Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Collectible of the Week: Teenage Mutant Ninja Sewer Playset (Playmates; 1989)
In 1989, Playmates produced this large-scale playset for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a Mirage property that the company had begun licensing in 1987.
The "Sewer Playset" represents the HQ for Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. The large set is described on the box as a "double-decker hangout and hideout for turtles." The top of the playset is street level (with a manhole cover and fire hydrant), and the bottom level is the underground.
This Playmates set originally came complete with a high-voltage battle swing, a "real working elevator," realistic sewer pipe passageways, a "sewer control center," a fire-hydrant sewer-scope/periscope, and a "turtle computer with see-through screen."
Many of my nephews, over the years, have been big fans of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I've always kind of been on the outside looking in at them. From what little I've seen, I enjoy the parody aspects of the characters. Anyway, I recently purchased this playset for my son Joel at Rebel Base Comics here in Charlotte, after it caught his eye.
He's not a TMNT fan yet, either. Instead, Joel wanted this toy as a base for his Dalek collection! We watched "Genesis of the Daleks" for our movie night a week ago, and he thought the playset would be perfect to represent Davros' Kaled bunker.
You can see below, from the pictures, the use my son has found for the sewer playset.
Below, a TV commercial from 1989 for the Playmates "Sewer Playset."