Playmates Toys has been the long standing exclusive toy creator of current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys since the 80’s. The toys we played with as kids were from the company. TMNT helped them become of of the top toy companies in the world, and Playmates helped TMNT rise to the ranks of pop culture Icons. I was lucky enough to see some of what they have in store for the “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series (and meet Kevin Eastman!) Here’s what Playmates Toys has in stores now, and what they have planned for this year.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Core Figures
Each wave of the core line of figures is showcased here. Even episode specific versions of characters are starting to be showcased, like with the wrestling versions of Leo and Mikey! Big Mama and tiny versions of Meatsweats are also a couple highlights. The figures are highly detailed and super poseable. They look identical to the cartoon they’re based on. And they’re bringing back “Pizza Points!”
Rise of the TMNT BattleShell Figures
Battle Shell Leo and Mikey are showcased here. Each is an oversized version of their core figure, with storage for weapons in their shell!
Rise of the TMNT Babble Heads
The Babble Head line is a fully interactive toy that responds to what you do. It talks when you touch his head, move his arm and you hear sword noises, and I even think he sassed me. These look like a lot of fun!
Rise of the TMNT Vehicles
A few vehicles are already in stores, but they’re going to complete the line very soon. Donnie’s copter-bike is awesome and the Turtle Tank is huge. I’ve seen kids playing with these and they’re a big hit!
Rise of the TMNT Roleplay Toys
The roleplaying toys are a great idea. My brothers and I made our own as kids, but to have an official bandana would make me feel as close to one of the turtles as possible. The weapons and masks are bright and colorful. These will be a great gift for the young turtle fan in your life.
Rise of the TMNT Nano Clix
These toys are a bit different from the traditional figures. Nano Clix. Each blind bag contains 3 Nano clix. Each in the shape of one of the turtles, they interlock to form giant figures. The idea is similar to LEGO, but the design reminds me of Barrel of Monkeys. Also available are sets, which come with the Shells and heads to form the larger turtle.
Rise of the TMNT Turtle Lair
The turtle lair is huge, and so cool! It can fit every core figure for display or playtime. There are tons of details to show off each turtles personality and fits the tone of the show. And there’s a skateboard ramp. It’s a great set for this line of figures.
Kevin Eastman spoke about the longevity of the turtles and a few of his favorite versions. Playmates was one of the first places to give the TMNT a chance and both companies skyrocketed to popularity. The toys are all fantastic and are great for any young turtle fans. Thanks again to Playmates Toys for having us!