If you’re a child of the 1980s, you’re likely well aware that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has inspired its fair share of toys and action figures over the years — and now one hardcore fan has actually set out to catalog them all. And there are a lot.
Devoted TMNT fan Jay Lawrence has decided to turn his love of weird and obscure Ninja Turtles action figures into a book, and he’s cataloged more than 3,500 of them, including the figures, vehicles, weapons, and any other weird stuff they painted green and put a shell on. From the Star Trek variants to Crazy Clown Mike and the Pizza Tossin’ Turtles, they’re all here and counted. Since the franchise is obviously still going strong, Lawrence’s project only runs from the franchise’s creation in 1988 to the products released in 2017. It’ll also feature terminology breakdowns, as well as detailed information on all the various (and weird) toy lines.
The book is largely complete, and Lawrence has turned to Kickstarter to fund the project’s release (you can pledge $50 for a copy, which isn’t bad for a full-color coffee-table book like this). The most impressive thing is that Lawrence’s book isn’t an official project — he compiled all these images, the information, and everything in between as a fan (with a lot of help from collector groups, but still). Just looking at the sample pages, it’s clear Lawrence has sunk an insane amount of time into this thing, and considering the bizarro world of TMNT toys in the 1980s and 1990s, it should make for one heck of a read.
The TMNT Action Figure Encyclopdiea has raised more than $33,000 of its $58,000 goal — so kick in some cash if you really want to see this thing make it past the finish line.
(Via The Verge)