Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem to be loved by, well…EVERYONE!! Whether you are young, old, a boy, or a girl, you can’t help but fall in love with the totally tubular turtles. And while Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael first debuted in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, their recent movie remake and re-vamped animated series has brought them back to the forefront of pop culture.
As a kid I remember falling in love with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise (here). My brothers were absolutely obsessed with them and sucked right on in to the trend. And although I watched jealously as my brothers got to dress up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Halloween, I was happy to know that I always had my secret playtime with their action figures while they were all at school. I didn’t know if they were considered to be “boy toys” or not but I could definitely see that other girls that were just as interested in them as I was.
And so we saw as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze began to spread to fans everywhere. There was series after series and multiple Ninja Turtle movies. There was no doubt that the anthropomorphic turtles had become a hit! Although their “hype” may have gone down over several years, many people still carried a love for them inside. Which is why it was only fitting to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles transformed back on to the big screen and back on those Saturday morning cartoons.
The craze has started back up again and those who loved them before are back out to show their support, while simultaneously a whole new generation of kids is just beginning to fall in love with the characters. I can’t help smile as my 4-year-old son begs to buy the action figures at the store as I think back to playing with similar ones as a kid.
And of course, with Halloween just around the corner there is bound to be people of all ages searching out to dress up as their favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Who knows—maybe I’ll finally be able to dress up as one for Halloween this time around?!
Kristin is part of Purecostumes.com Digital Ideation team.
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