Ordinarily I don’t get a lot of requests for coverage of Mega Bloks sets, but a surprising number of readers have been requesting information on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mega Bloks sets. There was just one problem: although most of the new Mega Bloks Ninja Turtles set are available for order online, the TMNT Mega Bloks hadn’t hit my local stores–until this weekend, when I was stunned by the sheer magnitude of the number of toys released to kick off this line…
There are three sub-line making up this new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mega Bloks theme: a Classics line focusing on the original 80’s TMNT cartoon, a modern line based on the Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles cartoon, and “Half-Shell Heroes”–a cutesy-styled kid-oriented take on the turtles.
Although I was hardcore into Ninja Turtles as a kiddo growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, the nostalgia factor doesn’t make the “old school” sets feel any more appealing to me. I feel like the Nickelodeon TMNT cartoon has surpassed the vintage cartoon in many ways, and so I’m far more interested in the modern Turtles figures, vehicles and playsets than any of the other mutagenic offerings that Mattel (MEGA Brands) has lined up for us in 2016.
That said, I definitely appreciate the upgrade in articulation (elbow joints!) that the 80’s “Collector Series” has, and I’ll probably be picking up a Krang’s Rampage set for old time’s sake. But hey–where’s my Turtle Blimp, Mega Brands?
Half-Shell Heroes are actually quite cute, and I think this style is going to be a big hit with younger fans of the Turtles and those who aren’t quite up to the extensive builds of the other two sub-lines, but much like the LEGO Juniors sets, it’s just not for me.
In addition to the playset/vehicle sets, a Mega Bloks TMNT Series 1 Blind Bags set has also already been released in retail stores. I’m compiling a master list of all known code numbers for that series (because there are multiple possible codes for each figure in the series), and will be posting that list in the next couple of days. Look forward to it!
I was taken totally off-guard by the sheer number of sets available at launch, and an honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the offerings, so I’ll keep my commentary on this line to a minimum (for the moment) and let he huge number of photos I took of the sets between Toys R Us and Target stores speak for themselves.