Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Welcome back for another exciting preview for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix: Shredder’s Return set! Today we crack open the Fast Forces Pack and look at the first three of six figures inside from the 1987 animated TV series, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello.
The purpose of Fast Forces Packs is so that anybody who wants to play HeroClix, weather they are a seasoned tournament veteran or are just picking up the dice for the first time, can build a team and be ready to play right out of the box. The Turtles especially make team building a snap as they all have the TMNT, TMNT Ally, Animal, and Martial Artist keywords and come in at 50 points each. You can play a 200 point game with all four Turtles against a horde of Foot Clan goons or Mousers or they could square off against a larger foe like Kraang. Also, it’s easy to find another 100 points of TMNT Allies to pad them out for a regulation 300 point Modern Age game.
So diving below the streets of New York City, into the murky sewers and abandoned subway tunnels, let’s meet our amphibious friends (Aqautic movement symbols for all!).
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First up is Raphael. We see right away he has some Anger Issues that, as a trait, boosts the damage value on any adjacent characters named Donatello, Leonardo, or Michelangelo by +1. Note this does NOT specify ‘friendly’ characters so if Raphael is having a brother’s quarrel with an opposing character that matches one of those names, he could find himself at a disadvantage. Also note this is a Unique Modifier so if you are playing multiple Raphaels or your opponent has one as well, the bonus is only applied once. Aside from helping his shell-brothers, Raphael likes to get in close to put his paired sais to work with Charge and Exploit Weakness with some Combat Reflexes to keep him safe while he pokes holes in the bad guys. However if the fight isn’t going his way and he takes some hits, his frustration makes him even more dangerous with Flurry, Blades/Claws/Fangs, and Battle Fury.
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Backing up his closest friends with Boundless Enthusiasm is Michelango whose trait increases the speed values of adjacent characters named Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael by +1. Michelango puts his distracting demeanor to work with Leap/Climb to find the best position on the field, Super Senses to dodge attacks, and Perplex to boost his bro’s combat values or drop their foe’s numbers. Once the fight gets serious though, he switches over to full fight mode with Charge, Incapacitate, Combat Reflexes, and an increase in his damage value. Nobody is going to claim his slice without a fight!
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Being the brains of the bunch makes Donatello Prudently Cautious, a trait that increases the defense value of adjacent characters named Leonardo, Michelangelo, or Raphael by +1. Donatello doesn’t so much need the defense boost himself with a natural 18 to start with, but he does have Stealth and a range value of 2 to keep him from being sniped to easily with a stray shuriken while still contributing to the fight when hanging back a space or two. Quake will also keep him from getting crowded out, but his three clicks of Outwit are his shining feature. Once his cover is blown and he is all out of mental gymnastics, he fills his role as the team guardian with aplomb sporting Sidestep, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Support to administer first aid, or pizza, to his shellmates.
That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Stay with us as we finish up previewing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix: Shredder’s Return Fast Forces Pack with Leonardo and two other unlikely guests!
Don’t forget to pre-order Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HeroClix: Shredder’s Return, releasing at Friendly Local Game Stores this February. Until next time, don’t hog all the toppings, there’s plenty for everybody!