Playmates.MegaMutantLeoIt’s no question whether or not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand spans generations. Parents and kids alike love the crime-fighting, pizza-eating turtles and all the characters that come along with them. And with a show currently airing on Nickelodeon, it’s clear that TMNT isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Playmates Toys makes tons of fun TMNT toys, and now, for the first time, the company launched the Half-Shell Heroes—a line designed specifically for the littlest TMNT fans ages 3 and up. There’s no more watching older siblings having all the fun; preschoolers can join in the Ninja action and create their own Turtle adventures.

The 12-inch Mega Mutant Leo action figure is one of the coolest products in this line. All the toys under the Half-Shell Heroes brand are sized bigger and chunkier for preschool hands. Mega Mutant Leo has cool karate-chopping and kicking action and is very easy for kids to control using the handle on his back. By simply squeezing the handle, kids can watch Leo swings his Katanas and perform karate chops. When kids turn the handle, Leo delivers a Ninja-worthy kick. His adorably big eyes move with each motion, and all the while he speaks more than 100 phrases and sound effects.

From time to time, the Turtles can get a little intense or scary for younger ones, but the Half-Shell Heroes feature the Turtles in brighter colors with softer expressions, so they are a little more approachable for younger fans. The bigger features and rounder edges also allow for safe play.

Mega Mutant Leo is perfect for tiny Turtle fans and parents will love all of the imaginative role-playing kids can engage in. They can reenact their favorite TMNT moments, or they can come up with their own Ninja-inspired scenes, providing themselves with a different adventure every single time they play.

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Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski

Ali Mierzejewski is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of industry experience, Ali is a trusted source for parents, gift-givers, manufacturers, retailers, and more on the latest trends and hottest products. Whether you’re shopping for the best toys for kids — or looking for the latest in geek culture and entertainment for yourself — Ali’s expertise has you covered. When she’s not building LEGO sets or unwinding with a puzzle, Ali is obsessing over the latest season of The Bachelor, scrolling through Gritty’s Twitter, or rewatching The West Wing (for the 100th time). She is also a self-proclaimed expert on the history and lore of the entire Bachelor franchise. Ali has been featured on TODAY, The Wendy Williams Show, Fox & Friends, HLN, The Weather Channel, ABC World News Now, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @hashtagtrendy.