How time flies! Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael have been battling evil together as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for more than 30 years. They have appeared in comic books, television, movies, and on more products than you can imagine. At home in their Secret Sewer Lair below New York City, Leo, Mikey, Donnie, and Raph battle Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan. While they’re protecting the rest of us, here are our picks for the best Nina Turtle toys so your young ones can help them.

Our Top Picks

Playhut Shell Raiser Vehicle

Best Overall

Playhut Shell Raiser Vehicle

TMNT Shell Water Blaster

Best Budget Buy

Little Kids TMNT Shell Water Blaster

How to pick the best Ninja Turtle toy

Here are the criteria we used to judge 13 of the latest and best TMNT toy selections. We hope you will think about some of these categories when you select the toys for your little ones. There’s one factor we can’t judge, however – how much fun your kids will have when they get their gifts.

1. Recommended Age

The ages recommended for these toys are flexible if the child is age 3 or greater. Some have a definite choke hazard for younger children, and we have noted them in the Watch For sections. If the toy is less than 1-1/4 inch, it can get stuck in a child’s throat. To check, try to put the toy through an empty toilet roll. If it slides through, the toy must be kept away from kids under 3.

2. TMNT Characters

Not many Ninja characters are included in the playsets. You will probably have to order any desired characters separately to arrive at the same time as that amazing recreation of the Turtle’s Lair or set. They come in differing sizes, so check that they will fit properly before ordering.

3. Batteries

A few of the toys below need batteries. We’ve listed the sizes and number of each in the space below. Some of the batteries are not standard, so you probably won’t have them lying around in the gadget drawer.

4. Assembly Required

Some of the toys, like pillows and costumes, require no assembly. Just unbox and play. Other choices may need an extensive assembly that will necessitate the supervision and help of at least one adult. When you order the toy, check that you have the tools at hand to build it quickly and smoothly.

5. Dimensions

Some of the toys are nearly as tall as a young child; others are smaller than you’d expect. Knowing the dimensions of a product helps gauge its suitability for your child and how it will fit into your floor space.

6. Weight

Weight in the following products is mainly reported so you can anticipate any shipping charges. The larger items will by necessity be more permanent fixtures for play and won’t need hauling around.

The Winners

Here are our 13 best choices for the best Ninja Turtle toys for 2019. Whether you’re shopping for a preschooler’s first plush Ninja toy or his big sister’s Sewer Lair, we think you’ll find some great choices here.


Playhut Shell Raiser Vehicle

Best Overall

Well, we just saw a Shell Raiser for the Ninja figures, now here’s a larger one for the kids themselves. The Playhut Shell Raiser Vehicle doesn’t go anywhere; it’s a pretend vehicle that doubles as a floorless tent. There are two tunnels in the sides that allow entry and exit. There is even an opening in the ceiling that can be used as a lookout for guarding against the bad guys. The Shell Raiser is decorated in precisely the wild way you’d expect of the turtles. The Shell Raiser is compatible and connects with the tunnel ports of other Playhut structures.

  • You'll love Great toy for rainy or snowy days
  • Good for group pla
  • Watch for: Choke Hazard
  • Does not have a bottom

Recommended Ages: 4 – 15
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 52 x 54.5 x 34 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds


Rise of the TMNT Epic Lair

Upgrade Choice

Discover where Sensei Splinter and the Turtles live and train! This epic 43″ deluxe playset, Rise of the TMNT Epic Lair is packed with tons of features, and your kids will have more fun than a heap of pizza! This Epic Lair is based on the movie Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The entire play set is 43 inches tall with four levels of play that hold seven battle and training rooms. Each room has a special place in the Ninja training routines. There is Splinter’s dojo, Mikey’s arcade, Donnie’s backpack storage unit, Raph’s weight training room, and Leo’s weapons storage rack that rotates. Be aware that the TMNT characters are not included and you will need to order them separately.

  • You'll love: Giant play area with lots of avenues of play
  • Good group play toy
  • Watch for: Choke hazard
  • Lots of pieces to assemble
  • Character figures are not included

Recommended Ages: 4 +
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: Yes
Dimensions: 28.5 x 26 x 40.5 inches
Weight: 15.4 pounds


Little Kids TMNT Shell Water Blaster

Best Budget Buy

A water blaster, are you sure? Of course, you are! Whether your kids use the Little Kids TMNT Shell Water Blaster  in the bathtub, the backyard, or the swimming pool, you can be sure they’ll have a ball. The ammo, er, water, is held in a tank that straps to a child’s back. The shooter pumps the tank manually, then pushes to release the water. The tank holds 33 ounces of water, so there’s a good time between fill-ups. Want H2O power? This blaster will shoot water up to 30 feet away. The straps adjust to fit little kids up to some reported as adults. Finally, parents can squirt back!

  • You'll love: Ninja water fun in bath or yard
  • Multiple sets mean party time
  • Watch for: Choke hazard
  • Some parents report water didn’t squirt, just leaked

Recommended Ages: 3 +
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 36.7 inches
Weight: 12.8 ounces


TMNT Sewer Lair Playset

Best Ninja Turtle Lair Toy

Ah, the mysteries of the Secret Sewer Lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are deep. Deep under New York’s streets, that is. This gigantic 42-inch playset will have a permanent place in your child’s bedroom or playroom. It features areas for waging battle, zip line, trap door, and even projectiles that shoot. In this set, there are more than 20 ninja features. Watch out, Shredder, your time is limited at best! In other rooms, Don’s computer lab, a sliding elevator, and an adjustable periscope are hidden away. Be aware that no Ninja Turtles come with this playset. All ‘basic’ figures will fit with the set.

  • You'll love: Deluxe TMNT HQ a must-have for fans
  • Lots of action built-in for fun play
  • Watch for: Choke Hazard
  • No sticker placement legend
  • Challenging to construct

Recommended Ages: 4 – 15
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: 3 LR44
Assembly Required: Yes
Dimensions: 40.5 x 36.2 x 19 inches
Weight: 1.26 pounds


TMNT Happy Hauler Ride-On

Best Ninja Turtle Ride-On Toy

The TMNT Happy Hauler Ride-On is a riding toy for toddlers and small children. Now they can play at Ninja Turtles along with big brother and sister. The Hauler is convertible, too. The handle switches from pull handle or a seat. Under the seat is handy storage for toys. One push of the button and there will be sound effects and a tune.

  • You'll love: Play along fun for toddlers

Recommended Ages: 1 – 6
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: 2 AA
Assembly Required: Yes
Dimensions: 37.6 x 11 x 10.6 inches
Weight: 7.89 pounds


TMNT RC Skateboarding Mikey

Best Ninja Turtle Remote Control Toy

TMNT Mikey is a skateboarding monster with all the sick tricks! He can do 360s, 720’s, wheelies, and spins on his board — tubuloso! This toy will let your boy or girl control Michelangelo and perform his many tricks. A great feature is that there is a self-righting action so Mikey can immediately escape some gnarly falls. If you use the remote’ spin button. For extra fun, Mikey has a list of 20 phrases that are his most popular. This toy requires separate batteries for the remote and the toy. It is for indoor use on wood or tile indoors.

  • You'll love: Great first remote-control vehicle
  • Good extra play and fun features
  • Watch for: Not for outdoor use
  • Not for use on carpeting

Recommended Ages: 4 +
TMNT Characters: 1
Batteries: 2 AA for remote (included) 5 C for skateboard (not included)
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 9 x 15 x 15 inches
Weight: 4.55 pounds


TMNT Shell Raiser Vehicle

Best Ninja Turtle Toy Car

The TMNT Shell Raiser Vehicle is a car with a real difference, just what you’d expect from the world’s coolest gang of mutated turtles. The kids wind up the vehicle and load it then watch the battle hatch fly open and a bazooka launcher rams into position. There are also battle ramps that fold down, sewer pipe battle grips and rail. This toy takes fewer than five minutes to assemble. The Shell Raiser Vehicle is designed for the 12 cm TMNT moving figures which are not included.

  • You'll love: Less than five minutes to assemble
  • Fun action parts
  • Watch for: TMNT figures not included
  • Batteries required

Recommended Ages: 4 +
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: 2 CR5
Assembly Required: Yes
Dimensions: 6.3 x 11.8 x 7.9 inches
Weight: 2.14 pounds


Michelangelo Pillowtime Pal

For the TMNT fan of any age, Mikey is a bedtime buddy that will guard them through the night. Don’t let that stop kids from bringing him on car trips. He’s also fun to play with on the backyard swings. The Michelangelo Pillowtime Pal may even make naptime a bit more attractive. The pillow is made of 100 percent polyester microfiber and is 24 inches long and 13 inches wide.

  • You'll love: Soft and cuddly take-along toy
  • Great for toddlers and olde

Recommended Ages: NL
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 6 X 14 X 24 inches
Weight: 14.4 ounces


TMNT Bathtub Basketball Tub Toss

Why stop with the TMNT décor, toys, and regalia at the bathroom door? Bath time can be Ninja fun time with this basketball game based on the TMNT franchise. The TMNT Bathtub Basketball Tub Toss  includes a hoop and backboard using suction, three balls, and a bonus bottle of body wash.

  • You'll love: Easier to get kids into the bath
  • Fun and clean with the Ninja’s own soap

Recommended Ages: 3 +
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.3 x 2.9 inches
Weight: 14.4 ounces


TMNT Satin Capes with Felt Masks

Little kids love to dress up. With all the princess costumes for girls, finally here’s a get-up which can be worn comfortably by both genders. Furthermore, the capes and masks aren’t limited to the small set. Uncle George can play along; the cape will just be a little shorter on him. The TMNT Satin Capes with Felt Masks collection includes each of the turtle’s capes and masks in red, orange, blue, and purple. The logo on the capes is not screen printed, but a thermal transfer. So, whether it’s a TMNT party, Halloween, or just fun to wear while playing with Ninja toys, this is a great gift to add to a Ninja toy. Capes are about 27 inches square and made of double-sided satin.

  • You'll love: Parents report product very well made
  • Can ‘fit’ adults as well

Recommended Ages: 3 – 8
TMNT Characters: No
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.9 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.08 ounces


TMNT Donnie Turtle Racer

Donatello and Casey Jones buildable minifigures work together cooperatively to build a hot rod. They transform an old pickup into a speedy race car. Donnie rides in the back carrying his bo staff while Casey drives them speeding along. The TMNT Donnie Turtle Racer is a manual car and uses no batteries. It is fully compatible with the Party Wagon by Mega Bloks for the turtles which are sold separately.

  • You'll love: Fun car for kids with no batteries or remote
  • Watch for: Choke hazard
  • Difficult for smaller children to assemble

Recommended Ages: 5 +
TMNT Characters: 2 (buildable)
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: Yes
Dimensions: 12 x 2.5 x 9.6 inches
Weight: 12 ounces


TMNT Shell Hog with Michelangelo

The TMNT Shell Hog motorcycle will be ridden into your home by a Michelangelo figure wearing a permanent skull cap helmet device. This bike launches two projectiles. There is an assortment of Shell Hogs, one for each of the gang. Each is sold separately. All connect to each other for major turtle destruction of the bad dudes. The bike pivots vertically for a surprisingly high or low attack.

  • You'll love: Connectivity with other toys in the line
  • Fun without batteries
  • Watch for: Choke hazard
  • Currently ships within two to three months

Recommended Ages: 4 +
TMNT Characters: 1
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 6 inches
Weight: 0.96 ounces


TMNT plush dolls

This set of TMNT plush dolls range in height from 14 to 17 inches. They are great for the littlest ones who like to carry around or sleep with their cartoon heroes. This set includes all four of the dolls.

  • You'll love: Soft and cuddly dolls for toddlers and kids
  • Big enough to play with easily

Recommended Ages: NL
TMNT Characters: 4
Batteries: No
Assembly Required: No
Dimensions: 14 x 12.7 x 4.3 inches
Weight: 1.25 pounds

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for Ninja Turtle Toys lovers

TMNT Birthdays!

Crazy Little Projects has a nice array of birthday party fun from décor to costumes and more besides. If you have a TMNT fan with a birthday coming up soon, here’s a bunch of fun they can help prepare themselves.

Party Games for all Mutant Turtles!

What a dismal gathering a birthday party without games would be. has a wide array of some of the best games with a TMNT theme. You can download some and directions are given for DIY fun.

Let’s Get Super - Crafty!

Handy with a sewing machine and glue sticks? has a collection of 15 DIY Ninja projects for all ages from sleepwear to complete costumes. These are great family projects to both have fun and learn new skills.

Change a Bedroom into a Ninja Hideout!

Kids need a new décor and want our Teenage Ninjas? Check out this Pinterest collection of bedrooms decorated to make the TMNT quartet feel right at home.

Halloween! Cowabunga!

Everyone knows that dressing up as Mikey, Raph, Donnie, and Leo makes for the perfect Halloween costumes. Pinterest has an array of easy-to-copy outfits for the tiniest kids to their parents.

Quick Decision

Playhut Shell Raiser Vehicle – Best Overall
It’s an indoor/outdoor tent decorated like an outrageous Ninja vehicle. Kids can use the tent to play Ninja Turtles with friends and siblings. Also, it’s a great place to eat lunch.

Rise of the TMNT Epic Lair Playset – Upgrade Choice
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair  is an amazing array of play spaces and features. This is a definite choice for dedicated fans to build a centerpiece for their Ninja Turtles collection.

Little Kids TMNT Shell Water Blaster – Best Budget Buy
It’s a great toy for summer use and in the winter, a good toy to use in the tub. The Blaster is a good toy to order in quantity for family or party battles royal.


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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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