TMNT Mini Mutants Review: Cyber-Rippers with Raphael & Donatello

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When I got my Ninja Turtles Mini Mutants collection, I bought the near-complete run from another member over at the Technodrome. So while I was excited to get some extra Foot Tech Ninjas and Triceratons, it also meant I ended up with some extra vehicle sets too.

Like the first wave of vehicles, these two packs include near identical Cyber-Rippers and two figures. Donatello and Raphael are identical to the first versions that came out with the vehicles (or in the playsets). They’re figures I’ve reviewed a few times now and there isn’t much else to say. The big change for me was making the realization that these figures are more in scale with the Imaginext line and not the Super Hero Squad line. It helps explain the oddness of them.

Donatello is bright green with some okay paint work on his wrist bands. The sculpt is still lanky as ever and doesn’t really do much for me. For an accessory, he comes with his bo staff and a helmet.

The helmet does a decent job of fitting over his head and has an extra space in the back for his bandana. But the plastic used can only be described as murky, and the visor is completely clouded up.

Raphael is the same thing. Aside from the head and coloring, his figure is identical to Donny. The shade of green on his skin still feels off, since Raph was usually portrayed as having bright green skin. His paint is passable.

For accessories, he comes with a pair of sais that is way too big and a helmet. The helmet is identical to Donny’s but painted red instead of purple.

Both figures have cut joints at the neck, shoulders, wrists and legs. Their leg joints are at an angle, so the turtles can’t really sit down. They just end up doing splits.

The Cyber-Rippers were in the TMNT: Fast Forward show when the turtles were driving in the internet. They’re basically supped-up dune buggies though with a turret gun mounted to the roof! The overall look isn’t bad with struts, cables and supports all sculpted in. But nothing about this vehicle makes me think of the Ninja Turtles.

The roof opens up to allow a figure to kind of sit in the driver’s seat. But given that turtles can’t be put in a sitting motion, it’s a challenge getting them actually in the seat.

Two action features are included in the set as well. The large gun mounted on the roof is a simple spring-loaded missile launcher that works fairly well. In addition, the pull back and release function like the Sewer Sliders and Shell-cycles is back but it works so much better this time. The button to launch the vehicle once it’s been charged is on the back engine block so you can launch them with ease.

Raphael’s Cyber-Ripper is done in greens and blacks with some small red accents. Donatello’s is browns, grays and greens with purple accents. Raphael’s definitely looks more Ninja Turtle-y.

There’s no reason to own both of these sets. As play vehicles, they’re decent but I doubt they would hold up in some serious play. A flight of stairs would probably destroy the roof. The figures aren’t that exciting either but at least they aren’t some weird variant. At the end of the day, these are an easy pass, even for diehard Turtles’ fans.

Written by jestergoblin

May 8th, 2011 at 12:00 am

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