I've recently been browsing through a particular website, and came upon a specific page where the webmaster makes the following remark:
"At the time, I thought a couple of pictures and one paragraph about an obscure toy line was a perfectly noteworthy addition to my sparse little corner of the internet, but little did I realize that these things were very thoroughly ingrained in my generation's subconscious, and that virtually nowhere else on the internet had ever so much as acknowledged them."
The thing about the subject, Snailiens (yes, really) is that it perfectly enmeshed itself in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles zeitgeist from roughly that era. It even took up the historical figure theme naming that so many other series dropped like a rock, though it dropped the whole food obsession thing.
It didn't so much tap into the collective subconscious of the Ninja Turtle generation so much as was the collective subconscious of that generation. That is to say, generally speaking, nobody thinks about it, but it's there.
On that note, here are some completely random links related to the subject that amuse me.