I was hardly interested in the original TMNT when I was young, and don't know the actual version, so my opinion is probably biased. Or maybe truly objective because not blinded by fandom.
But in general I am not impressed by these sets at all.
Probably Lego is not to blame. There is the source material, target audience (-10?) and budget they have to work with. Nevertheless, a lot of the (secondary) vehicles seem to be build by somebody of that same target audience, while with some sets the color palet reminds me of any given Duplo set. Even the minifigures, I think for most AFOL's the major selling point for these sets, seem to be more <insert that tiresome argument> then usual. Specialy the "human" characters look childish i.m.o.
Is it all bad then? Of course not. In this line there is again an expansion of new pieces/colors (olive green !) and some of the figs like the Kraang androids and Footsoldiers look nice and can be useful beyond the TMNT line. But for me that doesnt justify buying the whole sets. Due to TLG's pricing policy over here its never justified to buy licensed sets as parts packs.
On other (AFOL) forums I read similar criticisms, but many times people added that they would buy the sets anyway in order to get the figs. Personaly I think we are giving TLG a wrong signal like that.
But, as I said before, you cannot blame Lego for the looks of the source material, and even less for the fact that they continue to bring out overpriced, mediocre sets, if people continue to buy them in order to get hold of all the "unique" minifigs. They are a business after all. And I must plead guilty for having done the same in a couple of occasions too. :-)
Anyway, if they will be easily available here, which is still to see since also the availability of e.g. superheroes is for some unclear reason rather limited in Belgium, I maybe might get the 79100 Lab.
But mainly because thanks to the brain shaped creature (Kraang?), the flying saucer and the purple and trans lime green details, that set reminds me of Alien Conquest. Maybe I can turn it into an organic computerbrain or nursery in the core of the alien mothership..
Edited by J.V.D., 09 November 2012 - 09:53 AM.