I’ve made it no secret on Twitter that I love the Mega Construx Masters of the Universe and classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets. Having finished Castle Grayskull last year and currently wading through the Technodrome, I am in building block heaven. Point Dread just got perched on top of the castle and I’m itching to get my Triclops fix with the Battle Ram set.
With the love that He-Man fans are feeling right now from Mega Construx, it has me wondering what other retro properties would do well under the Mega Construx brand. I’ve tried to only include Mattel-owned licenses in this list, so as much as I’d love to see M.A.S.K. get a new life in the form of a buildable Thunderhawk, we’d have to wait for a Kre-O resurgence for that (and a huge upgrade from their previous attempts as well).
I’ve been asking forever that the Masters of the Universe line spin off into the Thundercats. As often as the residents of Third Earth are compared to the Masters, you’d think they’d be a shoo-in for mini-figs. And it could even be possible, as the owners LJN could license the property to Mattel. Imagine building a huge Cat’s Lair and Thundertank and getting a giant Mumm-ra figure similar to the larger figure included in the Goliath Tank Destiny set. While I don’t think the Thundercats’ sister series Silverhawks and especially Tigersharks don’t warrant their own full lines, my secret hope for this set would that it could include a Quicksilver (with a repainted Zoar as Tallyhawk) and a Mako figure.
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
If there’s a toyline that’s just begging to be turned into a building set, it’s Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Considering the modular set-up for the line’s original vehicles, Mega Construx could make the Lightning League’s vehicles even more customizable. Having seen what they were able to do with the Roton vs Battle Cat set could do with just a few eyeball stickers, I’d love to see how they could make Saw Boss and the rest of the Monster Minds look, not to mention the organic-looking pieces they could create considering how great Battle Cat (and Game of Thrones dragons sets) came out.
I’m a little leery putting Centurions on the list as they were a Kenner product and technically is owned by Hasbro now. But considering there’s virtually no chance Hasbro will do anything with the license, why not do it? Instead of building the modular weapon sets to fit the Mega Construx mini-figs, I imagine them doing something similar to the Halo Master Chief buildable figure so they’d be in scale with the original figures. That way the different weapon systems could be sold individually and could even have alternate builds.
I’m holding out a lot of hope that the recently revealed Dino-Riders Rulon Warriors Battle Pack means a full revival of the toyline is on the way from Mattel. With the success of Lego’s Jurassic World line, this would be an obvious competitor, especially if Mega Construx is able to give their dinosaur figures the amped up articulation their mini-figs have over their Lego counterparts. My favorite part of this idea is that Mega Construx mini-figures are so close to the original figures in size, if you own any of the original toys, the new figures would still be in scale!
Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra
This is a complete pipedream on my part, and it’s not as retro as the rest of these entries, but the severe lack of toys for this show is criminal. While still on the air, Lego acquired the Nickelodeon license but only managed to make two sets. Criminal, I say! Considering the wide range of characters, vehicles, and settings over both Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, the possibility of sets would be endless. The only concern I would have is the mini-figures looking too bulky for the smaller characters. Mega Construx have done characters with thinner frames like Fry and Bender, but they had more limited articulation, and a martial arts-centric cartoon would need lots of posability to match. Whichever way they go would be fine with me as long as I get some awesome figures and some elemental effect pieces, though.