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: Mega Construx “Battle for the Ark” Blind Bag Series

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The “Battle for the Ark” series is the latest wave of blind bagged figures from Mega. Today we take a look at each one, along with the VERY special Spirit of Fire 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: B
Accessories: Bruteshot, Energy Sword, Plasma Pistol, Assault Rifle, Battle Rifle, Assault Rifle, Hydra, Trans-green Hydra
Special Features: Removable Armor
Cost: $3-3.50 US (Mass Retail) (ONE figure per pack)


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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Kinsano Cyclops Raid

Mega Construx Kinsano Cyclops Raid

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes to sort, 30 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 232
Minifigures: Morgan Kinsano, x3 Flood Infection forms
Weapons: Shotgun
Accessories: Figure stand
Special Features: Lots of articulation!
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.com

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The box art is the new white with orange Mega logo and blue details. The set photo shows Kinsano in her special Flamethrower Cyclops, burning Flood Infection forms.

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Helmets of Halo 5 Guardians: Which should return in Halo Infinite, which shouldn’t, and why. Part 3 of 3

The goal of this series of articles is to try to pair the helmets down to roughly 50 returning in Halo Infinite. I feel that number of helmets is PLENTY. Mind you, these might not line up with the armor series of articles. Meaning, I may have helmets without armor and vice versa. That’s quite deliberate as I feel some helmets look great while their armor doesn’t and again, vice versa, some armor looks great but their corresponding helmets do not.

I’ve been wanting to write these articles for awhile now. As we start to edge closer to more news about Halo Infinite, it’s time we discuss what helmets (and armor, in another series of articles I’m writing) will return.

There are some helmets that definitely have their place, some that are marginal and could be considered for returning or not, some that shouldn’t return for various reasons and a few that well…should never see the light again, LOL.

That said, I do realize that real people put in work to make these. So I try to take a light approach with helmets I’m not fond of. We are as humans though given to having varied opinions and these are mine. So they aren’t meant to be taken as the “word of Halo”.

There are more than 100 unique helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, not including skins. As such, I’ve split this subject into three articles. I’m not including the skinned versions of helmets as skins can relatively easily be changed. This topic is more about the form and functionality of the helmets themselves than their skins.

With so many helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, I felt the need to divide these up into some basic categories. These being:

  • Astronaut Types
  • Bungie Era Types
  • Character Types
  • Large Visor Types
  • Medium Visor Types
  • No or Limited Visor Types
  • Thin Visor Types

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Helmets of Halo 5 Guardians: Which should return in Halo Infinite, which shouldn’t, and why. Part 2 of 3

The goal of this series of articles is to try to pair the helmets down to roughly 50 returning in Halo Infinite. I feel that number of helmets is PLENTY. Mind you, these might not line up with the armor series of articles. Meaning, I may have helmets without armor and vice versa. That’s quite deliberate as I feel some helmets look great while their armor doesn’t and again, vice versa, some armor looks great but their corresponding helmets do not.

I’ve been wanting to write these articles for awhile now. As we start to edge closer to more news about Halo Infinite, it’s time we discuss what helmets (and armor, in another series of articles I’m writing) will return.

There are some helmets that definitely have their place, some that are marginal and could be considered for returning or not, some that shouldn’t return for various reasons and a few that well…should never see the light again, LOL.

That said, I do realize that real people put in work to make these. So I try to take a light approach with helmets I’m not fond of. We are as humans though given to having varied opinions and these are mine. So they aren’t meant to be taken as the “word of Halo”.

There are more than 100 unique helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, not including skins. As such, I’ve split this subject into three articles. I’m not including the skinned versions of helmets as skins can relatively easily be changed. This topic is more about the form and functionality of the helmets themselves than their skins.

With so many helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, I felt the need to divide these up into some basic categories. These being:

  • Astronaut Types
  • Bungie Era Types
  • Character Types
  • Large Visor Types
  • Medium Visor Types
  • No or Limited Visor Types
  • Thin Visor Types

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Helmets of Halo 5 Guardians: Which should return in Halo Infinite, which shouldn’t, and why. Part 1 of 3

The goal of this series of articles is to try to pair the helmets down to roughly 50 returning in Halo Infinite. I feel that number of helmets is PLENTY. Mind you, these might not line up with the armor series of articles. Meaning, I may have helmets without armor and vice versa. That’s quite deliberate as I feel some helmets look great while their armor doesn’t and again, vice versa, some armor looks great but their corresponding helmets do not.

I’ve been wanting to write these articles for awhile now. As we start to edge closer to more news about Halo Infinite, it’s time we discuss what helmets (and armor, in another series of articles I’m writing) will return.

There are some helmets that definitely have their place, some that are marginal and could be considered for returning or not, some that shouldn’t return for various reasons and a few that well…should never see the light again, LOL.

That said, I do realize that real people put in work to make these. So I try to take a light approach with helmets I’m not fond of. We are as humans though given to having varied opinions and these are mine. So they aren’t meant to be taken as the “word of Halo”.

There are more than 100 unique helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, not including skins. As such, I’ve split this subject into three articles. I’m not including the skinned versions of helmets as skins can relatively easily be changed. This topic is more about the form and functionality of the helmets themselves than their skins.

With so many helmets in Halo 5 Guardians, I felt the need to divide these up into some basic categories. These being:

  • Astronaut Types
  • Bungie Era Types
  • Character Types
  • Large Visor Types
  • Medium Visor Types
  • No or Limited Visor Types
  • Thin Visor Types

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Public Service Announcement! Please read for your online Halo account security!

So this weekend, I came upon this site. I got the link from Instagram. Apologies I can’t recall who initially I saw it from, though I saw it three times there.

Do NOT log in to this app! It has NOT been officially recognized or endorsed by 343. I even asked Frank O’Conner, Unyshek and others from 343 for verification on this. This was but a portion of the thread response I got on twitter:
The tomorrow Frank speaks of is actually today now (Monday 1/14/19).

The app asks for your Microsoft account info. That immediately put up a red flag for me when I was perusing the site. Under no circumstance, unless you are logging into your account on MS, or XBOX.com, on your XBOX or speaking with XBOX Customer service should you give your account info to anyone else. Just do NOT do it. DON’T!

The creator of the site has said they gained permission from Microsoft. And that they use a third party verification system. That being: https://auth0.com. The “auth” site looks legitimate. The e-mail the app creator got might be as well. Here’s what they posted to another person on Instagram, who then shared it with me:

Since 343 seems completely unaware (and you bet Frank O’Conner would, could and SHOULD know about this), and that he will be talking about it within the company, I STRONGLY urge you NOT to sign up for this site until it’s been cleared by MS/343 themselves.

The reason I was so concerned about this app is that we’ve not had much info on Infinite. And this app is branding itself as tied to the game, though for now will only give you your Halo 5 stats. As well, in the past, going as far back as Halo Reach, I’ve had friends lose their accounts to shady sites pretending to be connected to the developer. I would hate to see ANY of you lose your accounts or worse, your credit card info if the app was fake.

If this app ends up being legit, at the least, the right parties will now know about it.

This is one case of “better safe than sorry”.

-Sal

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx UNSC Infinity

This set has been a long time in coming. It’s been shown some months ago, available to order on Amazon, cancelled on Amazon, then relisted. Links on MegaConstrux.com have been up for the set and taken down. The PDF instructions for the set were posted too. I have those, but have agreed to NOT post them online.

As yet though, no official release of this set has been made.

HOWEVER, rather than sit on these images, I want to show what’s out there and talk about this set. Since this set is still unreleased, images are to be considered prototype with the official set possibly being changed as well as the box art.

Okay, let’s start the preview, shall we?

First up is the box. It’s HUGE. Without this being listed as a Signature series set, it’s safe to say, it’s still in that category, unofficially. Note the piece count at 2,456. That’s one of the biggest Mega Bloks/Construx sets ever! Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Hannibal Mantis Charge

Mega Construx Hannibal Mantis Charge

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 20-25 minutes to sort (this as you open just a couple of bags at a time), approximately one hour to build
Set Piece Count: 420
Minifigures: Grunt Minor, Spartan Wetwork, Elite Zealot
Weapons: Carbine (Blood of Suban deco), Needler, Plasma Pistol
Accessories: x3 Figure stands
Special Features: Cockpit opens/closes; Articulated shoulders, waist, hip joints, knees, ankles, both “hands” rotate, radar pivots
Cost: $40 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.com

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box art is the new white with orange Mega logo. The set photo shows the Mantis in an action pose along with the figures. It should be noted that the Mantis can indeed be posed like this.

On the back of the box there are a few other sets shown. As of this writing (12/26/19), the Warthog and Phaeton sets have been released. The Frostraven set has yet to show in stores. Continue reading

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx Phaeton Helios Strike

New sets are finally trickling out, just in time for the holidays! Today, I preview is the Phaeton Helios set from Mega Construx!

Some set specs:
Minifigs in set: Orbital Spartan (Blue with Orange and White detailing), Defender Spartan (Red with Yellow detailing), Prometheans (all in a rusty Orange color): Knight, Watcher, Crawler
Accessories: SMG (Pop Culture skin ?), Delta Beam Rifle
Pieces: approximately 550 (no official number of pieces announced yet)
Cost: $59.99

I have been greatly anticipating this set since the Phaeton Helios was made a variant vehicle in Warzone in Halo 5 Guardians. I have the original Phaeton set from Mega Construx of which you can read my review of that HERE. The Helios version comes nearly 3 years after the original version was released for sale to the public.

Other than color, this Phaeton appears to be the exact same build as the original. (Though MUCH better looking!)

On to the official pics from Mega!

Here is the full set. I’m loving the faded orange on some of the pieces. I hope it looks this smooth on the actual toy. Several printed pieces, sandy light tan, bright red and orange as well as some translucent pieces really make this Phaeton Helios POP! You get 2 Spartans and a nice small array of Prometheans. As well, there is a buildable rocket launcher turret. Continue reading

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx UNSC Blizzard Squad

New sets are finally trickling out, just in time for the holidays! Today I bring you a preview of the UNSC Blizzard Squad set from Mega Construx!

Some set specs:
Minifigs in set: UNSC Officer, UNSC Marine, UNSC Cryo Marine (though it’s called a flame marine on Mega’s website)
Accessories: Assault Rifle, Battle Rifle, Cryo Thrower, buildable Cryo Turret
Pieces: 111
Cost: $14.99

On to the official pics from Mega!

This set is almost all figures and it’s COOL! As well, there is a buildable Cryo Turret. The mottling color of the translucent blue piece connected to the turret will vary between sets. So don’t expect yours to look exactly like that piece. The turret has a built in projectile launcher. Continue reading

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx Radar Wreckage

New sets are finally trickling out, just in time for the holidays! Today’s preview is the Radar Wreckage set from Mega Construx! This based off of the game Halo Wars 2.

Some set specs:
Minifigs in set: Banished Jump Pack Brute (first version of this Jump Pack)
Accessories: Gravity Hammer, Power Core
Pieces: 130
Cost: $14.99

On to the official pics from Mega!

The full set is comprised of a UNSC Radar Tower and a Banished Brute figure. There is one printed piece with the tower. It’s a small control board. I’d have liked to have seen the UNSC Eagle on at least one of the sides of the tower, regardless if it’s accurate to game or not. Continue reading

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx Green Machine vs Banished Marauder

New sets are finally trickling out, just in time for the holidays! Today, I preview the Green Machine vs Banished Marauder set from Mega Construx!

Some set specs:
Minifigs in set: Sgt. Johnson, Banished Brute, Banished Jackal
Accessories: Assault Rifle, Brute Spiker, Plasma Pistol
Pieces: 342
Cost: $29.99

This set is based of of Halo Wars 2. The Marauder is canon to the story, while Sgt. Johnson isn’t as he died in Halo 3. However, he made his pseudo return as a playable hero in matchmaking in the game.

On to the official pics from Mega!

Here we see the full set. We get a Marauder, a new vehicle that debuted in Halo Wars 2! As well, a buildable EXO suit for Sgt. Johnson. The Banished aesthetic of sharp angles with silver and red are very much present in the Marauder build. The EXO suit is a very good interpretation in blok form. The Marauder has a built in projectile launcher.
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3 Mattel Series 3 6″ figures previously shown WILL be released!

I’ve shown preview images of these three, though one of them was a TINY pic. Now I have news that these three are indeed being released AND I have a much better pic of that third one!

This Orange Mark VI was one of the ones I’ve shown before. (Yes, the Rocket Launcher is being held wrong…LOL)

Likewise, the Achilles Spartan is also being released.

The third I only had this small pic of with another figure.

Now I can confirm, instead of it being a Recruit Spartan as I had thought, it’s actually An EOD Spartan with an extra CQB helmet!

This is quite exciting, given that Toys R Us has closed and we weren’t sure if we’d get these in this series or a future one, if at all.

One thing of interest is that these three are noted as having Grunt Imperial build-a-figure parts and not the Grunt Ultra parts as per the rest of Series 3. Not sure if that’s a typo as the Imperial was Series 2’s build-a-figure parts.

Lastly, the Promethean Soldier seen in that tiny pic has not yet been confirmed. I am still very much hoping for that figure. Once I get any confirmation on it, you can be sure I’ll post it here on HaloFanForLife.com!

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Construx Banished Turret Takedown

New sets are finally trickling out, just in time for the holidays! Today, I preview the Banished Turret Takedown set from Mega Construx.

Some set specs:
Minifigs in set: Blue Mark IV Spartan
Accessories: Sniper Rifle
Pieces: 123
Cost: $14.99

On to the official pics from Mega!

In the first pic, we see that an action feature is built into the turret. You can launch two translucent purple projectiles via small hinged launch pieces.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Atriox

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Jointed shoulder armor (right only)
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: “Chainbreaker” Gravity Mace
Cost: $15 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine at Kmart)

On with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Atriox comes is a much wider box than the standard 12 inch Mattel figures. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box. The gravity mace is being held in his left hand and is slightly obscured by the packaging.

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