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Old 06-09-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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Question Teenage mutant HERO turtles

Hey guys, recently found this guy

The odd thing is, instead of NINJA the card says HERO. this is definitely a vintage piece, but i can't seem to find any info on these cards, can anyone shed some light?



also notice the bottom part of the card has a yellow sticker running across


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Old 06-09-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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"Ninja" wasn't allowed in the UK back in the day, therefor they were "Hero" instead. Nice find!
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Old 06-09-2017, 05:27 PM   #3
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"Ninja" wasn't allowed in the UK back in the day, therefor they were "Hero" instead. Nice find!
thank you!

Hmm interesting! I actually found these in Portugal, i assume these are rarer than the usual since i couldn't not find a price reference on ebay, any clue on the value of these ?
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:10 PM   #4
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Worth about the same as a US release.
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:56 PM   #5
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Not all that rare. Most European countries that didn't translate the cardbacks got the Hero cards
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:47 AM   #6
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nice find and with the price tag of 2000$00 I'm noticing it wasn't cheap at the time, that would be 10 nowadays
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:57 AM   #7
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nice find and with the price tag of 2000$00 I'm noticing it wasn't cheap at the time, that would be 10 nowadays
2000$ (portuguese currency before euro) would be nearly 10 today
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:22 AM   #8
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For me, the "hero" branded toys aren't ic interest. I don't buy bootlegs or imports, despite their rarity, as I only want authentic US backed releases. Maybe that's just me though.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:34 PM   #9
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It's not just you. They're not really worth much because collectors who buy MOC figures largely do so because each character has their own card art, whereas these don't.
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Old 06-23-2017, 02:51 PM   #10
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Why is there a Bandai logo on the right corner?
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:00 PM   #11
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Why is there a Bandai logo on the right corner?
They where the distributor, there's other companies as well that distributed TMNT figures outside of US
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:29 PM   #12
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It's not just you. They're not really worth much because collectors who buy MOC figures largely do so because each character has their own card art, whereas these don't.
Agree with you here. I've got some Ninja and some Hero MOC and much prefer the Ninja ones due to the individual character art, as opposed to the more generic Hero ones. Bit annoying, as it was the Hero ones I had as a kid and grew up with.
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:14 PM   #13
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isnt this part of the reason they took away Michelangelo's nunchucks and replaced with a grappling hook to air the cartoon in European countries? they deemed nunchucks too violent?

wow prudence back in the day.
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:35 PM   #14
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Nunchaku was illegal in several countries in Europe, still are.
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:50 PM   #15
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So...is anyone else bothered by the huge round buck teeth in the little icon at the bottom back of the package??? It just looks wrong...
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:17 PM   #16
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Nunchaku was illegal in several countries in Europe, still are.
Ohh I didn't know they were illegal thought they just seemed violent
How were they allowed to show him with them on back package?
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Old 06-23-2017, 08:47 PM   #17
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I don't buy bootlegs or imports, despite their rarity, as I only want authentic US backed releases. Maybe that's just me though.
What is unauthentic about this? It's still a Playmates toy, and to the European market it was all they had. It's all they knew. Maybe they feel the same about toys that say "Ninja" on them. It's a matter of perspective, and not to be snubbed.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:20 PM   #18
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Think he's just saying his only interest is in official America-only runs.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:59 PM   #19
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I have a Casey Jones from Japan. He's a TMNT, not TMHT.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:59 PM   #20
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isnt this part of the reason they took away Michelangelo's nunchucks and replaced with a grappling hook to air the cartoon in European countries? they deemed nunchucks too violent?
Not that I know of. Nunchucks were regularely included for all Mikey Playmates figures, starting with the first 80ies Mikey.
Edit: In the first Turtles movie many scenes did not make it into the EU/UK release, especially ones with nunchucks.
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What is unauthentic about this?
Haha The statement about non-us releases not being authentic got me too, shook it off quickly though as I got to understand what "they" mean. If card art is individual for each figure in the non-HERO releases alone, I can actually relate why some people prefer to use the word authentic which is definately a better option than "genuine" ^^



And yes, HERO entitled cards were released in the EU market (UK included) while figures and vehicles under that title featured different languages depending on their region. There were also multi-language cards, eg english, german and french. Or the character portrait areas covered with a white sticker from the distributor with the portrait text translated (total no-go by the way!).

Bandai is/was one of the biggest toy companies in the european region way before Playmates was known. When I got to know Playmates through Turtles figures the first time you had Bandai branded toys almost everyhwere for a long while already.
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