Today, I’m going to take a look at the new Lego Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set: 791045, the Shellraiser Street Chase. TMNT is the newest Lego license, which seems to be based on the current Nickelodeon cartoon. I’m not familiar with it, but is not very different from the early 90s cartoon version which people like Vincent and myself know better. Let’s take a look at the value, quality and playability.
The Shellraiser Street Chase set has 620 bricks and retails for $59.99 so it’s a solid value per brick. I haven’t seen any of the TMNT sets in the Lego stores, but they are for sale on the official Lego site and I’ve seen them in Toys R Us. So far, this is the biggest TMNT set. You get 5 minifigs: Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Dogpound, Foot Soldier, and The Kraang. You also get 2 vehicles. The titular Shellraiser and a pizza delivery truck.
The Ninja Turtles minifigs are fantastic. They feature original head sculpts and a shell for their back. The shell hooks around the neck peg and if for some reason you don’t want it, the figures feature a painted version of their shell on their back. Leonardo’s shell has his sword bandolier and he comes with 2 katanas. Mikey has his tongue sticking out and a set of nunchaku with a blade on it. Jeez, that’s a pretty violent weapon! He also has a skateboard that can clip into the Shellraiser. The turtles are each very subtly different shades of green. Leo is slightly darker. Each chest has a different paintjob.
The set comes with three enemies. Dogpound is some sort of mutant. Not sure what his story is. He has a great sculpt with a top-heavy body but regular legs. He can sit in the pizza truck.
The Foot Soldier is in all black, like a ninja should be! This figure comes in most of the TMNT sets so you can assemble an army if you get them all.
Finally, you get one of the Kraang. Note that it’s not Krang, like on the 90s cartoon but one of THE Kraang, an entire race of brain-looking aliens that pilot robots that look like people. This harkens back to the original black and white comics where they first showed up and they were known as the Utroms. That’s the version I know best. I’m assuming they are part of the current cartoon.
The pizza truck is small but the build is durable. It uses stickers to finish its detailing. It’s small but all of the figures can fit in the driver’s seat. In the back are two swinging doors and canisters of mutagen.
The Shellraiser is the Turtle’s vehicle. At first, I thought it was the battle van but this must be the modern equivalent. It’s made up of yellow bricks with a green roof, giving it a loose Turtle look. It appears to be some sort of converted subway car. The vehicle looks a little odd because of this. There is no simple side door for the driver. Instead, the roof pops off. The tires slide into an up position and there are further hidden wheels beneath the chassis. Functionally, I can’t see any real advantage to this. Story-linewise, I am guessing it is both a car and runs on railroad tracks. I don’t have any Lego train sets so I’m not sure if it fits on Lego train tracks or not. I would guess it would. If not, it’s useless.
The Shellraiser has a cannon on top with spring-loaded firing. The strange aspect to this is that there is a large red cannon that must be part of the cartoon design and then the functioning Lego grey cannon goes on top of it. I doubt the vehicle has two cannons so it’s a slightly odd compromise instead of, say, building a red shell around the functioning cannon. Still, it adds to the playability. Finally, both sides of the vehicle flip down. One side can hold weapons and the other features a flip out computer which wraps around the clipped-in skateboard when the panel is up.
Overall, the set is more for TMNT fans than Lego fans. It’s a good value and has a colorful look with some fantastic minifigs. However, the overall aesthetic features a few odd choices (Shellraiser wheels and cannon).