A lot of us dream of owning screen-used movie props, whether it's the sled from Citizen Kane to proudly display in your living room, or all the costumes from Cats to douse in lighter fluid, burn, and then bury in an unmarked grave next to a highway. Those of us who grew up in the '90s might be interested in knowing that an iconic prop from that era recently went up for auction: a Leonardo suit from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. And as cool as that sounds, time has unfortunately not been kind to the bossiest Ninja Turtle, who currently resembles some sort of grimacing green demon who can peer into your very soul.
Either because time is inherently cruel to green latex or because the makers of Ninja Turtles III opted to hire a more budget-friendly alternative to the Jim Henson Company, this thing is the stuff of nightmares. The listing notes that "Both the body and head of the costume show substantial breakdown to the foam latex elements," adding that they "require restoration." This was first shared on Twitter by user Jayme K, who also points out that the original Hoggle suit from Labyrinth is pretty messed up. So yeah, even Henson fabrications aren't immune to the ravages of time, apparently.
You might think that the extensive damage warrants some kind of "this monstrosity is ruining my childhood" discount, but the bidding starts at a whopping 5,000 pounds! And according to Prop Store, it is expected to sell for between 10,000 and 15,000. Unless Brexit decimates the British economy fast enough to catch the tail end of this auction, that's a lot of dough to spend on a rotting reptilian martial artist.
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