As is the case with any film or television franchise, the appearance of a toy line helps solidify the best memories of that particular series, as well as providing a unique piece of history for fans to get their hands on. This is especially true when it comes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Y Star Wars, being these two series that have had a great impact on that collectible market. However, it would appear that these two franchises did not remain independent of each other when it comes to the world of action figures.
Through Alan Johnson’s Twitter account, detailed images and written details appeared about the toy line canceled during the Star Wars May 4 celebrations. “In (I think) 1991, Kenner / Hasbro allowed the #StarWars toy license to expire. Playmates threw in a pitch to get it, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cross Concepts by TMNT Artist Michael Dooney. They didn’t get the license, but they are great! “Says Alan Johnson.
In response to another tweet, Johnson said that he had found the toy artwork in a story from the Jedi Temple Archives that was posted on January 21, 2020. Johnson also posted more photos that featured more written explanations regarding the design of the canceled toys.
“Here are some versions of that Star Wars x TMNT concept art with detailed captions as well.”
For both Star Wars and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, crossing over with another franchise is not a surprise, as both series have had quite a bit of history when it comes to toys. For him Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe four heroes have certainly had their fair share, sharing the spotlight with WWE and famous horror icons like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger. In addition to Johnson’s tweet, @geeks_antiques on Instagram added a bit more detail on why the product never took off.
“As a reminder, #playmatestoys were in the race to get the Star Wars license from #Lucasfilm and used some pieces commissioned from @michaeldooneyart to help sell the concept. Unfortunately these did not become prototypes and were eventually abandoned … “
However, despite the lack of prototypes, the folks at @geeks_antiques were able to put together the abandoned models with some help. “… with the help of the original #teenagemutantninjaturtles sculptor @scottthensey we were able to see that they were finally made into hard copies.”
While it’s disappointing that these sketches never officially found their way into plastic reality, it’s also a cool look back at the past and history of these two massive franchises. Who knows, though, maybe a toy crossover from TMNT and Star Wars can still find its way here.
Topics: Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles