I’ve had a soft spot for Raphael ever since I was five years old. I was five in 1986 when the original TV series cartoon aired. (Optimus Prime was my first ever crush, but that is another story.) I was addicted to the turtles, I remember singing the theme song in school at lunch. I had a Raphael shirt that I wore nearly everyday. For Christmas my parents gave me this huge three foot long Raphael plushie that I slept with. I had one episode of the cartoon on VHS: April’s Fool, and I wore that tape out, no amount of tracking could fix it. I had a six foot tall poster from the Original 1990 Ninja Turtles movie. Because of the turtles I wanted to become a martial artist. However… Something happened. I wasn’t sure. I don’t want to say I fell out of love with Raphael, because with the new 2014, I saw a trailer and suddenly… It was like an explosion in my heart. I’m right back in this Raphael craze I was in as a kid. It is just weird there was this lull, I guess I was busy growing up, having kids, worrying about money.
I’m 33 now. I’ve a Ninja Turtles 2014 poster on my wall, along with a photo of Raphael. I’ve been writing a story with a character who is based off him (has the same attitude) I’ve got me a shirt, and I’ve ordered earrings.