The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took a break from their busy crime-fighting schedule to make a visit to Bakersfield.

One of the AT&T stores on Ming Avenue hosted Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo for a special event promoting the upcoming TV series “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which premieres Monday on Nickelodeon and DIRECTV.

TMNT fans of all ages got to take photos with the turtles as well as participate in games, face-painting, giveaways and more. AT&T employees were also on hand to serve anyone interested in signing up for DIRECTV service.

Ramon Salmeron brought his 5-year-old son Ramon to the event after hearing about it on the radio.

“I think it’s awesome. It’s different,” he said. “The kids don’t get to see something like this too often, so It’s nice.”

Salmeron said his son is a big TMNT fan. In that regard, he’s following in his father’s footsteps.

“I grew up watching the original cartoon show and the (90s) movies,” he said. “It’s surreal when you grow up watching something and then your kid starts watching it. We watch some of the old stuff, but he prefers the new TV shows and movies.”

When asked what his favorite character is, Ramon was quick to answer.

“Mikey! I like his nunchucks,” he said.

Jessica Hernandez brought her 4-year-old son Ivan after reading about the event by accident. She said she was looking up something else online when she came across an article about the event and decided to bring her son.

“It’s wonderful. I love it,” she said of the event. “We’ve never been to anything like this before.”

Hernandez said her son has enjoyed the recent TV shows and movies. She grew up watching the original animated cartoons as a kid.

“They’re a lot different now, because they’re animated through the computer,” she said. “It’s changed a lot, but the characters are still the same. It’s pretty cool that he likes it too. I have a lot of good memories that come back to me when I watch (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) with him.”

Joseph Luiz can be reached at 395-7368 or by email at You can also follow him on Twitter @JLuiz_TBC. 

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