K6 Jungle Chapel
Review by JoshB
B2FIVE's Acid Rain line is 1:28 scale, similar in size to classic lines like MASK or DINO RIDERS. It's a great scale for action figures if you intend on having lots of involved vehicles and playsets. B2FIVE takes full advantage of the scale to create some amazing vehicles for their world.
The Chapel vehicle is an armored transportation vehicle that transforms into a multipurpose base. It's also compatible with other vehicles in the line so you can mix and match parts to make your own combinations.
The box is a little bigger than a shoebox, and inside the parts are laid out on a clear tray. There are several sprues that contain the parts for the extendable barrier that you need to assemble yourself. This took me about 30 minutes so be prepared to put aside the time.
In vehicle mode, Chapel measures 6" long, 5", and 4" wide. included in the set is:
- K6 Jungle Chapel HETT 600k x 1
- Pilot x 1
- Weapon Holder x 4
- Machine Gun x 1
- Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher x 1
- Sniper Rifle x 1
- Radio Transceiver x 1
- SA Sword x 1
This being the K6 Jungle Team version, it has the same markings as other K6 releases. This aids in compatibility with other releases from the K6 team such as the Stronghold or Speeder.
The vehicle mode is compact and tight. The toy is constructed out of a firm, matte ABS plastic, so it feels very toy-like.
The green plastic bits have a swirl of color molded into it, giving it a slightly camouflaged look. This also guarantees each Chapel will have slightly different color patterns in the green.
There are numerous pegs and rails all over the exterior of the vehicle, making it easy for any figure to interact with the surface of the vehicle. The only limit is your imagination.
The turret at the top can rotate and the lid can open to insert a figure inside.
Underneath, Chapel is driven by three treads. The treads do not move, and there are no wheels molded in. Therefore, the unit does not roll at all.
The entire unit unfolds to become a base. There are lots of moving parts here and cool little details to discover. The toy does not come with instructions other than how to assemble the barrier, so you have to make the discoveries yourself (unless you read this review).
The cockpit cover tilts open toward the front and allows you to unfold the side barriers. Be sure to unfold the support legs for the larger sections.
The smaller side doors can stay level with the large sections or can go all the way down to acts as ramps. In addition, the stair-like section can be folded up to act as an additional wall.
A small door opens in the back.
Inside, there is a tremendous amount of molded detail, but no paint or stickers. There are two pilot seats; one with dual handles, and another with a moveable lever of unknown purpose. That second seat features a clip for holding weapons or accessories.
The side panels have holes in the floor that can be used with the weapon holding accessories, or other accessories yet to be released.
The interior also has pegs for standing the various available figures.
Numerous weapons are included with the set, and two of them are for use with the Stronghold mech.
The pilot figure is great. It's highly poseable and can hold a bunch of accessories. This set includes a communication backpack that plugs into the back of the figure with the peg. I've seen some versions of this backpack that includes an antenna that has to be attached. This set did not come with one, but none is pictured on the package so I don't believe that's an error. If you get the Bucks Team Trooper set, it comes with two antenna, and you can use the extra one here.
The barricade is kind of ingenious. It stows away compactly and each panel pegs into another so it does not fall out of place or flop around when not in use. When you need to deploy it, however, just pull on the outside panel and it extends easily. Note that where the panels connect to the Chapel body, you can move the entire panel assembly down lower so it becomes flush with the ground.
The panels have different detailing, and there is a certain way they need to go together, so pay attention to the directions when assembling.
If you already have the K6 Jungle Stronghold and K6 Jungle Speeder, then you basically have an entire K6 Jungle camp. They all look great together and provide for some interesting combination possibilities. But more on that later.
The two weapons that are included for the Stronghold have small notches taken out of the handles so they fit snugly into the hands of the mech. I love seeing this kind of engineering forethought for products not yet released. The SA Sword also has a peg that can be used to stow away the blade when not in use. The set included an un-listed gun with a removable gun clip that can be held and stored in the same fashion.
We see another example of this forethought in engineering with the hook on the back of the Chapel. This connects to the loop on the front of Stronghold in vehicle mode. Attach the Speeder to the back of Stronghold, and you can pack up and move the entire base as one vehicle. Brilliant.
The support system for the treads can be extended to elevate the cab off of the ground. There's a lot of over-engineering in this joint, and I wonder what other uses can be found for it?
With some creative thinking, you can use parts of the Stronghold mech to turn Chapel into a mech as well. I love this design, but I can't help think I could do better with more parts.
This is a fantastic toy, and well worth the $70 or so it is going for online.
|Posted 30 July, 2018 - 08:51 by JoshB|