Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blast from the Past #325: Found sketchbook Part 1

In my continuing, somewhat slightly-faster-than-glacially-paced efforts to go through my STUFF and sort it into piles of things to keep, things to give away, and things to throw in the trash, I still occasionally come across some stuff I'd forgotten… such as this sketchbook, with things drawn in it probably from the mid-to-late 1980's. There are some concepts that I clearly sketched for Playmates Toys, with the hopes that they might find their way into the TMNT toy line. There are I think twenty-four pages in all, and I'll post them in three "Blast from the Past" installments, in the order in which they appeared in the sketchbook.

First up are these somewhat goofy concepts for Shredder vehicles.





Next is this basic pencil sketch of Donatello -- I have no specific idea WHY I drew this.





After that come these two wacky ideas -- wheeled vehicles for the Shredder and the Turtles, and some brief notes on  other ideas for the line. (I like the "Penthouse of Doom" name.)





Then, some ideas for the Turtles' "Secret Hideout" playset, including some disguise concepts for the Turtles themselves.





Next is this concept for a space suit for the Turtles. I think I have drawn several variations on this theme over the years.






Then we have the Shredder's jet-powered "Death Kite" (like that name too!).






And last in this group is an idea for a "Flying Foot Assault Car", as well as some variations on a Foot logo graphic. -- PL


6 comments:

  1. As a kid I would have loved a play set with buildings and sewers integrated. I remember "making up" underground headquarters for my toys. That is really cool. Was it ever made? Did you ever think about something like this?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59676153/tiny-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=ninja+turtles&ga_search_type=all&ga_page=1&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags

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  2. Oh man, the Death Kite is awesome! I'd have loved that!

    For my money, the 1980s and 90s Playmates TMNT line is the best toy line ever. For originality of concepts and quality of sculpts, nothing else comes close.

    You guys did a great job!

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  3. If I had allowance enough back then I probably would have gotten one of each,but what stands out of them all to be is the "Death Kite" of Shredders'. The jet pack-like hand glider.

    The Donatello looks almost exactly like the drawing of Kirby's with the blaster weapon only without the blaster in hand.

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  4. "Brookslyn said...
    As a kid I would have loved a play set with buildings and sewers integrated. I remember "making up" underground headquarters for my toys. That is really cool. Was it ever made?"

    I know that Playmates did some sort of sewer playset, but I can't recall exactly what it looked like.

    Did you ever think about something like this?

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59676153/tiny-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=ninja+turtles&ga_se"

    Hmmm... I went to the site above (at least I think I did), and found some cute little handmade (out of yarn and felt, apparently) Ninja Turtles. I have to say that no, I never thought about something like that. -- PL

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  5. Is this the Sewer Playset you were talking about? Because it's the one I have.
    http://www.toyarchive.com/STAForSale/NEW2001+/TMNT/Vehicles/SewerPlaysetMIB1c.jpg

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  6. Thanks for posting Peter, I wonder if the Turtle Jumpsuit with mask was inspiration for the Undercover Don with mask. The Space Turtle was done I believe as well.

    Looking forward to the upcoming posts =)

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