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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with a new movie and toys

The Ninja Turtles are back in full swing since their beginning in the late 1980's with a new movie releasing August 8, 2014 according to their official website and trailer. These superhero characters first appeared in comic books and then licensed to be reproduced as toys, films and video games. Whether your child is ready for the movie, this is up to the parents, but there are also toys for children to idolize their favorite superhero.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with toys and a new movie.
Tania Cowling

Just recently, Playmates Toys unveiled their new line of these superhero characters, including action figures, vehicles and other play sets. It's ironic because many parents had a few of these original toys from their childhood. It's nice to see their comeback just in time for this new movie debut.

The new Turtles are even funnier and more colorful that the ones in the past. They are four teenage brothers learning to rely on one another, training to become the heroes in a half shell, while battling their nemesis Shredder and The Kraang.

Leonardo is the leader of the Turtles and tries to keep his brothers in line. Raphael is the biggest and strongest of the group but hides in the shadows and lies low, whereas his brother, Donatello, is brilliant and analytical. He proves himself as a brilliant inventor making fantastic weapons and techy accessories from things he has scavenged from the city dumpster. And then there is Michelangelo who is just plain fun and tries to get involved with the latest trends. All in all, these Ninja creatures have won the hearts of kids today.

Along with the action figures, there is also the Shellraiser, which is the Turtles' vehicle loaded with a cannon on top and all kinds of Ninja battle technology to fight off Shredder and his gang. The Shellraiser can fit up to eight action figures inside and with a touch of a button a Turtle flies out to capture the enemy. The Shellraiser vehicle sells for $29.99 at retail.

Each action figure ranges around 4 to 9 inches and designed to look like the characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show and now the movie. They each wear a bandana and come equipped with their ninja weapons. The toys are recommended for children ages four and up and retail around $9.00. The action figures also include some of the enemies like Splinter and Shredder.

Pretend play is very creative and involves problem-solving skills. So now the question is, who will enjoy these toys the most, the children or their parents remembering their past?

Note: Information about these toys have been provided by Playmates Toys with samples.