So I ordered a few and started building one. As soon as I dumped the pieces out I felt disappointed. Of course, I could see right away how it would look like the full size set. But as I mentioned in my last TMNT set review, this new Nickelodeon series is not at all what I was expecting. I wanted more old school stuff. Does that give away my age? Sit down kiddies. 'Bout the time ol' grampa Dag was in junior high, I used to come home from school (uphill in the snow, both ways) and sit in front of my television, manually turn on the machine, manually turn the knob to channel 13 and watch me some heroes in a half shell. And we liked it that way! It's all different now and different is bad! </old man rant>
So anyway, the real disappointment was seeing how simply the Shellraiser was put together. The main body consisted of a pair of 2x2 yellow bricks. The big set has so much more bling and blang on the front that I figured a couple of plates with some olive green in the middle would have been appropriate. And maybe the designer lobbied for that. But given that the part count was already up to 47 there wasn't much wiggle room left for more parts.
But if they'd been looking to shave pennies, they could have lightened up on the extras. All the expected 1x1 pieces are extra'd, but so is the red tap and the small wheel. Maybe they have been in some other sets but I'm not familiar with these pieces as extras. There's a total of six extras, could have been four.
But what's really missing (if you want to microfy the whole set 79104) is Dogpound's pizza delivery truck. I slapdashed one together to give Michelangelo something to ram his little RC toy into. A total of 22 more pieces, not quite enough to make another worthwhile polybag. So maybe it needs another vehicle but I ran out of inspiration. Or my muse ran out on me.
If I'm counting correctly, this is only the second TMNT polybag. I don't count the Flashback Shredder promo. In that regard, this might be a hot item to pick up. That coupled with the micro aspect (in my mind at least) make this a must have set. Plus, you get a turtle for less than secondary market value. If you can't find the set at retail, then you'll have to settle for $10+ on the grey market.
And if minis aren't your thing then maybe you'd like to check out the latest releases from LEGO: