McFarlane (set #12886)
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With the success of McFarlane's The Walking Dead building block sets, they expanded the concept to include more properties. One of those was Cartoon Network's Steven Universe, the coming-of-age story of a young boy who lives with the Crystal Gems and learns about life, love, family, and saving the world on a regular basis. One of the mid-sized sets in the series is #12886, Rose Quartz with Temple Door Warp Pad. It contains 107 pieces and a block-style Rose Quartz figure. The box is bright and colorful, with nice graphics that combine the animation and the actual building set and a window to show the actual figure that is included. The set should also include instructions, a sticker sheet, and a door, but those were all missing in my copy.
This is one of the better designs in the series, with a clever use of building techniques to create the faceted look of the Cyrystal Temple using standard bricks. Many of the pieces have painted edges, which fits the style of Steven Universe and gives some extra visual punch to te set. Fit and finsh were generally excellent, with the parts snapping together exacttly as expected. The lack of stickers hurts the look of the set somewhat, but not nearly as much as it would some others (like Meat Beat Mania without its screen or Greg's van without its murals). The lack of a door is a little more problematic, since that's one of the main play features of the set. Instructions were no problem at all, since they are available for download on McFarlane's site.
Rose Quartz is in her traditional dress, with the appropriate parts addded to the basic block to give her the correct zaftig appearance. She lacks legs, but moves at the waist, shoulders, wrists, and neck. All of them are simple cut joints. She can be disassembled along any of the main vertical joints. These joints all use the same sized studs and sockets, which is the same size as the studs used throughout the rest of the set. Both hands are molded to hold her sword, but her right hand also includes a stud to plug into her shield in a surprisingly effective manner.
This is actually nicely presented little set, even without the stickers or door. The brick construction is nice and detailed enough to stand on its own, and the "crystal" pieces for the warp pad and floor are nicely integrated. Rose Quartz is one of the better figures in the series, making the overall set that much better.
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