Saturday, August 20, 2005

Michaelangelo Burger King Kids Meal Toy 1989

Back in wonderful 1989 Burger King usurped McDonalds in procuring the rights to use the powerful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, owned by Mirage Studios.  They used said license to unleash a fury of plastic joy onto all via using the likeliness of T.M.N.T. characters in the form of gifts inside their Kids Meals.

Today I’m going to be taking a look at Michaelangeo’s toy.  First off, it’s ridiculously simple, although you can’t entirely hold that against it due to the fact it’s a run-of-the-mill Kids Meal toy.  The basic gist of the toy’s entertainment value can be summed up almost as quickly as that very entertainment wears off.  It’s Michaelangeo’s upper-torso, and when you push his right arm inwards, it disappears and the word “COWABUNGA” appears over his shoulder.  Sounds great, right?  Wrong.

The mold itself isn’t that bad, but there’s a few obvious flaws.  One, Michaelangeo looks crosseyed.  Secondly, take a look at the chain that holds his nunchakus together.  It’s gold!  I think bling-bling martial arts weapons were a little ahead of their time back then.

Other than that, it’s a pretty cool collectible for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan.  I think, however, that if Burger King wanted to really capitalize on the series, they should have instead made miniature action figures of the characters, opposed to these silly statuesque oddities.

I gave this item a B- practically out of nostalgia factor alone.  As evident by the photos, this is no masterpiece.  But, anything from the 1980's bearing our favorite mutated turtles is worth keeping around.  Cowabunga, indeed!

Overall Grade: B- 

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