For Jungle Adventure I'm not aware of a single carded release, though single carded figures have shown up in South America marketed under the name "Treasure Raider". For now, the smallest sets are these. Shown here are completely new figure Colonel Green, and Hefty Nicky, who is a repainted figure with a new head. Skinnybones McButt makes yet another appearance, as well.
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Up next are two larger sets that contain new vehicles. The aeroplane saw release in the same year in the Dino Valley III: Escape from Primal Danger line. The truck however is brand new, and is a great addition. I suspect it'll be a matter of time before we see a Soldier Force version of this one!
This large set contains more familiar faces as we've seen the large elephant and the jungle warrior before in Wild Quest, where he was known as Hunter Zuk. Now he appears as Chief Kahara, with a new paint job. We'd know the difference!
The temple is brand new though, and it's a great effort!
Also new is this river boat, and an extra large crocodile that's even more massive than the Wild Quest version!
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And here's the extra-large set, including many pieces also seen in above sets, as well as a tree structure that functions as a cool backdrop/playset! Also included are more Wild Park creatures that make a return.
Last Edit: Dec 26, 2010 9:16:40 GMT -5 by Ghouldrool
I have finally got the time to sit down and review the massive set known as Jungle Adventure. This was an exclusive at Constructiveplaythings.com and comes with a mixed bag of Wild Quest, Wild Park and the new Jungle Adventure series. To save on time I won't be reviewing all of the figures some of which I have reviewed before. I have included a ton of pictures for your viewing pleasure
Will start with just the figures and their accessories. The set includes 5 figures all of which are from the Wild Park line. Dr. Henry Gage and Sally West are the same exact figures as before with not much variation. Dr. Gage does have a slightly darker parrot but not much else to write home about. The other 3 characters are Peter Pix, Bob Ranger and Andy Striver. I will say that Peter and Bob have a slightly darker skin tone giving them a tan is if they were in the sun to long. Peter no longer has his classic decal on his shirt. Both Andy and Bob are two figures I never reviewed before, I never owned a Bob Ranger but I do have a different version of Andy that came with the Dino Quest T rex in an Animal Planet playset. Andy has a neat set of head phones that attach to a MP3 player on his belt and can be worn on his head or around his neck. Andy also has a real cool logo of a Panda on his bright red shirt. Bob Ranger looks like your classic park ranger/game warden type and is dressed in a khaki shirt and shorts he also carries a small flashlight that can be removed from his belt.
The figures accessories are mostly all the same equipment that the regular Wild Park figures come with. The only exception to this is Peter Pix's new telescoping home video camera. This cool little camera also fits on the tripod that comes with him. Also included is a cage which only holds smaller animals like the monkey or lion cub. The top hatch opens in a clam shell feature and snaps closed. One of the more interesting accessories in this set is the crate containing all sorts of equipment to take into the wilds of Africa. The crate is the same basic container that came with all the Wild Quest, Dino Valley and all the other adventure lines. The only exception is that it has the new Jungle Adventure logo on the lid. Inside you have a canteen, pick axe, machete, knife, shovel, lantern, binoculars and back pack that looks very much like the Cobra Alley Viper pack. Each piece of equipment is painted in a silver brown and are included on a plastic branch.
There are many animals included in this set some range from the original Wild Quest line to the just released Jungle Adventure series. Up first is a new monkey from the Jungle Adventure it features a cupped hand to grasp the banana that is included in this set. This may in fact be based on a squirrel monkey but I am not entirely sure. Next we have 2 Wild Park Meerkats both of which are the same exact copy. Also included is the Wild Park baby rhino and 2 lion cubs. I don't really understand why include 2 cubs and not an adult. I guess it was not very cost efficient. We also get the chimp which was part of the Wild Quest line and features movable legs and arms and designed to hang from the large tree that is included. Also there is a zebra calf and baby Giraffe, the giraffe can raise and lower its neck to browse on low or high vegetation. The porcupine another Jungle Adventure figure is featured with bristly quills that are glued on each side of the body. A dark green version of the small crocodile makes a lovely addition to the reptiles included with this set. You can view a more in depth review of the Wild Park crocodile in the command tent thread. One of my favorite animals in this set is the gimmslock a type of antelope with long straight horns and hoofed feet. They make excellent prey for crocodiles and large predatory cats. Of course you can't have you predator prey relationship without your scavengers and the vulture makes a fine addition to the Chap Mei family. I have waited a long time for CM to release a vulture. Sure we got crows, hawks and parrots. I thought we would finally get one in the Wild West line but it was not to be. Finally in Jungle Adventure we are blessed with not only vultures but toucans as well. I only wish the toucan was included in this set. The vultures feet are made to perch on tree limbs as you will see in the pic below. The largest animal to the line is the elephant. It was made into a smaller scale version for the Wild Park line I guess as a mother elephant. The elephant features when you press the button on the back the head raises and flaps the ears. Also included is the elephant calf which is the only animal baby in this set to include a parent. The other large animal included is a large tree snake. I would assume this is a type of python or boa however it has fangs like a viper. The snake is red with black stripes on the back. Sadly the snake is configured to fit on the large tree only and the fangs are one single tooth giving it a bugs bunny look. It is still a great figure and snakes are not really that playable anyway. At least it is in a different position instead of coiled around the ground. The snake also resembles the big constrictor on the cover of the 1986 GI Joe catalog.
Of course this set also includes a large cargo truck and tree. Both are from the new Jungle Adventure series. The truck has free rolling wheels, the doors are molded shut so you have to put the figures in over the canopy. The truck is a two in one playset in itself. The tent can be removed easily from the back of the truck. The green door flips up and a plastic pole fits under the roof to secure it. Now you have a tent for your figures to sit back and relax. The truck also provides storage for your figures and accessories.
The tree also serves as a playset due to its enormous size. Far larger then the Wild Park tree house the Jungle Adventure version is so large it comes unassembled. You must attach the base of the tree to the top half which snaps together in a jiff. Then you add several of the leafy branches to the pegs on the tree. Once assembled it is a fun set to display. A gate is suppose to snap into the opening at the base of the tree but it is not included with this set. Larger animals will fit just as well in this opening. A wooden plank on the mid section of the tree serves as a platform for your researchers and larger animals. Smaller animals and birds sit on the green tree branches. Their is a small limb on the top of the tree that serves as a perch for the vulture. The snake hooks on the far left branch and can face either to the right or the left.
Awesome review of a great set, Dinoviper. I wonder if Bob Ranger and Peter Pix underwent ethnicity change for this set and if this was a concious choice on Chap Mei's part, because their skin tone is remarkably darker than the other previous releases. Although I don't notice such a thing with Andy Striver, who's missing the camo print from his trousers in this release. It's not uncommon for Chap Mei to change skin colour on human figures, I've seen it three times before.
I finally picked up the Jungle Adventure set with Hefty Nicky and the vulture/white crocodile (see above) from Malaysia. Yeah, had to have it. ;D Hefty Nicky is a fantastic figure, albeit a Dirty Dan Dee body with a new head. The head however, is VERY well done and I'm really pleased!
Meanwhile, my Wizard Count gets to chill with his new pet:
The vulture fits on his arm as if made for it!
Last Edit: Feb 6, 2011 10:34:35 GMT -5 by Ghouldrool
These great single carded specimens are figures that feature in the Jungle Adventure line-up; The card art however is completely different. They are labled as Treasure Raider: Darkskull Voyager and I believe these have showed up in South America only.
I am especially interested (and vexed) by that white uniform Vet Cassie figure in the second pic. Moreso because if you've SEEN the package for Jungle Adventure that we've received here in Europe, that figure is featured heavily on the box art - but she is NOT included in ANY set!
I wonder if larger sets of this Treasure Raider series exist, and/or if Hefty Nicky and King Zulu, also shown on the packaging, make an appearence in this line as well. Perhaps Colonel Green, or other adventurers are available like this as well?
Crocodile Rescue Playset Price $12.99 Location Toys R Us
It has been how long since we got any new Chap Mei product? I'll just cut to the chase and say it has been way too long... While out on a 3 day weekend vacation up in the NC mountains I managed to stroll into my old TRU store in Asheville and pick up one of the new Animal Planet sets both the Zebra and Crocodile sets were their but we might have to wait a little bit longer till we see the safari truck with rhinos. However I could not resist not picking up this set it comes with several new additions to the Chap Mei universe and then some.
I'll start by going over the new hovercraft/air boat now I'm sure is vehicle has popped up in several other lines before this and I have a feeling we have not seen the last of it. The red and blue water craft is slightly smaller then the zebra striped yellow wild quest version. It seats one figure and has a rotating propeller and moving stabilizers. In addition the front of the craft has a storage bay for putting small trinkets simply by lifting the basket cover. Have not tried to place it in water just yet but I'm certain it does float. The side of the boat has a Animal Rescue insignia for a little added detail. A great piece to own very sturdy and not expensive to get.
Next up is the figure a repainted Chip White who first appeared in the Wild Park and Dino Valley II line. Chip is now painted in a red and gray color and still appears to have the same bells and whistles as his original. I have done several reviews of Chip White on the forum so for more information on him please read my other reviews in the Expedition section.
Chip also includes with him the typical net trap device packaged with Pirates and Dino Valley figures. He includes his flash light and binoculars which have been included in other sets with Chip. The only new addition to Chip's accessories is a small blue storage tank used to transport the baby crocodiles. One of the most interesting pieces of equipment included with a figure. I only wish it came with a lid but beggars can't be choosers.
Most likely the reason people are going to purchase this set is for the crocodiles. Crocodiles, alligators, snakes and dinosaur seem to be the most popular animal toys for young boys and collectors. I can't agree more. The "momma croc" has popped up in several lines before including a zebra striped crocodile in the Pirates line and the regular green one in the Wild Park line. This is the ideal crocodile to have and is just the right size for a 3 3/4" collection. This version is much better detailed and scaled then anything that the Corps! or G.I. Joe came out with. Although their are no movable parts the Crocodile is molded perfectly to hold items in its mouth and the tail is curved in a natural way. The Crocodile also includes it own personal assessory a rocky perch which looks great in a both artificial and natural environments. Not sure if this is from a former line but I'm guessing it was a perch of some kind for Wild Park or Jungle Adventure line.
The main reason owning this set are the 6 baby crocodiles that are included with it. The baby's are attached to a plastic "tree" that you remove them from. The easiest way to do this is with a pair of scissors, twisting the babies might warp or damage them. The are attached pretty well on the tree. The baby crocodiles appear to be a new addition to Chap Mei and I can't say I have seen them in any other recent line. They are very detailed in scale and look like the craftsmanship that Hasbro did with the Indiana Jones cobras and G.I. Joe RoC snakes. Very nice addition to an other wise great Chap Mei playset.
I have a feeling this with be a more popular set to pick up simply for the crocodiles and air boat. I will say had it not been for the baby crocodiles I would have passed on this set. I highly recommend if your a reptile fan and collect 3 3/4" figures to pick up this set you won't be disappointed