This set is not just large, but has many variant builds you can create with it. As such, I’m splitting it into 3 parts. The Body, The Treads and the Turrets. After I publish all three articles, there will be links to each of the articles for the other two parts.
Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 2: The treads
Build Time: 45 minutes to sort, roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours to build. Your time will vary greatly as I took pics along the way for this review. Not to mention, each variant tread and turret has different building times.
Set Piece Count: 1014
Minifigures: Red Spartan Mark IV
Weapons: 5 different variant turrets for Scorpion, Gold 10th Anniversary Rocket Launcher for figure
Accessories: figure baseplate
Special Features: 4 different variant builds of treads
Cost: Between $70-100 US. Depending on where you purchase it from. I got mine from Target for $70.
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
The front box art shows the Scorpion in an action move. As well, on the right it shows the other turret variants.
The back of the box shows the turrets and treads, along with some of the action features for the turrets.
In the box you get an sheet showing the variations of the treads and turrets, a large and small MCX Bags, and 15 bags of parts. 6 for the body, 4 for treads, and 5 for the turrets.
Now, before I go into the build itself. I want to make note here that I only built one side of each variant tread at a time. Since the other side is a mirror version, there wasn’t a need to show both sides. That and it cut down the length of my rebuilds for this article.
Mega came up with this neat way of snapping the treads together. Using just three long pieces (seen in bright orange below), they form the perfect trough for the small angular protrusion on one side of the treads. This allows the treads to glide along the trough and to make sure you’ve not only orientated the individual tread correctly, but to make sure you snap them on right. Each version of treads uses this orange trough. The only difference being the length of the treads overall. Since we are on the tri-treads, the length was quite short for each.
Next up the angled ‘no-treads’ section or what I should probably call it the “long tracks”. I will say, of the four variants, this was my least favorite. I think it’s directly due to not having any treads on it at all.
For this tread variant, you have to build a small section on the bottom of the body that includes four curved pieces. This allows the Scorpion to glide across flat surfaces. Otherwise, it might not move, with there not being treads.
First we start with the front section. aThis build is definitely different from any previous Scorpion tread build before. This is mainly due to the new tread piece system. Again, I have to give Mega proper KUDOS for doing this! Really makes the set seem more authentic.
Summary: The set’s build time is moderate and will vary greatly depending on which set of treads and which turret you choose to build. The whole set can be assembled in a few hours though, regardless of which versions you choose.
Overall Rating: I give this tread portion of this set a 8.625 out of 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 8.625 out of 10?
Since there are four variant treads, I rated each version below and came up with the overall average between all four.
• The “triple” treads: Of the four variants, this is my third choice. It’s a little strange, but definitely rolls over small obstacles. The design is pretty decent. 8.5 of 10 medals. (just for it’s strangeness)
• The treadless track: The design is ok, IF it had tracks. That it angles off the body is another weird choice. I’m not so fond of this design overall because of those two previously stated things. 6 of 10 medals.
• The regular treads: As the standard model for the Scorpion, these are great. The look good, roll well and have a sturdy design. 10 or 10 medals.
• The long treads: Only the regular treads are better than this version, IMO. I went with this one though so that I could have something slightly different than the normal Scorpion. It’s definitely a well executed design. 10 of 10 medals.
Now, I want to be a little more fair here. If we take out the treadless track and just account for the other three, the average medals would be 9.3 medals. So don’t let my one evaluation stop you form this set. There are good to great other options here!
Normally this is where I give my opinion on the value of the set and if I recommend it. I’m saving that until the end of part three, so you won’t have to read the same text again and again.
Here are the links to the other parts of this review:
Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 1 The Body
Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 3 The Turrets
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