- Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:28 pm
Troop car review:
This is a marvelous toy. The inclusion of the 3 barrels and the break-away barricade is a fantastic touch for kids and collectors alike, giving the kids plenty of play value and the grown-ups items to enhance any display or diorama. Well-done, Hasbro. Great thinking here with the accessories.
The vehicle itself looks terrific. Without consulting the ol' DVDs, it looks like a terrific representation of the vehicle from the movie with the one obvious exception being the large, goofy "missile-firing" machine gun.
Personally, even as a kid I was never a fan of the feeble "firing" effect on toys. My own imagination and pint-sized fingertips were a far more effective rocket fuel than a tiny spring and some plastic and I never, ever failed to hit my target. Oh, well, hardly a deal-breaker here.
Though, like many more serious, adult WWII collectors, I will endeavor to replace the oversized machine gun with something more properly scaled and period accurate at some point. I'm told the 4LOM gun is a perfect match for those needs.
I definitely appreciate the pivoting platform in the rear compartment, though, where you can place one figure and have him pivot the gun and himself from side to side with a little control feature on the fear of the vehicle.
The only other extremely minor nitpick is being able to see the large screw on the back where the spare tire is. This is a very minor complaint in an otherwise great vehicle.
The car itself seats four easily in the seats, one more can stand in the aforementioned rear machine gun compartment and there is room for four more figures on the running boards. You can really overload this baby with all the German cannon fodder your Indy needs to kick some [censored] (though I currently have Russians in mine for no real reason.)
Anyway, this vehicle easily rates an "A" - the wonky gun keeps it from being an "A+", but it is still a fantastic toy which should appeal to kids and adults. Very serious "adult" collectors might take issue with the monochromatic color scheme and absolute lack of weathering. To those people, I say "pick up a brush and go crazy!"
I have no idea what the future of the Indy line might hold, but their vehicle releases so far - the Troop Car, truck and motorcycle, have all been outstanding.