Storming onto the scene this Fall, the Heavy Armor Outpost is exactly what collectors of awesome, modern military-themed construction sets have long been looking for: a detailed, realistically-scaled tank.
The impressive scale of this military behemoth is worth mentioning right up front. When placed into a scene with the figures, it feels perfect. Perfectly massive, that is. It’s pretty rare that I need to totally rearrange my desk just to fit a finished set onto it.
Unlike some Mega Bloks builds, this tank is literally built from the ground up. You’ll spend a lot of time just making the heavy-duty base sturdy and attaching accessories along its sides. After building the main turret separately, you’ll finally get the chance to affix the turret to the base with a satisfying ‘click’. It’s like applying the final brushstroke to a painting. I assume.
But that swiveling main turret comes jammed with its own features worth mentioning. For side cover, there’s a mounted machine gun turret that swivels independently of the main turret and can hold a figure. A couple of jerry cans and a gas canister on the side may as well have sniper targets painted on them. (I play too many video games…)
The body and turret of the tank are in a speckled desert camo which gives the whole vehicle a well-used feel as it trundles along on its working tracks. In my desktop set, Capt. Price is camped out with a pair of binoculars inside a small hatch just to the side of the main turret.
These sets come with authentic named figures from the franchise. Along with the instantly-recognizable Capt. John Price figure, you’ll get two of my favourite micro action figures in this first wave of sets – a gas mask-wearing solider and a goggles-wearing driver for the tank.
Along with the usual massive haul of gear that comes with these sets, this tank comes with some unique accessories that can’t be found in the rest of the first wave of sets. A rifle scope and a riot shield are stand-out pieces, but the coolest accessory in this set, hands down, has to be the dual-colour knife strapped to Capt. Price’s leg up there. Great detail on such a small piece!
My stapler and post-its are currently very well-defended from aerial attacks. They’re camouflaged by this sweet mesh webbing and reinforced by some of those killer sandbag and cement encampments. Safest stapler in the office by far.
Want a set with an intimidating, perfectly-scaled tank in it? Of course you do. I can affirm that it makes a perfect desk accessory for military-toy-loving bloggers. The Heavy Armor Outpost is in-stores now. If it’s not already on your holiday list, do what you can to ensure one is under your tree this year.