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Part of #TMNTweek 2016 on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out TheRockFather.com/TMNT for more.

When it comes to a great toy collection, it often seems like toymakers forget that the vehicles and playsets are a key part of the lasting appeal (something G.I. JOE and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE absolutely dominated when I was a kid). The folks at Playmates Toys' haven't lost sight of that, and over the years they've done a fine job of making sure that their Basic Action Figure Assortments are complimented with plenty of rides and environments to help kids keep those big adventures going. For TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, there's a new assortment of motorcycles hitting the streets, each paired with an exclusive action figure. Let's take a look...

For #TMNTweek, Playmates sent us two of the new Cycles for review here in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ (our house and sidewalk), and they are cool... particularly on the villainous side of things.

Warthog Trike

Warthog Trike with Exclusive Bebop Figure: Having not yet seen the film, cliche as it might be, I could totally see them playing some George Thorogood "Bad to the Bone" playing as Bebop rolls up on his Warthog Trike for the first time. It's a big bike for a big dude, and this one comes with dual spring-loaded rocket grenade projectiles, a crowbar and a chain whip. Bebop is hardcore.


Street Speeder with Exclusive Leonardo Figure: With its Japanese styling, you can tell that Leo's bike is built for speed... and by wearing a proper helmet, he's conveying a message of riding safety as well. Leo is geared-up with his traditional dual swords, but this bike offers "Ninja Flip Action," packing a spring-loaded ejector into the seat that can make the turtle "flip" forward while wearing a special stunt harness attached to a swing arm. Personally, I could do without the flip action, as it doesn't work properly all of the time, but the kids think it's funny. 

Leonardo being chased by Bebop!

Also AvailableRhino Chopper with Exclusive Rocksteady Figure: A more traditional, two-wheeled "Harley" esque bike brings Rocksteady into action, and like his counterpart's, this one has dual spring-loaded rocket grenade projectiles, but he's also got his signature nail bat and a sledgehammer... just in-case.

Raphael and Rocksteady

Ragin' Rager with Exclusive Raphael Figure: Like Leo's bike, Raph's takes that Japanese styling to the streets complete with the flipping action. 

All of these toys and more are available at retailers everywhere right now!

The chase is on!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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