Like just about anyone my age — 29 for what it’s worth — I was a gigantic fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, both the cartoon and the action figures. I still have a bag full of them somewhere, but there were always more that I wanted to add to my collection. The great thing about the line — before it became a line that basically just churned out odd variations on the Turtles themselves — was how great and weird the villains were. But there were also a number of their fellow heroes that I dug.
This commercial features some from both sides. You’ve got Leatherhead, a figure I actually did have, as well as heroes Casey Jones, Usagi Yojimbo and Metalhead. I think I also had the Casey Jones figure and picked up the Usagi figure a few years back at a flea market, but Metalhead has eluded me ever since. He was a character that absolutely captured my imagination as a kid — a robot Ninja Turtle!!! — but I never got my hands on his figure and the ones I’ve seen at flea markets look all dingy. Some day, he will be mine.