Issue 47: 5 Favorite Nickelodeon Figures



The TMNT toy universe is massive. With each new television series, a fresh wave of figures hit store shelves. Hundreds have been released over the years and Nickelodeon's Turtles hasn't bucked the trend. The latest series has only added to the huge slew of action figures.

I'll update and expand this list when new figures are released. But as of today, here are my 5 Favorite Nickelodeon Figures.

JAPAN - PART 5 Ending In Osaka

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.



Kyoto cleansed my conscious, but the city was a toy wasteland. The shrines and temples were spiritual centers for tourists, not comic con visitors. Osaka was the last leg of my journey, my last opportunity for Japanese toy discoveries.



JAPAN - PART 4 Calm In Kyoto

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.


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PART 4: CALM IN KYOTO

After seven time-warped days, my time in Tokyo reached its end. I made my way to the Shinkansen (bullet train) with my collection of Tokyo Turtle toys in tow.

The pulse of the city rushed me towards the train station. I hurried through the streets in a rapid fury. But, why was I racing against the clock? I had no set agenda. Next on my itinerary, Kyoto - a mellow and restful place. I slipped into a calm state of mind in preparation.

My pace slowed as the velocity of Tokyo zoomed by. But as if the toy quest wasn't ready to let me go, what suddenly appeared right before me? One final Tokyo toy store.

JAPAN - PART 3 The Final Days of Tokyo

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.


OTHER ENTRIES

PART 3: THE FINAL DAYS OF TOKYO


The globe kept spinning and the days carried on. A few nights of sleep extinguished the brutal jet lag of my 13 hour flight. Now, I was deep into the city of Tokyo - exploring every facet of the urban ecosystem.



By the fourth day, I was drifting among the hordes of people who crowded a local street market in the Ueno ward.



I roved through, eying whole octopi and other bizarre snacks that were available for consumption. My mind had officially migrated to Japan, abandoning the desire to sniff out toys.

The narrow alley opened to a blur of cars on a busy street. As I waited at the crosswalk, something grabbed my attention...


Multi-storied TURTLES.

JAPAN - PART 2 Tokyo Continued

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.

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PART 2: TOKYO CONTINUED


The second day of my trip, I exited my hotel with a mission - dive into the world of Japanese art. Museums are a relaxing way to explore a city, feel inspired, and best of all, stay cool when temperatures flare. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art provided all of this. I wandered through the hushed rooms, gazing upon every installation in awe. Each piece was a rousing window to the imaginative mind of its creator.



Riddled with inspired energy, I left the museum. The comfort of air conditioning instantly vanished as the suffocating heat took control. I battled, but ultimately lost to the sweltering temperatures. The sun blasted so bright, even dogs wore sunglasses.



I swam through the swamp of humidity and arrived at the Akihabara ward. This section of Tokyo is a video game mecca. I took myself on a self-guided walking tour through this museum-like district.

JAPAN - PART 1 Hello Tokyo


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They train, battle, and protect on a daily basis. They are champions of good - living up to their title of "Heroes in a Halfshell." And their reward? A life in the sewers.

We normal humans work easy jobs in comparison. We sit at a desk for 8 measly hours a day, battling no evils, and yet we still demand time off. The Turtles never get that chance to escape. Vacation opportunities don't exist for mutants.


But, me? I'm no Ninja Turtle. Traveling is my favorite. I enjoy exploring the globe, experiencing different cultures, and chowing down on exotic cuisine. But most of all, I love hunting for toys. The thrill escalades when you're battling the language barrier and converting the currency in your head, all in the mayhem of a foreign land.


Recently, I ventured to Japan - a country steeped in culture and toys. It's also the birthplace of ninjas. That's right, NINJAS. If it weren't for Japan, the Teenage Mutant NINJA Turtles would be radically different, possibly nonexistent (*shudders*). The country plays a crucial role with our beloved characters and their origins.


I was relentless in my quest for Japanese TMNT merchandise. I combed the crowded streets of Tokyo, wandered the spiritual shrines of Kyoto, and navigated the twisted alleys of Osaka - all for the sake of Turtle Power.

Pack your bags for a radical, weeklong cowabunga-fueled trip to Japan. No passport required, dudes.

The Sewer Den - Japan (5-Part Series from September 8-12)


Recently, I ventured to Japan - a country steeped in culture and toys. I was relentless in my quest for Japanese TMNT merchandise. I combed the crowded streets of Tokyo, wandered the spiritual shrines of Kyoto, and navigated the twisted alleys of Osaka - all for the sake of Turtle Power.

What did I uncover? Pack your bags for this weeklong cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.

The 5-part adventure kicks off this Monday, September 8th!