I actually never got that much into Turtles. When I was a kid, the cartoon just didn’t appeal to me.
This was how they were usually shown, and I just thought it looked too silly. The live action movies by extension didn’t interest me. It wasn’t until I happened across the original TMNT comic I actually became fascinated.
From there I watched the first three movies, but I never got too into any particular incarnation.
Street Sharks I always liked, though. I’m rewatching the whole series at the moment, analyzing each episode way deeper than I probably should. The show unfortunately peaks in it’s 3-part premiere. It’s a cool, rather dark and tense story for a silly mutant superhero kids show. The villain is delightfully sadistic and diabolical, and the Sharks’ allies are cool as well. Bends, (I always thought his name was “Benz”) is their main ally, a tech genius and radical dude. Dr. Lena, a scientist who unfortunately disappears for most of the series, was a pretty grounded character that helped the concept and characters from feeling too far out.
There’s some cool mysteries and ongoing plots throughout the show, which mostly fall apart towards the end. I’m almost at the end, so I’ll soon be seeing all the terrible episodes all over again.
The toy company sponsoring the show stepped in and demanded changes. The crew passive aggressively vented their frustration through the show, and seemingly gave up on having a true conclusion.
Street Sharks got a tie-in comic which is ridiculously rare now, and some new figures from Mattel, that despite their outrageous price, have nothing to do with the brand other than having the logo on their packaging. The Extreme Dinosaurs cartoon is called a spinoff sometimes, which is inaccurate, as the characters were completely rebooted and ties to Street Sharks were completely cut. Some characters popped up as cameos in the anime Space Patrol Luluco and most recently there were Legacy M.U.S.C.L.E. toys of the Sharks.