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The Best Ninja Turtle Toys of 2020


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been popular on and off for decades- beginning in the mid-1980s. Beginning as a comic, TMNT has television shows, movies, and a wide viewing audience.

It is popular among kids of all ages and there are toys for toddlers, teens, and any other fans of the show.

Below, you’ll find our list of best ninja turtle toy choices, including action figures, play sets, collectibles, and more. 

Top 3 Ninja Turtle ToysWhy It's BestMom Rating
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT Classic Movie Figure 4pc SetMost posable figures, best classic design♥♥♥♥♥
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Tank VehicleBest Ninja Turtle vehicle, best 2-in-1 TMNT playset♥♥♥♥♥
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair PlaysetBest playset, most interactive Ninja turtle playset♥♥♥♥♥

Top 7 Ninja Turtle Toys 

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Action Figure

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The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Action Figure is designed after the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show of 2018. There are nine total figurines that can be collected from the first run, including all four turtles, three villains, and two allies. 

Leonardo comes with several accessories, including two throwing stars, an over-sized odachi sword, a small dagger sword, and a skateboard. He stands 4.5″ tall and has 13 posable areas. If Leonardo is not your child’s favorite, you can also choose one of the other four turtles. 

The accessories included with Leonardo can be easy to lose, especially if your child leaves their toys out. They’re also a choking hazard so this is recommended for ages four and older. 

Pros

  • The set has nine collectible figurines
  • Flexible posing for more interactive play
  • Comes with weapons and accessories
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Good for imaginative play 

Cons

  • Easy to lose small pieces

YongEnShang Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 2 3″ Action Figure Set

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The YongEnShang Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series 2 3″ Action Figure Set comes with all four turtles, with each standing a little over 2.5″. These posable figurines come with weapons and can be used for cake decorating, making them a great topper that your child can wash off and play with later. 

The size of these turtles are perfect for toddler hands. They are made of solid, durable pieces so younger kids can play with them as well. Many delight from playing pretend and fighting crime while others just like carrying the turtles around. 

Pros

  • Works as a cake topper or toy
  • Small enough for toddler hands
  • Not small enough to be a choking hazard
  • Great for playing pretend
  • Turtles have weapons and are posable

Cons

  • We couldn’t find any! 

Ninja Turtles Kids’ Digital Watch with Metallic Green Bezel and LED Lights

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The Ninja Turtles Kids’ Digital Watch with Metallic Green Bezel and LED Lights has a bright green strap and pictures all four of the turtles on its face. With an adjustable strap and easy-to-read design, this is perfect for toddlers and teens. 

The time is displayed in the middle of the watch face in digital numbers. When the top-right button is pressed, a multi-colored light show is displayed on the dial. There is also a green metallic bezel that surrounds the face. While the watchband is comfortable, the rubber material that is used can be a little difficult for kids to buckle on their own. 

This TMNT watch comes in a cute tin box that is easy to wrap for gifting. It is durable and will withstand drops. However, you’ll want to be sure your child takes it off before showering because the watch is not waterproof. 

Pros

  • Adjustable strap for customizing the size
  • LED backlight flashes when activated 
  • Digital display
  • Attractive design
  • Comes in a cute tin box

Cons

  • Band is hard to buckle

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT Classic Movie Figure 4pc Set

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT Classic Movie Figure 4pc Set is modeled after the 1992 TMNT movie “Secret of the Ooze”. All four turtles are included in this set as figurines standing about 6″ tall. 

For enthusiasts that may want to collect this set, the turtles come in a Sewer Squad sealed box. Each turtle also comes with its signature accessories and a sewer lid base plate that has been personalized with each turtles’ name. 

The turtles are also highly posable with 34 points, including details like the toes and thumbs. This makes the turtles great for imaginative play. Something to note is that some of the posable joints are a little flimsy so this isn’t a good toy for younger kids that might be too rough with the parts. 

Pros

  • Come with customized nameplates
  • Authentically designed after the 1992 movie
  • Very posable
  • Can be collected or played with
  • Comes in a unique Sewer Squad box

Cons

  • Some joints are a little flimsy

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Tank Vehicle

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The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Tank Vehicle is a big turtle tank modeled after the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show. The unit transforms from a mobile operation to a playset. 

This TMNT playset makes it easy for kids to play pretend. The turtles have working front and rear hatches and Donnie has a lab inside that launches projectiles, raises up, and turns 360-degrees to shoot from all sides. It also has an escape hatch on the bottom and a secret ops panel.

This playset can also be expanded as Donnie’s lab works with the Epic Sewer Lair Playset and the tank is compatible with the Hog cycles that launch projectiles. 

Even though there is seating inside the tank, its hard to close it with all four turtles inside. However, there is a place to attach one turtle on the outside of the tank. Donnie’s lab also sticks a little, so younger kids may need help putting it back down to avoid breaking it. 

Pros

  • Spot for three turtles inside and one outside vehicle
  • 2-in-1 vehicle is a vehicle and a special ops unit
  • Launches projectiles 
  • Plenty of secret hatches, entrances, and exits
  • All four turtles included
  • Compatible with other playsets

Cons

  • Donnie’s lab sticks a little bit when you are putting it back down

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Mutant Leonardo’s Dojo Pet to Turtle Playset

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Mutant Leonardo’s Dojo Pet to Turtle Playset is a 2-in-1 toy. The outside is a turtle pet and the inside opens to reveal a dojo training playset. Two micro figurines are included; Leonardo complete with his authentic katanas and a villain- Cockroach Terminator. 

Inside Leonardo, you’ll find 2 battle platforms, a sewer slide, a connecting escape sewer tunnel, a launching staircase, and a jail. A blaster cannon and two projectiles are also included. By collecting all the playsets and vehicles, a Mutant universe can be created. 

Even though this is recommended for ages four and up, the small pieces are easy to lose. Parents should also note that the micro figurines are really small, coming in at under an inch tall. 

Pros

  • Fun playset with Leonardo, villain, and jail
  • Two figurines included
  • Can be used as a pet or a playset
  • Projectiles included for added fun
  • Can be used as part of a Mutant Universe 

Cons

  • Small pieces are easy to lose

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair Playset

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The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair Playset is an impressive 43″ tall and packed with many features. The structure features four levels, seven rooms to train in, a catapulting basketball hoop, a sewer slide, and more. 

Some of the rooms you’ll find include Splinter’s dojo, Donnie’s backpack storage, Leo’s rotating weapon storage rack, Raph’s weight training room, and Mikey’s arcade. Many of the rooms also have front and back entrances, which makes it easy to play with a friend. Even though this is packed with features, it’s important to note that you’ll need to purchase the Ninja Turtles, Splinter, and any other characters your child wants to play with separately.  

Your child will love discovering the different features of the structure. Each room has a unique, fun feature and there is an adjustable skateboard ramp outside. This playset does have smaller pieces, so its recommended for ages 4 and up. 

Pros

  • Rooms have front and back entrances
  • Seven rooms and four levels
  • Stands over three-and-a-half feet tall
  • Shoots projectiles, has skateboard ramp, slides, and more
  • Special rooms for each of the Ninja Turtles and Splinter

Cons

  • Action figures not included

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How We Selected Ninja Turtle Toys

Child’s Preference

Have you ever asked your child which Ninja Turtle is their favorite? Each Ninja Turtle has his own characteristics and things they are good at. As your child identifies these traits, they have more realistic play.

More than likely your child already has a favorite Ninja Turtle- all you have to do is ask! 

Durability

Many kids appreciate TMNT toys for an action-packed playing session. They may make figures run around and fight as they hunt down the bad guys.

Durability is usually a problem with toys designed for younger kids, especially since toddlers do not always know their own strength. If parts break off, they can become choking hazards. 

One thing that you can do is shop within your child’s age range when looking for toys. Manufacturers recommend age ranges based on the safety of parts, especially when manufacturing toys for younger kids. 

Overall Quality

Overall quality involves factors like how realistic the toys are and if they withstand play by the recommended age range. To assess overall quality, we tested some of these toys out. Real parent reviews were also considered from sources all over the web. 

FAQs About Ninja Turtle Toys

What types of Ninja Turtle toys are available? 

The Ninja Turtles franchise attracts all age groups.

Some of the most basic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys are action figures, vehicles, and accessories. Ninja Turtle play sets are also popular since all the pieces make it easier for kids to engage in imaginative play.

There are also plush toys, tents, and other fun Ninja Turtle toys for toddlers that don’t have smaller parts (so they aren’t a choking hazard). 

When did Ninja Turtles become popular? 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started as a comic book created by two friends; Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. It was published in May of 1984 with a limited run of 3,000 copies that quickly sold out. They experienced popularity for the first few years. Many TMNT enthusiasts had trouble finding the comics because they sold out so quickly.

A few years later, Playmates Toys agreed to a contract producing Ninja Turtle toys if the comic book became an animated series. Fred Wolf Films produced the first 5-part miniseries. The miniseries was an animated cartoon for younger viewers and the TMNT toy line was started not long after. 

The popularity of TMNT continued into the 90s with more comics, movies, television series, and toys. You can read a more detailed history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles here. Even today, TMNT has won the hearts of young children, teens, and even some adults. 

Where can I buy Ninja Turtle toys? 

The Ninja Turtle franchise has been popular for decades and is not marketed exclusively to any company. You can find Ninja Turtle toys almost anywhere.

One of the benefits of the widespread interest in turtle toys is that you can find it in large retail stores like Walmart and Target, as well as countless online retailers. 

Final Word

Choosing the best Ninja Turtle toy is easy if you consider your child’s age and what they like. From collectible figurines modeled after the original turtles to turtle toys from the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show, there are plenty of options.

Being a parent of younger children, my favorite is the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair Playset. Both boys can play with it at the same time and it’s big enough that they don’t end up fighting as much as they do when playing with other toys. 

Samantha Davis
Samantha Davis
Samantha Davis is a part-time writer and a full-time mommy of two boys, Apollo (age 3) and Adrien (age 5). She has been working as a writer for five years and one day plans to run her own writing company. For now, Samantha is content working as a writer and spending all her free time with her little boys. They live together with dad in Ohio and spend their free time crafting, hiking, and baking.

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