I was recently given the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Goblin Zeppelin Ambush play set from a very dear friend. Now, as a Mother of many children I will admit that I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on building blocks for the kids. There are an endless number of overpriced and complex sets out there and to this very day I have yet to see any of these sets of blocks actually get assembled. Instead, the kids lose the pieces or the instructions, or simply forget they even have them. And if you’ve never had the pleasure of stepping on a block with your bare feet you simply haven’t lived. So, I have pretty much sworn that I would never purchase them ever again.
Honestly, I never really understood the pull of these building block sets. That is, until I was given a set of what I now refer to as “grown-up blocks”. If you listen to The Mommy Gamers podcast, I don’t try to hide the fact that I have a very unhealthy obsession with World of Warcraft. While I don’t claim to be a hardcore or knowledgeable player, in fact I’ve still never gotten an alt to level 85, I do enjoy the heck out of the game and yes…I got insanely giddy when I got this present.
Here’s a product description for you:
Build and customize a unique airship with the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Goblin Zeppelin Ambush play set. Krazzle, the Goblin Rogue, and Light Hoof, the Tauren Paladin, are outfitted in highly collectible Judgement armor and ready for battle. Attack from the airship with the brick-blasting cannon launcher. Alternately, stage a counter attack with Darkhowl, the Worgen Rogue, and his buildable Alliance crossbow as he plans a sneak assault on the Zeppelin. Also includes a random loot drop – armor or weapons – to add to your collection!
- Features a buildable and iconic Horde Goblin Zeppelin with a cannon launcher
- Also includes a large, buildable Alliance crossbow with a working launcher
- Buildable Goblin Rogue, Tauren Paladin and Worgen Rogue micro action figures are included, complete with customizable gear and weapons
- Krazzle and Light Hoof feature Judgement armor
- Includes random loot – alternate armor or weapons – in each set
Assembling this play set was actually a lot of fun. I employed the help of my ten year old son and probably acted like more of a child than he did while I was putting together my Zeppelin. He pouted a few times because I was hogging the assembly process actually and I maturely told him “Mine!” and that was the end of that. The instructions were easy to follow, much easier than say…assembling a piece of furniture. We wisely dumped the packages of blocks into bowls so that they wouldn’t end up getting knocked onto the ground and lost forever. Aside from some minor struggles with getting some of the blocks to snap into place it was an enjoyable experience. There were a few times that we would try to snap a wing into place and something else, like the cannon, would fall off and we would both kind of glare at the blocks, but I figure this was a good lesson in patience for both of us. So it was kind of therapeutic too.
I’m not sure if I’m completely convinced that building block sets are worth the cost just based on this one experience. The majority of the blocks can only be used to create this one specific creation and I’m really not sure what to do with it now that I’ve built it. What does a grown woman do with her WOW blocks? Start a curio cabinet next to my husband’s Navy memorabilia? How do I explain that to people when they come over to my house?
What I did learn though, is that this was a fun family friendly project to do. If you’re going to drop large chunks of money on Mega Blok or Lego sets you might as well sit down and make sure those things actually get put together and enjoy some quality time with your kids at the same time. If World of Warcraft blocks sound like fun to you, check out the Mega Blocks WOW site. The Zepplin set is actually their featured toy right now. If you’re interested in purchasing this set of blocks, they cost about $65 and links for purchasing are also provided on their website.