If one word were to describe the Centaur from Gears Of War, it would be intimidating. Featuring more than 125 pieces, including a host of screws and washers, constructing the Centaur may also seem intimidating, but fortunately, it is quite manageable.
The Centaur construction set features an assortment of metal and plastic parts. The plastic parts make up most of the body and are put together with the metal pieces, namely nuts and bolts.
The Centaur is pretty much just one color, black, and its parts certainly reflect that. The limited color that does appear on the model mainly comes from the included decals.
The Centaur construction set features four figures, each with their own respective weapons. The figures are extremely well detailed and share the familiar grip of LEGO figures and the articulation of G.I Joes. The only problem with them is that they tend to come apart rather easy but can as easily be put back together.
Putting the set together can be a bit challenging at times, especially in regards to us using the right screw size since there are multiple lengths used in constructing the set. The instruction manual attempts to resolve this by providing the appropriate measurement by using a actual sized reference picture, but at times it is easy to overlook this. Putting together the construction set is rather easy and requires the simple use of the two included tools, a hex key and a wrench.
Featuring a monster truck like appearance, the vehicle is quite durable thanks in part to being put together with screws and the hard plastic body. But , the antennae are rather delicate and have a tendency to fall out. The Centaur also features a variety of moving parts, including a cannon and searchlight that have the ability to move up and down, which are attached to a turret that can rotate 360 degrees. In addition, at the top of the turret sits a seat for a figure that can also rotate 360 degrees. Unfortunately, this is the only seat for a figure on the Centaur.
The Centaur offers a unique building experience compared to that of other construction systems. It offers a decent amount of play value and serves quite a capable model vehicle that has smooth function wheels and can take somewhat of a beating if need be. Yet, the Centaur does lack more seating for its included figures and can be hard to put together for some who are not accustomed to using the included tools and assembling models with nuts and bolts. But, overall the Gears of War Centaur construction set is a fun build and a quality model that recreates the actual vehicle from the video game fairly well.
The Erector Gears of War Centaur construction set is priced at $29.99 and is available exclusively from retailer Toys R Us.