Ah, Mikey, the Sewer Surfer.
By the way, does anyone know why Mikey's board says Kowabunga with a K instead of a C? Is it some sort of mistake or strange design translation? Somebody clue me in!
This wave-roarin' Turtle personifies everything I love about the summer season and the 90s. I mean, look at the splashes of neon blue, yellow, pink, orange, and the fifty shades of green! I absolutely love the design of this figure--not to mention Mikey's surf board and party belt! However, it's not just the 90s nostalgia and summer appeal that keeps me coming back to this great variant Turtles figure from 1990. It's the fact that it was one of the very first Ninja Turtles figures I ever owned; nothing can replace the countless memories I have playing with good ole Sewer Surfin' Mikey!
To be honest with you, I can't specifically remember who bought this figure for me back in 1990, whether it was my parents or my grandmother, but this figure, along with Detective Donatello, were definitely two of my earliest growing up. Surfin' Mikey was one I specifically remember holding while watching "Sky Turtles" and "Case of the Killer Pizzas" for the first time. It was one I remember taking to my dad's pool with me when my parents were still together in the early 90s. And, thankfully, it's one of the very few figures I still have to this day.
Sewer Surfin' Mikey made it through countless moves over the years. He's one of the few childhood toy survivors, and I'm so thankful for that, because now, I can give a piece of my childhood to my son, Grayson. He's eighteen months old now, and today, the only Ninja Turtle he wanted to take with him to the bathtub was, well, you guessed it--Sewer Surfin' Mikey. It's surreal to see your son playing with the same toy that brought you so many years of joy growing up, but it's a blessing, too. I guess that's what this blog is all about--sharing the magic that is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here's to hoping you enjoy some rays, some waves, and, of course, some totally tubular pizza. Until next time, dudes!
Here are a few more specs on Mike, The Sewer Surfer thanks to the great TMNT toy website: http://www.tmnttoys.com/:
Sewer Shark Buddies (on his shoulder)
Wave-whipping Water Flingin' Wheel
Favorite Snack:Plankton Pizza
Favorite Beach:Turtle Head
Favorite Movie:Bailin' in Bombay