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Set Review - Kraang's Turtle Target Practice 30270

When The LEGO Company first leaked that they were releasing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, I was pretty excited.  I had supported the project(s) on Cuusoo and watched the shows as a kid.  I was especially looking forward to the Turtle's van.  This was going to be pretty cool.

But then they released the sets.

What was this garbage?  The van looked like crap.  And there were these characters and vehicles I don't remember.  Some of it was familiar but the rest was like a bad dream.  Then the truth came out.  This was not the TMNT I remember.  This was a rehash from Nickelodeon.  Well, nice try.


The line has released six sets and a polybag, all in 2013.  Another seven sets are planned for 2014 so apparently there has been enough success with it.  My polybag came from Target for $3.99.  At 36 pieces that's not incredible but it does have a minifig.  The package art immediately disenchants me.  I see the same octagonal base and the same supports as two other reviews I've done.  I wasn't really excited about it then; less so now.

The idea is that Kraang (or is it The Kraang) sets up some fake turtles on a bench.  He (she? it?) then uses them for laser target practice.  There are two major flaws with this.  First, turtles are more roundy than square.  The use of round pieces throughout the turtles would have been a bit more correct looking.  Second, lasers don't knock you over like a ballistics or a flick-fire.  They more just burn a hole through you and everything else.  The science is all wrong here.  Calling a flick-fire a laser is sort of like calling a banana almost like a human.

So what is there to be excited about here?  Well, let's see.  There's an extra magenta cone.  And nine extra pieces in total.  And a bunch of bitty microbuild pieces.  In fact, I think I'm just going to part this guy out into my builder collection.  It's not really worth the storage space as a set.

Maybe some of the rest of these sets are better (click the pic for product links):