Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Slightly Racist Heroes in a Half Shell

Part of the "Ethnic Intolerance" line of action figures.
The early 90’s was a time when the Playmates toy company decided to forgo the concept of “fun” or “relevance” or “good taste” and create Ninja Turtle figures of every sort, including athletes, army men, birthday party goers, whatever the fuck this is, rock stars, athletes again, spacemen and more. The early 90’s was also a time when the Playmates toy company just didn't give a shit about offending Mexicans and American Indians. Hence, the Chief Leo and Bandito Bashin’ Mikey from the Wacky Wild West line.

I never thought something could be considered “comically Mexican” before, but then again, I’d never seen a knife that’s shaped like a chili pepper. I’m also surprised Playmates didn’t figure out how to make Chief Leonardo shed a tear when you throw a wrapper on the ground.  

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