Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are such popular characters that they have had movies and countless cartoons made about their various adventures. Similar to other famous characters like Thomas the Train, you will find tons of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise designed and marketed to their fans including T-shirts, party supplies, water bottles and stationeries.
So, it isn’t any surprise that you will also find toys featuring these characters. Below are some of the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys that you can get for your kids if they are fan of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser is a unique vehicle ready for battle. It can fit all the Turtle figures inside with 3 openings for access. On the roof is a hatch which opens up for a Turtle to grip onto the bazooka launcher. At the side, another door opens and this one features a hand grip that juts out of the vehicle which allows a Turtle to hang on and do a flip-kicking action. The third door is at the front which opens up as a ramp. It has pegs on it to enable a figure to stand on the ramp.
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The bazooka launcher can fire projectiles when you push a button. It is the same with the flip-kicking hand grip. When you press down the exhaust on the roof, the side door will open and the hand grip slides out. Let a Turtle grip the bar and turn it a few times to load it. Push it back to its original position. So, when enemies appear, press the exhaust to release it and the Turtle will do 360-degree turns to kick enemies out of the way.
- It has a large interior and can fit up to 8 Basic Action Figures inside. This means it can be used as storage for the figures when play is over. Kids also love cramming all the figures inside and driving it around.
- This TMNT vehicle is sturdy and can withstand rowdy play by younger children.
- The flip-kicking action with the wind-up hand grip is cool and will excite the kids.
- There are over 30 stickers to apply with some very tiny ones. Although it makes the Shellraiser more detailed, it can be a pain for parents during assembly.
- There are no seats inside the vehicle. The interior is empty and the 3 doors are too small anyway to reach inside for any kind of play.
- Some pieces like the doors tend to fall off easily and need to be re-attached.
- No Turtle figures are provided. You will have to buy them separately.
Generally, kids will love the Ninja Turtles Shellraiser. The bazooka launcher and wind-up hand grip will be enough to make battles with the bad guys an interesting play time. To an adult, this will not be the best quality toy but to a young Ninja Turtles fan, the drawbacks wouldn’t be able to take away the fun.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Lair Playset
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Lair Playset seems very impressive when assembled. There are many features for kids to tinker with for play to remain interesting for a longer period of time.
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The playset is huge at 42″ tall. It has a city backdrop which connects to the whole structure to give a street level at the top. A zipline, ladder and weapon can be found at this level. You can also pour slimy stuff onto a barrel and empty it through a pipe which runs down to the next level.
Below the street level, you will find a sliding door, pipes with platforms, computer, an effigy of Shredder, swinging tire, sliding elevator, trap doors and an adjustable periscope that connects to the street level. All in all, there are about 20 different features that you can find in this playset.
There is a newer version to the Sewer Lair with changes to the color and backdrop. In terms of play, the main difference is the addition of electronic sounds and a Dimension X portal to the playset. Other than that, most other features have remained unchanged.
- The array of play features is impressive to keep kids entertained.
- Lot of room for imaginative play with the different levels.
- It is very detailed and looks good for both play and collection.
- The Sewer Lair playset is flimsy and fragile. Your kid will need to be gentle with it during play as pieces can fall off easily.
- No Turtles figure is included in the box.
- The backdrop is just a cardboard cutting which clips into place.
Be warned that you will either love or hate this Ninja Turtles playset. Some parents think it is a great set for their kids while others absolutely hate it for how flimsy it is. So, buy it only for an older kid who knows how to be gentle with his toys. Otherwise, you will have a headache putting it back together all the time.
Playhut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Raiser Vehicle
If you are sick and tired of playsets, maybe a play tent would do the trick. The Playhut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Raiser Vehicle is a flame-resistant pop-up play tent with multiple openings. There are Velcro strips on the door to keep it closed. There are also tunnel ports for you to connect to other Playhut structures.
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Measuring about 51.5″ (L) x 28″ (W) x 31.5″ (H), the whole hut looks colorful with tunnels for crawl-through play. There is also a sun roof for your kid to take a peek at the outside surroundings.
- It is easy to set up with the pop up design.
- It can be folded down for storage.
- It offers opportunity for pretend play and could work as an indoor playhouse.
- You can extend the TMNT playhut with the tunnels to connect to other structures like a ball pit to make it more interesting for your kids.
- There is enough room inside to fit 2 to 3 kids.
- The playhut is not a solid structure and can collapse under rough play.
- The wires can get bent.
- Some buyers have complained that it smells of chemicals out of the box.
This type of play tent may be more interesting for the younger ones. But for TMNT fanatics, it probably doesn’t matter as long as they can get inside and use their imagination for their own kind of play.