So it's like this: Sometimes I hear about how any building block toy that isn't Lego are just cheap rip-offs. Well that just ain't true, in fact---
---what, you already knew about Mega Bloks? Whadoya want, a medal?
Alright alright! Just click below and read about some cool mini mechs.
First things first: I dunno what a cyclops mech is or why it's called that. I DO know what a mech is though, and that Mega Bloks has the coolest little articulated minifigures ever. With that knowledge in mind, I bought these. Then I read the descriptions above and YEAH they're mechs 'n stuff. Neat!
Next, these little guys are not brick based, but they do employ areas where bricks may be attached. You do still put 'em together, though! With some imagination you could probably make your own limbs 'n such, but for the purposes of this review I'll just show ya how these babies work fresh out the package.
...but I'm possibly getting ahead of you, dear reader. Are you familiar with the Mega Bloks articulated minifigure? 'Cause dey rock solid, I tell ya.
LOTS of articulation for something of this size! They size up to Lego minifigures, too. Hips and shoulders and head are attached via balljoints, and the knees and elbows and via pegs (that you can pop out if you like, and swap around). The waist also turns and MAN you have a lot of options for posing! Maybe you can't always get a good two-handed pose with a gun, but what more do you ask for in your minifigures?
You can also clip Lego accessories into their hands! So a Mega Bloks minifigure is always a good choice. Well okay, they actually have multiple versions of minifigures ranging from standard Lego style to halfway between Lego and this, but you can tell these articulated ones by just looking at them.
Alrighty! With that outta the way, lets move on to the main event...of pictures. Lots of them. More than I had intended.
There's your basic build! Nothing complicated - you barely even need the directions!
That's your standard naked mech! The rest of the junk you add are the specific weapons depending on which one you buy. Here I have the one with guns on it's shoulders. The green one just has a pile-driver on his left arm. The hands are built to hold anything with the same sized pegs as any of the regular minifigure weapons though, so look around your toy bins 'cause I'm sure something fits!
The finished product is AWESOME. Small, just enough articulation, and there's nothin' I love more than a small vehicle with an even smaller driver that fits right inside!
And hey, look at that! The weapons fit right on the mech as well - I LOVE THAT! Anything that makes a nice compact item. You've got a mission all in one package! A mech for heavy times, and gear for the guy inside to when he's gotta go out on foot. Granted, this IS still a building toy, so the attached weapons could fall off with heavy play. So this may not be something you'd give your kid to take on an outing, but it could work if you remove the weapons. Less to lose that way!
The guy fits in perfectly and doesn't rattle around, 'cause he's pegged in by the hole in his back. Nice 'n solid! The only problem I've encountered is that the cockpit hatch doesn't click closed, so the green mech's hatch doesn't quite sit flush with the body, while the blue mech's hatch sits perfectly! So it's a bit of a luck-of-the-draw, though with only the two mechs I can't say how common it is. And honeslty: I don't much care. Doesn't ruin the playability one bit!
Now the next thing I wanted to do was a series of action shots, but that turned into like, THIRTY shots. Why? Because Mega Bloks has so many cool things to mix together! I mean the background is eventually Lego buildings, but the rest I wanted to just use Mega Bloks to see what kinda crazy nonsense I could get into...
So hopefully the point gets across with how many pictures there are! I don't take tons of pics of boring toys that aren't any fun to play with (unless they're hilarious). And---
...ah well, I'm sure they can handle it. Anyway, you get my drift! These are FUN. No question! If you like heavy, MechWarrior style mechs, then these are certainly for you! At about 15 bucks it's quite a little set with lots of play value. Either you're a collector and mechs are awesome, or you're a kid and this thing will seriously travel the whole house in search of enemies, which could be any old toy! When the scale is so small, anything works great as an enemy. This is a classic kinda toy - the one that breaks barriers and is plain fun no matter where you put it.
Of course, if you have other Mega Bloks sets, then they'll match up with anything, as I've displayed! The articulation on the figures match up with other sets, so you can have this awesome mashed up universe with cannon dragons, Marvel Superheros, World of Warcraft...you name it!
OR SKYLANDERS! Man, Mega Bloks has everything! Am I gushing about them too much? Well deal with it! They're awesome. Go on now - pick yerself up some little mechs and have an adventure!