Thursday, April 14, 2022

Toy Review: Land Shark from Masters of the Universe by Meg Construx

 



   The Land Shark is one of my favorite Masters of the Universe vehicles and it's pretty cool Mega Construx has released it in the line complete with a functioning jaw that opens when it rolls and two fantastic minifigures. Mega Construx isn't releasing an overwhelming amount of MOTU product but what they have put out is extremely well done and has a great feel to it. They really include some unique pieces to ensure that the builds are accurate to their toy counterparts while also still utilizing lots of standard pieces to ensure that these are still fun to build. The figures included with the Land Shark aren't new characters to the Mega Construx line (Battle Armor Skeletor first came with the Panthor at Point Dread set and minicomic Roboto was released as a single carded figure) but they are new variants. This BA Skeletor has battle damage on his armor while this is the first appearance of vintage toy Roboto. Ready to look at this nifty little set? Then join me after the break...




The Facts:

# of Pieces: 179

Figures Included: Battle Armor Skeletor and Roboto

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

Roboto:


* Roboto looks fantastic as this is the first Mega Construx version based on the vintage toy. Unlike the single carded release, he has a translucent chest with his gears printed on. He has the same swappable hands (both can be swapped out with his axe, claw, or laser blaster) and the display stand.

Battle Armor Skeletor

* Battle Armor Skeletor was already released in the Panthor at point Dread set but this version has two small differences: He comes with a purple Power Sword and he has scratches on the Battle Armor, similar to the vintage toy. We've definitely had plenty of Skeletors in this line but I'm guessing the Mega Construx team included him because of his presence on the vintage packaging and his inclusion in the vintage Land Shark and Battle Armor Skeletor 2-pack. 
Land Shark

* The Land Shark is the highlight of this set and it's another success in my book. The Mega Construx team continues to do a fantastic job of faithfully recreating the vintage toys in building block form and I love almost everything about this model. The Land Shark is definitely one of my favorite MOTU vehicles (it's either this or the Roton) and the size and scale of this version of it is fantastic. 




* The teeth definitely seem to be unique pieces and they fit on the upper and lower jaws and come together quite nicely. The Land Shark's eyes are printed on the bricks and look very menacing. I like how Mega Construx tends to use printed bricks, even in the smaller sets. It's something Lego seems to be doing less and less of these days, even in the larger and more expensive sets.


* The treads of the vehicle are rubbery and fit over three free-rolling. There's also an inner mechanism that causes the upper jaw to pop open and snap shut when the treads move. It's nicely designed, very sturdy, and works great. It's one of those things that just makes this toy more fun to mess around with.

* The Land Shark has two large cannons and, unlike the MOTU Origins version, this one has the asymmetrical weapons of the vintage toy. The left side of the vehicle has a single barreled weapon with a flared barrel tip. The weapons move up and down and there are some cool little details since these are made from multiple smaller pieces. 



* The right side is a double barreled weapon that also moves up and down and is also assembled from at least a dozen different pieces.



*The back of the Land Shark uses printed pieces to show off the engine/ exhaust. The printing is nice and sharp on these plates.



* Skeletor, or pretty much any other Mega Construx minifigure, fits perfectly inside the Land Shark cockpit. The handles are on hinges and make it easier for the figure to hold on tight for a wild ride.

The Negatives:


* This one is probably a bit nitpicky but the color on land Shark might be a bit too pick. The vintage toy and the Origins Land Shark are both darker with more purple, or perhaps magenta, in their color.

   The Land Shark set is a very, very Epic piece and a great value. Roboto and Battle Armor Skeletor are too excellent minifigures with a lot of play value and make great additions to the set. The Land Shark is just an excellent vehicle. It's fun to build, sturdy, and has an actual action feature in the chomping jaws . How cool is that? As something of a Land Shark connoisseur I'm definitely quite pleased with how this set turned out. There's a lot of play value for the money here and a lot of fun to be had for those of us collecting the things and those of us playing with them. And if you do both? All the better.


 
 Do you also love the Land Shark? Then check out my review of the Hot Wheels Premium Land Shark and the He-Man/ Wind Raider & Skeletor/Land Shark set and the MOTU Origins Land Shark.

   If you're looking for more of Roboto I've also reviewed the MOTU Origins Roboto, the M.U.S.C.L.E. Roboto from Series 3 Pack B, the Mega Construx Roboto, the Super7 Filmation inspired Roboto, the POP! Roboto #81, the Vinyl Soda Roboto, and the 200x Roboto head from the MOTUC Heads of Eternia set.

   I've reviewed so many toys of Skeletor/Keldor that he has his own review archive. Check out Snake Mountain for more Skeletor reviews than you'll find anywhere else on the internet.


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2 comments:

  1. Yeah it's a great set. It's kinda weird to me that unlike the much bigger vintage and Origins versions, this lil thing has actual working treads that are tied into the mechanism whereas those larger ones have completely fake treads and roll on hidden wheels. Of course this also means I worry that some point in the future the rubber treads of the MCX will weaken and tear especially if you keep rolling the toy along as intended. Broken treads is an issue on many older MCX tanks (including the 2016 TMNT Out of the Shadows tank I have) and they were switching to a plastic segmented tread style (clippable so you could make treads of any length too) but I guess that wasn't suitable for this particular toy. Other than that concern I really love this set. Had it a month now and it's been fun and makes a bold display piece too.

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  2. I'm shocked at how much stuff Mega Construx did that the other versions didn't. They also remembered the asymmetrical cannons which the Origins Land Shark neglected. The rolling feature is a good design. I'm crossing my fingers for no problems down the line.

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