When we hear about brick construction sets, we tend to thing of Lego. Lego is king of the brick-building industry, but it also has competitors that occupy territories Lego wouldn’t dare tread. Mega Brands for example holds licenses for games such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Skylanders and Halo to create construction sets for its Mega Bloks line. I enjoy putting together these sets for display purposes and recently picked up Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault for $60 at Toys R Us. It was released close to a year ago, but its fairly recent $40 price drop could be enough for WoW and brick building fans to pull the trigger. Let’s go over what this set is all about.
Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault contains 809 pieces, three micro action figures, Stormwind Castle, Deathwing, a catapult, treasure chest and three statues from the Valley of Heroes. The figures include King Varian Wrynn, a Gnome Death Knight and a Night Elf Priest.
The Micro Action Figures
The figures, much like the whole set, is very detailed. Mega Brands did a really good job with the texturing, coloring and images on the armor and weapons. The armor on each figure is also removable should you ever feel like customizing. The figures also have a decent amount of articulation. I think the articulation is a little too sensitive, but it does make for a variety of poses. The characters also come with a hole in their backs where a wrench-like piece can be inserted to hold their weapons. It’s a nice touch.
Now let’s get to Deathwing. Deathwing looks amazing once assembled. His face is very detailed. It almost looks like someone hand painted him. His wings are tattered and worn with cosmetic discoloration throughout. The underside of Deathwing also contains orange bricks that have streaks of red and white. The bricks may appear to have glue melted in them due to shoddy production, but their look is intentional. It gives Deathwing more personality.
Deathwing also has a lot of articulation. His core is one solid piece that has ball joints on all sides. His legs, head, tail and wings have to be attached to the core after filling them out with pieces. Since his limbs also have ball joints, it makes Deathwing very posable. He just looks awesome perched atop Stormwind Castle.
Stormwind Castle will take the longest time to construct. There are only a handful of large single pieces. The rest of the pieces are used to make the middle of the castle and part of the walls. One thing I like about the castle are the different kinds of bricks Mega Brands used. Some bricks are light gray, but other gray pieces have streaks of black printed on them. Chances are you aren’t going to be meticulous about where you place these two-toned bricks. That actually works to the castle’s benefit. It helps to give the walls a worn look at random places.
Let’s talk about the actual building process. This is where I have my biggest criticism about Mega Bloks. Mega Bloks doesn’t use numbered bags. There’s no way to know where all the pieces you need are. I had to separate 808 pieces on my table to avoid meticulously digging through several bags for a specific piece. Mega Brands should organize the pieces in its large sets. This will help people keep up with all the pieces. If you can’t finish it all in one sitting, there’s a chance a piece could fall on the floor and get lost. I would have liked the option to finish off a couple bags, put the unfinished piece in a safe place and build the rest later. The instructions can also be a little confusing at times if you’re not used to Megablocks. Deathwing for example uses four types of small pieces that are nearly identical. The picture diagrams don’t do a great job of explaining exactly where these pieces should go. You’ll figure it out, but probably not instantaneously.
The bricks do a good job of clamping together. There were only a couple cases where putting too much pressure on the bricks caused them to fall apart. I don’t think the pieces are as good as Lego yet, but from what I’ve heard, Mega Bloks is getting better.
Overall, Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault is a great set for $60. The details on everything make this a great showpiece in any gamer’s sanctuary.
Site [Mega Bloks]