My name is Paul Eaton, I own Galactic Comics and Collectibles in Bangor, Maine. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a huge part of my life since I was young and to celebrate Capes and Tights’ TMNT week here is my story.
So there I was, standing in Rich’s Department Stores toy department at the ripe old age of 6-or-7; looking over all of the action figures when something new caught my eye. A turtle wearing a purple bandana over his eyes and with purple being my favorite color I asked my Uncle what it was and after flipping it over and checking he announced it to be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.”
My uncle gave me the choice of what action figure I would be buying that fateful day. After that, I was hooked.
I had to race home from school once the cartoon started airing everyday. I collected more figures, wore the t-shirts and bought a Mirage TMNT poster from my local comic shop to hang in my bedroom.
I remember standing in line for an hour or more to see the first live action movie, waiting in the front of the line so I could sit exactly where I wanted in the theater. This is back when you had to get there early to get a good seat, unlike now where you can buy tickets online and pick your seat.
Like most kids, I grew up loving numerous toy lines and shows, but TMNT was the one prominent one that you could count on other kids loving too. You could always ask a kid when meeting for the first time who their favorite Turtle was and have an immediate friend.
It’s amazing to look back on what’s going on 40-years and see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still going strong for new generations to discover. I love to see kids come into Galactic Comics and find their first TMNT action figure or grab their first comic book.