We interrupt our regularly scheduled review to bring you a special news report. Our roving reporter, Staci Stickleblock, is downtown to bring you the story. Are you there, Staci?
Hang on, Brick! It looks like Rex is preparing to make a statement…
Rex: Attention, citizens! I will severely scratch the paint on this European luxury sports car unless I receive all the sausages in an hour’s time! All of them!
Chief: It’s not our policy to give in to the demands of criminals. At the same time, apprehending a criminal like Tyrannis presents a challenge to law enforcement. The city’s annual budget was already stretched pretty thin, and well…
Staci: Are you saying the Police are unable to afford to subdue Rex and the other dinosaurs? What about calling “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?”
Chief: We’ve sent out a call for them, but they generally don’t respond to threats of damage to personal property. But I want to assure the public that the Police do have a “Plan B” prepared for events such as these.
Following a tip from a poster on the Bloks Forum, I found this set of five minifigures in my local Target’s bargain area. It should be pretty obvious that they’re modeled after the Avengers. Let’s have a closer look at them out of the packaging. Avengers Superheroes Assemble!
Hawkeye! Black Widow! Revenge!
Iron Man! Metalman!
Thor! Lightning Bolt!
It should be pretty clear that the superhero minifigures utilize a body design that’s slightly different from the standard Block Tech minifigure. In addition to being taller, the torso is longer and shapelier. The legs are also more rounded. The hands have defined fingers, but they are unable to hold accessories. The heads remain unchanged.
Rather than getting hair or a helmet, Falconman and Metalman receive round 1×1 plates to plug the hole on top of their heads.
One of the drawbacks to the new torsos is that it makes certain figures (Smasher and Lightning Bolt in particular) appear as though they’re wearing low-rise pants. That, plus their muscular physiques, makes them look more like they boogied straight out of a Magic Mike movie.
For USD$3, you receive five minifigures – which seems like a pretty good deal. However, the fact that the hands can’t really hold anything is a pretty glaring flaw (not that Block Tech thought of including accessories). Also, the faces just look plain ugly. I can sort of understand why Falconman and Metalman have white eyes, but why would the other characters have white eyes? Are they blind or something? It wouldn’t be so bad if the figures looked a little more like their digital renderings on the packaging.
I wonder if this is the last we’ve seen of Block Tech at Target, or if these minifigure sets are only the advance party of a larger invasion…
As for Wreck-It Rex, a collection was taken, and a package of hot dogs was bought for Rex. Rex and the dinosaurs left town once the hot dogs were consumed, apparently forgetting their threat to scratch the sports car. Smasher is comatose in intensive care. Revenge and Falconman are missing and presumed eaten. Lightning Bolt earned $100. Metalman was found passed out in an alleyway and later haphazardly flew off when he was awoken by a child with a stick. Is this the last time we’ve seen the Block Tech superheroes? Yes.