Back in the day, when LEGO had the license for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I did not buy as many of the sets as I should have. I took them for granted to be honest. The 2012 cartoon the theme was based on was just great, probably the best cartoon rendition of the franchise and did the source material justice in my opinion. I really should have just loaded up on sets but I did not.

Today’s polybag from that license is 5002127 Flashback Shredder and features Oroku Saki before he became the fearsome Shredder. Oroku was only ever seen in flashbacks, hence the name Flashback Shredder.

He comes armed with his pair of Tekkō-kagi and adorned in his Foot Clan uniform.

The big surprise for me from this set is Oroku’s double-sided head. The first side that you see on the bag has a disgruntled look. But the second side has Oroku’s burnt face. Crispy! The torso scores nicely on the Goldilocks details, not too little and not too much. It is sufficiently cartoony and considering the source material, that’s the way it should be.

I should also mention that this set has a defective piece in it. Two of the small tufts of hair on the hair element were bent. I’m pretty sure this was either stepped on or run over in the most precise way as to affect these two very small tabs of plastic. The two side effects of these bent tabs is that the hair element is very secure by the pressure of the left-hand side tab being bent in and the right-hand side tab sticking out makes the style look more effeminate.

Does It Suck or Does It Rock?

This set rocks! Flashback Shredder was a free promotional set back in 2014, twice, and a perfect way to get the odd variant or background character in a licensed theme. Oroku Saki makes a great candidate for a promo because I can’t imagine how else they would release this figure without shoehorning it into some set where it doesn’t belong. But a GWP? I have no problem with that at all. The only problem now is I wish they released a Flashback Splinter too. The double-sided head was a nice surprise and he comes complete with his weapons. This polybag is efficient without throwing in the random brick, just the important stuff. So yeah, it most obviously gets a thumbs up. My love for the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show may be biasing my opinion here, but I don’t care. I love this figure and you should too!


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