Hitting 21 years old is one major milestone for a human being. It is the freedom as some will say. The coming of age. You get to make your own decisions and be held responsible and accountable for them as well.
Not too long ago, Playmate released the 25th Anniversary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was excited when I saw the retro packaging. Memories of my childhood looking at all the turtles in their packaging at local retail came back to me. However when I saw the price tag on the 25th Anniversary TMNT, it brought me back to reality. LOL
Anyway I remember how I held my first TMNT toy on my hand and made my way to the checkout counter. I paid for it from my savings and my budget had allowed me to get only one out of the four. I chose Donatello that day.
Although for the cartoon and toys it was 25 years but for me and my Donatello, it was 21 years.
My Donatello was not without flaws. The moment I took him out of the packaging, his head just popped out of his neck socket. I was devastated. My hard-earned saving! I know cursing at the Toy maker for the QC doesn't help, so I tried my best to restore it.
As his head was made of rubber, I tried using hot water to soften the rubber to fit the head back to his neck but with no success. Finally, I decided to cut a gap and fit the head in instead. It was a quick fix and a permanent one.
His head still popped out every now and then but I accepted that and played with it extra care.
The plastic material became somewhat sticky through the years. I gave him a soap bath occasionally to wash the stickiness off him. Today only 2 bo remained with him.
The 1988 trademark still visible on the back of his shell.
After all this years, Donatello is still look awesome to me.
I love this pose but I recall it was Michaelangelo who said that in the 1989 first TMNT Movie.
Anyway I'm pretty sure many of you had your TMNT toys and still remember how they taken the world by storm. I bet many of you have all four of them right?
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