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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

TMNT Flashback: Vending Machine Stickers

tOkKa writes in with info and a tale about the above vending machine sticker display:

This is mangled, damaged, and old.. but it's the only one i have. Mike's cards are prolly in better shape, maybe someday he'll post his. ::

So the story goes ..

..back in the day ( some day ..A day long ago ) ..Mikey's dad ran a vending machine operating company, even Mike himself was involved and working for the little operation at one point.

I also remember something about a unicorn and a bass playing dinosaur..anyways- - .

When he was a kid, his dad got in some surplus of extra kids' vending prizes. A big trash bag filled with stickers and vending card inserts of his favourite heroes.

12 million years ago, as a gift .. Mikey gave me a small bundle of stickers and this insert ( goes in the front of the machine to show the kids what they are getting for their hard earned quarter or 1/2 dollar nowadays ;/ ) ..i coulda sworn these cards actually had a technical name, but i just can't remember.

The card here shows 12 of the designs of 15 stickers.

The designs not shown on the insert are Mondo Gecko, a classic group shot from Ryan Brown's style guide of the time, and the 1988 TMNT Logo and it sez ' Heroes in a Half Shell ' respectively.

I'm not positive .. but i think there are silver and gold versions of each sticker. Unless my mind is playing tricks on me like it normally does, that would mean their are 30 stickers to this collection including the variants.

Don't hold me to this tho'.. i'll have to double check my dwindled collection cuz i used a number of them over the years since he gave 'em to me and i don't even know if i have at least a full set of 15 anymore. I think i do tho'.

Miguel's like family to me, so actually ..this was a weird but cool & special gift.

And since I happen to have easy enough access to all 15 of these stickers, I went ahead and scanned them:

I don't think it's the case that each one was made with both a gold and silver background, but I can't be certain about that. I do know that I really love these things!

For a most awesome and complete collection of TMNT images and other cool stuff, be sure to visit tOkKa's Flickr stream!


  1. There are these type stickers available of the new toon variety. Has anyone seen them? I will look for mine when I get home and show you the 2 or 3 of the group of 16 that I have. Does anyone else have these new ones?

  2. Oh man, I remember these! I had all of them at some point... Where did they go?

    Now I'm sad.

  3. -->> Don't have the new ones, Miccy

    ..thanks for sharing that last bit, Rose ..

    i really hope there are no more, cuz if that's the case .. then i do have a whole set !!

    That's be a change for once , since i rarely have a full set of anything.


  4. I loved these stickers so much. I remember being 10 years old and many kids in the neighborhood where collecting them. Great memories.


  5. I believe my surplus of these stickers was just one of the casualties of Hurricane Dolly. :(