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The ‘Star Wars’ / ‘TMNT’ Crossover That Could Have Been

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Jul 7 2021
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In a galaxy far far away there were almost pizza lightsabers, turtle/droid hybrids that wear masks, video camera blasters, and chewie snacks.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles somehow find themselves interacting with everyone. The heroes in a half shell have had multiple cross-overs in comic books both working with and fighting against famous characters – including Batman, the Power Rangers, Hellboy, Star Trek, and Garfield.

Back in the late 1980s / early 1990s, Kenner let their Star Wars license lapse, so Playmates pitched some ideas to see if they could pick it up. One of those ideas was a line of TMNT/Star Wars mashups. Pizza and ooze lightsabers, laser crossbows made of nunchucks, turtle shell on everything (including R2D2), and a bunch of other weird choices that manage not to look too bad.

Playmates didn’t get the deal, but the concept art by TMNT artist Michael Dooney survived.

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Some industrious fans have even created prototypes based on the art – including Chewy with C3PO, Krang being toted around by an AT-ST, and a sweet-looking Darth Shredder that I’d love to have in my collection. What mash up would you be happy to buy if it were available?

 

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