TMNT toys part 1

The Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtle toys I used to have
September 23, 2011
Growing up during the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles era I had collected quite a few TMNT toys. Most of them are gone due me growing up, and having most of them giving away by my mom at yard sales, flea markets, etc. But these toys were awesome to say the least. Since I do not have these toys anymore I was able to get great pictures of them from online. To find your favorite tmnt toys try googling tmnt toy archive. Lets' take a look.

The original 1988 set

This is the original collection and It would be nice to have this set now. The only figures I didn't have in the '88 collection is April O' Neil and Foot Soldier. Pretty basic collection and there is not much else to say.

1989 series


I liked him a lot. Although he only appeared in one episode I'm aware of I know Metalhead was a cool robot. Basically Metalhead is everything a Ninja Turtle is except he is a robot. I remember my older brother destroying this toy with a weed whacker that was really mean.

Baxter Stockman

You know what's strange about this toy is I still have the detachable wings and not the actual figure itself. Baxter Stockman was one of my favorite villains from the cartoon especially in Fly form. I wonder why they never made a human version of Baxter Stockman.


Originally just a plain alligator from the everglades, he mutated into the fearsome Leatherhead. Leatherhead is most terrifying Cajun gator there ever was. I guarantee .

Rat King

I liked this character too. The Rat King is basically the evil version of the pied piper. I really love the detail on this figure such as the rats and the spiders molded on the figure.

General Traag

I got this toy for Christmas or birthday present as I did with most TMNT figures. Gen. Traag was so cool he was the general of Krang's Rock Soldier Army. I thought the Rock Soldiers were really cool. Seriously I just loved the fact they were soldiers made of rock. But I was really disappointed when I got the toy and so the toy "accidentally" got broke. Do you want to know why? because this Gen. Traag looked nothing like the Gen. Traag from the TV show. Here take a look.

General Traag from series

Seriously what a rip-off! The others were some good figures. Why did they have to screw-up General Traag.
1989 Wacky Figures

I had all four of this set. Oddly enough "wacky" Leonardo did not come out until 1990; therefore I did not have him in my collection. Don was a wind-up swimming turtle and since I was a very young boy when I got him he became my favorite bath toy, and was my favorite of the four in this set. Mikey all he could do was spin his arm while holding a nun-chuck. Raph had this part you'd attach to his back and he spin around on his back. The Mouser was basically a wind-up walking toy that didn't walk that well. The Mouser would walk a few steps fall over and kick its legs awhile. That's it for the 1989 series. Toys I wish I had from this group are Krang and Casey Jones.

1990 series

Don the Undercover Cover Turtle

The Turtles in the show would often disguise themselves and I thought their disguises were never really that good, but I liked the idea. So I just had to get this toy, and I love the knife sticking out from his jacket. The only problem with this toy is the mask it came with would never stay on.

Part of my 1990 collection featured some characters that only had one or two appearances on the show but were more seen in the TMNT Archie Comics. Therefore I can't tell you how they were used in the show.

Mondo Gecko

As far as I can remember I didn't have this toy for very long. I don't remember what happen to it but I did keep the skateboard it came with and I used it as Mike's skateboard.


I have no idea what episode this guy is from. He had to be a Christmas or Birthday present because If the toy didn't look cool or if I didn't recognize it I would not want it. I don't like the looks of this guy. He is ugly and stupid looking. He had detachable wings, a utility belt and "Screwloose" his mosquito companion.


I love this character even though It's one of the characters I don't remember from the show. This whole guy is made out of garbage. This was one of my favorite turtle toys because of the design and detail on this toy. If you look closely you can see the different pieces of garbage. Muckman came with a trashcan that could attach to his back. A "muckgun" and his garbage sidekick Joe Eyeball that would fit in the trashcan. If you had a can of "Ooze" (sold separately) you could take the top of his head off and pour the ooze in his head and it would dribble out the mouth. Also you could pour the ooze in his trash can then it would seep out the from the hole in his stomach which would simulate garbage slime. It was pretty cool until my mom would yell at me for getting ooze on the floor and making a mess. Muckman was clearly a favorite of mine.


This was another cool character with really cool detail. Again I don't remember him from the show. If I had a close-up of this guy you'd be able to see bugs on him. Scumbug was an exterminator that transformed into a mutant bug. He came with little plastic bugs and a poison pack-gun with hoses that plug in to him. I also like how one hand is normal and one is a bug's claw. Another thing why is his antenna shaped like McDonald's golden arches? Scumbug was another one of my favorite TMNT toys. As I recall the 1990 series was a good series. Too bad I didn't have the evil turtle Slash from that series.

That's enough for now stay tuned for part two.
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9 years, 11 months ago
As far as the wimpy-looking original Shredder, thank goodness for "Super Shredder" to come out later, post-movie!
In 1989, I had the Baxter Stockman figure, had his "fly voice" mastered and spent time drawing him too.
Although I was 11 and toys would start playing less of a role, the 1990 line had some of my favorites! Yes, the figure detail in figures like Scumbag, Muckman, and Mondo Gecko was amazing for the time. Had that Undercover Don too, but wasn't sure how to use that figure. Undercover=not played with.
    10 years, 3 months ago
    My oldest two cousins had all of them, I personally wasn't a TMNT fan as much as they were except for the movies but I did play the games growing up, and I still have this Leonardo plush toy my grandmother got me for my bday way back then.
      10 years, 3 months ago
      As fate would have it I just missed out on this toyline. I turned 13 in 1988 and had recently given up collecting toys when this line came out. None the less, I was still somewhat interested and would often check them out in stores (once I'd made sure none of the guys from school were around) and would sometimes play with my younger cousin's TMNT toys. I always found Mondo Gecko to be an interesting looking toy, though I never remember him appearing in the show. Its too bad because I always wondered what is story was and what his personality was like.
        10 years, 3 months ago
        Great Article, made me reminisce about my TMNT collection I had once upon a time!
          10 years, 3 months ago
          You had a lot of the ones I had! TURTLE POWER!
            10 years, 3 months ago
            Great article, retrodave. Loved it.
              10 years, 3 months ago
              I had everything you put pictures of. TMNT is one of the few vintage figure lines I'd love to have a collection of again. Complete with the turtle van, of course.
                10 years, 3 months ago
                I used to own all of these. I totally forgot about Leatherhead, Mondo Gecko, Wingnut, Muckman, and Scumbug though! Wow! Memories!
                  10 years, 3 months ago
                  i too only have my my mondo gecko skateboard left so i can defenitly relate their... great article i loved metalhead and forgot all about him. looking forward to part 2.
                    10 years, 3 months ago
                    I don't remember Muckman, but I'm guessing he must have been their response to "Toxic Avengers" a competing toy that was out around the same time.
                      10 years, 3 months ago
                      :) Turtles...
                        10 years, 3 months ago
                        I still have every figure featured here, except Leatherhead, 2 of the "wacky" turtles, and Wingnut.

                        How could you not like the General Tragg figure, though? I still think it's one of the coolest figures of the series! Sure, he looked different than his TV counterpart - but the TV version was so plain. I remember that figure being the only thing I wanted one Christmas, and mentioning to my mother that Christmas eve how much I hoped I would get it. She replied, "you never said anything about wanting that one". Of course, now that I'm older, that response makes a lot more sense lol, because at the time I remember thinking "why would I have to mention it, Santa should just know anyways, right?"
                          10 years, 3 months ago
                          what was the name of the silver robot looking guy? I had that figure I got it for christmas one year along with Rhazar from the second movie. I had a ton of figures i can't remember all of them but I love them I even had the sewer playset. Thumbs up dude!
                            10 years, 3 months ago
                            i found out his name was chrome dome
                              10 years, 3 months ago
                              Oh yeah! How I Love The Turtles and I had quiet a bit of these toys and even more alone of The Ninja Turtles! Really wish I still had them ALL also! Great post! Blessings ALWAYS! :-)!
                                10 years, 3 months ago
                                Out of all of these, I only have the original Don and Undercover Don. Undercover Don belonged to a classmate and he traded it for an essay for English class :D
                                  10 years, 3 months ago
                                  Thanks for bringing back those memories.........10
                                    10 years, 3 months ago
                                    That Muckman figure was made to get kids in trouble as was the ooze catapult.
                                      10 years, 3 months ago
                                      Rocksteady was my all-time favorite TMNT figure...well tied of course with Leonardo.
                                        10 years, 3 months ago
                                        Thanks for the coments ninja dudes
                                          10 years, 3 months ago
                                          When I was a kit I always HATED that they would never release the 'plain' Turtles again and kept releasing versions that did the dumbest things or just looked stupid. The only ones that came close to the original were the versions that their heads went slightly into their shell. As my original Turtles wore out it made me gravitate away from the line. I still got figures for every occasion, b-day, Christmas, Valentines, but who didn't? Looking back it is insane how popular these toys were, everyone had them.
                                            10 years, 3 months ago
                                            Awesomeness I remember Muckman, they made some truly awesome toys back then :D
                                              10 years, 3 months ago
                                              When I was little I own the 4 Turtles, Splinter, Baxter, and Muckman.
                                                10 years, 3 months ago
                                                I remember going to see the TMNT movie in the theater with my dad and we stopped at Hills and he bought me the sewer swimming don, it was a legendary day for a seven year old!
                                                  10 years, 3 months ago
                                                  Good article! I do wish though that you would have waited and wrote one big article.
                                                    10 years, 3 months ago
                                                    Great article. Wingnut and Screwloose were my favorite guest characters on the show and my favorite action figures. They were pretty crazy, I'll say that. For part 2, you have to talk about the Punk Frogs.
                                                      10 years, 3 months ago
                                                      I can't for the life of me remember the "goofy" turtle set. I had, or my friends had, all of the rest of these. Always a nice trip back to my childhood with these TMNT articles!
                                                        10 years, 3 months ago
                                                        Hmmm, google search TMNT toy archive. Thanks, I'll give it a go. By the way, I had half the toys on this page although my favorite turtles figures had to be the Mutations. TMNT and Transformers in one toy?! Hell yes!!! I also remember getting Muckman as a gift from my high school shop teacher when I graduated because he knew I liked TMNT and we had become good buddies (yes, it's possible). I never knew what that hole in Muckman's belly was for though so thanks for clearing that up. Thumbs way up dude!
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