Nickelodeon and Playmates Reveal 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Line
Riding high on the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, Nickelodeon has recently partnered with Playmates Toys in order to develop the 2014 toy expansion for the TMNT franchise. The toy line was revealed during the American International Toy Fair in New York City, which ran from February 16 to 19.
2013 saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the number one action figure property and ranked among the top ten properties across the entire toy industry, and the 2014 collection looks set to repeat the achievement via two brand new products, including the Z-Line Ninja Playsets, which introduces a zip-line adventure Turtle action figures, and Half-Shell Heroes, small and rounded action figures and playsets designed and safety-tested for the youngest Turtles fans.
Highlights of the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line from Playmates Toys include the following:
Half-Shell Heroes: For the first time, kids as young as three can join in non-stop ninja fun. The all-new Heroes In a Half-Shell segment includes action figures, vehicles and playsets, sized just right for preschool hands. It allows little ones to enjoy open-ended imaginative play with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heroes and mutants.
Available this fall, the line includes an assortment of 2.5” action figures, including Leo with Luge, Mikey with Skateboard and Raph with Mini Cycle. Also featured is the Shellraiser, the Turtles’ infamous group vehicle packed with action features; Secret Sewer HQ Playset with Mikey and Splinter, which allows little ones to engage in endless ninja play; and Mega Mutant Leonardo, which permits kids to practice ninja training with Leonardo as they control his ninja kicks and chops.
Z-Line Ninja Playsets: The all-new collection of Z-line Ninja playsets allows kids to zip their Turtles action figures around the room. The playsets attach safely to walls and the zip-lines are easily connected, allowing kids to trigger a chain reaction, launching even more Turtle figures. Available this spring, the line includes two basic playsets, Freefall Fire Escape and Window Wipeout, and two deluxe playsets, Water Tower Washout and Billboard Breakout. This fall, the ultimate zip-lining fans can zip their Turtles from greater heights with the Construction Crane Cascade high-flying pulley system. Each playset includes a gargoyle launcher, zip-lines, angle gauge and more. For extended ninja play, all Z-line Ninja sets connect to create a world of zip-line action! Action figures are sold separately.
Basic Action Figure: This assortment continues to grow with the addition of more than 25 new figures in 2014, including some of the most beloved characters from the original 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series such as Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady. The highly detailed action figures are fully articulated and uniquely sculpted, with heights ranging from 4” to 5.5”. Each figure is equipped with unique accessories and is compatible with most of the vehicles and playsets in the line. Figures launching in the spring include Casey Jones, Kirby Bat, Rahzar, Mutagen Man and Slash. Figures launching in the fall include the Robotic Foot Soldier, Dojo Splinter, Newtralizer, Squirrelanoid, Baxter Fly, Bebop and Rocksteady.
Ninja Action Deluxe Figures: Kids can wind these figures up and watch as they perform ninja moves, including front flips, cartwheels and extreme knee spins. The collection includes Ninja Cartwheeling Leonardo, Ninja Front Flipping Raphael and Ninja Knee Spin Michelangelo.
11-inch Interactive Talking Turtles: Kids’ favorite heroes in a half-shell come to life with these new interactive Turtles. They have a lot to say and can even talk to one another. Each Turtle knows when one of their brothers is talking and can even provide their own unique responses. When all four of the Turtles are together, kids can listen as their personalities come to life! The collection includes Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.
Stretch N Shout Action Figures: These new figures allow kids to hear the “battle shouts” of their favorite Turtles. Each figure stands over 8″ tall, comes with their core accessories and features stretchable arms. Kids can stretch the Turtles’ arms, listening to the pitch get higher as the arms are stretched further. The collection includes Leonardo and Raphael.
Throw N’ Battle Deluxe Figures: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are always ready for a battle against Shredder and the evil Foot Clan, and now the Turtles can be thrown into the battle with these new figures. Decked out in their night ninja outfits, the Throw N’ Battle Turtles start out in stealth mode with their legs and arms folded behind their head. Give them a toss into the battle and they spring to their feet, unleash their weapons and are ready to take out Shredder and the Foot!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blimp: This iconic group vehicle from the 1980s TV series is back! The new vehicle inflates to about 30 inches long, features Turtle gliding wings, authentic Turtle graphics, holds up to five of the Turtles basic action figures and includes a repelling system to quickly drop the Turtles into battle. The blimp’s easy grip handle helps kids maneuver the battle between the Turtles and Shredder and the Foot.
Available this spring, additional vehicles include Grass-Kicker, Shell Flyer, Leo and Donnie’s Patrol Buggy, Turtle Sub. Coming this fall will be the Ninja Control Patrol Buggy, Turtle Hot Rod and Mikey’s and Raph’s Patrol Buggy.
Role Play Gear:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans can relive their favorite moments from the show with the release of new role play items. This spring, fans can move the ninja action from land to water for the ultimate Turtle takedown with the Sewer Spewer Water Weapons. In addition, Turtle Power will be had with the High-3 Turtle Hands, motion-activated battle hands with sound effects and Ninja Turtles Walkie Talkies. Arriving this fall are Electronic Masks that fans can use to ‘mutate’ into Leonardo or Michelangelo, and the Casey Jones Deluxe Mask, which allows kids to transform into the masked vigilante.