About Sal

I’ve got tons of experience with Halo gaming and collecting. I feel I have something to offer to the greater Halo fan community. Posts along the way will be about tips and tricks in the games as well as collecting and many more Halo related things. I’ll also repost interesting articles from the official site, Halowaypoint.com, or from fellow Halo fan sites. As I continue this blog, I hope to help gamers who want advice on the games, as well as any collectors with regards to where to find collectibles as well as deals, coupons and so on. You can also follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/HaloFanForLife or Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/halofanforlife11. Welcome to my blog and I hope you’ll come back again and again. -Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Cortana

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: N/A
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Locke

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Assault Rifle
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Buck

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Assault Rifle
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Athlon (Red and Blue variants)

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Battle Rifle (Red Athlon), DMR (Blue Athlon)
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
Don’t worry, one isn’t taller than the other. That’s just the way these two were packaged. They are the same height. Also, strangely enough, the Red Athlon has it’s weapon showing partially in the window, while the Blue one’s rifle is further down in the package.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Promethean Sniper

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Light Rifle
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. On the back several of the other figures are shown. Normally there is a thin clear band that holds the figure up higher in the box but, I got ahead of myself and opened it up first. So, I had to put the figure back in to get these two boxed shots. The two holes to the sides of the figure’s head in the cardboard are where the band slots in to.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Master Chief

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Assault Rifle
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure series showcases each in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. On the back several of the other figures in the series are shown. I got ahead of myself here and had taken Chief out of the box before taking pics of the figure in the box. Normally there is a thin clear band that holds the figure up higher in the box. The two holes to the sides of Chief’s head in the cardboard are where the band slots in to.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 7

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 7

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 21 to 25 depending on figure. See pics below for exact count for each figure.
Minifigures: Spartan Vector, Dutch (ODST), Captain Lasky, Spartan Carter-A259, Jul ‘Mdama, Spartan Mark VI (Gen 1)
Weapons: Respective to the order of figures above. Concussion Rifle; Spartan Laser; Magnum; DMR; Energy Sword; SAW
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post (each), Backpack (Dutch), Micro Roland (Lasky), Human Head (Carter)
Special Features: Translucent GREEN 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 6 we have: Spartan Vector, Dutch (ODST), Captain Lasky, Spartan Carter-A259, Jul ‘Mdama, Spartan Mark VI (Gen 1)

The back of each card looks similar to this, with the figures being in different positions on the back, depending on which figure the card is for. Seen below is Jul ‘Mdama’s card.  Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Operation Veritas Drop Pod

Mega Construx Operation Veritas Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 3 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 56
Minifigures: ODST (Blue w/Orange and Silver details)
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: x1 Figure stand
Special Features: Pod door pops open when pod is dropped (bottom end first) onto a hard surface, folding airbrakes
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail)

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The packaging displays the door pod and figure quite well. On the back, you see how the drop pod door’s explosive opening happens. It’s a cool feature. Though you don’t need to slam it as hard as it may seem to show.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Promethean Soldier

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Suppressor
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure series showcases each in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. On the back several of the other figures in the series are shown.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Blaze of Glory Shotgun

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: dart magazine, x16 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $35-40 (US) defending where you by it from.
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal*Mart for $35.

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The Blaze of Glory is one of a rare few of the BoomCo dart guns that has the distinction of having in-game deco. This displays very nicely on the packaging as seen below.
Lots of useful info on the back!
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Carbine

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: dart magazine, x6 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us (for $10 due to them going out of business.)

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Unlike most of the other BoomCo Halo dart guns, the Carbine is enclosed in the box, with only the darts showing through a small cut-out on the front of the packaging.
Lots of pertinent info on the back of the box showing how to load, charge and firing the gun.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Target Designator

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: Attachable (non working) antenna, x3 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $10-12 retail (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us for $5 due to their going-out-of-business sale.

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I found the color choice odd for this dart gun. I suppose it’s for safety sake, so it’s not to be confused with a pistol of some type.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Assault Rifle

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: x2 dart magazines, X16 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $50 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us (for $25 due to them going out of business.)

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The Assault Rifle, magazines and darts are all visible in the box. There is no window holding you back from touching it. (On this note, I do suggest you wash the toy off after you’ve removed it from the packaging as you don’t know who was handling it before you.) The front gives you the detail that it shoots up to 60 feet distant. That’s pretty decent!
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 “Build-A-Figure” Imperial Grunt

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Swivel Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: Needler (Comes with the Spartan Vale action figure set), 1 pin I used from one of the other figures from series 2. (So the grunt could hold the needler, of which you’ll see later in the review.)
Additional Contents: N/A
Cost: Free if you buy one each of series 2 Mattel figures to collect all the parts to build it.
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon. (by having purchased all the figures, except for Master Chief which was given to me by 343.)

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Below is pictured the Imperial Grunt with corresponding colors to the figures the parts come from. The pic is NOT a reflection of the actual color of the figure. You will see that later in the review. This graphic comes directly from the back of the box of any of the series 2 Mattel halo action figures.

Likewise, the graphic below shows the figures in series 2 with a number to the left of them showing which parts they include that contribute to the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Atriox

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Armor (right only)
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Torso
• Double Jointed Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Gravity Mace, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Legs
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon.

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Atriox, leader of the Banished looks imposing through the window on the front of the box! The Build-A-Figure Grunt legs are hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading