The boys have had some very cool products through to review this week – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys! I quite liked turtles myself as a kid. They have definitely stood the test of time! We were sent a Powersound FX Turtles Figure & Turtles Ninja Combat Gear Set, both of which are recommended for age 4+
The product that grabbed their attention first was the ninja combat gear set. There are 4 available, for every turtle and ours is for Raphael.
You can see all the 4 sets here. Each of them is slightly different in the types of ninja weapons contained.
The Raphael set includes two “complete sais” ninja weapons, along with the signature bandana. This is quite a simple toy but it really appealed to my boys and they are enjoying it a lot. Like most children they have a lot of energy to use up so this set is ideal for them to play with while running around the house and using up that energy! It helps them to bring more imaginative play into their running games.
Mr T (4) looks so cute dressed up with his ninja combat gear! He did need some help to tie the bandana and position it properly for his eyes, so while just playing throughout the day they have been playing with the weapons more. The bandana would be perfect if I have to send him to a party or to school in fancy dress though, as it does make the costume look immediately recognisable as a ninja turtle!
I can use this set to help him with his gross motor skills too. If your child has any exercises they need to do (like Mr T has some core strengthening to do for physio, and general coordination exercises too), giving them some ninja weapons to hold and telling them that these are ninja moves does tend to increase their level of interest and motivation!
Next up is the Powersound FX Turtles Figure. Again we have Raphael and the figure is available in all four turtle variants which you can see here, and also a Shredder figure.
The boys are really enjoying the Powersound FX turtle figure. It keeps their attention longer than any other action figures we have had, because there is more to it. All of the limbs can be moved separately to pose Raphael and make him fight, and this movement of limbs causes different sound effects. When you raise the arm for example, it might say “hiiiii..” and when it goes down, it finishes the sound with “..ya!” so rather than being just random sound effects they blend in so much better with the actions the child is doing with the figure. This is down to a patented wire coil activation system in the arms. Some of the other phrases it has are “we’re ninja turtles” “you’re going down” “this means war”. They are all generally connected to ninja combat.
The figure also has removable weapons. These are 2 complete sais for Raphael, the same as in the role play ninja combat pack. Mr T really liked being able to take them in and out of the turtles hands, and store them carefully in the back of his shell. I also really like this as it means they are less likely to get lost!
Each figure is 5.5 inches tall which is a perfect size, not too big and not too small.
These are the first TMNT toys my boys have had, and I’m really pleased with how much play value they are offering so far. They do keep returning to the toys and are not getting bored with them. The quality of the toys is good, they are all strong and well made and seem able to handle rough play from boisterous children which is really reassuring to me. There’s nothing more disappointing than having a toy which is flimsy and quickly breaks!
I would definitely recommend the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. They are great for this age group and will be fun whether they are already familiar with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or not.
Have your kids got any TMNT toys? Did you watch Turtles as a child yourself? Who’s your favourite turtle? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!