Here we are at the FOURTH of the SIX part Halo Mega Bloks Scarab toy review. This is Mega Bloks third Halo Signature series set and it’s largest to date.
Due to it’s very large piece count (3,340), and it’s size, I’ve broken down the review into 6 parts so that you can easily see/read/download the review
When this series of articles is complete, I will edit in the links at the end of each article for easy reference later on.
Mega Bloks Covenant Scarab: Set # 97964
Build Time: 5 hours Sorting, 8 hours Building TOTAL 13 hours.
Set Piece Count: 3,340
Minifigs: 2x Jackal Snipers, Dark Blue Ascetic Elite, Dark Blue Commando Elite, Translucent-Blue Prophet of Regret
Weapons: Fuel Rod Gun, 2x Carbine, 2x Plasma Pistol, Energy Sword (My set had 4 Carbines in it.)
Accessories: Buildable translucent blue Prophet Chair
Special Features: Legs pivot front to back at the hip, cannon turns 360°, hatch lifts up (on upper body), removable roof for cockpit, 2 side compartment area hatches open/close, some articulation at front plasma cannon (mandibles)
Cost: $250 Toys R Us Exclusive
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
At this point, we add on several more plate pieces as well as tiles. The difference between plate and tile are this: Plate pieces have the ‘studs’ on top of them, while tiles are flat. Curiously, all of the tile pieces are covered over later on. SO I’m left to wonder why Mega didn’t just use plate pieces instead for better connectivity?
We put that section aside as that’s only part of the front portion of the lower body. Now we start building the back portion of the lower body. This is done in reverse to help build up the slight curving structure of the Scarab. Here it’s not curved, but gives the illusion of such with stacked plates.
The base part of the back portion of the lower body has clear books mounted to it. These will be removed much later on. For now, they are there to help stabilize this section as you attach it to the front lower body section and continue to build on top of it.
Before I go forward, yes, I’ll make note that the actual Scarab does not have a cockpit. This was added by Mega for added play value. I am perfectly okay with this. If they didn’t include it, it would likely have just been covered over by more books and plates, so why not include are area with more play value to it?
Alright so let’s move on to the front plasma cannon section.You can see here that large curved piece with the six holes on top of it. That has previously been used in the Covenant Vampire, though in a different color. I’m glad to see Mega made use of the very neat piece again.
Now, I want to point out something else. Those blue mandibles. Ohhh did they give me troubles. What I mean is that while moving the body around to build elsewhere, I would inadvertently bump them and knock them off. This happened several times. So I HIGHLY suggest that when you’ve built them, set them aside to be placed on at the end of the whole Scarab build. Trust me on this one, if you want to save yourself a little frustration.
I think the only thing Mega could have done here would have been to add those little pin pieces to the mandibles. having those inserted into the large blue parts, then into the sloped books would have made them more secure.
Thankfully, this was only one of two points in the build that caused any difficulty. So again, save this for the end.
Here’s how the top section folds down over the cannon. Quite nice. You’ll see something very similar to this in the top body review as well. I like that Mega was very consistent with this design.And finally above, you see the whole of the lower body section built and ready for the top part.
This section of the Scarab build took the longest of all of the section. It took about 2 hours to build it. Again, I need to stress that sorting out pieces REALLY HELPS. Otherwise, this would have taken a LOT longer to build.
Tomorrow in part 5, I complete the top body section. You’ll definitely have to check that out as there are some neat features with it and when combined with the lower body, really help to show the massive scale of this set.
Here are the links to the rest of the parts of the review:
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 1 (of 6) The Unboxing
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 2 (of 6) Front Legs
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 3 (of 6) Back Legs
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 4 (of 6) Lower Body
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 5 (of 6) Upper Body
Halo Mega Bloks Toy Review, Covenant Scarab: Part 6 (of 6) Turret, figures, weapons and the rest