Collectible Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda Nomad ND1 Diecast Model

EA and BioWare took an alternative approach to their collector’s edition offerings for the launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda earlier in the year. Rather than bundling the game with an array of fancy collectibles, they separated the collectible components and the game into individual entities. It’s almost like an à la carte approach, which is actually kind of great, if you think about it. I don’t know about you, but for me there have been numerous times where games of “meh” interest have had collector’s edition extras that I’ve found more desirable than the actual game. The thought always crossed my mind: I wish I could buy the collectibles separately, at a cheaper price than everything together, and then maybe think about getting the game later. Multiple options and freedom of choice are wonderful things.

Thus EA and BioWare turned to PDP to create replica models for the Nomad ND1 all-terrain vehicle featured in Andromeda and sell them individually as game-less collector’s editions, packaged along with empty steelbook cases, just in case you also buy the game or eventually decide to get it down the road.

The Nomad ND1 model is a 1:18 scale reproduction. In real dimensions, the model measures approximately 12 inches long, 4 inches tall, and 7 inches wide. While the body is constructed out of a high-quality diecast metal, the tire tread is rubber and the wheels and some of the undercarriage components are plastic. According to my scale, the entire piece weighs only 3.5 pounds, but holding it I would swear it feels more like a solid 5 pounds.

The paintjob and detailing work on all of the components is just immaculate. Despite being mostly for display purposes, the model does have a number of functional components, too. All six wheels spin and have light shock absorption, so you can manually push-drive the vehicle around for those quiet “Vroom! Vroom!” play time moments in your bedroom when no one’s around to call you on being a complete dork. Both driver’s and passenger’s side doors flip open to reveal a modeled interior complete with painted dashboard and seating for four. A button on top of the vehicle can also be pushed to pop up the small rear-end drone module. The drone only extends up maybe half an inch and really doesn’t add a whole lot of extra dimension to the piece.

Of course, the pièce de résistance is the fully integrated lighting system. Powered by three AA batteries, the Nomad ND1 projects a white light from four main headlights and four additional front-facing spotlights above the door area, while the back is aglow thanks to a pair of red taillights and a pair of blue ones. Flipping the on/off switch located on the underside of the vehicle also activates interior lighting, which truly showcases the intricate detail put into the illuminated dashboard control panel.

The lighting is super bright and vivid, with enough juice to illuminate a pitch dark room to near full visibility. On a couple of occasions with nothing else better on hand, I’ve literally used the Nomad as a bedtime reading light, as well as a bulky, last-resort flashlight to see when getting up in the middle of the night. The power and clarity of the lights are pretty damn impressive, adding a rich ambiance to any nighttime geek cave.

At double the price, the Nomad ND1 replica can be purchased in an app-based remote control version, which is lacking the diecast metal body but does feature a built-in rechargeable battery, as well as an integrated camera for capturing photos and videos while on the go. Which model to get ultimately comes down to whether you want a Nomad ND1 primarily for collectability and display, or the one with greater functionality and toy-like capabilities. I can only speak to the diecast model, which is absolutely of supreme build quality and collector’s appeal. I think it’s safe to say that any Mass Effect fan would be thrilled to have a replica Nomad ND1 as the centerpiece of their collection, even for those who found Andromeda the game to be a disappointment.

Keep scrolling down the page for a selection of unboxing photos, as well as several reasonably successful pics attempting to capture the lighting effects.

Buy From: The Mass Effect: Andromeda Nomad ND1 Diecast Model is available from Amazon, PDP, and the BioWare Store at an MSRP of $99.99.

Disclosure: Mass Effect: Andromeda Nomad ND1 Diecast Model provided to VGBlogger.com for review purposes by PDP.

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