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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vehicle 2 – Dragon Chopper

The Dragon Chopper, the only vehicle for the first wave of the Ninja Turtle line.  It is a good one though.

It’s rider, The Dragon Fang Foot Soldier, Is a recolor of the standard Foot Soldier, with the addition of the helmet and harness.  The helmet is removable, which is one advantage over the Raph figure.  Any Foot soldier could wear the helmet.  It would be a little tight on a Turtle’s fat head.  😉

The detail work is really amazing for this vehicle.  From the amazing dragon head, to the wheels.   There are little details all over this bike.

Make sure to get that harness nice and tight, and your rider will stay in place with no worries.   The bike rolls really well, but it is only a two-wheeler, so it will fall over.  I really like that they added a very nice double kickstand to allow for the bike to stand.

This is a time lapse of the rider being thrown out and over the front of the Chopper and into position to fight:


He is wearing a harness that have an attachment point in the back to allow connection to the arm.
When the button is pushed, a very strong spring propels the rider out of the seat, he does one flip in the air, and lands on his feet.  The flip is so fast that I was unable to capture it in the time lapse photo.  I am going to go back and try to get it on video.

The directions say that you can put a Turtle in the harness and flip him as well.  I have not tried it, but they gave lots of extra room in the harness.

Overall, a great mid-sized vehicle.  We get another soldier for Shredder’s army, and a very well executed design.  I was a little worried about the arm being in the way, and looking strange, but since it is metal, it was made small, and does not interfere with the overall design.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Support Staff

Part 2 of my look at the new Ninja Turtles will focus on the supporting characters of the show.  This includes, Splinter, Shredder, Kraang, and a Foot Soldier.
First we will look at the leader of the Ninja Turtles, Splinter:

Splinter is a great looking rat.  He has a lot of color in his face that really makes him stand out.   He is wearing a robe that is made of a rubber type material.  It has a slit down the back that allows for his tail to hand through.

I was a little disappointed with the articulation of Splinter.  He has good shoulder articulation, both a ball and swivel.  But that is where the majority of the articulation ends.  He has a twist at the end of his sleeves for wrist artic.  His head is also on a swivel.  His legs have joints at the hips to allow his feet to be moved forward and back, but he really cannot stand unless they are in one specific place.  He does have some articulation in his tail where it meets his body.

Unlike the Turtles, and April, Splinter only comes with his staff.   No Ninja Arsenal with this figure.

Now, onto the bad guys.

Shredder:

Second figure into the support staff, and I saw a trend coming.   No knee joints.  This is not going to make for fun playtime when all of the bad guys can only stand there.    Shredder has his trademark bladed armor.  It is a bit bulky on his wrists and around the feet. The rest of it is really nice.  He comes with a small sword and two throwing stars.  The sword is WAY too small.  He cannot even hold it in his hand without it flopping around.  And, he does not have a place to carry it.  Everyone else comes with some sort of sheath for their blades.  Not for Shredder.

Kraang:

Ah, yes.  The alien brain himself.  Kraang is in his robot body, who is equipped with two laser guns.   As you might expect with a super thin figure like the robot, it does not have much along the lines of articulation.  Think of it like a giant-sized Battle Droid from the Star Wars line of figures.  They share a pretty similar stance.  The robot does have a little bit more movement in the shoulders.    It does have one stance it can hold, otherwise it will fall over.

Kraang himself is a rubbery little guy.  Easily removed from the body of the robot, Kraang has a whole bunch of thin tentacles.  I can see these being broken off by kids really easily.

Foot Soldier:

By far, my favorite of the bad guys.   He again, does not have knee joints or elbow joints, but he does come with two swords, and 2 throwing blades.  He has good articulation other than the lack of the joints mentioned.  His coloring is very basic, but that is what you would expect from the soldiers of the bad guys.   We will be looking at a variation of the Foot Soldier next time, when we look at a few of the vehicles.

The thee bad guys so far.  It will be fun, if we get some of the animal based bad guys.  Hopefully they will have the knee and elbow articulation of the Turtles.

All together, that is quite an array of color.  The heights are really well done, leaving the Turtles a little shorter than the humans.  The four Turtles are better figures overall, but the other figures are not terrible.   All of the figures are well made, and well executed.

Up next, we will look at two of the mid-sized vehicles, the Ninja Stealth Bike, and the Dragon Chopper.  Both have some nice features, and both come with a figure.  You will not want to miss these two.


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