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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Splinter 1988 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)


Splinter is one of my original collection I got when I was a kid. I like all his interpretations on him in all the comics, movies and cartoon shows. I still have all his weapons and rack.

In the 1987 TMNT cartoon, Splinter is Yoshi. He was a martial art instructor for the Foot Clan, based in Japan, and also had a passion for Renaissance art. One day he was framed by his rival, Oroku Saki (Eventually turn into his future arch-enemy, the Shredder), for trying to murder their common dojo master. Being unable to prove his innocence, he moved away to New York City, where he lived as a hermit in its sewers and befriended the rats.

He came across four baby turtles which were accidentally dropped by a boy through a grate of the sewers. He kept them as pets and treated them like his children. But later, he found the turtles venturing near broken barrels that were oozing glowing pink chemical liquid. As he tried to recover them from danger and attempted to clean them with his bare hands, they were all affected by the chemical which was a mutagen.

This transformed any living being into a mutant whose body became mixed with the DNA of any other living being it was most in contact with. The turtles, being in a pet store with people touching them and all around them, turned into young  mutated turtles. Hamato himself, having been in contact more with sewer rats, became a humanoid rat.

Splinter, the rat mutation of ninja master, Hamato Yoshi, is the Turtles' "shidoshi" (teacher of the warrior ways of enlightenment). As a man - and still as a sewer rat - Splinter has a special fondness for the arts, especially martial arts. He also digs the underground, since his rat-like abilities make him quite a burrower.


The shikomizue ("prepared cane") is a Japanese concealed sword disguised as a cane or walking stick, similar to the sword stick. It was used mostly by the ninja, being easy to hide, and even went well with many disguises, such as travellers, the elderly, or the cripple. It is most famous for its use by the fictional sword master Zatoichi. But Splinter is pretty kick ass with the shikomizue

Ninja Bow

A Bow and arrow was a weapon used by the ninja as well as the samurai. The Bow is a flexible arc which shoots aerodynamic arrows by means of elastic energy. Essentially, the bow used by Ninja is a form powered by a string or cord. There are two types of bows and arrows: The long and the short. Ninja probably used shorter bows than the samurai's yumi(longbow). Both kinds of bow can be made from wood, steel, or other metals. But most are made from wood that are curved, then a string is attached. As this string is drawn, energy is stored in the flexible limbs of the bow; the energy is transferred to the arrow when the string is released, projecting it much farther than a weapon could be thrown.

Splinter (Yoshi) raised the turtles by himself, and gave them the names of his favourite Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo, who were to be known by personality and headband colour. He also taught them the art of ninjutsu in order to protect themselves better, since people above ground would not accept them. And like many real life ninja masters He also has a strong sense of Honor and follows very strict rules of Honor. In which all four of his students take after and strongly follow.

Splinter uses his cunning as well as his bow and sword cane to stop and fight  the evil Foot Clan. Splinter trained the Turtles to fight for truth, justice and an equal portion of food.

Back of Card
Vital Ratistics

Weapons: Ninja Bow, Sword Cane, Ninja Stars
Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
Height: 4'
Weight: 125 lbs.
Age: Unknown
Previous Forms: Hamato Yoshi, homo sapien/sewer rat

Splinter also digs the underground, since his rat-like abilities make him quite a burrower.

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