I’m not sure how to explain this. Playmates has been on this kick lately, pairing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with various other properties like Power Rangers and Cobra Kai. Now the mix includes characters from Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things.
The name of the line is a mouthful according to the Target listings: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things Upside Down Remix. The first wave teams Hopper up with Raphael and Eleven with Leonardo. Why? I dunno.
Each Target-exclusive figure has between 18 to 20 points of articulation, and the sets feature several accessories. Apparently, the sculptures for the turtles are “new” based on the classic Mirage Comics look of the original turtles. From what I can tell, these turtles are sporting new limbs since they look different from what we see in the upcoming TMNT X Street Fighter sets.
Raphael is newly sculpted, based on the 1984 comic book, with dark green skin, red bandana, and signature twin sai, waffle throwing stars and 1980’s portable cassette tape player. Hopper wears jeans and his iconic Hawaiian shirt—based on Season 3—and comes with his handgun, baseball ball with nails, axe, and flashlight.
Leonardo is newly sculpted, based on the 1984 comic book, with dark green skin, red bandana, and signature Katana swords, waffle throwing star and 1980’s portable cassette tape player. Eleven wears her jeans with suspenders and dark blue/multicolor blouse from Season 3, and comes with her backpack, flashlight, and 1980’s handheld phone.
The Half-Shell Heroes must team up with Eleven and her friends to try and stop TCRI’s next experiment before it succeeds! This is an exclusive, limited-edition collection of action figures and a must-have for all fans of the Ninja Turtles and the Stranger Things series! The 1980s setting for Stranger Things is the same time period that the Ninja Turtles made their debut in the Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman comic book! A Target exclusive!
OK, I can kind of see this storyline making sense given the weird experimental science stuff that happens in the worlds on TMNT and Stranger Things. TCRI would probably collaborate with the Russians and the US to see how the mutagen works on creatures from the Upside Down.
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