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U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vehicle 1 – Ninja Stealth Bike

Ah yes, the vehicles.  It is always fun to look at vehicles for larger scale figures.   GI Joe and the like have great vehicles, but these larger scale vehicles tend to have some heft to them.   Today I am sharing the Ninja Stealth Bike.  There are two in this size, which come with drivers.   Both have a bit of a “gimmick” to go with them.  This one has the best features, but the Foot Soldier’s bike is pretty good too.

As you can see, this version comes with Raphael.  This version is called Stealth Ninja Raph.   He looks just like his standard version of Raph, with two major differences.   One, is the helmet.  He comes with a helmet molded into place.  His visor can be raised and lowered, and it is really nice and clear.   The other feature are driving gloves.  Really, they are just the lower hands painted black, but a nice inexpensive addition that helps him stand out.  The only complaint I have is that I would like to have seen a removable helmet so any of the Turtles could ride the bike.

Raph comes with his sais, which go in holders in the back of his belt.   It is really nice that he can ride in the bike with the sais in place.

Raph slides down into the bike without a problem.  A nice touch that will allow kids to easily play with this toy.  The details are outstanding on the bike.  Starting at the front, the wheels have a turtle shell pattern.  Followed by headlights (which would be good in the sewers).   The main body of the bike is green, and actually matches Raph quite well.  I was a little worried about the front end being too flimsy with the arms reaching out so far to the front wheel.  But it is nice and solid.

As we move to the back of the bike, you can see the really nice details on the engine(s), including a pair of jets when he needs a little bit of speed.   As I get back here, I see the stickers.  Thankfully, they are already installed all over the bike.  No one will be complaining about that I am sure.

The top drops down, and the side fold in to encase Raph in a shell of protection.  I was not so sure how I was going to like the bike in this mode, but it looks really good in person.    It was a little tricky getting Raph down into the lowest position he could go in the seat to make sure the shell would be able to stay closed.

Down low, you can see Raph hiding in the shell armor.  If you press on the tab sticking out of the back part of the roof, the shell will spring apart and reveal Raph underneath.

This is a great vehicle.  Well made, well executed design, it comes with a driver, has special features, and it rolls like a champ.   I don’t think there is much that could make this bike any better.  I see some potential improvements in people doing a little detail painting.

Up next, we will look at the Foot Soldier’s idea of a bike, the Dragon Chopper.  It has quite a feature that you will NOT want to miss.

Quick Pics of the Wolf Hound from the Arctic Assault line of GI Joe

This is a great vehicle with some awesome features.  Big and tough and ready for battle.

*Some assembly required
Wish that track rolled like the new HISS tank
Now THAT is some firepower. On machine guns though. 😦
You can see the plastic molded in two colors for camo
White Out fits inside, even with his hood up. Good Job Hasbro.
Slider launches missiles in sequence. Pretty neat feature.
Wolf Hound with Snow Job in his Arctic gear
Wolf Hound with Ice Dagger and Arctic crew

Another fine vehicle from the guys at Hasbro.  I really like the versatility of this vehicle over the Ice Dagger.  With wheels and treads, it is possible for it to be repainted a new color and be a part of the Jungle crew as well.

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