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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
31 Days of Toy Terror Returns: Daryl with Chopper from The Walking Dead Building Sets by McFarlane Toys
Set Name: Daryl with Chopper
# of Pieces: 154 pieces
Figures included: Walker and Daryl Dixon
Non-Scalper Price: $13-$23 dollars
* The set comes with one walker. He's about 2 1/4 inches tall (the same size as the Mega Blocks Call of Duty Zombies) and features swivel hips, a swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and swivel head. There's a lot of nice sculpting here and a fairly decent paint job for a figure this size.
* Daryl Dixon is permanently posed in a sitting position. He has swivel shoulders and a swivel neck. He's actually quite well sculpted too. The paint work is a bit of a muddy affair, but that could almost be forgive as part of this line's design aesthetic.
*I like the design of this set. The small stretch of highway, the shot up, weather beaten sign, and the overgrown grass just past the guardrails definitely bring to mind images from The Walking Dead.
* While the Walking Dead building sets definitely are not intended for crafting your own designs like Lego, Mega Blocks, or other building block toys, they definitely have an impressive, detailed diorama like quality about them. For years I've talked about how much I love McFarlane's Monsters and, in some bizarre way, these kind of remind me of those. While they use a Lego-like stud based building system (originally Todd McFarlane kept calling them nipples) you're really intended to only make small changes such as changing around the grass or modifying the cracks on the street. Still, they look incredible on display.
*The set only comes with one walker and he's disappointingly difficult to stand up. There's no pegs to attach his feet to or anything. He comes with a clear plastic stand that fits on his ankle but it's rather ugly (there's a large peg on his foot) and it doesn't work too well. This guy will get knocked over quite often, I reckon.
* While I love the look of the grass and weeds growing alongside the road in this set, it's absolutely frustrating to put each of these little pieces into the tiles. They also tend to fall out a bit when you move the set so every now and then you'll find yourself picking up a loose piece of grass and looking for a space to plug it back in. Tweezers help.
* There are some tiny, tiny pieces on this set. It's still fun to build but I'll admit that I had a tough time putting some of the elements of the motorcycle together. It's less like building a Lego vehicle and more like assembling a model or a mid-1980's G.I. Joe vehicle in a smaller scale. The exhaust pipes on this thing were frustrating to get on properly.
* I mentioned this above, but I'll reiterate here that this set really just allows you to move the figures in different places, change the road tiles up, and move the grass to different places. There's not a ton of room for actual building unless you're buying multiple sets and mixing these in with other building bricks. Since Daryl is permanently poses in a squatting position, you can reenact the never before viewed scenes where he takes a dump on the side of the road.