As one of the most beloved franchises in pop culture history, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had more toy variants than you could shake a bō staff at. Here are the top 15 most popular turtle toys of the 1990s.
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1988 was the year that the first line of TMNT toys appeared. But, most of the variants have been available since then. Action figuresIn the 90s, playsets, vehicles, as well as toys, were introduced. The TMNT toys range is so famous that it’s easy to mistakenly believe they inspired the show.
Anyway, this article’s all about the coolest TMNT toys to come out in the 90s. As we dive in, grab a slice for pizza and say cowabunga.
1. Giant Turtles (1990)
What’s cooler than a giant version of your favorite toon turtles? As if they weren’t mutated enough, each giant version of the four turtles was three and a half times the size of standard action figures.
Perfect for city or sewer play, each of the 13″ Giant Turtle toys were fully poseable. Equipped with their signature weapons, they’re guaranteed to intimidate every other toy in your bedroom.
2. Mondo Gecko (1990)
Mondo Gecko was born in a quarterpipe in Hawaii and is a close ally to the Turtles. His Turbo-charged Sewer Skateboard “Mon”I’m ready to grind on some Foot Clan chumps, and do your homework for you.
Mondo Gecko also included an optional label sheet to allow kids to decorate their skateboard (or any other object) with some fun stickers.
3. Panda Khan (1990)
Kung-Fu Panda is gone, but the OG is here. Although he didn’t appear on the TV show, Panda Khan (realname Li Yang) is a beloved character from the TMNT crossover comics. He was also honored with a special action figure.
Panda Khan was able time-travel from his alien world with anthropomorphic pandas using the ancient art Ting Zing Pao to help the Turtles. With his Dragon Claw’s Sword and Fusion Blaster, it’s no surprise Shredder’s foot soldiers find him unBEARable.
4. Heavy Metal Raph (1991)
How can you make the coolest Turtle even more cool? Give him a guitar!
This glam rock version of Raphael is ready to deafen Shredder’s foot soldiers with radical riffs brain-melting basslines. With his new Bass Bashin’ Guitar, this rockstar turtle has no trouble keeping the beat.
Oh, he’s also replaced his shurikens with vinyl records and now carries a pair of modified drumstick sais. The other Turtles say it’s a phase, but we think they’re just jealous.
5. Mutant Military Turtles (1991).
Get ready to stand at attention and salute these green army m̶e̶n̶ turtles. With Uncle Sam on their side, these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are ready to divide and conquer Shredder’s forces like a slice of pepperoni pizza.
You’ve got Lieutenant Leo for the Army, Pro Pilot Don for the Air Force, Midshipman Mike for the Navy, and Raph, the Green Teen Beret. Each action figure came with its very own accessories and a United States flag. “Anti-Foot” flag.
6. Super Shredder (1991).
Everyone is familiar with Shredder, the antagonist of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He is also known for his toxic personality. Super Shredder, the new and improved version of Shredder, is an intimidating figure. “twice the Turtle-eating turbulence”Version regular.
This particular figure was reissued many times. An all-black edition was also available through a mail-in promo for Chef Boyardee. A version of Super Shredder was also available in Europe with purple-colored armor.
Even loose, this all-black Super shredder will still cost you more than a few online pizzas (recent eBay listings have seen it go for as high as $400-$600).
7. April, the Ninja newscaster (1992).
The Foot Clain is about to get some bad news, and April O’Neil is here to deliver it with style. April is the center of the action thanks to this action figure, who transforms her camera equipment into ninja-style weaponry.
Using her samurai-style camera and broadcastin’ bo, April’s ready to give Shredder a painful close-up he won’t soon forget. She is described as the “The One” “world’s first judo, ju jitsu jammin’ journalist, ”This figure is certainly one of the most coolest TMNT toys.
8. Movie III Samurai Turtles (1992)
1992-1993 was the era of the TMNT craze. It was all about the third live action movie. This movie sees the main characters travel back in history to 16th century Japan to save Princess Mitsu.
Each action figure was inspired by the Turtles’ appearance in the film. These figures are distinct from all the other TMNT toys.
Since Leonardo was always the sword guy, he’s the most period-correct of these super-sized samurai (as period-correct as a mutant turtle can be). With his giant katana and karuta-style armor, we’re glad this mean, green, fighting machine is one of the good guys.
9. Hot Spot (1993).
Although the Turtles are tough, they had a lot support. The fire-fighting Dalmatian Hot Spot is one of their most trusted friends.
Using his Foot-fightin’ Fire Axe, Hot Spot chews through bad guys and debris with ease. Like any good dog, he’s also got a large bone between his teeth (which he won’t hesitate to use as a cudgel when bad guys get too close).
10. Scratch (1993).
Before Swiper started swiping he had Scratch the Cat. This despicable feline is the Foot Clan’s answer to Hot Spot and comes with his swindlin’ sidekick Jail Bird along with his Bag o’ Burgled Loot, Criminal Cake Gun, and Felonious Fish Club.
Although Scratch is a fairly ordinary character, it has earned legendary status among toy collectors. A Scratch figure, even loose, can be found for as low as $3000 online. A sealed version can easily fetch $7000 or more.
11. Undercover Turtles (1994)
Are you looking to find the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles You won’t find them here. With their fedoras, the Undercover Turtles make excellent noir sewer sleuths. “real fabric”Trench coats and an assortment of gadgets.
Collectors consider the Undercover Turtles to be among the most valuable toys in TMNT. As of writing, there’s a Register for the complete setYou can buy all four sealed figures from eBay for $20,000. Wow!
12. Pizza Wars Playset (1994)
While Dominos and Pizza Hut fought for control of the Friday night dinner demographic, another pizza war was secretly raging in kids’ bedrooms. The mini-mutants toys included the Pizza War Playset. It featured Michaelangelo’s favorite pizza joint.
This is a bodacious idea Battle set was packed with state-of-the-art defensive technology like a working pizza disc flinger and a marinara-sauce-covered delivery slide for gooey escapes. It was compatible with the entire range of mini-mutant action figure, and the packaging encouraged kids collect them all.
13. Metal Mutants (1995).
The TMNT toy line is remarkable in all the ways it made our beloved cartoon turtles even more fun. The Metal Mutants were introduced to children in 1995. They were a combination of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with mystical spirits that gave them shiny, metallic armor.
These toys clearly draw inspiration from the Power Ranges’ mecha armor featuring animals. Toymakers also had the option of giving Shredder his own Metal Mutant figure.
Metal Mutants kids got two toysOne. You could take the armor off and fold it into its spirit animal form to fight with its wearer.
14. Coil Force Turtles (1996)
With amazing “cowa-boinga”The Coil Force Turtles could deliver real kinetic force in spring action. Anything but tightly wound, these spring-loaded heroes came ready to send Shredder’s goons spiraling out of control.
The Coil Force Turtles have the best play value and design. Collectors love these tightly wound turtles. They retail for around $150 sealed and $40 loose on Amazon.
15. Dino Turtles (1997)
Guess what, Shredder’s got his hands on some dinosaur DNA, and the turtles have been forced to mutate themselves to keep up. The Dino Turtles have some really cool mutations. Michaelangelo gets the thick horns a triceratops and Raphael the spiky ridges a stegosaurus.
Each Dino Turtle came with amazing accessories that were prehistoric-themed. Tyranno Shredder (the mutant, dinosaur-like Shredder) is truly frightening.
All figures had buttons on their mutated torsos that made their arms swing vigorously (not as much, but still pretty amazing).
Dino Turtles & Mutant Masters commercial
What year were the Ninja Turtles toys released?
After Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and others gave Playmates Toys rights to produce the toys, the first line of TMNT toys were released in 1988.