Review: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Treasury"

Over the years many different books, webpages, interviews and stories have come out based on the origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Everyone has their favorites, including myself.  In the early 1990’s, I use to pick up everything I could find of Ninja Turtles, to try and learn as much as I could about them.  There was one book I picked up and found it as the best read at the time for learning about the creation of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and that book is “The Official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Treasury”, written by Stanley Wiater and compiled by Jim Prindle.

When first picking up TMNT Treasury, it just looks like a book that shows which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle items came out in the early 1990’s.  But if you stop and read it, the book gives a great detail of the creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  From the stories of how Eastman and Laird met, the day they created the Ninja Turtles to all the way through how they got involved with Palladium RPG Books and Mark Freedman is covered in this book.  I learned that Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Books is the one that introduced Eastman and Laird to Mark Freedman just from being able to read this book.

With so much information, this book became one of those books I carried around the most with me, working to remember everything I could that was brought up through the book.  It also helped inspire me on working with my collection, all the photos in there gave me goals, which  I am still working on to this day is to own at least one of each of the items in the book.  I’m not so serious about it that I’ll over spend on items, but if I see something from the book that I don’t have, I am more likely to try and buy it.  Things like the iron on t-shirt designs, a few of the Dark Horse miniature sets  and the Glow in the dark T-shirt are some of those things that I have yet to find which I would love to get.

Things that I have found and bought mainly because they were in this book are the TMNT skis, gold watch, and TMNT calculator.  I have a lot of the items in the book now, there’s more images where I can point at and say I have that, than not.  Though I am always on the lookout for these items.  One of the items that I almost got is the Giant Floor Puzzle from the United Kingdom.  It was on eBay and I won the auction, I even paid for it but the item never came.  When I went to complain they had their eBay account closed down.  It was one of a few times where I was ripped off from an eBay user.

With the bright and colorful cover that the TMNT Treasury has, all of the pages inside are in black and white.  There has been times when I wished that it would be in color for a better look at some of the items I do not own.  Though most of the time I do not mind the black and white pages, as it’s mainly a history book with my favorite TMNT collectible checklist.

One note I’d like to point out is one of the people that the book is dedicated to.  On the dedication page, the second one down reads:

“To Cheryl, who is much more than I deserve.”
- J.P.

That is from Jim Prindle to his wife, Cheryl Prindle.  Cheryl worked at Mirage Studios in the front *office, and she got to be an extra in both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II and III.  She was one of the nicest ladies you could meet.  I was just a kid when I met her, and was so shocked when she pulled out this book to show that her husband did that for her.  I knew the book well by that time.  Though sadly, we lost Cheryl Prindle shortly after my second time meeting her.  So when I look at this book, I usually take a moment to remember her.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Treasury was published in 1991 and over twenty years later it is still one of the best books to learn of the TMNT history in.  With lists of comics, toys, and other Turtle merchandise mixed into this history, I could not recommend any book more.  While it’s true the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection” is giving us great detail of the behind the scenes of each issue, which makes them wonderful collector items, this book doesn’t just touch the comics but everything else that was going on at the same time.

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Comments

Thanks for your kind words and insightful review. Those were crazy days.


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