Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A curious TMNT product from the 2K3 era

Followers of this blog have probably noticed that I have not posted any "behind the scenes of the 2K3 TMNT show" emails lately. That's because I had been having a problem getting the emails off my old desktop computer in a consistently good form. Almost half of the ones I transferred had weird text corruptions and/or were incomplete. And with the holidays coming on, I had other things to deal with. I hope to get back to those emails shortly.

But for now I thought it would be fun to put up a couple of images of a curious product that I found while going through a box of TMNT product samples from the 2K3 era. I didn't see a lot of these things when they came in for approval -- just the more important stuff.

I don't know if this product was an existing thing re-badged to be a TMNT product, of something created from scratch to be a TMNT product. I suspect it is the former.


Anyone out there ever use one of these TMNT suntan lotion applicators? -- PL


  1. Wow that is a strange one. I suppose it's a way to make it seem cool to apply suntan lotion?

    That's all I can come up with! haha

    If I may take a second to go off topic here, I couldn't come up with a better place to post this, so please humor me for a second. I just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to find this blog! I turned 14 in '92, and was at the age I put comics down for more, um, adolescent pursuits. However, two months ago my mother brought me some boxes from her storage, and lo and behold, a partial inventory of my old comics were there. It was like a time warp. So much fun reading those old issues again!

    I was so excited to see that those four green lads from my youth were still making waves. The 2k3 series is so great! So far anyway (I'm in season 2).

    But what has compelled me to write here (which has unfortunately become a little long-winded) is the urge to tell you how much joy "Turtles Forever" brought me. I had no idea what it was or what was going to happen, and I admit that when I first saw the '88 turtles I groaned a little, but I have not laughed that hard and often in a long time. It was like the whole thing was written for a fan like me (I may have stopped in '92, but I was pretty a prolific fan from '86 until then!). As soon as they started talking about "Turtle Prime" I knew I would get to see my beloved Mirage Turtles on the screen. So much fun to watch. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

    But now listen to me, I'm going all fan-boy here! Thanks for the blog, I have been having a lot of fun reading through all of this fun stuff!

    Hope you are well,

  2. Tim, I'm glad you enjoyed "Turtles Forever". The crew who put it together (and I am proud to say I had a part) really wanted to make it appealing to fans and non-fans alike, and I think they succeeded. -- PL

  3. Thanks, PL.

    I can certainly say that this fan found it very appealing!

    I do wish to add that the experience I have had finding the Turtles again has been a bit bittersweet as well. Seeing Mirage's website for the first time (had the internet even been invented yet in 1990??) and finding that it is in the "ramping down" phase was a bit of a bummer. I wish I had come back sooner!

    But at least I know I have 3+ volumes of TMNT comics to catch up on, and it looks like there will be more ebay auctions for me to spend my Christmas money on. And it seems that I have a blog to read!

    I don't want to derail this post and turn it into an unofficial "Ask PL" (can you tell I've been reading the blog? hehe), but I am a little unclear on the status of Volume 4. Is it still going, or did it end?

    Thanks again for everything, PL!

    1. Tim, Volume 4 is on what might be called "indefinite hiatus". The next issue (#32) has been penciled and inked, and I have to tone the artwork and write the dialogue and do the lettering... but I don't know when I will get to it, as I am just not inspired to work on a Turtle comic right now. I hope to get back to it at some point, but I am not sure when that will be. -- PL

    2. Thanks for the info! One can certainly understand. I was just curious to see if there had already been a final ending to the story, so to speak (at Volume 4 or in any form). I shouldn't worry too much, though, as I have plenty of catching up to do!

      And I look forward to the couple orders of comics (and of course the vacuum-metalized Fugitoid!!) that I ordered last week! Time to get caught up.

      Hope you had a great Holiday season!

    3. Hey Peter: How are you? I hope you had a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

      I've never seen this lotion applicator before. Very interesting. I would be happy to collect all of them, especially the one that shows the Donnie colors.(He is a geeky cutie).