Dangerous Toys (Sais and Nunchaku) [TMNT]

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Remember those Ninja Turtles plastic toy weapons your friends used to own? You may have even had some yourself. I remember going to friend's houses and we would always have fights with dangerous toys, such as sais and nunchaku. Who is responsible for creating these toy weapons?

Mark Freedman was the guy that really brought the merchandising aspect into the TMNT universe. He read the comics and instinctively knew that merchandise would work for this brand. While researching the song, I found out the the cartoon TV show was actually a TIE-IN to the toy series. Usually, it goes the other way around; a successful TV show will spawn a series of figures. But for TMNT, it was the other way around.

Starting from issue 4, Ryan Brown and Stephen Murphy wrote the "TMNT Adventures" comics for Archie. The storyline was separate from the original comic series, and there were many guest appearances and unusual occurrences. It lasted from 1988 to 1995.


Donatello was a smart fellow.
Michelangelo laid low, mellow.
Raphael, well, wasn't afraid to quell and
Leonardo was the leader in a half shell.

Splinter was a rat sensei.
When he spoke, plenty knowledge overwhelmed me.
April O' Neil was the real deal.
And Casey Jones had a hockey mask on his dome.

Dangerous toys. Sais and nunchaku.
Angry kids poised, eyes beaming right through the
glass display case. Fightin' in a race to
acquire the best toy weapon amongst their friends.

Watch Turtle TV.
Or you can read in a comic magazine
about their travels. Their battles.
Eastman and Laird invented the Turtles

while casually brainstorming one night.
Mark Freedman thought merchandise would
work for the brand. To make some toys!
Dark Horse Miniatures made the choice to

produce fifteen millimeter lead figurines.
Little did they know, this was the
beginning of a real strong phenom.
A cartoon was produced as an add-on.

A tie-in to the Playmates toy line.
The show was there to sell toys, and I fell
for the plan. Hook line and sinker.
Filled up my toy box with Ninja Turtles gear.

Dangerous toys. Sais and nunchaku.
Angry kids poised, eyes beaming right through the
glass display case. Fightin' in a race to
acquire the best toy weapon. Great!

TMNT, those were the letters.
Kevin Nash was cast as Super Shredder
in the sequel to the live action film.
It was one of the most successful independent

movies of it's time. I had it on
VHS, my VCR would unwind the
film from beginning to end. The first show went
for 10 seasons. And I spent my

money on TMNT
figures every time we'd go shopping.
Religiously watched that first movie.
Reciting every scene. Even saw it in my dreams!

3D embossing on the front box
of the VHS. Please take this in account.
The amount of views I racked up caused
me to pretend me and you were characters in the universe.

In the backyard, turtles
shoes and shirts were the standard.
In the arcade, the cabinet was well worn.
In the hearts and minds of the kids, they had won the

coveted spot every corporation dreams to own.
A piece of the human mind!
I associated myself and my kind with the
comics and shows I consumed all the time.

Very rich stories in the Archie comic line.
Adventures - '88 to '95.
After issue four, Ryan Brown and Stephen Murphy
took a serious theme in the stories.

These were the 'zines I read as a preteen.
...Put 'em in an album if you like collecting.
...Take a sample if you don't think they're very great.
Buy 'em at Discount Drug Mart or Rite-Aid.

Next time you get a chance, appreciate the times
just like this - you might never get 'em back!

Dangerous toys. Sais and nunchaku.
Angry kids poised, eyes beaming right through the
glass display case. Fightin' in a race to
acquire the best toy weapon. Great!

TMNT! TMNT! TMNT! TMNT!
TMNT! TMNT! TMNT! TMNT!
TMNT! TMNT! TMNT! TMNT!

GO! GO! GO! GO!