December 2, 2012:
1991 Topps Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #73 "This Better Work!"
Much of TMNT fandom boiled down to one thing: Were you a Leonardo man or a Michaelangelo man? These two always seemed to be in a neck-and-neck race for the hearts of the nation's ten-year-olds, and which side you happened to be on said a lot about you. Some people claimed to be Donatello fans, citing his intellectual superiority, but those are the folks who grew up to be hipsters and have therefore invalidated their opinions. And Raphael? Good luck finding someone who will admit to choosing him first in the draft.
From the beginning, I've been a Michaelangelo man. He had the attitude and the comic relief, but most importantly, he had the weapon. Although Leonardo was the group's de facto leader, Mike rocked the nunchuks. The striking distance of the nunchaku is roughly equivalent to Leo's katanas, but they were so much cooler and more exotic. Sure, in the first wave of action figures, those little brown chucks were tethered together with light bulb filament, so breakage was imminent. But the playtime you squeezed out of Mikey, whose love of pizza was unequaled within his mutated quartet, was that much more intense.