Rad Plastic: A Book about the Art and History of the Original TMNT Toy Line


If you love books about the history of specific toys, toy lines, or toy genres, then you’ve got to check out this book now. The book is called Rad Plastic and it covers the art and history of the original TMNT toy line by Playmates.

The following excerpts have been used with permission from the author of Rad Plastic and its campaign managers:

Tracing the entire history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy  line from concept development in 1987 all the way to unreleased toys  from 1999, Rad Plastic reveals the history of one of the most popular  and iconic toy lines in history. You’ll learn about how toys are made,  from napkin sketch to store shelves, and every step in between.

Packed with interesting photos of every step of the process, Rad  Plastic is not only a fantastic visual resource, but also an educational  guide to the toy industry in the 90s. Explore the original artwork and sculpts that spawned the toys you love. Discover alternate variants and  even unreleased figures that never made it to the store shelves. Join  the original creation team as they explain how the line came to be. The Ninja Turtles were RAD in comics. RAD on the TV screen. And now for the  first time RAD in a 400 page hardcover tome fit for the coffee table.

Visit the official Rad Plastic website:


Product Features

  • 11.3 x 1.18 x 11.34 inches (28.7cm x 2.99cm x 28.8cm) 
  • 400 Pages 
  • Written by Chris Fawcett
  • Features the entire history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line from concept development

Available – June 2022

Retail – $59.99


Sample pages:

This is an unofficial book intended for historical and educational purposes. The book and the author are not associated with Playmates Toys, Mirage Studios, or Nickelodeon. 

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