Ninja Force Placemat
Have you ever eaten breakfast with a cadre of ninjas? I have, thanks to this amazing placemat. And while I wait for my Eggo waffles to pop out of the toaster, I can work with some fun games on the back. It’s like an activity book on my kitchen table, and therefore the best of all possible worlds.
Ninja Force was one of my favorite of the 90s sub-teams. Sure, it’s a kooky concept, but the fellas at least got some interesting backstories. Nunchuk, the sneaks-wearing New York ninja, actually made the cut to join the big two of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow on the front of this item. Impressive.
Seeing 1993-1994 ancillary product is amazing to me, as the brand was waning in popularity. I imagine that any push for side product may have been part of GI Joe marketing team’s efforts to push the brand in any way possible. Getting the characters under kids’ eyeballs as they munch their morning breakfast cereal certainly seems logical.