I bought all of the Halfshell Heroes the other day “for my son” (who is barely one year old) and my 3 year old daughter actually really liked them, so instead of having her play with them in her dollhouse that I made in very similar fashion (I let her color all the drawings on her dollhouse though), I decided to create my very own version of the Turtles lair. Enjoy!

IMG_2826Here’s the main shot of the whole thing. You can’t see it, but Shredder is standing on top of a trap door that has a slide that drops people into the dungeon below.

IMG_2827 I made a little workshop area for Raph to work on his bike or Donnie to experiment on various inventions, and you can see a nice shot of Mikey doing some halfpipe tricks in his sleeping quarters. Leatherhead stands in the kitchen, wondering who’s gonna make him a frozen pizza.

 

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Leo faces off against a Foot Clan member in the dojo, their make-shift practice dummy is obstructed by Metalhead. I think I’m gonna draw out a section of traditional tatami mats and glue it over the regular brick pattern on this area.

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Donnie and Casey enjoy some arcade games. What fun is a teenage hideout if there aren’t any video games. My comic books, “Pirate Club” and “Gamma Rae” serving as the fictional arcade game’s subjects.

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Mikey contemplates releasing Dogpound from the dungeon while taking a skateboarding break.

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April takes a nap on the bed while Raph tries to figure out the microwave and Donnie contemplates eating the floor Pizza.

All in all, this thing took me about 6 hours to design, cut-out, draw, color (with my daughter’s crayons) and hot glue over the course of 3 nights after I’d put the kids to bed. My daughter had fun waking up to each day’s progression and really lit up when I completed the trap door and chute to the dungeon on the last day. Although I could have done some freelance illustration/animation work and earned a lot more money than it would take to buy the proper sewer playset in half the time, this was a really fun quick project that was oddly relaxing and rewarding. Maybe I’ll build more onto it in the future…

 

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