This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debut in the pages of Mirage Comics' independently produced and distributed first issues of TMNT. To commemorate the event Playmates Toys reissued a couple of the action figures from the first wave of TMNT action figures, as well as the first ever vehicle in the line, the Party Wagon.
The packaging is almost an exact replica of the original box. Playmates only added the new TMNT 25th Anniversary logo and updated trademark and copyright info.
The actual toy is just as awesome as the original with all the features and accessories from the earlier release. My brother and I had the original when we were kids and got a lot hours of fun out of it. We played with it so much we destroyed it during the many battles the Turtles endured against The Foot Clan. We were really happy to see this again in toy shelves. Although it was tough to find and we only saw it at a couple of Toys R Us stores and in very limited quantities.
Inside you can pack in all the turtles. Two in the front and up to four more figures in the back. It comes with the same accesories as the original with the exception of the belt used to hold your figure in place on the door seat which springs open when you lift the top of the vehicle. It really doesn't make any sense to eliminate that piece from this re-release since it's neccesary to hold the figure in place and it's such a small thing for Playmates to reproduce. I really can't think of any logical explanation for its removal. Other than that I have no other complaints about this vehicle and if you're a long time TMNT fan I suggest you pick it up online if you didn't get a chance to get it in stores.
Now let's take a look at a couple more shots of the Turtles and the party wagon in action...
I'm not sure if Playmates has any plans to continue this line like Hasbro did with the G.I.Joe 25th anniversary line after the anniversary celebration. There are so many great figures and accesories they could re-release like the sewer playset or the Turtle blimp. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more classic TMNT toys in 2010.