I have been fascinated by the McFarlane Walking Dead building sets since they came out, but I never really played with the dimpled blocks. I am not a builder of stuff and things. I am a builder of thoughts into words, and words in to sentences. However, when I saw some sets on sale, I grabbed the Daryl with Chopper and Dale's RV. I decided to start in the proverbial kiddie pool and start with the easier of the two, Daryl with Chopper. I wanted to know if someone with no skill could put together the set. The answer is almost.
On the official McFarlane website, they describe the sets as "McFarlane Toys is bringing a revolutionary evolution in brick building toys that allows collectors and fans to literally build their favorite scenes with these highly detailed and realistic construction line. Each set brings immaculate detail, iconic environments, and convincing sculpts, all at an unpredicted size. Add multiple characters to your scenes, combine builds, or just enjoy your awesome creations on its own."
The collider website describes the collection as "The concept is absurdly simple: produce realistic sets and figures based on the popular show, and make them all compatible with each other in the form of interconnecting dimpled block sets (made famous by a name you know and love)."
Amazon.com has a 4 star rating and 79 total ratings. On the Daryl with Chopper set the biggest complaint seems to be that it is a delicate shelf sculpture. After building the set, I concur. However, a shelf sculpture or possibly a background piece for pictures is what I wanted.
From the time I snapped the first two pieces together to the last set up, the build took me one hour and twenty-five minutes. I was not trying to do it as fast as possible, and I also took pictures of the build during the process.
The other tools I used were scissors and a knife. A knife for the tape on the box and scissors for the packages in the box.
The box came with everything packaged inside and picture dominant directions.
The grass gave me a few ugly moments, because my finger nails kept getting in the way. Daryl's chopper also gave me many ugly moments. The chopper took more time than any other part. I could not get the exhaust pipe and kickstand on the chopper. The hubs will have to do that when he comes home. I do not think that it is almost impossible to get the parts on the chopper. I believe the process takes some finesse and coaxing. I lack those skills when it comes to projects like this.
I put a K cup and a standard roll of duct tape next to the finished product for size reference.
I am pleased with the final product, and the relative ease it was put together. I consider myself building set dumb, and i got it put together (mostly).
I think I will help the hubs put Dale's RV together.