I'm not gonna lie, I really love the title of this blog entry. Christmas With The Kraangs! Come on, who wouldn't want to see that movie? Well, speaking of Christmas, I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season so far this year. I kicked mine off with a viewing of Christmas Vacation 2, which probably wasn't the best way to get myself in a festive mood. Fortunately, one trip to Target put me right back where I needed to be... behold!
If you've ever shopped at Target during the holidays, you know they usually have an awesome little "stocking stuffer" section filled with affordable candies, toys, and other seasonal trinkets. Sure enough, they didn't disappoint for the 2013 season, for you can get this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Kraang's Turtle Target Practice" set for about four dollars. Considering I already bought a dozen packs of Peppermint Crunch Junior mints, I figured I should pick up something different from their stocking stuffer section. And boy, was it ever worth it:
I think it's safe to say that the highlight of this LEGO set is the Kraang figure. Now I grew up on the original TMNT series, so it's still weird thinking of Krang as the "Kraang" - a species of brain-like aliens rather than an individual character. Whether you prefer Krang or Kraang, there's certainly room for everybody's favorite slobbering brainy alien in our Christmas holiday celebrations. He's always been one of my absolute favorite ninja turtle characters, and if you've never heard the fantastic voice work that Pat Fraley did for him in the original cartoon, you're really missing out.
In this version of the LEGO figure, we have a Kraang comfortably residing in his robot or "Kraangdroid" suit. I like how it almost looks like he's in a robotic children's safety car seat, nestled in the belly of an android. It's kind of fitting, since I always thought his personality was a lot like a whiny infant, prone to throwing temper tantrums.
Also included in the set is Kraang's laser turret. Now on the package, it looks like the turret actually shoots projectiles, but that's unfortunately a bit of false advertising on LEGO's part, because this thing doesn't fire at all. I guess they expect kids to use their imagination, which is fine, but they shouldn't show it firing off on the package. That's just setting somebody up for a small disappointment. Nevertheless, it's a nice enough crab-like robot turret.
One of my favorite things in the set has got to be the turtle targets. Sure, they could've included all four of the real ninja turtle LEGO figures, but why do that when you can be cheap and have them represented in a purely minimalist form? Yep, they're actually represented with green bricks that have their individual head band colors in the center. If you've been searching for the smallest representations of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, look no further. No wonder Kraang needs a robotic laser turret... these things are too small for anything else to target. Cheap as they may be, I kinda love 'em.
All in all, it's a really nice little set for any TMNT fan, and you get a seriouly great Kraang figure out of it. You can even turn it around and look at the Kraangdroid's spine. Sounds like a magical Christmas moment in the making, doesn't it? Well there's still more Kraang to see.
I'm calling it here and now: Kraang is the official mascot of the 2013 Christmas holiday season. Believe it or not, there is now a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Capture The Kraang" fishing game. I've been trying to track this big one down, but I've yet to get my hands on it, so I'll have to do with making this graphic from a photo of the box. And who wouldn't want it? It's a four-player game where you get to be one of the turtles, armed not with their traditional weapons, but fishing rods. And you are actually fishing in a pool of hungry snapping Kraangs! How incredible is that? Who in their right mind wouldn't want to fish for Kraang!?
While it's honestly no different from one of the bajillion other classic fishing games, you're getting twenty-one Kraang fish here. Considering the set sells for less than $20, that's less than a buck per Kraang, and that's what I call a steal. What's funny is that you probably wouldn't even know it was a Kraang toy if it didn't come with the TMNT branding on the set, because they look like mutant pink fish instead of Kraang. Actually, their faces look more like C.H.U.D. monsters more than anything. That's fine though, because I've always dreamed of a movie where the turtles have to battle C.H.U.D. monsters to see who truly rules the sewers.
I should note that there's also a smaller stocking stuffer version of this same Kraang game that Target is currently selling in their Christmas holiday section. Definitely worth picking up if you can't find the larger one, because everybody deserves to have their stockings stuffed with an alien who constantly makes jokes about not having various body parts. "If I had hands I would cover my ears, if I had them!" Good one, Krang... good one.
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself. Merry Kraangmas, everybody!
P.S. Hit the jump to see a brief, yet poignant discussion between our tiny ninja turtle LEGO heroes:
Sean Joseph on 12/05/2013 5:06 pm
It's good to see that the ninja turtles are still in business and still going strong. I think the Kraang Fishing Game is kinda cute. But why the Hell did LEGO make their turtle figures look completely like ordinary blocks? They don't bear the slightest resemblance to the ninja turtles at all!
dextire on 12/05/2013 6:02 pm
I think the little tiny turtles is my favorite of the whole set. Good find! Oh, and different color Kraangs makes my head hurt. So very strange.
Heattokun (Guest) on 12/06/2013 8:35 am
@Sean Joseph: Thats because its supposed to be "training dummies"
@-ROG-: Question! I noticed the laser on the weapon is made of 3 parts. A Cone,a dish,and a grey "rod". Have you tried flicking the back of the rod? Most of the manual Star Wars photon torpedos work that way
Wyckid on 12/06/2013 11:29 am
They're called Utroms! UTROMS, DAMMIT!
-RoG- on 12/06/2013 2:56 pm
Sean Joseph - Yeah, they're supposed to be dummies, but LEGO could've easily included some dummy figures that looked like turtles. I'm kinda glad they didn't though, cuz these are just too funny.
dextire - I know, they grow on me more every day. I love my minimalist turtles. They need to make more sets of TMNT figures like this. I need a minimalist Shredder and April O'Neil!
Heattokun - It's actually wedged in there rather than just sitting loosely in the turret. Maybe it's me, but it's a bit awkward holding the figure and trying to flick it to make it fire off the weapon. Then again, I have giant adult hands, and this thing was probably made with kids in mind heheh.
Wyckid - Haha, not these days! These days they're called the Kraang.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 12/06/2013 4:19 pm
I remember when TMNT pulled itself out of the mire of silliness and lived up to its cool potential.. and then nickelodeon happened. Oh well, at least the voice cast is tops.
That Other Guy on 12/06/2013 7:10 pm
Turtles vs. C.H.U.D.s sounds like a cool idea. Would it be the originals or sequel C.H.U.D.s? Or both?
@Cold Fusion: When are you talking about? All of my Turtle experience is from the '87 series and the three live-action movies ('90-'93).
PreApocalyptica on 12/07/2013 1:47 am
Man, I loved playing the generic version of that fishing game when I was a tyke. Now I wish I'd had a TMNT-themed one.
Heattokun (Guest) on 12/07/2013 1:18 pm
@-ROG-: Actually, push the white part in and it should fire out. Google "Lego Flick-Fire Missiles" to figure out how to fire them out.
Dan (Guest) on 12/08/2013 3:01 pm
@That Other Guy: I'm pretty sure he's talking about the 2003 series.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 12/08/2013 3:42 pm
That, and the first movie.. and most of the 2nd and 4th.
But oh well it's all fun, don't wanna sound elitist or anything. As long as we all agree Next Mutation was terrible.
-RoG- on 12/08/2013 5:25 pm
Heattokun - Yep, I just looked up a video on how to fire them. Thanks for the tip! (I still think they should be spring-loaded though like with most toys these days... it'd work soooo much better).
That Other Guy - We could have both C.H.U.D. versions battle each other to see who gets the right to battle the turtles I suppose. That said, I'd probably pick the original C.H.U.D. monsters since they were the ones who actually hung out in the sewers.
ColdFusion - I loooove the first live action TMNT movie, and the second one is pretty great as well. After that, I lost interest in them, but still hope we'll see another really good live action one sometime. Not getting my hopes up for though, and I can't imagine them ever topping the original movie, unless they did a movie that was just as brutal as the original TMNT comics. That'll never happen though, cuz kids are such a huge part of their demographics.
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