It’s weird being now that generation businesses pander to because we have, supposedly, disposable incomes. Growing up, I noticed that many places went hard on nostalgia for my parents. From Betty Boop to The Three Stooges to The Wizard of Oz, that merchandise was everywhere in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Now the focus has shifted to the Generation X and the Millenial crowd.
We’ve been seeing this in the toy market over the past two decades. Nearly every plaything from the ’80s and even the ’70s is back in fashion. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear to be the chief culprit for using the nostalgia magnet to suck money outta our pockets. So now Playmates are trying extra hard by re-releasing the original Turtles figures and the Turtle Blimp and Party Wagon!
Big Bad Toy Store now has the four original Playmates Turtles in stock with today’s inflated prices. Each brother will set you back $19.99. They’re packaged on blister cards which almost replicate the originals. There are some noticeable differences, but you’d almost mistake them for the 1988 wave at first glance. Hell, even Raph is in the same packaged pose!
Donny, Mikey, Leo, and Raph are 4″ tall, and each comes with a weapons runner. If you decide to take them out of the packaging, remember that Mikey’s ‘chucks are probably still notoriously fragile. On the back of their cards, only the four turtles are listed. So, it’s not clear if we’ll be getting reproductions of the Foot Soldiers, Rocksteady, Bebop, or The Shredder.
Now, if you’re a big spender, then the Blimp and Party Wagon should also go into your cart. I’m not sure if it’s just inflation or because these figures may be part of a limited run, but get ready to shell out a lot of greenbacks for these two vehicles. The Blimp will set you back $79.99, and the Wagon goes for $69.99. Phew. I mean, these are cheaper than the Super7 Ultimates alternative, but good lord.
I never had the Turtle Blimp when I was a kid. My friend did, and he would tie it to a zip line from his treehouse to the pool. The blimp was covered in clear tape because it was easy to tear. The Party Wagon, on the other hand, I got one Christmas along with the Technodrome and sewer lair. The entire area under the Christmas tree became a warzone between the Foot Clan and my various Ninja Turtles. Ah, the simple life.
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[Source: Big Bad Toy Store]
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