The sculpt is also… awesome. There are little details found all throughout the sculpt from the details on the dragon head to the bolts on nearly all the paneling. And the underside of the vehicle is even properly adorned with raised details. There’s not a flat toy surface to be found. Heck, there’s not a screw hole to be found!
The whole piece does a great job of giving the illusion of being a reproduction of a “real” Jet Sled and not just a run of the mill vehicle/toy. As I mentioned above, the Evil version would require a different… “hood ornament” and Mattel either considered this or it’s a happy accident – the dragon head is a separate piece. Which means a Snake Head version might be an easy thing to do. (And, yes, Mattel, we’ll buy it).
The paint work is not as awesome, but still noteworthy. This is mostly just a case of flying too high. On the one hand, Mattel did an amazing job. Like the Wind Raider, there are no stickers on this piece. Everything is painted on or tampoed and for the most part things are done well. The creature on the side. The individual bolts. The instrument panel – it’s gorgeous. But I still had some issues with mine, mostly with the finish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout, but one noticeable one on the front, top of the Jet Sled is fairly distracting and does cost the Sled, at least mine, a half star.
Overall, this is still a great piece though. It looks fantastic and feels sturdy (all but the necessary soft plastic on the handlebars, laser barrel, and front tip). The colors are spot on and it just looks like a beautiful on the shelf, or borrowing the Wind Raider’s compatible stand (how am I gonna get an extra one of those??). It’s good and bad though – I love having it and while it’s natural to want the rest of the Battle Ram too, both this piece and the Wind Raider are just done so well that it just leaves me clamoring for more & more vehicles from the 4H. These are some of the best pieces in the entire line.
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