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Old 09-09-2020, 05:00 PM   #1
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Homemade Sewer Playset

Has anyone on here ever made an attempt at makIng the 1989 Sewer Playset using shoeboxes, cardboard, and cardboard paper towel rolls or craft rolls to substitute for the absence of the Sewer Playset in your collection?


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Old 09-09-2020, 10:53 PM   #2
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Look closely right near the center of this old polaroid (behind Raphael) and you will in fact find a toilet paper roll helping to support the platform. The manhole cover, if it isn't obvious enough, was a disk of cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil. The strip of cardboard hanging beneath it had a ladder drawn on it. Very haphazard, probably in 1986.
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:17 AM   #3
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Nice work, garsh. Thank you for sharing that Polaroid with everyone in this forum.
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Old 09-10-2020, 02:05 PM   #4
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By the time the playset was released, I had much of my bedroom devoted to a TMNT city play space. My sewer hideout was on the floor, under a coffee table. It was full of accessories and furniture made from various scavenged objects. I still have the little cardboard TV I made, and some other items.


I split open a cardboard box to hide the whole lair behind it, and made some sturdy platforms at the foundation as sewer tunnel walkways. Once again some TP tubes were used as sewer pipes. On top of the coffee table was the street level with relatively elaborate cardboard buildings and an alley.

To the right was a tall box I used as my Channel 6 building, with Donatello's lab underneath, wired with working lights. IIRC, further right I used another two-level table as a garage for my party wagon, and I placed the actual sewer lair playset on top of that.

At the other end to the far left was my closet where I had placed a two level custom fitted makeshift table my dad built, and that was my technodrome. I kept the mutant module parked on the bottom level, with the upper level as my portal room.

Sure wish I had pictures of all that.
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Old 09-11-2020, 02:54 PM   #5
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i think i used old shoe boxes yes at one point, then i even used the GB Firehouse once and yeah
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Old 09-12-2020, 05:28 PM   #6
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Nice pics!
In the late '80s my friend and I each made our own lairs. They looked nothing like the playset. Just chunks of scrap wood and garbage cobbled together and painted. We even had a few vehicles kitbashed from other toylines, the only one I can remember was this armored forklift type rig.
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Old 09-12-2020, 06:23 PM   #7
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We even had a few vehicles kitbashed from other toylines, the only one I can remember was this armored forklift type rig.
That sounds really interesting! Do you remember what the armor was like?

Recently I came across a radio controlled forklift in pretty good scale for my turts, but I don't have the control to go with it. Even so it makes a good accessory.

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Old 12-09-2020, 02:32 PM   #8
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Saw this (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68117013091017034/) today and thought of this thread.
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Old 12-09-2020, 03:24 PM   #9
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This is really cool.
You should take it to the next level and line it with faux brick panels and whatnot!
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Old 12-09-2020, 03:50 PM   #10
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I can't remember if I used cardboard for the lair, but I'm pretty sure I used boxes as Channel 6. Heck, even my dresser with the clothes pushed to one side of the drawer was used as a stand in for April's workplace.
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Old 09-09-2022, 08:49 PM   #11
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Sewer playset made out of cardboard, tape, and twine: https://mobile.twitter.com/rusty_sha...DRwfX78sMrAAAA
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Old 06-01-2024, 03:10 PM   #12
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A sewer lair from a 1990 episode of Blue Peter (long-running UK series): https://www.flickr.com/photos/hero77...7629224915886/
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Old 06-02-2024, 08:46 AM   #13
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I like the little custom chroming that was done for the turtle weapons. Nice!
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Old 06-03-2024, 08:38 PM   #14
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A sewer lair from a 1990 episode of Blue Peter (long-running UK series): https://www.flickr.com/photos/hero77...7629224915886/
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