The Shellraiser is a new vehicle introduced in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated tv series and LEGO has recreated the vehivle in brick form with The Shellraiser Street Chase (79104). This set contains 620 pieces and retails for $59.99, a good $0.10/piece. The box contains one instruction booklet, five numbered bags, one sticker sheet, and two large wheels.
There are five minifigures in this set: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dogpound, The Kraang, and the Foot Soldier.
Leonardo is the fearless leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His skin is a darker shade of green and he wears a blue bandana. He has an angry expression that shows his clenched teeth. In front of his torso, Leonardo has two straps going across his chest. The back of the torso has shell printing. The new shell mold has strap printing that continues from the front of the torso. He has two katanas as his accessories.
Michelangelo is lighter green than Leonardo and looks similar to the minifigure in the Kraang Lab Escape (79100). The only difference with this minifigure is that he has a smiling expression with his tongue sticking out. His accessories are a kusarigama and an orange skateboard.
Dogpound is a new character introduced in the 2012 tv series. Before he was Dogpound, he was a member of the Foot Clan named Chris Bradford. He mutates into Dogpound after he stabs a container of mutagen. The minfigure is exclusive to this set. He has a bigger torso than other minifigures but has regular legs. His face is shaped like a dog and he has spikes running down his back and his left arm. The legs are red with chainmail printing on the front.
The Kraang minifigure is is a blue robotic minifigure that has printing of the Kraang body in front of the torso as well as in the back. It also has some neat head printing on both sides of the head. It’s accessories are a jetpack and a blaster.
The last minifigure in the set is the Foot Soldier. He has black robe printing on the torso and red legs. His accessory is a gold katana.
There are two parts to the build, Dogpound’s pizza delivery van and the Shellraiser. The delivery van is a simple white van that contains two barrels of ooze in the back. The van can seat only Dogpound and even then he has a little trouble fitting in the van due to his over-sized body. One nice detail of the van that makes it stick out is the sign on the top of the van. It shows a minifigure chef who’s probably the owner of Antonio’s Pizza-Rama. It also some of the food he sells including hoagies, steaks, Sicilian, pizza by the slice, and Italian ice. On the back of the van, there are a couple of stickers including an “I Love NY” and the license plate that shows “TCRI ASG.”
The other part of the build is the Turtles’ Shellraiser. It is converted subway train car that has wheels on the sides of to vehicle so that it can drive on either the railroad tracks or on the roads. The color scheme looks somewhat like the Turtle Van from the original TMNT series. The back wheels are much larger than the ones in the front and under the van are the subway car’s wheels. The graffiti doors on the side fold down to reveal storage areas. On one side is a weapons rack and the other stores Michelangelo’s skateboard and a computer. The roof of the Shellraiser is removable to show the inside. There are enough seats on the inside to seat all four turtles assuming that you have all four. On top of the roof is a Technic cannon that shoots very well. One thing I will mention is that the Shellraiser is very durable. I dropped it about 2 inches on accident and all what came off was the roof.
Overall, The Shellraiser Street Chase is an ok set. It is the most expensive set in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line but it does have a decent amount of pieces to warrant the price tag. All the minifigures in the set are not exclusive except for Dogpound although Leonardo and Michelangelo does have different expressions in other sets. The pizza delivery van is nothing special and the Shellraiser has some good play features that kids might enjoy. If you are collecting all of the TMNT sets, I would suggest picking up this set last.
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