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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Model & Toy Collector: 1991 TMNT Special

In response to Ryan Brown's post on his blog today with the Fall 1988 issue of Model and Toy Collector, here's the cover to the monster "Special #3" issue that wasn't kidding when it called itself a 1991 Buying Guide.

This thing is PACKED full of the TMNT goodies. Interviews, art, product pictures, more art! There's even an article with pictures of Ryan's Hallowieners characters.

I think magazines often get overlooked a lot as far as collectibles go. Yeah, they're probably not something to invest in if you're looking to make a profit, but for a devoted fan they can be a wealth of information and pictures. Unfortunately, this holds more true for the magazines of 10-20 years ago. Current magazines tend to be more likely to all be recycling the same information and especially the same pictures. Not one magazine article about last year's TMNT movie had a unique picture. The article that appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel's magazine was so poorly written and full of misinformation that I couldn't even bring myself to purchase it.

Luckily, the TMNT hit their stride during a period of time when there was no Internet and underground fanzines and genre magazines were the only way to get information about your favorite comics, TV shows, and movies. Because of this, there is a seemingly endless supply of fantastic TMNT articles from a whole range of magazines. This particular issue of Model & Toy Collector is easily among the best of them. I'll keep in mind to post some of my other favorites in the future.


  1. Coud you maybe post a few images from the magazine? I'm intrigued :)

  2. Wow Rose, you have everything! You better start a TMNT Mutantseum.

    Do you know who has the life-sized TMNT sculptures
    from the Words and Pictures Museum?

  3. Oh man, I can't even comprehend anyone having those sculptures!

    I do have a couple different pictures of them, though. I'll have to see what I can dig up.

  4. This magazine is easy to pick up off ebay, and COMPLETELY worth every penny. Great resource for any fan of the toys in particular.


  5. Hey, Rose, I'm interested in picking this issue up! About how many pages in this magazine are devoted to the TMNT?

    I've only started looking for it recently so I don't really have any experience on its current going rate. Would you say it's worth $10?

  6. Adam - With magazine this old you kind of have to be willing to pay a little more than it might seem to be worth. $10 is pretty average, and if you can grab it for that price I would.