Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ninja Turtles Party Wagon Review

At $30 to $35, this is a pretty cool toy to buy. Its reminiscent of the old Party Wagon from the original cartoon show - but also has elements of a regular, but souped up, van.

The vehicle has lots of openings -- from the side door, to the rear doors, and the hatch on the top (which fires spring loaded missiles), and an opening on the front to seat your Turtles (or humans) in the drivers seats. (Characters with weapons longer on their backs, like Leo, Donnie, or Jones, do fit - but you have to position them a bit to make them and their weapons fit.) You can place your Turtles on the back of the red door, or try and stick your Turtle into the space on top (though you might want to slightly close the roof on top of the figure, to make it stay put; there are no foot holds.)

Stickers are nicely applied -- though Pixal Dan of youtube suggested you apply them BEFORE attaching elements, like the grill or bumpers. Venus De Milo- reference even makes it onto a kids toy - giving it a vintage WWII Bomber type ascetic. Unpainted elements of the vehicle, luckily, are made in pleasingly contrasting colors, giving it an over all sense of design. Only element on the vehicle that disappoints is the blast windows on the front; they do not lower; if you try to make them lower, it comes apart (but snaps back together).

Only shame, though, is that this vehicle doesn't totally match up with the cartoon show, which features a giant #2 painted on the roof, and a spring-loaded deer's head, shooting flames, from the roof. There's no functionality to it, but the bright red door has molded spray ports, for the Turtles to dispense and spray mentos-infused cola at the enemies (you have to imagine that function!)

Over all, though, its faithful to the show and the old cartoon line. Only wish it didn't have to take the destruction of the Shell Raiser for this new vehicle to be born.

Here's remembering you, Shellraiser!

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