Our rating: for age 8+
for age 4-7
The teenage mutant ninja turtles are back and they have a massive new lair in the sewers!
This is a fantastic toy for kids who like assembling models and playing with intricate toys with many pieces. As you’ll see from our rating, we think it’s a great toy for the right child but while the manufacturers are promoting it for kids from age 4 up, we think it’s better for over 8s.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Video Review
Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Features
* The ultimate turtle playset, over 3 ft tall when assembled.
* Three different levels: down in the sewer, street level and building top.
* Two more sublevels.
* Zip line for Turtles to zoom down.
* Springloaded missile launcher.
* Model of Shredder.
* Floors collapse for extra excitement.
* Turtle figures are not included.
* Manufacturer’s age range 4-17; we think 8+
For the 4-7 age range we recommend the Turtles’ Monster Tower instead. Read on to find out why.
What’s Great About The TMNT Secret Sewer Lair
The Secret Sewer Lair is a huge playset that will give kids the chance to enact Ninja battles in action. It’s modeled on the Sewer Lair from the TV show, so kids will recognize a lot of the parts and features.
There are tons of possibilities for play. There’s a rope swing and dropdown ladders so the Turtles can storm up and down the building to join in with battles. There’s also an elevator in the back of the building. The zip line can attach to other objects in the kid’s room so Ninja Turtles can zoom to and from the Lair.
There’s a punchbag model of Shredder, the Turtles’ enemy, for them to practice their battle skills on. Donatello has his computer lab. Doors open and close, and the floors collapse under enemies. There are other defenses too, like an ooze drain to shower muck on any enemies who attack from the outside.
What’s Not So Great
As I’ve already said, we don’t think this toy is the best choice for under 8’s. It’s too complex and fragile. If you get this for a small child you’ll be building it yourself and he’ll find it frustrating because the pieces are not sturdy enough for little hands to play with without it coming apart.
For the 4-7 age group we recommended the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monster Tower – not the Secret Sewer. The Monster Tower is 31 inches tall, so it’s still a big set that kids will love, but it’s much simpler and stronger for little ones.
On the other hand, if you have, say, one boy aged 10 and another aged 6 and they get along well (if you’re that lucky!) you could get the Secret Sewer Lair for the two of them. The older one would do most of the assembly and the younger one could help with stickers and such, and play with it when it’s done.
I guess also it would be nice to get the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures with the Lair. But a lot of kids getting this playset are already going to have the figures, and if you already have them you don’t need them twice over, so that’s probably why they’re not included. Of course you can buy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures separately. The 4-5 inch (around 12 cm) size figures will fit the Secret Sewer Lair best.
Secret Sewer Lair Review Summary
A stunning playset with tons of scope for imaginative play for kids who will enjoy assembling it and then be proud to play with what they have built.
Our rating: for age 8+
for age 4-7
Published 30 December 2012