I'm a big fan of LEGO and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but the big sets - while awesome - are a bit of a drain on a toy budget. When I found Mikey's Mini Shellraiser late last month at a Walmart, it was marked down to $3.00. Now I know it's not an impressively sized set, but $3? I'll pay $3 for just the figure, the extra bricks are just icing on the cake.
Since a blind-bagged figure is $3.50-$4.00 these days, a polybagged set with a small build and a figure for $4.00 or less is pretty much always a decent deal if you just want the figure. Mikey's build is more or less what you expect - a molded head with a painted expression, with his tongue sticking out to indicate he's thinking. There's a shell painted on the figure's back in addition to the molded shell "backpack" piece, which fits snuggly between the head and the body. Articulation is standard LEGO fare, with the neck, wrists, shoulders, and hips. The design is virtually unchanged since I was a kid, minus a few new head pieces and more paint than in the old days. No weapons were included as such, but you do get a remote control for the small car.
The vehicle itself is a quick build, and can be assembled in a few minutes. Everything fits together as always, with extra wheels and a few small pieces in addition to what you need - just in case you lose something, I suppose. The vehicle is something of a small hot rod with opening sides, so you can store some pieces inside - but there's not enough room for everything.
It has a couple of lights and no problems rolling. It's a perfectly good small vehicle with no real figure interaction in its default build. It's arguably more of a stocking stuffer or a trial set, but sometimes that's all you need - I don't expect to be able to afford to collect them all, so I'm quite glad to get small sets like this now and again just so I can finally have a LEGO TMNT figure on my desk. There's not a lot of play value here, and the pieces aren't ones I'd dump in my bins for future big builds, but if nothing else I paid a decent price for the figure. If you're into this sort of thing, I suggest checking your local stores and seeing if it's still around in big numbers - I know I was surprised to see it marked down.
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