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When is a ride not a ride? That's the question I faced when looking at TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES T-Sprints, a new type of TMNT play from the folks at Playmates Toys. Following the successful jump into the diecast aisle with last year's launch of the T-Machines line, T-Sprints is something completely new in that it's sorta like miniature soap-box racing, but with familiar Turtles in the race. Each T-Sprints figure can be revved-up (the old-school rev-and-go action) and let go to see them appear to be "sprinting" across a flat surface. Their arms and legs move, and it does look like they're running - it's cute. Then you can drop them into one of their rides (each figure has one included), and they scoot along.


I originally posted about the T-Sprints line back in December when the Playmates crew sent-over a first-look at their commercial for these new toys - a spot which I'm sharing again below since it very clearly shows how these work in-action:

The rides themselves are a simple, lightweight hollow plastic shell with no moving parts. It's more of an illusion of driving, but the kids don't mind. The Rock Daughters have both enjoyed T-Sprints as a part of their growing TMNT collection, and they're the right size to take with on adventures as well. Last Saturday, little Finley brought her T-Sprints with to ballet - the perfect thing to play with in the hallway with the other kids while waiting for big sister Addie's overlapping class to finish up. 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Sprints Heroes Available Now:
  • Lickety-Split Leo & Shellraiser
  • Rapid-Assault Raph & Stealth Bike
  • Dasher Donnie & Patrol Buggy
  • Mad Motion Mikey & Party Van
  • Speedy Splinter & Rat Attack
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Sprints Villians Available Now:
  • Supersonic Shredder & Shreddermobile
  • Turbo-Charged Triceraton & Destroyer

Finn playing with T-Sprints

At under $5 a piece, T-Sprints make a great Easter Basket stuffer this spring, or a great gift for any occasion. 

T-Sprints Review

Available now at Toys "R" Us, Target and Walmart stores nationwide. See more photos on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine Facebook page.


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.

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