TOTALLY TUBULAR TREASURES: SHOGUN LEO
For me, this was clearly the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles booth. Nickelodeon pulled no punches in setting up an eye-popping environment. I mean, there's a huge sewer lid hanging from the ceiling! The perfect photo op for any fan.
The booth also offered a contest to win action figures from the past and present. Pretty simple to enter - snap a pic of any toy, tweet the photo using the action figure's hashtag, and include Nickelodeon's official TMNT Twitter account (@TMNTMaster). That's it. Keepin' it simple in the sewer.
The selection was amazing. Since I own most of the current toys, I snapped a few photos of action figures I never picked up as a kid, but always loved.
Well, I won! Shogun Leo joins The Sewer Den! Never winning many contests, I was jumping for joy. How cool is this?!
As a kid, my Shogun Raph and Shogun Shredder figures saw a lot of playing time. I loved those guys and wanted Shogun Leo to join in on the fun. I had a boatload of action figures, but Shogun Leo was not one of them. He's been missing from The Sewer Den collection, until now!
His flat, disc-like helmet always baffled me. When I saw this as a kid, it made me giggle. I imagined my Mom plopping a dinner plate on his head and calling it a helmet.
The package design is incredible. Well, it's always incredible when there's a dragon.
Claims of gold armor are made, but don't ring true. This figure gets the silver treatment.
In addition to a slew of weapons, a trading card is included.
Making this prize even better, a pizza point!
Since starting The Sewer Den, I've watched the TMNT franchise reshape, regrow, and once again, become a phenomenon. While creating a new generation of Turtle lovers, Nickelodeon has not left us original fans behind. Winning Shogun Leo is not only a prize, but proof of just that. I wanted this action figure since I was a kid. Decades later, I finally do.
Thank you, Nickelodeon!
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