Oh hey, look! More not-LEGO! This one takes a littl eexplanation, though – The Prison was a pretty significant seting in The Walking Dead, so it’s got a ton of sets. For the cell blocks, McFarlane Toys has released two (technically four) spare cells and a catwalk on which you can store them. The two cells are Upper and Lower, though each cell has two variants, and you can connect them vertically or side-by-side – you’re clearly supposed to accumulate a ton of ’em for an actual cell block. Today’s review will be of just one modular cell, and a future one will likely discuss a bunch together. As for the Upper Cell, the two variants are one with a zombie and one with Carol. The items on the little table change between versions, too – Carol’s cell has a gun, a knife, and some other stuff. I got the zombie cell, so we’re gonna look at that, first.
The package leaves no ambiguity about which variant this is – this ain’t a blind box, thankfully. And after dealing with so many blind boxes, it’s nice to see one that wears its variant self on its sleeve.
The cell itself is pretty small, though granted it’s only $10, and $10 of LEGOs is much less. Assembly isn’t too hard, though there are a couple of almost-tricky points. The posts that need to be plugged in require care, because they go in tightly. And see those posts coming out of the walls? Those are there to conect cells sideways – though doing so will make it hard to fiddle with the insides of a given cell, and it will become very hard to take them apart again. As for the top, some cells do come with a ceiling, so you can stack vertically just as well. But if you’re creating a line, keep in mind that it is hard to manipulate the inside of a cell when all you have is the doorway for space.
The outside contins a little bit of catwalk as well as the railing, something that really needs other cells to finish. but the level of detail is nice, especially on that grating.
The door swings open and snaps closed with ease – keep in mind that if you stack the cells together, it will be your only way in. But it’s a nice feature, and feels sturdy.
The bed is kind of an awesome centerpiece because, well… look at it! It’s extremely detailed, and comes with enough covers to set up a few different configurations (which the instructions mention). Here it is with just the orange blanket.
Here it is with just the “white” sheet.
Here it is with that blanket the other way around, which might make more sense.
As for the mattress, one side has a sheet (badly) stretched over, while the other’s got mattress texture. This is honestly great attention to detail.
Hilariously, you can hang either sheet or blanket over the door, aking the place look like it’s been claimed in the post-apocalypse and turned into a shantytown.
The table does not anchor into the floor (sort of, you can fit it into a foot peg), and has a few holes to fit the random junk that comes with it – again, the two variants have different items, and you can swap them around. This version of the table comes with three items, though there’s only room for two. The zombie has a lantern, a canteen, and a baseball cap sitting on some papers. To keep from losing any of the pieces, you can also anchor them on the catwalk outside.
The toilet and sink have a… brown… stain on them, which is… realistic. Wow. They are also easy to remove, just in case you want to reenact those action movies where people get hit over the head with toilets.
The zombie is not the first prison-jumpsuited dead guy we’ve gotten, though he definitely is the most dashing. He reminds me of Robert Redford, only a little less decrepit (sorry, Robert!). The missing fingers are a nice touch.
Interestingly, the floor matches up with the Boiler Room. You can put them together, though this creates an illogically strange set of rooms.
But when put together, this can be a great little violent diorama! Seriously, I want to try this out with more monsters and corpses. But back to the main topic, the cell is a cool little set, and though it is honestly lcking without other cells or the catwalk, it’s good enough on its own to provide some entertainment. Stay tuned,because you should see more of this in the future!