger than in previous iterations, and they had a more human-turtle hybrid appearance. The film appealed to both kids and adults who remembered the original 1980's television show, films and toylines with fondness. A lot of the success was attributed to nostalgia, where there is a generational affection for the Turtles characters.


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