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October 11, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I really want the TMNT Hero Portal & have no idea why I didn't buy it (or why I want it)

Sometimes I try to apply logic to things that don't require any smarts. Last Fall when I saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Hero Portal, I wanted it, but didn't buy it. I've bought a few electronic toys/games by Jakks and they're not spectacular, but this was such a Skylanders wannabe type of product and featured the Turtles. What's not to like - lol. I really wanted it, but opted not to. What was I thinking?

I was reminded of this odd game, when I found these 2 add-on figures for the TMNT Hero Portal the other day. Alas, Toys R Us only had the super hero version which isn't compatible with TMNT figures. Perhaps, they'll get more of the TMNT version. I assure you it's sub-par to any console game - turtles or not - but it's a quirky arrangement that appeals to my sense of idiocy.

The Turtles version of Hero Portal features 6 Levels and 18 Missions with a few expansions via booster packs. Powered by 4 AA batteries, it uses RFID to determine which figure is on the portal base. Similar to Skylanders or Disney Infinity, characters are brought into the game by placing them on the portal. I'm sure I'll find one eventually and promptly grow tired of it minutes later, but it's the chase that keeps me going.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Hero Portal figures I'm quite aware that it's a $10 item that sells for $30+ for parents who don't know anything about video games. I'm also aware of the quality control on these units. There are many complaints of freezes and random shut-downs after 30 minutes of play. I want one for purely juvenile reasons and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

The lesson I've learned so many times you'd think I'd follow my own advice is - Buy it when you see it!

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