Friday, September 23, 2011
One of the big "Chap Mei" sets for 2011 from TRU line True Heroes, comes with 3 of the most recent vehicles and a couple of their new firefighter figures.
A huge box with big vehicles with some very nice features and some with a good dose of originality.
MIB, hit the European market with a price tag of €49.90 (app. US$67)
Included accessories. 1 firefighter accessories tree and 1 police tree.
Included figures. 2 new and original for 2011, 2 from their previous TRU rescue sets (a repack of Chap Mei´s Fire Rescue Team/ Rescue Squad).
Figure: "Firefighter 1". With a thinner body and rotating wrists it still falls behind the brand new figures from Chap Mei.
Figure: "Firefighter 2". With a different head, same body as its above counterpart and all the same features. These are not as detailed as the "vintage" fire squad CM figures, but more realistic as far as 1:18 scale dimensions go.
Fire engine. Using some parts of the discontinued Fire Squad Fire Engine Play Set, it is in fact a lot more basic.
Nevertheless, it has all the must-have features of a firetruck such as telescoping ladder in a very simple turntable, removable ladder, instruments, searchlights and a fire hose. Also included lateral stabilizer system for the turntable ladder.
Removable SFX system. One of the nice things about this is the interconnect ability with the included helicopter (nonfunctional) "lights".
It has the look and size of a decent vehicle but more factory-friendly. The equipment and panels are sculpted and the plastic quality is lower than its predecessor. And no functional water pump! Bottom pictures show both SFX system and simple block assembled.
SFX. Finally, a firetruck horn! (3rd sound).
The rescue helicopter is one of the stars of this set. Based on the Eurocopter EC135, comes with a winch (similar to the ones used back in the first years of CM without the pull down feature).
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Firetruck SFX block installed. Overall, a great design and definitely worth having.
The boat. What seems to be a fishing boat in rescue duty, has smooth lines, good scale and looks fast!
Fits all 4 firefighters, has a water cannon and capture/tow hook. Spacious cabin!
Offroad bike (v.4).
With rotating wrists, it´s a lot easier to fit figures on top of this cool bike.
Of all the new accessories, the connectable mask/helmet/chest piece is probably the most interesting.
Designed to fit any of the new figures, makes the figures more generalistic. They don´t have to carry their equipment everywhere. Plus, you can have a dozen and make them all look different.
Look for available original Chap Mei figures, vehicles and accessories at CM Surplus Fan Mark