Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Desert Sniper Cyclops

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Mega Bloks Desert Sniper Cyclops

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 4 minutes sorting, 12 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 160
Minifigures: UNSC Marine (Hybrid explained below)
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: Figure Stand
Special Features: Cockpit opens/close, multi-jointed limbs on Cyclops
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail)

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 20 to 25 depending on figure. See pics for exact count.
Minifigures: Captain Cutter, Dare (ONI), Spartan Madsen, Decimus, Spartan Argus Arestor, Spartan Wetwork Cleaner
Weapons: Magnum, Magnum, Sniper Rifle, Gravity Hammer, Battle Rifle, Fuel Rod Gun *respective to the figures above.
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

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RTX 2017 Recap!

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In case you were wondering why no artixcles this past weekend…I was at RTX! I saw some cool stuff and had a bit of fun along the way. So without further ado, let’s get into the recap of my experience at RTX Austin 2017! Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Swords of Sanghelios Combat Lance

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Mega Bloks Swords of Sanghelios Combat Lance

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 140
Minifigures: Grunt, Elite Minor X2, Elite Commander (All in the Swords of Sanghelios color scheme)
Weapons: Storm Rifle, Concussion Rifle, Energy Sword, Needler
Accessories: Buildable Plasma Turret, Buildable Drop Shield, Buildable Plasma Power Core
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail)

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HFFL’s 5TH Annual LANstravaganza!

It’s that time of the year again folks. LANstravaganza is upon us!

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For those of you who don’t know, you may be asking, what is LANstravaganza? Well, as the name implies, it’s a LAN. But it’s so much MORE than just that!. Take a look at LANstravaganza’s from years past for an idea of the goings on and read on after for all the details for this year’s event!

This article will be updated as needed, please check back!

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Halo/Ghost in the Shell Forge Contest!

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With each month that passes, the Halo community continues to surprise us with the unique maps created in Halo 5’s Forge mode on both Xbox One and Windows 10. To celebrate the Halo World Championship, we’ve partnered with Paramount Pictures and the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell, and are excited to reveal the Forge community’s next challenge – the Ghost In the Shell Halo 5 Forge Contest! Continue reading

Split Screen to be in ALL future Halo FPS games!

Today during 343’s segment at the DICE 2017 summit, Bonnie Ross, 343 Studio Head, stated during a very sincere moment that all Halo FPS games going forward would have Split-Screen.

Before that, she reiterated 343’s learning experience from the failed launch of HMCC as well as not including split-screen in Halo 5.

 

This is great news!

Halo Toy Review: Hot Wheels Halo Vehicles

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This isn’t named as such, but for the sake of ease for future reference, we will call this Wave 1. This wave includes the following vehicles:
• UNSC Mongoose
• Covenant Ghost
• UNSC Warthog
• Banished Wraith
• UNSC Scorpion

The cost per vehicle is $5 each. They can be found at major retailers. Mine were found at Wal Mart.

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The cardback is common the vehciles. HW Halo Carded BACK

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 3

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Mega Bloks Halo Heroes Series 3

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute building figure stand
Set Piece Count: Varies per figure, see below.
Minifigures: Spartan Jerome-092, Spartan Palmer, Spartan Helioskrill, Spartan Hoya, Atriox, Elite Honor Guard
Accessories: Varies per figure, see below.
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $5 each US (Mass Retail)

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Each carded figure has it’s on character on the card front. Makes it easier to identify which fiure is inside, from a distance.MB Halo Heroes S3 GROUP Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Promethean Strike

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Mega Bloks Promethean Strike

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting, 2 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 254
Minifigures: Promethean Soldier X4, Promethean Sniper, Crawler X3, Alpha Crawler, Watcher; Spartans: Defender, Warrior, Soldier, Mark VI (Gen 2), Recruit, Recon
Accessories: Sniper, Hydra, Shotgun, BR, SMG, DMR, Magnum X2, Frag Grenade X6, Binary Rifle, Incineration Cannon, Scattershot, Boltshot, Lightrifle, Supressor, Splinter Grenade X4, UNSC long crate, Promethean crate, Mega Bloks Team Flag
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $35 US (Wal*Mart Exclusive)

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The box front has a very large display window. This is great for those who want to know what comes in the set. As well, for those folks who plan on keeping the set in the box, it’s great to have a large window like this , so they can appreciate the contents, without having to open it up.MB Promethean Strike FRONT Continue reading

Atriox Halo Wars Pixel Art Billboard!

I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could make a billboard for Halo Wars 2 using Atriox’s face. Given that we are limited in pieces in Halo 5’s Forge, I knew ahead of time that this was going to look pixelated at the end. So I used my math skills to determine how big the pieces needed to be to relatively fill a Billboard piece in Forge, then went to work in Photoshop creating the necessary pixels turn greenscreen pieces.

I took this reddish image of Atriox: hw2-atrioxblogbanner-6a261a742ef643d6bd74cca6e7534620

Blew it up so that it was mostly his face and some of his shoulder armor.

I posterized this so as to give me just 8 colors.

From there, I broke it down to large squares that when translated to Forge pieces would be equivalent to 2X2 greenscreen pieces. Pixelated Atriox Continue reading

343 Team Spotlight: Simon Gordon

The following is a reblog from Halo Waypoint: 

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This week’s spotlight shines bright on the Halowaypoint team and software developer Simon Gordon who has been hard at work bringing the Halo Wars 2 companion experience to life on the web.

Hey Simon, welcome to the Team Spotlight! To kick things off, can you tell us a little about yourself? What’s your current role with 343?
Simon Gordon: I am a software developer on HaloWaypoint.com. My main focus has generally been to work with other internal teams on showing stats and delivering an out-of-game companion experience for the Halo games.

How long have you been with the team? What prompted you to join 343?
SG: I have been on the 343 team for three and a half years. My wife and I moved to Seattle and while I was looking for a job, I heard about a job positing at 343 for a web developer. Having just worked on developing a website, I figured it was a natural fit.

What’s your background prior to joining 343?
SG: I earned a Bachler of Science in Computer Science at Washington State University. I had an internship while at college and several years of job experience before applying for the job at 343. Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta Follow-Up

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint: 

BLITZ BETA FOLLOW-UP

In the wake of the Blitz Beta many of you have had a variety of questions about Halo Wars 2 and what to expect when the game launches. I rounded up a number of queries from r/HaloWars and sent them over to the Halo Wars 2 team (both Creative Assembly and 343) to help us get some answers:

Are you happy with team colours at present? Some of us found it challenging to remember which units are friend or foe in the betas.
Great feedback! The clarity and readability of the battle is really important to us so we’ll be monitoring and reviewing players’ experiences from release and look for ways to improve the player’s understanding of the team colors in future

HFFL: For me it was easy to tell the difference between one side or the other. Where the colors blurred were within each side. Orange looked too close to red on one end and then yellow on the other. The green I sometimes mixed up with the lighter blue. This caused me to try and move troops that weren’t mine. I’d get frustrated thinking the Beta wasn’t working right. Then I’d realize my error. Problem is, by the time that was realized, it often meant I was on the losing side of a match. So yes, I hope the colors are better defined. One issue though is that many of the toys are already based off of those colors. So we’ll have to wait and see how this is addressed. Continue reading