Thursday, March 01, 2007

Concerning Panda Khan



Growing up, I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I guess i was the right demographic at the time. I mean, such a simple concept - Turtles, who practised Ninjitsu. Then again, it could have been 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Feces/ sea horses/ gingerbread men' and it would have still been so cool. Ninja's Rock!I always wanted to be a ninja, even stealing my aunts Purdah (face veil) a few times to get that authentic look. Mum and dad weren't as thrilled at the time (but I think this had more to do with the holes in our basement door made by my ninja stars then my attire). I bought a pair of Nunchukus as well, but I hardly used them because I kept hitting my balls while swinging them (maybe my 'ninja's are eunuchs' hypothesis holds some weight). I used to buy all the video games- I think in total i've owned about nine of them at least, as well as the action figures -I had a shit load of action figures - about 26 i think - all the turtles, April o Neal - OOH April (maybe she's the reason i got into media - but i doubt it) Bebop, Rocksteady, Shredder, Splinter, Casey Jones, even Kwang - the brain thing (those days the action figures were so much cheaper, about 28 rand a figure. These days they are about 110 rand each. Crazy!








My favourite character who wasn't a turtle was Panda Khan - Panda Khan was a mutated Samurai Panda who helped the turtles from time to time - I liked him because a) he was a Panda - Chinese - so the whole samurai crap had a legitimate angle. b) he had my surname, so that rocked c) Unless you were a TMNT fanboy like myself, ,you would have never heard of him, I was always trying to be a little different, even as a kid. Out of the turtles, My favourite was Donatello - I still sleep with my Donatello teddy bear that my dad bought me seventeen years ago. (don't read into the purple colour) Donatello was the slightly nerdy one, inventing stuff, playing with chemicals, so I identified with him, because when i was young I used to read Encyclopedia's and mix chemicals, and invent things. Leonardo was always the serious type, and Michelangelo was like the Wolverine of the series when it came to merchandising - all the kids liked him, so for that reason, I didn't. Raphael was a dick. He was sarcastic and just joked alot - So i guess I identify a little with him now as well :P

MJ

15 comments:

Zahira said...

o my word you know whats top shit about your post...I'm actually hunting down the original movies...hopefully in the new digital format but even its video i want it i'll even pull out the old video machine to watch it lol that is if it still works hmmmm i wonder....please please please tell me you have the original movies sumwer sumhow lol come cud you ever 4get "Ice Ice Baby" originally featured in the movies...o btw i had all the stuf too as well as every comic from the first one o and Rapheal and Mikey wer my fav "COWABUNGA DUDES!!!!" Just a btw the new cartoon series stinks its gone so crap :( And Panda Khan was the man i tell you...and Splinter is a sensi i'd die for hehehe

M Junaid said...

i can get the original movies. give me a week :)

Zahira said...

btw wonder if you know that Rapheal was supposed to be the leader and not Leo but Splinter realised that he was too hot tempered to be a leader lol

Sofi said...

>>o my word you know whats top shit about your post

LOL..

Anyway, i loved the ninja turtles too. the yellow banded one was my favourite - he was the slowest one werent he..

t.a.z. said...

didnt we all just wanna be sewer turtles and save the planet when we were kids...

donatello rules!

Fatima said...

tripping down memory lane at the moment...i used to scream "COWABUNGA DUDES" at everyone...kind of like my nephew going "wata wata" (karate chop) at everyone.

i loved michelangelo! because he loved pizza!

my sister's fave was donatello...the g33k factor in there. lol

Bilal said...

i was donatello- he was cool. the dude with purple and the stick!

saaleha said...

nostalgia... used to have a TMNT toothbrush that came with a one minute timer.
michelangelo was my fave fave:)

Nomaan Puroo Sailor said...

mmmh

The K-man said...

The turtles rules. Master splinter would have kicked Mr Miyagi's "wax on wax off" arse.

Watch out guys a new TMNT movie is going to come out soon. :)

Haseena said...

One of the happiest days of my childhood - winning a colouring-in competition in the weekend argus.. and the prize? Four glossy large format posters of TMNT.. I dunno if I was more excited about the posters or just because I finally won something =)

queen_Lestat said...

Turtles rocked!
If it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't have wanted much to do with games. Remember the game consol thingy that was always hooked up to the TV? yeah that...

Anyways MJ, kickass post, BUT...
HE IS SHREDDER AND HE IS WATCHING!!!!!1111oneoneone

:)

queen_Lestat said...

PS I once (on sudden whim and suspicion of what is to follow) finished a formal speech in matric by saying "this is April O'Neil, signing off" no one got it, which is when I FINALLY realised that no one(including the teacher) listened to speeches in English class besides me, throughout school.

Yeah, you can pass that doos award this way.

:/

taqdeer said...

"Cowabunga Dude!"

I think the turtles party on Creme Soda ;)

M Junaid said...

If you watch the second movie, you'l see what a dick raphael is.

From a detailed and extensive survey (reading five blog comments) i have come to the conclusion that Donatello is the preferred turtles of bloggers and geeks, the world over - yours truly included