The Mega Bloks World of Warcraft line has been unleashed, bringing tiny plastic versions of Azeroth's iconic people, places and Deathwings to toy stores across the country. I have one such Azerothian playset in my possession, and you get to watch me put it together, piece by piece.
To the zeppelin!
My LEGO-loving brethren are already to tear up my VIP card at the mere mention of Mega Bloks, but I firmly believe there is room on this big old ball of dirt for more than one line of construction toys. The two lines really have two very different goals. LEGO wants to give folks playsets that look like things made out of LEGO bricks. Mega Blocks wants to connect pieces in a very LEGO way, but ultimately the finished product looks more like a normal toy than a collection of bricks.
So while the more fanatical LEGO fans ignore that entire paragraph and run off to their brick vault to build a bigger and better Goblin Zeppelin, I'm going to build this one. It's quite purple.
Weighing in at 310 pieces and running $59.99 at ThinkGeek, the Goblin Zeppelin Ambush comes complete with a ballista, a Worgen Rogue, a Tauren Paladin and a Goblin airship captain, ready to launch cannonballs at that ridiculous furball.
This is a very Mega Blok playset, as evidenced by the large, zeppelin-shaped pieces you'll see in the video below. The vast majority of the airship's bulk is in the three-piece hull and two piece airship shell. The rest is just details. Take a look.
Those huge pieces make for a relatively speedy build, but those that shun Mega Bloks for being too simple will find their shunnings very justified here. Still, the end product is quite attractive. I'm pondering hanging it from the ceiling with fishing wire, with a separate piece of wire to loop around the Worgen's scrawny neck.
I am pleased with this set. It's not the one I really wanted...
...but it certainly captures a moment in World of Warcraft that's near and dear to my Hordie heart. I don't have to wait for the Zeppelin anymore. I've got one right here.
Check out the official Mega Bloks World of Warcraft website to see the full line in marketing product shot form.