We are at the FIFTH 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)
Okay, so yesterday I mentioned about a frustrating part, that being the mandibles at the front of the lower body. Now, we come to the other frustrating part. Putting the base onto the lower body.
Because it is so large and has many points of contact with the lower body studs, the base won’t just slip right on in. There are portions of the upper body base that fit like tabs into the lower body. Take you time with this and make sure the whole base is completely fitted onto the lower body studs. Once I had it in place, I flipped the whole thing over and pushed down carefully on the bottom of the lower body to help secure the upper body’s base.
From there we begin to build the upper body.because it’s only about half as wide in some areas, it comes together a bit quicker than the lower body. Below note the ramp going down to the lower section. As well, there are some clips on the side wall of the upper body. Eventually, those will be used as storage for weapons.
This series of photos shows how the core’s armor comes together. Once the whole Scarab is built, this is not easily removable. That’s one thing I wish Mega would have included. In the games, you can shoot off the back armor to allow for easier access to the core and destroy it. It can be removed, just not easily.
Below, the cockpit cover is built. It fits on nicely and isn’t secured to too many studs. This makes it easy to take off and put on, for quick access to the cockpit and any figures you may have stored in there.
Once attached, the sections gently fold over to form a curving ramp. Again, very clever as well as consistent with the front plasma canon. I mentioned in an earlier part that I wasn’t keen on the burgundy parts. However, I quickly changed my thought on those as the build came along. I think these actually accentuate the Scarab nicely and keep it form being just two colors, which some might find boring.
So that’s it for the upper body. Tomorrow is the last part of the review. In that, you’ll see how the top turret comes together as well as see the weapons and figures that come with the set.
As always, I’ll show the leftover parts and what I made from them.
And of course, I’ll show the whole Scarab so that you can appreciate it’s truly massive scale!
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