Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC Kestrel Strike

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Mega Bloks UNSC Kestrel Strike

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes sorting, about 30 hour building (your time may vary)
Set Piece Count: 289
Minifigures: Spartan War Master (Orange with white highlights); ODST Black/Grey; Alpha Crawler, 2X Crawler (regular), Watcher, Promethean Knight (original Halo 4 basic version)
Accessories: Buildable Forerunner Weapons stand; UNSC Weapons locker and weapons pod, both with baseplates. Light Shield with display stand/baseplate, buildable stand for Kestrel (to make it look like it’s hovering)
Special Features: Kestrel wings and tail pivot
Cost: $30 US; Mass Retail set

This was an unexpected set. I for one am VERY happy it was made, for a few reasons. For one, I wanted the Spartan from the game (Spartan Strike). I liked the Kestrel, so having it in the in-game green colors (as opposed to the previous ONI REAP-X silver color) was welcome. Lastly, getting more Prometheans is always a plus, much more so when it’s the original Knight! That one was ONLY available in the Cauldron Clash set. So again, I’m very happy to have the one back at retail.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Dual Mode Warthog

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Mega Bloks Dual Mode Warthog

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 15 minutes sorting, about 1 1/2 hour building (your time may vary)
Set Piece Count: 330
Minifigures: Spartan Warhammer and Hermes (both stone w/spatter color)
Accessories: Magnum. Hydra, 2X figure stands in tan camouflage
Special Features: Wheels spin, both turrets rotate 360 when on base, slight suspension for wheels. Removable parts to change from Gauss Hog to Rocket Hog modes
Cost: $33-35 US depeding on where you get it from. Mass Retail set

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Kubros Master Chief

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Mega Bloks Kubros Master Chief

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Less than 15 minutes sorting and building combined.
Set Piece Count: 147
Accessories: Buildable Assault Rifle
Special Features: Head swivels at neck, arms swivel at shoulders
Cost: $15 US Mass Retail

Kubros is a new line from Mega Bloks that takes characters from many franchises and makes large cubed versions of them. The head is disproportionately larger than the body, giving a feeling of them being akin to either Chibis or Funko figures, but in Mega Bloks form.

Master Chief is the first for the Halo portion of this line. There are several other characters from other franchises to date. For instance Assassin’s Creed, a few of the Ninja Turtles and enemies, Hellboy, Spock and Worf from Star Trek, Terminator, He-Man, Skeleton and more.

Will we get anotehr Halo Kubros character? I hope so. If I had my choice, I’d like to see the Arbiter next, then Cortana as they are the most pivotal characters in all of Halo, besides Master Chief.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Halo Heroes Series 2

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Mega Bloks Halo Heroes Series 2

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Less than 1 minute
Set Piece Count: Between XX-XX depending on which figure
Spartan DeMarco w/ DMR (painted)
Spartan Gungnir (Orange with white circles) w/Lightrifle (painted)
Sergeant Forge w.Shotgun and Pistol (bot painted)
Spartan Scout (Green with Yellow pinstripes) w/AR (painted)
Spartan Oceanic (Silver with Purple pipping) w/BR (painted)
Romeo (ODST) with Sniper (painted)
Special Features: Stand with t-bar to put figure in action pose
Cost: $5 US per figure

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Halo Product Review: Dark Horse UNSC Infinity

I don’t just review toys ya know! LOL

DarkHorseComicsLogo I finally got my hands on the UNSC Infinity! Well, a scaled down replica of it, anyway…

This model originally sold for between $50-60 depending on where you couild get it from. I was fortunate enough to find this at my local Target, on sale, for $35!!

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Cobra Clash

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Mega Bloks Cobra Clash

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Sorting pieces 30 minutes; Build time2 1/2 hours. Your time may vary.
Set Piece Count: 648
Minifigures: Spartan Copperhead (Teal), UNSC Marine full visor Halo 4 style (Arctic), Storm Elite (Bronze), Grunt minor (Bronze)
Accessories: Saw, Sniper (Arctic), Energy Sword, Plasma Pistol
Special Features: Turret swivels on Cobra, Wheels spin, Retractable/Removable stablizing legs for Cobra, forward wheel armor parts pivot down, pilot hatch opens/closes; Covie turn spins 360
Cost: $60 US at first mass release to retail, give or take a couple of dollars, depending on store

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HFFL’s 4 Annual LAN Recap!

Whew, apologies for the late recap on this.

As you may know, I hold a yearly LAN. This year’s was on the weekend of August 13, 14. However, for me, things started rolling on the 11th. So this is where I’ll start the recap.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
My first LAN attendee arrived this day. We call him by his nickname, ‘Dij’. I consider him one of my best friends, not just through XBOX/Halo, but in life. He decided to come up a couple days early and arrived in the early evening.  This was not only save on airfare but to get in some other activities. So the first thing we did after I picked him up from the airport was to stop at the Pittsburgh famous Primanti Bros.

There we each got one of their huge sandwiches. Pictured below is one from the LAN weekend a couple years ago. It has your choice of meat, cheese, fries, tomato and coleslaw. Now, for those of you who have never had, believe me, this WORKS! I’m not a fan of most coleslaw, but Primanti’s has the best slaw I’ve ever had. I always encourage anyone who’s never had a Primanti’s to have a bite or two as it normally is, then decide to take off whatever they may not like. Most people find out that it’s really good as delievered.

Friday Primantis

After this we headed over to Toys R Us, where Dij bought the newly released Mega Bloks Kubros Master Chief figure. (I”ll have my toy review of that set soon.)

Then we headed to my place to relax for the rest of the night.

Friday, August 12, 2016
We proceeded to start with some of the set-up for the LAN. Dij was getting the extra XBOX One updated, while I brought up my TV and XBOX set-up from my ‘man-cave’ in the basement.
Much of the stuff I wanted to have out for display had already been set-up before Dij even got into town, so there wasn’t a ton left to do.

After what seemed like quite a bit of time updating the other XB1, we were set-up to start gaming, or so we thought. Turns out the other XBOX, the one I eventually got from MS after 4 months of trying to get back my original after it was lost in the mail, had a defective disc drive… Thankfully, I actually had yet another XB1. This one was the one Dij and friends had pulled together to get me when I was having those issues with MS/XB last year (unbeknownst to me). He got that one up and running and we gamed for several hours.

My wife made a great Chicken Pesto with Pasta dinner, then we gamed the rest of the night.

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Finally the first day of the 4th Annual LAN was here!

We had to cancel p[lans for the tatoo session as the tatoo shop made a switch in personnel and didn’t have staff for us. Meh, no worries…

12:30pm Folks start to arrive! Pens_Halo brought pizza from his dad’s restaurant, always a hit! We had folks form all over the U.S. Texas, Colorado, and New Jersey for example, not to mention of course several from right here in Pittsburgh, PA.

1pm Set-up is finished and we’re ready to start gaming. We played both BTB and a little bit of customs until lunch time. Above shows only a portion of the set-up. There was MORE! Continue reading

New Halo Toy reviews coming this week!

My wife hooked me up with the first complete wave of Mattel Halo figures. She first got me the Linda figure early August, then surprised me with the rest of the wave for my birthday.

So look for reviews of the following Mattel Halo figures this week:

halo-5-guardians-mattel-6-figuresSpartan Locke, Master Chief, Spartan Air Assault, Spartan Helioskrill, Linda, Elite Zealot

As well, the build-a-figure review for the Crawler that you get pieces for from each of the above figures. I should make mention that the Helioskrill fig I’ll be reviewing is NOT the SDCC exclusive, but rather the Mass Release version.

I will also be posting the following Halo Mega Bloks reviews….. Continue reading

I’m back after a much needed break. What’s been happening!

Okay folks, I’m back to blogging full time again.

Quite a bit has happened in the month of August, both for Halo in general and me/HFFL in specific. So let me give a quick run down of topics that I’ll be catching up on from Halo as well as HFFL happenings.

Okay, let’s work backwards from present to the HFFL LAN (August 13/14).

Halo Happenings:

• Anvil’s Legacy Preview: The September Update!
• Loot Crate drops: A look at the Halo Loot Crate. Was it worth it??
• Halo 5 Forge System Requirements for PC: What you need to know, to run Forge on your PC
• Community Action Sack: The many fun (and maybe not so fun) community mini games in the now official Action Sack playlist
• The Halo App for Windows 10 PC: Hmm, what have we here?
• Team Arena Fall Preview: A look at potnetial changes and more for Team Arena.

I will be posting articles on each over the next couple of days to catch up on the official Halo news.

Now to HFFL Happenings. This time I’ll go from the LAN and work to present:

• HFFL 4th Annual LAN: All the events and pics and stories from the Fourth Annual LAN!
• I get a surprising phone call… Might I be moving to Seattle?
• Hopes are dashed. [Redacted]
• It’s a UNYque world. I get to play with a 343 employee. Guess who?
• Achievement Unlocked: Achilles Armor! One step closer to be an ‘actual’ Spartan
• A HALOva Happy Birthday! My Halo haul from my birthday.
• Missed it by THAT much! [Redacted]
• The future and beyond… What the future holds for HFFL as well as my hopes and dreams for it.

Now each of those as well will be articles. All of which will be NEW content that pertains specifically to HFFL!

Now, before I get to all of that, allow me to address my moderte absence from blogging for most of the month of August. Continue reading

HFFL’s Fourth Annual LAN: Schedule of Events

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This weekend on Saturday and Sunday from noon-8pm EST, I will be hosting the FoUrth Annual HFFL LANstravaganza.

Admission: $20 per day or $30 if you attend both days.
Food and soda is included with price of admission. As well as a small door prize, while supplies last.

There will be raffle tix for sale for a mix of Halo Swag. Value is no less than $50 for the prize. Tix are $5 each. Need not be present to win. Continue reading

HFFL Spartan Company Commendations to work on.

Below are the remaining level 3 commendations the HFFL Spartan Company needs to work on to get the Achilles armor.

HFFL Commendations Aug 16 to get

We are getting very close on the top 4 of those. It’s the bottom 3 we need to pay attention to.

I will accept new members until August 16. At that time, new membership will be suspended until such time as we get the Achilles armor. Then I will once again open it up for new members. This is to ensure that people aren’t just joining to get the armor, then leave.

If you want to join, you have 11 days in which to do so. Send a request to join here:


There should be a link there for you to sign up. In doing so, you MUST be VERY active. Since we are very close to getting the armor, I will not allow for inactive people to sign up and get the armor for no work towards it. I will be monitoring member activity DAILY. From Aug 16 until we get the armor. New members that join between now and the 16 MUST play at least 20 games within three days (straight). If you cannot maintain this amount of gameplay, you will be removed from the company. Members who are currently in will be monitored for activity but on a different scale as most of those have been members for awhile.

Also, to all of my Lieutenants of the Company, from Aug 16 until we get the Armor, you will be temporarily demoted to member. This is to ensure that we do not get a flux of new members without my knowledge, and more importantly, ones who are not active.

So recruit now!

Fourth Annual HFFL LANstravaganza!

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Every August, I hold a LAN party. This year is no different. In fact, just TWO weeks from tomorrow, I’ll be hosting the FOURTH annual HFFL LAN event.

I had hoped to make this a big event, though that wasn’t in the cards this year. So hopefully next year.

As for the event itself, it will be from noon-8pm EST on August 13 AND 14. The first time the HFFL LAN will be a TWO-DAY event!

This is being held in Pittsburgh, PA. (As it always is, due to this being my home city.) Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Story Vidoc

There is SO much goodness in this video. Take a look then we’ll talk after…

Okay, so what did you think? First off, Blur’s visuals have gotten even BETTER.

Atriox is truly a Brute Commander to be reckoned with! Fighting off 3 Spartans and not even breaking a sweat or breathing heavy? Yeah, uh, we’re in for a fight here!

The updated look for Anders is decent. I like the new AI, though I can’t wait to see what happened to Serena.

Can you imagine being in Cryo for 28 years, then coming out of it to this? Just think about in our own lifetimes how much has happened in 28 years. For instance, if you went into Cryo in 1998, then woke up now? The world has changed DRAMATICALLY in those years. Such it is as well for the crew of the Spirit of Fire.

The story of Halo Wars 2 is really shaping up to be something special in the Halo timeline. I have a bad feeling that ending of Halo Wars to may not bode well for the crew of the Spirit of Fire… Worse still, the UNSC at large.

HCS Pro League EU Summer 2016 Finals Preview


Over the course of the European Summer 2016 Season in the HCS Pro League, it has seemed like there are almost two divisions: FAB Esports – formally known as U4X – and everyone else. While defending Halo World Champions CLG have gathered the lion’s share of top-contender attention, FAB Esports have in many ways quietly put together the most impressive display of any team in either HCS Pro League region. FAB Esports easily topped the season standings at an undefeated match record of 10-0, losing only four individual games throughout the entire Summer campaign. Meanwhile, the rest of the standings were hotly contested all year, with every other team ending the season each only separated by one match. In the end, it was Infused, XMEN, and Vibe that earned the right to join FAB Esports in the Finals, leaving Dinosaurs and Pulse fighting for their HCS Pro League lives this Saturday in the Relegation Bracket. Here’s how the schedule breaks down for all of this weekend’s action:


You can check out all the action from our live studio audience by purchasing tickets here, but if you can’t be there in person, you can catch it all streamed live on Twitch.tv/Halo and Halo.gg. Continue reading