Mega Blocks World of Warcraft
By choice, I’ve never played World of Warcraft. It’s nothing against the hugely popular game, it’s just that as much as the game might have appealed to me, there was no way I could justify the subscription fee and the amount of time I would have to put into the game on a monthly basis. But getting into the battle for Azeroth with Mega Blok sets? Now that’s something I can commit to.
The warriors and hordes of Azeroth have leapt from the MMO servers at Blizzard and into block form with Mega Blok’s line of World of Warcraft construction sets. These sets feature the iconic characters, vehicles, and style of the massively popular online game melded with the simple pleasures of putting together building blocks.
I had the opportunity to review two of the thirteen available sets: the Barren’s Chase featuring Night Elf warrior Tanavar with his sabertooth tiger and Orc warlock Dragath with his rocket, and the Goblin’s Zeppelin Ambush, which includes the goblin airship, an ambushing ballista, and the Worgen Darkhowl, Krazzle the Goblin, and Lighthoof the Tauren.
That’s where Mega Bloks World of Warcraft really shines: the minifigures. Unlike the iconic LEGO Minifigs, which are cute but fairly immobile, the Mega Bloks characters are extremely detailed and extremely cool. Ball joints connect the arms, legs, and head to the body, with each character’s unique armor pieces snapping over their body and shoulders. That creates armies of hulking armor-clad warriors from a mix of races, and of the five figures included in the two sets, no two are alike, right down to the smallest details on their chest plates.
The Zeppelin airship is a pricier set (the second most expensive at around $70), but definitely looks impressive on the shelf. It features a colourful, clamshell-style balloon over the passenger gondola, and is nicely detailed with a working propeller and firing cannon. Is this something though that I’d want to spend $70 for young children to play with? I’m not really sure I’m ready to make that leap, but from a grown-up perspective it’s a nice display piece.
The Barren’s Chase set features two cool mounts: a rocket that was once a special unlockable bonus in the game, and a nightsaber cat, which is every bit as detailed and impressive as the smaller figures. With two figures and rides, and a significantly lower price point, the Chase set is definitely more kid friendly.
While clearly it helps to be a World of Warcraft fan, you don’t actually need to be to enjoy these sets, if your tastes run to fantasy. Even my three year-old son, who hasn’t the faintest clue about World of Warcraft, loves the rocket and has been zooming it around the family room for the past couple of days.
The figures can also do double duty for tabletop game or RPG players, using them as heroes or villains in other games.
The only significant drawback to this line as a whole is that with most of the sets it’s really a case of “what you see is what you get”. Each set is designed to make basically one thing, and one thing only, and that’s very much the case with the Goblin Zeppelin Ambush and the Barren’s Chase sets. If you pick up the Goblin Zeppelin Ambush, you’re pretty much limited to making a zeppelin, and same with the rocket from the Barren’s Chase set. You could try to make your own variant, but these sets are very clearly designed to build these specific items.
The GamerPops Recommendation
I could not tell you the last time I took the time to build a specific LEGO or Mega Bloks set, but all those fond memories came flooding back when I poured the pieces of the Goblin Zeppelin all over the floor of our living room.
As display pieces, the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft line should appeal to more mature fans of the MMORPG, but with their bright colours, game-inspired designs and very cool minifigures, there’s nothing to say that youngsters won’t want to play with them either.
If you prefer more free-wheeling construction projects, these are probably not the toys for you, but if you want sword-and-sorcery toys (Warcraft fan or not), with more of an edge than anything LEGO has to offer, the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft collection is definitely worth checking out.
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