Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI Construction Kit review: An unmissable replica for vault veterans

Not long remains until Bethesda debuts Fallout 76, it's multiplayer take on its role-playing franchise. Building on its well-established post-apocalyptic world, the upcoming prequel packs significant changes for returning vault dwellers, set 200 years prior to Fallout 4.

With only 20 years after the bombs fell, Fallout 76 also brings all-new equipment, including an early version of Vault-Tec's Pip-Boy companion. In tandem with the game's launch, Bethesda has partnered with "The Wand Company," delivering a build-your-own replica of the iconic gadget. While a limited audience, this inclusive kit packs hours of building fun; and an unmissable replica for Fallout fans.

We went hands-on ahead of its slated November 14, 2018 release, determining if it lived up to the hefty price tag.

Build your own wasteland companion

The Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI is one of the earliest known models of the iconic wrist-bound gadget, set to make its debut in Fallout 76. Made in collaboration with Bethesda Game Studios, the kit crafts an authentic replica, designed with help of in-game 3D models. The final result is comprised of over 100 parts, allowing for an accurate, highly-detailed take on the device alike its digital counterpart.

With Fallout's heavy ties to post-war America, its presentation encapsulates this aesthetic, themed to replicate a children's construction kit of the era. Inside you'll find an artificial leather case, ideal for storage and presentation, and various packaging marked with fitting Vault-Tec branding. Opening the case is equally impressive, with key Pip-Boy components tightly presented and smaller parts stowed underneath.

Construction of the Pip-Boy isn't exactly easy, making this hard to recommend for younger fans. However, when committing a few hours to fumbling with components and screw-tightening, it's accessible to most teens and adults. During the assembly process, you'll create each section of the Pip-Boy individually, consisting of plastic, metallic, and fabric parts. Official listings don't convey the kit's intricacies either, with mechanisms for spring-loaded buttons, fasteners, and a pulley system to be built. Regardless, it's an enjoyable process for creative minds, and satisfying after seeing the final result.

Handy Vault-Tec embossed tools are also included, alongside a small construction pamphlet, which provides a brief breakdown of how pieces fit together. Although you'll find everything required inside the box, the included manual is extremely brief overlook's certain aspects of the process. Heading over to The Wand Company's site surfaces a deeper step-by-step breakdown, though including this inside the package would be preferred.

Experience the wasteland first-hand

Fallout 76's Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI, as featured in-game.

Fallout 76's Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI, as featured in-game.

The assembled Pip-Boy is one of the best Fallout collectibles fans can buy today, offering an authentic rendition of the device with strong build quality. The detail of this replica is commendable, staying true to the in-game equivalent. Especially compared to Fallout 4's Pip-Boy Edition from 2015, this replica shines for its accuracy.

The main shortcoming of this kit is a lack of functionality, with no onboard electronics. There's functional holotape ejection and tuning wheel, though no working display, lights, or capability to insert your phone like Fallout 4's approach. And it's not going to be easy to disassemble after construction, making this a one-time building experience. It simply serves as a display piece; whether that justifies its $150 price tag is up to you.

The Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI construction kit is an exceptional replica of the iconic gadget and sure to please Fallout fans. It's among the best Bethesda collectibles yet, with detail and accuracy expected from the high price point. With the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition sold out worldwide, this is an ideal alternative to pick up at launch, or as a unique holiday gift. Its lack of functionality may be a dealbreaker for many; but you'll know if this is for you.

The Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI construction kit is currently on track for November 14, 2018, in-line with Fallout 76's Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC debut. Preorders can be placed at GameStop in the U.S. and select retailers overseas.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.