Mega Construx Warthog Rally
Build Time: 30 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 314
Minifigures: Master Chief (Infinite armor), Marine, X2 Jackal Freebooters
Weapons: Assault Rifle, SMG, x2 Plasma Pistols
Accessories: X4 figure stand, Removable Sight for AR, x2 energy shields (for Jackals)
Special Features: Alternate build via APP.
Cost: $30 US Mass Retail. I got mine at Target.
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
The front of the package shows the set in a fun action shot. The back displays some of the action features as well as alternate build.
In the box you get an instruction manual, 4 numbered bags and a “MCX” bag.
Here are the contents of the MCX Bag. Yes, you have to build the figures.
There are a few pieces with printing on them.
Below is the center console.
Next is one of the machine gun guards.
and lastly for printed pieces, this small 1×1 tile.
Okay, let’s get into the build, shall we?
Bag 1 and it’s contents.
Bag 2 and it’s contents.
Uh-Oh, right from the get-go, I had a small issue. One of the pieces had been warped and broken. Thankfully, I have a lot of extra parts. Though it doesn’t match in color, for now, I’m using the green 1X6 to complete the build. I’ll be calling Mega for the replacement part.
There are four of those 1×6 plates. I elected to swap out the one circled as it’s the least visible when the build is complete.
We start as we generally do with Warthog build and build the body. This one however is far different from ones previously. Gone are the long bloks in the center. Instead they are replaced with long sort-of step shaped pieces (seen in the MCX bag contents pic). These allow for the center console to be built more correctly to the in-game appearance. A nice detail and design choice!
Some of the rear section of the Warthog is built. Temporary pieces (which include two of the figure stands) are put in place for stability, if you are building on a flat surface.
Next, part of the front is built up and has temporary pieces put in place as well.
More of the front is built, with some of the engine and armor pieces put in place. I’m liking that engine!
Bag 3 and it’s contents.
As you can see here, this bag includes a lot of “dog bone” clips as well as a bunch of copper pins. Those will be used in the new suspension system for the Warthog.
Bag 4 and it’s contents.
More of the seating area and center console are built Oooh, rich Corinthian leather! (you younger folks will have to look that one up, LOL)
Plenty of gas cans to keep the Warthog moving!
So here is what we have so far. It’s looking VERY Warthog-like.
Now we move on to the brand new suspension system!
Both front and back are built the same. Each having the main blok with dog clips attached and side sections, with copper pins.
Here is one set of the completed suspension. It’s BEEFY!
A close-up of the main blok shows where the rubber band is put in place that allows for the bounce in the suspension. The band is place behind this side of dog bone clips. You may find this step a little tricky at first. Don’t fret, that band is indeed supposed to go there and fits perfectly.
And now a short video of how the suspension works
Ah, now she’s looking like a completed Warthog!
Here are the leftover/extra pieces I had from this set. I always appreciate that Mega gives us extra pieces. Clips are especially nice. Those two tan bloks will fit in nicely with a diorama I’m building.
Weapons included in the set are an AR (With removable sight), an SMG, and two Plasma Pistols.
There are also two energy shields.
Okay, let’s now take a look at the figures!
First up is the brave and stoic Master Chief!
Orthogonal views of Chief in his Halo Infinite armor. BTW, this is now known as the Mark VI Gen 3 armor.
A UNSC Marine
And orthogonal views.
Jackal Freebooter. As both are the same exact figure, I’m only showing one here.
Orthogonal views of the Jackal
And finally the whole set with Warthog and figures in place. I think the UNSC has this little skirmish in-hand.
Summary: The set’s build time is short and can be done in one sitting, easily. A new suspension system really adds a lot of bounce and playability to the Warthog. FOUR figures, of which 3 are army builders really add to the value of this set.
Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out of 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 10 out of 10?
• The only minor thing with this set is that there is a fourth gas can on the in-game model that isn’t present on the toy. That however, is such a small detail that I didn’t take off for it.
• The new suspension system really is fun! LOTS of bounce to it.
• That the set includes army builders in both the marine as well as the Jackals makes this quite possibly a multiple purchase, especially given there is an alternate build!
On the alternate build, I will have a separate review for that at a later date.
Here’s my opinion on the break down of the value of this set. (In US dollars)
• The Warthog I place at $18 given it contains nearly all the parts of the set..
• Each figure with weapon and stand I put at $4 each for a total of $12.
TOTAL: $30 (before tax and in U.S. dollars)
Given that the set costs $30 US before tax, I find this set to be right on par with the piece count and for what all is included.
Do I recommend it? YES! This is a fantastic new entry into the Warthog series of sets. Though the armor isn’t as thick as it is with older builds, the new suspension MORE THAN makes up for it with playability! Army builders and Master Chief really add value to the set. I highly recommend this set!
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