A Subaru Sambar is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ new Party Wagon

Like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine and Inspector Gadget’s Gadgetmobile, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Party Wagon is one of the all-time great cartoon vans. Since the original show in 1987, it’s always been depicted as a generic yellow-and-green box on wheels that doesn’t resemble any real-life model. Now in a new movie installment, however, we finally get to see that the heroes in a halfshell’s famed conveyance is a Subaru Sambar.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is a new animated movie with lots of new character designs for the fab four and their extended crew. It’s a pretty cool animation style that’s computer-based but very stylized. The Party Wagon appears at the 2:16 mark of the trailer, where it executes some moves that in real life aren’t quite possible with a 64-horsepower kei van.

The van looks to be a mix of several different generations of Sambar. The dip in the front side windows looks like that of a sixth-gen, while the headlights resemble those of a facelifted fifth-gen. The rear side glass is definitely not that of a fifth-gen’s, but it’s pretty generic so we can give it a pass. Also, in this airborne shot it seems to be rear-engined, a very Sambar-like layout. Being from New York it would be cool to see them to be in something like a Dajiban, but it only makes sense for a team of ninjas to be driving around in a Japanese van.

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