Shredder is the original villain for the Ninja Turtles going all the way back to the very first issue of the Mirage Comics.
The first action figure of Shredder is the strangest toy in the wave and was a source of bafflement for many kids of the 80s and 90s. This version of the toy is the reissue from the very end of the first Playmates line.
On a previous Dungeon Review, we discussed Playmates’ 2021 reissue of Donatello from the 1987 TMNT line. Today, we’re gonna look at all four original turtles.
For me there are few sets of toys that bring me more joy to see on a shelf than these four original turtles with their varied greens, battle-ready stances, and toothy grimaces. Let’s go into what makes each of these ninja teens so special.
Let’s face it: 2021 sucked. It sucked a little less than 2020, but it still sucked. Fortunately, there was plenty of plastic nonsense to keep us distracted from the everything else, and I’d like to share some of my favorite plastic nonsense.
This list is (mostly) presented in an unordered fashion. I love all my plastic children and it’s too hard for me to do a strict ranking. But don’t worry. If this displeases you, there are probably other people ranking nerd culture fetish objects elsewhere on the Internet. Also, I limited myself to toys that were released in 2021, though a few may have trickled out at the tail end of 2020.
If you were an American kid cognizant during any of the late 1980s or early 1990s, you remember the Turtles hype. The heroes in a half-shell were literally everywhere, particularly in the toy box. And for many of us, the most highly prized figures in the original Playmates line were the four standard turtles.
In 2021, Playmates reissued all four of the original 1987 Turtle boys, but how well do these 80s relics hold up in the 21st century? And how do they stack against the original ninja teens? In today’s Dungeon Review, we’ll try to answer those questions using Don here as a test subject.