The Mega Construx Party Wagon or just plain old “Turtle Van” has arrived from Amazon.
Picked up a bunch more rubbish….er toys and can’t wait to build em all.
The box is ridiculously big, one of those ones clearly made to look good on a shelf and appeal to kids and parents as the contents take up maybe like half of the interior of the box.
The rear of the box shows some cool photos and gives you a good idea how awesome it will be when the build is done and then the party never stops I guess. The box was a real pain to get open without ripping it to pieces (even with a knife). A pain for those of us that like to keep the boxes.
I dumped out the contents onto my bed while watching Avengers Age of Ultron, which runs for at least two hours or so. But then it finished and I got halfway through Baby Driver…….
…and I was still not finished. But I did get most of the way there. It was a race against the clock as I had to go to work in the afternoon. A couple times during the build some stuff smashed/collapsed.
The two rear walls of the van are very fragile as they fall over easily. Once you get the roof on it’s not so bad, but still a bit iffy and not as structurally sound as other sets or Lego vehicles I built last week like the blue van and yellow van on the sides below.
Next I’ve gotta finish the side doors. I built the roof, back section and clip on front section, but realized part of the build had gone wrong and had to pull several parts out again as I had put them in the wrong orientation (door clips were facing the wrong direction).
Very fiddly and not fun as bits go flying everywhere when you try to carefully take it apart. Oh well, hopefully will get it finished today, then I’ve gotta reorganize the shelf so things make sense again.
Turning up in today’s mail straight from dodgy old China was Leader Class Takara Jetfire.
He’s a tidy piece of kit, with lots of robo-kibble, a giant backpack and wings that make him rather topple heavy, and a swanky color scheme that I love to pieces. Best of all I got him for $40 AUD delivered to my sandy door in West Australia.
In Jet mode he’s shonking gigantic and pretty cool if you like jets and shit that flies. Which I don’t – don’t care about Seekers, or Jets or Top gun or any of that shit. Fuck off with all of it. But I do love Jetfire. He’s the exception and fuck you if you disagree.
Like the front of the box says “JET TO ROBOT”. That’s the kind of pants wetting box copy excitement I live for man.
Jetfire comes with a crap ton of accessories including modular weapons that can be pegged to each other, or on his arms, legs and hands in a heap of different combinations.
I love modular weapons of all types. Call it a fetish if you like, so bonus points for Jet Captain Sciencepants in my book for all those robo-kibbling extras.
It’s all the cool stuff you used to get (remember Roadbuster?) with Transformers before the lines were massively cost-cutty-costed-fuck-costed as the prices of Oil and plastics and keeping it real went skyrocketing upward to infinity and beyond.
Weird and wacky combinations are the order of the day, you can mix in shit from your ever deadly Box ‘o Weapons if you like into even weirder more stupid combinations. BAM!
The back of the box looks like this, it’s got Japanese writing so makes the toy and whole shebang at least 20% cooler in any fanboys book. Some Takara fan literally just spontaneously came in their pants seeing the back of this box, you know they did! It’s even got yellow fucking arrows that rotate or something and weird robo-former-chibi-animals in the corner for fuck knows what promotional reasons. Priceless!
What’s this, an obscure color pack in comic, the likes of which we never see in the West, starring my favourite Roboformer Scientist Extremus that I will never understand a word of?
But relax, I’ve done me own dodgy fan translation of the only part worth reading below. It’s all 100% accurate.
Yeah you can find actual translations online of various TF pack in comics – but why bother when most of the “stories” are absolute meaningless shit and it’s way more fun to make up your own story when you get bored.
If you’re good at Transforming and Jetfiring Out with toys like I am, you’ll end up with something like this and be tempted to smash the fucker to pieces when you can’t get the bits to go where you want them to when you want. Yeah I’m useless at Transforming toys.
Jetfire’s backpack is detachable, and you can angle his derpy fat nose cone up or down. Hide it in the up position and he falls over with his robo-backpack and kibble heavy wings (which are at least part of his irresistibly charming sweet Swanky Science Fighter 3000 good looks).
Or angle that nosecone section down and use it like a third leg to stop him falling over like a drunken Robert Cop at 80’s parties then hastily hide it behind your other smaller TF figures in a frenzy of drunken shame.
Did we cover the front of the box? I mean fuck, boxes are the only reason I buy toys, we better put that in there or Zombie Jesus will steal our souls.
Shit, it’s got more Japanese writing, that makes it better than anything Hasbro could ever shit out right? Also his weapons don’t have chrome, that’s like major brownie points for no-chrome Takara loving fetishists or people unintentionally blinded by overly reflective Chrome is it not?
Let’s see those sweet modular weapons again. Now excuse me I must jet off and go have dinner.
ALSO: BATTLE MASK!!! Totally nothing to do with MACROSS for legal reasons and stuff. Shut up about it or you’ll get sued.
So I was browsing away the toy aisle in Target this week when a particular toy caught my eye. City Pizza – a basic Lego set consisting of a van, small table, scooter and two lego figures.
Normally I don’t give a crap about LEGO (and I still don’t give a crap about LEGO right now…) but I’ve been getting into these TMNT Mega Bloks / Mega Construx toys lately – for the cool mini-figures more than anything else.
I’ve never bought any of the Mega anything sets before – but as recent posts here will tell you I’ve been on a Ninja Turtle toy buying kick lately.
For $20, I thought what the fuck – take a gamble and see if this van can be re-purposed from boring ass LEGO land and brought into the world of kick-ass TMNT Mega Bloks.
It works pretty well , I randomly stuck a big pole on the roof of the van from one of the TMNT sets – and Raph flipped out to get some of that high flying pizza.
Not to be beaten, the pizza chef dude had a go on the gymnast (or ninja stripper) pole and all while holding one of Leo’s Katana’s. He had his helmet on – he’s a professional after all and can’t afford to miss a day of work.
Raph chills out with the Slice that Satisfies and Rocksteady has a go at being the world’s worst delivery driver. For some reason his customers always pay even when the pizza is cold, late and soggy.
Leo carves up a slice in style – wearing his stupid goofy sunglasses that I can’t help but love. Leo, Rocksteady and his bike (not pictured) come from one of the Out of the Shadows sets, while Raph is the NICK toon version.
Later after mucking about with the van and mini-figures in various poses – I added the LEGO stickers to the van. The small bits of pizza and the stickers really stood out on the box – and once applied looked pretty cool. Overall I’m happy with this set re-appropriated as part of one of my new TMNT centric displays.
I showed these sets to my Mrs when she got home from work, she liked the scooter and got pretty agressive with it, and we both had a good laugh really. We tried putting the Lego lady figure (in the drivers seat above) on Rocksteady’s big bike – and she was impressed with the cool LED light up function on Rocksteady’s chopper.
The side bits on the van can hinge up and down, and the wheels roll really smoothly. I’ve just got a whole bunch of other Mega Contrux stuff from Amazon this week, and also ordered the Turtle Van / Party Wagon so expect some more of these short muck about posts soon in between more full articles on Transformers.
Ninja’s totally flip out all the time while being awesome