So somewhere I saw someone say half off Turbo Tanks (*shudder*) were roaming at K-Mart... So I figured, what the hell, I'll go see if I can find one since K-Mart is still a big player in my area and I have nothing else going on.
Well mine had one... Clearance $84 then an additional 50% off that, so $42 Turbo Tank... I mulled it over briefly and figured I'd pick it up and customize it into essentially a Clone equivalent of a Scout Car (It's no M8 Greyhound, but it's got the Star Wars equivalency of that I figure since it's so small, plus it's like a forward observation/command vehicle I figure).
Anyway, so I got this home...
I gotta admit, I stand by my issues with it in terms of scale, and dumb **** like the Speederbike out its ass (What's with Hasbro wanting vehicles to shoot stuff out their ass?), but other than that I think the Turbo Tank's a great toy... The sounds, the headlights (Where's that on the AT-TE? I want headlights on my TE's!), the interior detailing...
I will still be customizing it like I planned, but there's not a lot to do, to make it more belieavable as a small scout/command tank that maybe is rolling along behind the AT-TE's and other armor. It doesn't have many weapons externally, actually, and if I can just find a way to connect the cockpit to the mid-section of the body in a realistic way (and connect the "crow's nest" to the cockpit somehow), then I'm pretty sure I can appreciate it even more.
As toys go though, it's really great... Perhaps better than the TE in ways too, as it rolls and that makes for a more fun toy to kids I think.
Anyway, color me more impressed than I thought I was going to be... It's really nice. I still wouldn't have dropped $100 on it, but I could see doing it for a kid and why they'd want it. Very cool!
One complaint... I can't get some of the doors to snap shut tight, and they want to flop open. That's annoying.