I was very surprised when Mega Bloks announced it had acquired the license to create construction sets based on the Call of Duty franchise. Mega Bloks has done this kind of thing before with Halo, Skylanders, World of Warcraft and Need for Speed. Unlike the micro action figures in those sets, Mega Bloks decided to make the CoD micro action figures highly customizable and capable of pulling off articulate poses. This is going to be a major selling point for this theme and it helps go alone with the more realistic nature of Call of Duty games. In this review, we’re going to look at the Rib Beach Assault. It sells for $19.99 and contains 162 pieces. You get a boat, two micro action figures, accessories and a storage trunk to keep all your extra parts.
Let’s go over the boat first. The boat is a simple build that has proven to be pretty sturdy. It’s large enough to fit both microfigures and the storage chest. One thing I really like about this boat are the rounded camouflaged pieces that make up the outer ring of the boat. The camo is printed on the pieces in lieu of stickers. This is what I really like about Mega Bloks. It’s cheaper to just throw stickers in the box instead of creating unique pieces. But Mega Brands (the company behind Mega Bloks) frequently uses unique pieces that probably won’t be used in other sets. This really helps to make this set feel premium.
The rear of the boat contains a build of a motor with a rotor that rests in the water. The motor can be moved vertically, horizontally and also spins. You can also make one of the micro action figures grip the handle on the motor as if he’s controlling it. It can make for some pretty neat poses.
The Micro Action Figures
The figures themselves are a cut above the rest. They’re not like LEGO and they don’t try to be. These figures are slightly taller than typical minifigures and require a lot more effort to put together. There are about 14 different parts required to make each of these figures. You also need to use a little bit of elbow grease to make sure all the pieces are properly inserted. If you don’t push quite hard to insert the parts, you’ll end up limiting the amount of articulation you have access to. The figures will also look a little odd. But once you get it right, you’ll find the articulation to far better than the vast majority of figurines in the world of construction sets. In this set, you get Staff Sergeant Derek “Frost” Westbrook from Modern Warfare 3 and another generic soldier.
Mega Bloks also encourages customization of the soldiers. There is a standard connection system that’s used for all the accessories and parts. You can mix and match everything to your liking. That benefit extends to the weapons as well. A standard machine gun has separate pieces for the magazine, stock, barrel and suppressor. If you happen to have a scope, you can make a sniper rifle. Some of the extra pieces you aren’t using such as grenades and extra magazines can be placed on the figures.
Mega Bloks had another military theme called True Heroes which would probably explain where the camouflage/militaristic bricks came from. However, the Call of Duty line is not just a rehash of that. Mega Bloks set out to do something unique and it has accomplished that. The boat is fairly tame, but it’s well constructed. The figures are what’s going to sell this theme. They’re easily the best part of these sets. All in all, this theme is shaping up to be very impressive.
For a closer look at this set, check out my hands-on video review below.