Created in 1984, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the super popular Marvel Comics and animated series featuring a four teenage anthropomorphic turtles trained in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. The TMNT animated series started a few years later in 1987 and spawned the original TMNT costumes. Fast forward to present day, in 2012 TNMT is now into its third animated television series based on the same characters, Leonardo, Michangelo, Dontallo and Raphael.
For us costume lovers, with the launch of the new animated series, there has also been a change with the TNMT costumes for both adults and kids. Beginning in 2013 the licensee for the TNMT costumes is now Rubies Costumes. Maybe there is something to the fact that both TNMT and Rubies are from NYC… Prior to 2013 the costume licensee for TNMT was Disguise costumes. The good news for Ninja costume fans and what is relevant to this website is that beginning in 2013, the TNMT are going to get a whole new look. The most popular of all TNMT is of course Raphael costume. The Raphael costume is available in both adult and child sizes in both a deluxe and non-deluxe version. To my mind, the costumes, especially the deluxe versions are more authentic looking and reflect better the animated figures.
For women, the TNMT there are still some of the more sassy TNMT women costumes available. The sassy TNMT womens costumes include all four main characters (see the post below) and they feature a more sexy design and use a shinier fabric that gives it an little more punch. In the new design from Rubies, the color tone is more muted and the silhouette is a more conservative. It’s not as sexy as the Disguise design, but then again not every woman wants to wear a short skirt when she wear a halloween costume.