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There’s Pizza in the Fountain of Youth (& A TMNT LEGO Set Giveaway)

Some three decades after my first go-around with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s once again ‘cowabunga time’ as my girls (and our cat) recently discovered, and have fallen in love with, the hard shelled pranksters Leonardo and Michelangelo, Donny and Raph.

TMNT Pizza Shop and Cat

My memory, while still holding down the fort at age 37, isn’t 100% perfect, but to my eyes the new TMNT figures are pretty much exact replicas of the toys I had as a young lad. That’s a rarity in toys (see: Strawberry Shortcake.) The Pop-Up Pizza Anchovy Alley Playset though, THAT I did not have but oh how I wish I did! The mini personal plastic pizzas shoot out from that orange contraption shown above and travel a good distance beyond the set itself. There is evidence of this below.

*Note: No pudgy orange tabby cats were injured during the making of this Vine video.

The packaging and storage of the play set is beyond fantastic. The whole thing, from the outside, looks like a pizza box and springs open to this multi-level play area with trap doors, spring-hinged light poles, and stickers to decorate the inside and out of the pizza shop. This $20 set (which really should come with at least one figure) was one of my favorite toys on display at this Spring’s Time To Play showcase in NYC and in real life, when played with by little hands, is even better than I imagined.

After opening the pop-up pizza play set, and their Leo and Mikey figures, my daughters immediately incorporated the turtles into Bear & Mouse’s mashup PlayTown. The boys mingles nicely with LEGO Friends, rode on the backs of some Pony Royale ponies, looked up to a pair of very tall (in relative terms) Barbies, posed for photos in the hallway, and were tucked into bed alongside my 9-year-old daughter. It’s been a whirlwind for the pizza loving ninjas.

Thanks to licensing deals made with LEGO and others, there are a number of diverse ways to interact with the Turtles in 2013. So no matter what your kiddo likes (action figures, board games, cosplay, FUNKO Pop collectibles, construction building sets) there is a TMNT toy for them.

One of the pleasures of being a dad thus far has been sharing some of what made me tick as a young child with my young children. I’ll put them in front of TV shows like Fragile Rock, let them listen to Sinatra and Nat King Cole (the music my father played for me), and play with some of the toy brands that inspired my youthful imagination. Having the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in my life again is allowing me to extend their childhood, and my own. And allowing us to bond over a mutually adored set of characters, and to say “dude” 450% more than usual.

***Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle LEGO Set Giveaway***

LEGO Ninja Turtles Stealth Shell in Pursuit

Love TMNT? Love LEGO? Then this giveaway for a LEGO Ninja Turtles Stealth Shell in Pursuit 79102 set is for you! Follow along with the widget below to enter this giveaway for this sweet LEGO TMNT set.

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*OWTK received samples of all the TMNT toys mentioned above for review consideration. The opinions express above are honest and unbiased, as always.

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  1. How old would the original teenaged turtles be today? Are they grandparents yet? Buncha little turtles all over the place? LEGO!

  2. My fav is Leonardo, but when my kids are role playing I have to be April.

  3. Not actually a Turtle but Casey Jones was my fave on TMNT.

  4. We like Michelangelo.

  5. I don’t have a favorite, because I was too old during their first go-round. But I did make a TMNT birthday cake for my stepson one time. Dyed the cake green, as a matter of fact. And now my daughter is jealous of all the TMNT toys that the boys at school have. Guess I oughta consider letting her hop on board the TMNT train.

  6. Mmmmm… Turtles.

  7. My favorite is Raphael. 🙂 Thank you.

  8. Ann Fantom says:

    Donatello is my favorite ninja turtle

  9. Mary Cloud says:

    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  10. ryan minton says:



  11. Donatello is my favorite.

  12. We like Michelangelo.

  13. Hard choice! I think Michelangelo

  14. Leonardo! Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Belinda Parker says:


  16. Tari Lawson says:


  17. My grandson likes Leonardo

  18. trisha kilpatrick says:

    Michaelangelo is my favorite. One of my sons likes Leonardo best, but my other son is at a sleepover so I don’t know who he likes best.

  19. My favorite is Raphael

  20. Leonardo

  21. Mihaela D. says:


  22. Leonardo is our favorite!

  23. William Krawic says:


  24. Michangelo

  25. Austin Baroudi says:

    I like Michelangelo.

  26. I heard Donatello is the tastiest

  27. Dorothy Teel says:

    My favorite is Leonardo, he is cool

  28. Donatello

  29. I like Donatello since he’s so smart!

  30. Michaelangelo, of course!

  31. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I like Raphael the most.

  32. Stephanie Larison says:

    Leonardo is the fave here

  33. Debra Pauley says:

    Leonardo is our favorite

  34. Leonardo is the fav

  35. leonardo. so happy they are popular again

  36. Monique Rizzo says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  37. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  38. Michaelangelo is my favorite

  39. Debra Hall says:

    our favorite is Leonardo

  40. Jennifer Reed says:

    My favorite turtle is Leonardo.

  41. Michaelangelo

  42. Rebecca Peters says:

    I like rapheal

  43. Jennifer J says:

    I like Donatello. Thanks!!

  44. I am a fan of Donatello

  45. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    Casey Jones

  46. Raphael was my favorite growing up!

  47. Hmm how can one turtle fan choose? I would have to say Raphael. He has always been the coolest to me.

  48. Laurie Emerson says:

    My favorite is Leonardo.

  49. Leonardo is my favorite!

  50. Tracy Allen says:

    My guy likes Michaelangelo

  51. Samii Meyer says:

    Donatello is my favorite – I love how all of the ninja turtles are named after famous artists.

  52. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I have always liked Michelangelo.

  53. Donatello was obviously the best because nerds rule.

  54. Sandra Travis says:

    Cowabunga, Dude Leonardo!

  55. Donatella

  56. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    My fav is Michaelangelo!!

  57. Vikki Billings says:

    My favorite is Leonardo!

  58. Laura Unger says:

    My favorite is Donatello.

  59. My favorite is Donatello.

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