THE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has moulded the childhoods of many, whether you read the comics and watched the cartoon of the 1980s, the movies of the 1990s, or the live-action series of the early Noughties.
This summer, there’s a new addition to the Ninja Turtles universe with feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. And for long-time fans, there’s an entire houseful of franchise spin-off products that enable you to keep your TMNT passion alive in every aspect of your life, but subtly so!
NOTHING says “not for kids” like a hip flask, so if you’re looking for a way to add Turtle Power to your outfit without looking like an eight year old, this is perfect. Hip flasks have become a trendy vintage accessory due to the plethora of craft spirit distillers that have sprung up in the past few years. Plus, who could be better to pre-drink with than party dude Michelangelo?
Price: $21.99 / €19 / £15 from SuperHeroStuff
2. Shell Backpack
OK, WE’LL admit it… this one is definitely childish, but it is pretty tough to resist the attention to detail that went into this backpack! Become your favourite Turtle on the morning commute with this practical laptop bag. Even better is the fact that you’ll have a last-minute costume ready for Halloween, as it comes with ninja eye masks.
Price: $51 / €45 / £34.99 from TruffleShuffle
3. Michelangelo Keyring
IF YOU work in a conservative corporate sector that requires you to stick with a more traditional leather briefcase when walking into the office, it’s best to stick to more subtle ways of displaying your love for the Turtles. This adorable keyring by Funko has a mini plastic bobble-head figurine of Michelangelo, perfect for discreet fans of pizza and partying!
Price: $5.20 / €5 / £3.50 from HotTopic
4. Cartoon-Style Framed Print
ALTHOUGH putting comic book posters up on your walls will make any grown-up home feel like a childhood bedroom, recently graphic artists have begun to cater to adult cartoon fans by designing sleek prints that reinvent your favourite characters as stylish artwork. This print by Jeff Langevin is available in three different sizes and with a plain black frame it will look as polished as any other art print on your walls.
Price: $15 / €13.58 / £10.50 from Etsy
5. Pizza Mug
PIZZA performs a central role in the Ninja Turtles’ day-to-day lives, especially for Michelangelo. They’re rarely seen eating anything else, despite the nutritional problems this creates! At first glance, this cool ceramic mug just looks like it has a vintage pizzeria logo printed on it, but it is actually a really great illustration of our heroes emerging from a man-hole with pizza boxes, perfect for your office coffee-mug.
Price: $12 / €10 / £7.99 from ForbiddenPlanet
6. Leonardo Cufflinks
THOSE looking for a restrained, office-friendly way to show their enthusiasm for the Turtles will love these simple cufflinks, which feature a stylised drawing of Leonardo’s face, wearing his signature blue mask. The metal components of these cufflinks have silver or brass options, and this vendor also sells tie-clips featuring the same artwork.
Price: $9 / €8.14 / £6 from Etsy
7. Retro T-Shirt
THIS ONE may seem a bit obvious, but when it comes to representing your favourite cartoon characters, there’s nothing like a good T-shirt to wear on off-duty days. As an alternative to the many garish printed tees out there, this option from Walmart features a retro-style faded print on a stylish charcoal colour cotton, perfectly blending style and comfort.
Price: $7.50 / €7 / £5 from Walmart
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