Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Warthog Run

Mega Construx Warthog Run

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 20 minutes to sort, roughly 45 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 318
Minifigures: Master Chief (Mark VI), Arbiter, x2 Hunters
Weapons: Assault Rifle, Carbine, GOLD Flamethrower
Accessories: x4 Figure stand
Special Features: Wheels spin, 4-wheel independent suspension.
Cost: $30 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The front box art shows a very cool action scene of two hunters attacking a Warthog being driven by Chief and gunned by the Arbiter. On the back, the figures are on their stands, while Chief holds the gold flamethrower. This set is part of the tenth anniversary sub-line this year. Each set of those as such has a gold weapon at least. The inset graphics show the Aerial Ambush set as well as the upcoming 20-1 Scorpion customizer set.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Spartan IV Team Battle

Mega Construx Spartan IV Team Battle

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2-3 minutes to sort, 2-3 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 107
Minifigures: Spartan Athlon, Spartan Vector, x2 Elite Ranger
Weapons: Hydra, DMR, Storm Rifle, Carbine
Accessories: x4 Figure stand, x2 clear rods, Covenant supply crate, buildable Covenant cover, muzzle flash for DMR. attachable scope for DMR
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The front box art shows most of the contents of the set, while the box shows the figures in a battle scene. In set on the back is ODST Squad Ambush set. (A set I have not yet found as of this writing…sigh.)

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx ONI Mongoose

Mega Construx ONI Mongoose

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2-3 minutes to sort, 15-20 minutes to build (your time will vary as I take pics of the build along the way)
Set Piece Count: 89
Minifigures: Spartan Enforcer
Weapons: Rocket Launcher, with removable rocket
Accessories: Figure stand, clear rod to show missile being launched
Special Features: Wheels spin, handlebars turn.
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Target.

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The front box art shows the mongoose in a neat action scene with the Spartan shooting the rocket launcher. No, there is no fire attachment to the rocket launcher. Dang…
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UGC Halo Classic Tournament Atlantic City!

UGC is hosting a Halo Tournament the weekend of September 6-8. There will be several Halo tournies going on all at once.

Halo 3 (HMCC) 4v4, Prize Pool $50,000
Halo 3 (HMCC) Free For All, Prize Pool $1,000
Halo CE (HMCC) 2v2, Prize Pool $2,000
Halo 5 2v2, Prize Pool $5,000

Folks, this is a great opportunity to see Halo at the highest levels with many players at the professional level. I’ll be there as press for the blog and will be live tweeting and taking pics of the event. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx UNSC Marine Defense

Mega Construx UNSC Marine Defense

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 4 minutes to build (includes building Drones and sandbag wall)
Set Piece Count: 94
Minifigures: UNSC Marine (Brown skin), UNSC Marine (Medium Peach skin), x2 Covenant Drones
Weapons: Assault Rifle, SMG, x2 Plasma Pistols
Accessories: Small figure stand X2, Medium figure stand X2, Missile Pod, Assault Rifle with flash attachment, SMG with small flash attachment, trip mine, buildable sandbag wall
Special Features: Transparent rods (x2) supplied to make Drones look like they are hovering in air.
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The card art is good one the front as it shows a close encounter. The back shows the contents of the set, including the weapons and the flashing on the UNSC weapons.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Phaeton Helios Strike

Mega Construx Phaeton Helios Strike

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 35 minutes to sort, 1 1/2 hours to build (your time will vary as I take pics of the build along the way)
Set Piece Count: 569
Minifigures: Spartan Defender, Spartan Orbital,  Legendary Promethean Knight, Legendary Promethean Crawler, Legendary Promethean Watcher
Weapons: Beam Rifle (Delta skin), SMG (Pop Culture skin)
Accessories: Figure stand X4, buildable Rocket Launcher with triangles-pod
Special Features: Cockpit opens/closes, Phaeton guns can rotate, cylindrical wings can rotate, minimal stands for Phaeton to rest on, stand for Watcher to hover over.
Cost: $55-60 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The box art is very cool, showing a battle scene between Spartan and Promethean forces with the Phaeton Helios right in the middle of the fray.

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THAT Atriox Bust!

Sometime in Spring this last year (2018), I reached out to Jeremy Cook of 343 to see if he might be able to come to my annual Halo LAN. He couldn’t commit then, but said he’d try. I knew it was a shot in the dark anyway, so no worse for wear.

Early July of 2018, I asked Jeremy again if he might be able to make it. He said unfortunately no. So I had another shot in the dark… I asked him if he’d be so kind to send a sketch in his stead. This to be used as the grand raffle prize. (I started having raffles two years ago to try and recoup money spent on the LAN as we have been in the hole every year.) He kindly agreed.
I followed up with him about a week later to see the progress on the sketch. He said he had something else in mind. Something 3D. Well, I had a guess, but I didn’t want to spoil the thought, so I waited for Jeremy to tell me what it was. He revealed to me that he was making an Atriox Bust. This would be only the fourth one in existence. I was floored!

He sent me the Bust with some very important instructions. This was NEVER to be sold on eBay. This included whomever won the raffle. I immediately agreed to that stipulation.

Once unpacked, I placed the bust on a shelf of my collection for folks to view it during the LAN.  Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx “A New Dawn” Blind Bag Series

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The “A New Dawn” series is the latest wave of blind bagged figures from Mega. Today we take a look at each one, along with the VERY special UNSC Frigate micro ship!

Mega Construx “Battle for the Ark” Blind Bag Series

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes building each figure, 2 minutes sort/build time total for micro ship.
Set Piece Count: varies by figure
Minifigures: Yellow-Orange Recon SpartanPink Spartan Mark VI, Blue Spartan Mark VI, UNSC Marine (green/tan), Turquoise armored Brute Minor, Orange Grunt Minor, Active Camo Rogue Spartan, UNSC Frigate (micro build)
Accessories: Shotgun, Battle Rifle, Magnum, Assault Rifle, Brute Spike, Needler, Active Camo Carbine
Special Features: Removable Armor
Cost: $3-3.50 US (Mass Retail) (ONE figure per pack OR the 37 pieces for the ship build)


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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Operation Guillotine Drop Pod

Mega Construx Operation Guillotine Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 2 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 59
Minifigures: ODST (Lime Green, Silver, Dark Grey detail)
Weapons: Target Designator, Sticky Detonator
Accessories: Figure stand
Special Features: Hatch can be “slam” opened, breaking fins pivot up/down
Cost: $9-10 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Target.

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The card art is standard for the drop pod series. The back shows other pods in the series.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx UNSC Infinity

Mega Construx UNSC Infinity

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Sort time approx 3 hours (this added up from each bag sorted at different times of the build); 8 hours build time. You times will likely be shorter as I take lots of pictures along the way.
Set Piece Count: 2,456
Minifigures: Captain Lasky, Cortana, Master Chief
Weapons: Sticky Detonator, Assault Rifle, Tactical Shotgun, Spartan Laser, Battle Rifle, Frag Grenade, SMG
Accessories: Buildable Holotable, Buildable computer console/screen, Micro Roland statue, Buildable Weapons Rack, Figure stand X3
Special Features: Removable roof (for access to ship’s bridge), removable roof (for access to weapons’ rack storage)
Cost: $150-200 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Walmart.com for $175.

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The box art is FANTASTIC! Awesome 3/4 front view on the front of the box, the back shows the removable roofs, weapons included and figures. Top and side of box also have figure shots.
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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Covert Ops Armor Pack

Mega Construx Covert Ops Armor Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 33
Minifigures: Spartan Stinger
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: ; 1 figure stand; Spartan Athlon: Helmet, Torso and Shoulder armor; Spartan Hunter Helmet
Special Features: Crate opens and closes
Cost: $7 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Walmart

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The box has decent graphics applied to it. The window on the front shows most of the contents nicely. On the back you see the alternative armor put on the figure. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx UNSC Frostraven Vs. Decimus

Mega Construx UNSC Frostraven VS. Decimus

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour 30 minutes to sort, 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours to build (your time will vary as I take pics of the build along the way)
Set Piece Count: 1,489
Minifigures: UNSC Pilot, buildable Decimus Mech Suit
Weapons: Gravity Hammer, Magnum
Accessories: Figure stand X2, buildable weapons rack, buildable missile racks
Special Features: Rotors spin and partially rotate, cockpit opens/closes, rotating chin mounted gun, rear rack for attaching Forgehog (not included), fully articulated Mech suit
Cost: $120 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The box art is pretty cool. Shows a good action sequence of the flying Frostraven and Decimus in his Mech suit firing at it.

On the back are several sets. As well, near bottom right, it shows how the Forgehog can fit into the rear pin racks. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 9

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 9

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 19 to 27 depending on figure. See pics below for exact count for each figure.
Minifigures: Spartan War Master (“Scipio” skin), Jorge, Captain Keyes, ODST Graves, Sesa Refumee, Spartan Soldier (“Dogface” skin)
Weapons: Respective to the order of figures above. DMR (Monstrous skin), Jorge’s chain machine gun, Magnum, Assault Rifle, Plasma Rifle X2, Beam Rifle (Alpha)
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post (each), Backpack (Jorge), Flood mass (Keyes), Attachable Jet pack (Sesa)
Special Features: Translucent yellow Baseplate for each figure stand with this series
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

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As with each Halo Heroes Series before, there are 6 figures in this series.

Right to left here for Series 9 we have: Spartan War Master (“Scipio” skin), Jorge, Captain Keyes, ODST Graves, Sesa Refumee, Spartan Soldier (“Dogface” skin)
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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Forgehog Vs Banished Goliath

Mega Construx Forgehog Vs Banished Goliath

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 35 minutes to sort, 1 1/2 hours to build (your time will vary as I take pics of the build along the way)
Set Piece Count: 654
Minifigures: Sgt John Forge, UNSC Marine, buildable Goliath
Weapons: SMG, Shotgun
Accessories: Figure stand X2, buildable drone
Special Features: Side hatch doors open/close, have two pivot points; rolling wheels; turret rotates 360°; button launching projectile (as part of the turret)
Cost: $44-46 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The box art is pretty cool. Good action shot showing the Goliath and Forgehog attacking each other. Take note on the back of the Frostraven. It shows how this Forgehog can be attached to it. I’ll show that in my review of the Frostraven.
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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Operation Flood Hunter Drop Pod

Mega Construx Operation Flood Hunter Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 2 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 59
Minifigures: ODST (Black/Yellow/Silver detail)
Weapons: Flame Thrower
Accessories: Figure stand
Special Features: Hatch can be “slam” opened, breaking fins pivot up/down
Cost: $9-10 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Target.

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The card art is standard for the drop pod series. The back shows other pods in the series. For me, this one stands out though, due mostly to the yellow caution stripes on the pod.
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