LEGO TMNT Review: Shredder’s Dragon Bike #79101

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I officially don’t understand scale in the LEGO universe. You would think a motorcycle would be smaller than a horse, right? Turns out you’re wrong or Dragon Bike means something else completely.

Kick up the turtle-powered action to take on Shredder! When Shredder speeds by on his Dragon Bike with dual flame exhausts and real rubber tires, Donatello spots a map to the Turtles’ lair in his claws! Crank up Donatello’s motorized skateboard to stop him before he finds the secret lair. Battle the Foot Soldier with Donatello’s bo staff and chase the metal-faced menace through the city streets to get that map back!

Shredder’s Dragon Bike is the still on the cheaper side of the LEGO TMNT sets. With a price tag of $25, I’m left trying to figure out how much of a difference between this set and Stealth Shell in Pursuit there really is. With 198 pieces, it clocks in at 12.6 cents per brick – which is more expensive! But not really, because this set is the only way to get Shredder.

As a kid, I never was able to have a Shredder minifigure, but once LEGO released their original Ninja line, I made my own who has somehow survived to this day. There was also the Mega Bloks 2k3 version which doesn’t quite live up to expectations. But this version of Shredder is kind of odd.

LEGO seems to have gotten creative with Shredder’s design because it doesn’t really match the TV show. His brick red clothes and plate armor look great (and tie in nicely with the Foot Ninja headbands). The purple sash adds some color, while the legs look vaguely armored.

Under Shredder’s helm shows his scarred face which makes him look more than a little bit like Prince Zuko from Avatar the Last Airbender. Shredders horrible scars haven’t been given an explanation yet in the show, but the figure has a Two-Face-look going on.

But Shredder needs to be able to shred! His helm is a brand new piece that looks amazing in pearl silver. His shoulder pads are new as well, while his gauntlets come from the Prince of Persia line. They don’t quite match up, but are close. Shredder also has a navy cape.

Aiding Shredder in this attack is a single Foot Ninja. Identical to all the others, there isn’t much new to say here. The design works well for army builders, especially without bulky additions like helmets. The design is simple, evokes the original movie and just works better than the new series in-human aesthetic.

For accessories, the Foot Ninja comes with a silver katana and a map. The map is a tan 2×2 tile with printing on it and a red x. As a piece, it looks really nice and could work in any theme.

The main build of the set is Shredder’s Dragon Bike. I’ve already reviewed this toy once, but here’s the weird thing: this one isn’t much smaller. This set is massive. It is five inches tall and seven inches long! There is no reason for it to be this big.

The red and black color scheme screams bad guy, but the whole thing just feels like too much. Flame exhaust, missile launchers on the side and spinning blades? How does Shredder drive this around and not get pulled over? The front is vaguely shaped like a dragon, but I mean vaguely. Hanging off the sides are some flags with symbols on them, probably because Shredder isn’t going to get a tattoo.

Only one turtle is included in this set, Donatello! The brains of the group, Donatello is like Mikey in terms of the figure. They’re the same shade of green so only the decal on his chest sets them apart. Since Don uses a bo staff, his belt also has a shoulder strap.

To accommodate this strap, his shell has an additional sculpted element on it, but under his shell doesn’t. Don’s face is him frowning, but his eyes are red which is kind of creepy. For a weapon, Don’s bo staff is made up of three pieces.

Don’s vehicle is called a motorized skateboard, but longtime fans of TMNT will immediately recognize it as the Cheapskate! Made up of a handful of pieces, the design is simple but is packed full of nostalgia. It’s got a lamp mounted to the end and a clip for weapon storage. It’s very basic, but works.

Amazingly, this set is the only way to get a Shredder figure. So for most LEGO TMNT fans, that means it is a must buy. Sadly though, this set just isn’t that good. The minifigures are excellent and Donatello’s cheapskate looks great, but the Dragon Bike is just dumb. If this set has been more like Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, it would have been great. Instead, it’s just a weird set with too high of a price.

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Kraang Lab Escape #79100
with Michelangelo, Foot Ninja & Kraang 

Stealth Shell in Pursuit #79102
with Raphael, Foot Ninja and Fishface

Shredder’s Dragon Bike #79101
with Donatello, the Shredder and Foot Ninja

Written by jestergoblin

January 16th, 2013 at 9:30 am

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