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Monday, October 3, 2016
31 Days of Toy Terror Lives: The Boiler Room from The Walking Dead Building Sets by McFarlane Toys
Set Name: The Boiler Room
# of Pieces: 176
Figures Included: Rick Grimes and Gorged Walker
Non-Scalper Price: $12-$15 dollars
* The main base actually has some posts added underneath that raises it off the ground. From this angle you can really see how the marbled plastic of the various bricks really gives these sets that trademark grungy McFarlane look that kind of defined their style in the late 90s and early 2000s. I still love it. You can also see some of the pegs that the included Rick Grimes figure can attach to.
* Here's more of the base. I like that this isn't just a flat bottom but I have to say that building the bottom around this was frustrating. There were many parts, most noticeably the corner pieces of the girders, that just do not look the same as in the directions. This was the most frustrating part of the build to me.
* The sculpted elements in these sets are always pretty interesting. This is some random junk that's sitting underneath the work bench. It's just a few stray boxes and canisters but it adds to the lived in and now decaying world of The Walking Dead. Some of the pieces like this are tough to attach to the studs but once you get them on they stay very tightly.
* With the top of the work bench on you can see a bunch of junk spread about: Parts bins, a small tool box, various tools and manuals, and the infamous telephone that causes Rick to question his sanity. The little blue chest of drawers and the grey toolbox are separate pieces plugged into the top but everything else is one solid, well painted piece.
* The sides of the boiler housing and pipes are created using a variety of multicolored bricks. Those little 1x2 tiles with the three hols are interesting, huh? They don't really serve any purpose other than to look cool so I wonder what they're for?
* Here you can see the boiler being built. Again, these sets have an unusual mixture of legit "brick built" sections and molded, sculpted accoutrements that simply connect to the studs. The boiler is a very strong sculpt and I love the valve next to it (the vale actually turns, by the way).
* Here you can see that the walls are coming up. The way the set is built on the sides of a corner is unusual but there is a fair amount to stand a figure or two.
* Here you can see some of the pipes that connect off to the right side of the boiler unit. One thing I do really like about these sets is the marbled colors used in the various pieces. The various shades of copper mixed with black gives these pipes and old, rust eaten appearance that adds another layer of depth to the sets.
* Working on the pipes that hang above the boiler room isn't nearly as difficult as it looks. Sometimes working on pieces like this reminds me more of assembling a mid 1980s G.I. Joe vehicle rather than a Lego styled set. The sculpt is great on these and it's a well thought out addition to the boiler room.
* And here the completed set! It's an interesting diorama like piece and, as I've already mentioned, I'm all about any kind of toy that has a diorama like quality to it. They remind me of my beloved McFarlane Monsters playsets in some way and that's a huge plus.
* And here's the first figure from this set: Rick Grimes. Rick is wearing some bloody clothes and has a decent sculpt with above average paintwork for this scale. He also has some articulation. The figure comes in 7 parts that snap together with the joints serving as articulation points of a sort. You can't do much but you can turn Rick's head or move his arms so he's pointing his revolver at one of the walkers. Speaking of which...
* While I really like the color variations on the bricks, sometimes it makes building these frustrating because you don't know what to look for. In this pic you can see a grey uneven brick next to the blueish base. The brick looked blue in the instructions and I honestly thought it was missing until I finished the set and saw this gray brick that seemed to match. Frustrating!
* I'm not sure how much of a negative I consider this but I do find it odd that the set was built at an angle like this. It seems to look fairly accurate to the show but it still seems odd for a display piece like this. Why not design this as a more traditional square room?
awkward and ill-conceived scale changes and reluctance to articulation.
I reviewed two more of these sets last Halloween during 31 Days of Toy Terror Returns: Daryl with Chopper and The Governor's Room.
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