I have a confession to make. I'm exactly three years too old to have played with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys.
I am able to pinpoint the time gap because my younger brother, Loki, was the exact right age to play with them. His collection was mighty. Even though I was way too mature, I occasionally deigned to join in on the action figure battle royales. Sometimes I even played with him. After all, what are big brothers for.
Leonardo, Captain of the turtle team, was always my favorite.
I'm not sure if it was his serious demeanor or his katana sword that won me over. Even though I was always more a fan of the comic than the cartoon (what kid wouldn't pick gritty violence over silliness and pizza???) I went with the blue mask here. Y'see, originally all the turtles' masks were red. No, I'm not embarrassed that I know that. Seeing as he's all ninja-y, I used some fantastic traditional Japanese paper for the shell. I don't play with patterns all that much, so I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Coincidentally, the monthly topic over at the El Gran Frikiton blog is TMNT. Go figure.