First the elephant (elek?) in the room. I know that, historically, embittered Lego enthusiasts, have sneered at the late-to-the-party Mega Bloks, and there’s no doubt that Lego, with its rich history, is king. But Mega Bloks has far more versatility as a brand and can tap into styles and sources that the perpetually family friendly Lego just wouldn’t approach. I think that the Mega Blok aesthetic really suits the Warcraft franchise. There’s a bulky, candy-coloured look to these figures that perfectly captures Azeroth. Try as you might you just couldn’t put bulky shoulder armour on a Lego minifig. Mega Bloks are the right match for this one.
These are actually packed in far bigger boxes than I expected and with some wonderful Warcraft character paintings on the side. They'd be even more wonderful if I had remembered to photograph them. But the front of the box is nice too...
There are far more pieces to this set than I would have ever have guessed from the box art...
And the instructions took a little bit of getting used to. This is by far the most difficult to assemble, possibly requiring a few points in aforementioned engineering skill. The Mega Bloks blocks aren’t as robust as Lego either and don’t always have that solid, satisfying connection that we’d expect from our Danish friends. That said, once you do manage to piece it all together, it is reasonably sturdy.
Here’s our pilot - he’s the smallest and least impressive of the four figures we’ll be looking at today, mostly due to a less than memorable head sculpt. I dig his rogue armour though, especially those sweet shoulders...
And the assembled ROFLcopter is pretty impressive.
I’m biased because I’ve flown around in this thing for a gazillion hours, which is why it feels so iconic to me. There’s also a nice added touch of a peg that sticks out of the seat area and slides into the gnome’s back to keep him secure in the cockpit.
Let’s stick with the mechanical mounts and look at the goblin warrior with his goblin trike.
This is another small statured figure, but I think he’s a vast improvement on the gnome. He has a strong head sculpt, kickass armour and a mighty hammer.
He’ll be riding Horde faction mount - the wyvern, which is some kind of bitchin' flying lion.
No peg system here - he just clamps his hefty thighs around the saddle and hangs on for dear life.
So I have hope for these. I can’t justify the space for the larger building sets, but I would definitely pick up more figures for the aforementioned purposes. Warcraft plus Mega Bloks is a good match and I hope these at least manage to indoctrinate some children. Now why are there no Mega Blok pandas?....
Give it time.
Don't forget you can pick up these at Big Bad Toy Store!