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 UNSC Woodland Gungoose

Mega Construx UNSC Woodland Gungoose

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minute to sort, 5 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 95
Minifigures: Spartan Pathfinder
Weapons: Suppressed SMG
Accessories: Figure stand
Special Features: Wheels spin
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art very cool! However, keep in mind, it’s a “fantasy” situation. Neither the SMG or the guns on the vehicle fire or even have attachable pieces to make it look like they are firing. The back shows the completed Gungoose, figure and another new set, the Grunt Goblin. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Faithful VS. Fallen Battle Pack

Mega Construx Faithful VS. Fallen Battle Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes sorting, 1 minute building
Set Piece Count: 434
Minifigures: All Spartans. There are a translucent green AND a cyan versions of each of the following figures: Scout, Commando, Air Assault, Grenadier, Operator, JFO, MK 5 [B], HAZOP, MK 6
Weapons: x5 Green Energy Swords, Sniper Rifle, DMR, BR, AR, x2 Shotgun, SMG, Grenade Launcher, x2 Magnum, Machine Gun Turret
Accessories: Backpack, buildable terrain setting, x5 sandbags
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $50 US (Mass Retail)

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The box has a large window to see all the figures and weapons included. What you don’t see are the pieces for the terrain display. That is shown on the back of the box, however.
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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Fireteam Castle

Mega Construx Fireteam Castle

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 3 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 125
Minifigures: All Spartans: Vector (first appearance of this armor set), War Master, Technician, Hunter
Weapons: AR, Railgun, Sniper Rifle, SMG
Accessories: Buildable Turret, Buildable Barricade, x4 figure stands
Special Features: Turret fires plastic bolts
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art shows the figures in an action scene, while the back shows off the contents within. This box size is new to the Halo Mega Construx line. I like it. It’s tall, not long allowing for more sets to be placed on store shelves.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx ONI Strike Team

Mega Construx ONI Strike Team

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 3 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 106
Minifigures: ONI Technician, ONI Officer, x2 ONI Operators
Weapons: Rocket Launcher, DMR, AR, Pistol
Accessories: Buildable machine gun turret, small crate with terrain display, x4 figure stands
Special Features: Turret can fire included plastic bolts
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art shows the figures in an action scene, while the back shows off the contents within. This box size is new to the Halo Mega Construx line. I like it. It’s tall, not long allowing for more sets to be placed on store shelves.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Power Pack-Speed Boost

Mega Construx Power Pack-Speed Boost

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 31
Minifigures: Translucent Purple Wetwork Spartan
Weapons: SMG (Potence skin w/removable bayonet and scope), Magnum (Scratched skin), Railgun (ARCLight skin)
Accessories: Purple Speed Power Up Button
Special Features: REQ station opens/closes and stores weapons
Cost: $7 US (Mass Retail)

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Another new box design for Mega. I’m really liking these. Simple and to the point. The back shows the other 3 in this series of Power Packs.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Shields of Requiem Lance

Mega Construx Shields of Requiem Lance

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 108
Minifigures: Elite Ranger, Elite Minor, Jackal Minor, Grunt Minor
Weapons: Needler, Plasma Pistol, Fuel Rod Cannon, Storm Rifle, Buildable Plasma Turret
Accessories: Drop Shield, x4 figure stands, x2 translucent yellow/orange foliage, plasma shield
Special Features: Turret can fire included plastic bolts
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art shows the figures in a cool action scene, while the back shows off the contents within. This box size is new to the Halo Mega Construx line. I like it. It’s tall, not long. This allows for more sets to be placed on store shelves. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Smuggler’s Intercept

Mega Bloks Smuggler’s Intercept

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 30 minutes sorting, 2 hours building. Your time may vary as I stop to take pics for the review along the way.
Set Piece Count: 590
Minifigures: Agent Estrin, Agent Locke w/human head and helmet
Weapons: x2 DMR
Accessories: x2 Power Cores, x2 small crate, x1 long crate, buildable LARGE crate, buildable basecamp.
Special Features: cargo container arms pivot down, cockpit hatch opens/closes, large cargo crate doors pivot out
Cost: $60 US (Mass Retail) I got mine for only $14 through a sale at Toys R Us. Bought this on March 6, 2018. Yeah, I waited a long while to buy this. Glad I did as I saved a LOT of money!

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As always, the box art shows off the set nicely. The back of the box shows most of the features of the set. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Arctic Jackrabbit Assault

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Mega Construx Arctic Jackrabbit Assault

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 3 minutes sorting, 10 minutes building. Your time may vary as I stop to take pics for the review along the way.
Set Piece Count: 168
Minifigures: Spartan Hermes, Spartan Centurion, x2 Banished Brute, Banished Grunt Minor
Weapons: Brute Spiker, Gravity Hammer, Battle Rifle, Magnum, Plasma Pistol
Accessories: x4 Figure stands
Special Features: Jackrabbit Gun pivots
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art and window show off this set nicely. I really dig the figs in the window. The back of the box says which figures and weapons are inside.MB Arctic Jackrabbit BOX Continue reading

Revised Calendar for March MEGA Madness!

I had three more sets I’m adding to this month’s Toy Review Madness! I shuffled some around, so check this new calendar if you were expecting to see a specific set on a specific day.

March HFFL Toy Review Schedule Rev1

Added to the calendar are the Smuggler’s Intercept, Warzone Wasp Strike and Grunt Goblin. I then moved a few reviews to others days and now have added Tuesdays for the rest of this month to the review days!

A NEW Halo Comic Book is on the horizon!

Halo Collateral Damage will be available in June!

The following is a copy/paste from Halo Waypoint’s article:

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Some of my favorite days are the days we get to announce new lore, and if you share such a mindset, then it’s time to get hyped because today is another one of those days. We’re excited announce a new three-part mini-series that focuses on the Master Chief during some of his exploits in the Covenant War.

Halo: Collateral Damage follows the Master Chief and Blue Team as they are deployed by the UNSC to an unstable colony world. Their mission: to terminate the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something ancient and powerful beneath the planet’s surface. However, as the mission takes a turn for the unexpected, the Spartan-II strike team realizes that the stakes of their mission are higher than they imagined, and they’ll have to rely on each other and a small group of human rebels to survive.

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Alex Irvine (Halo: Rise of Atriox #4, Iron Man: The Rapture, Dark Sun) returns to the Halo universe to pen this new series and is joined by artist Dave Crosland, colorist Leonard O’Grady, letterer Simon Bowland, and cover artist Zak Hartong.

Halo: Collateral Damage #1 (of 3) goes on sale June 06, 2018 and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

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I for one am VERY happy with this! Anytime we get more stories of Chief and now especially Blue Team, is a good…no wait, GREAT thing!

No preview yet on Darkhorse’s website. You can bet when they do post it up, I’ll have it here for your enjoyment as well!!

Link to original posting posting on Waypoint.

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx CTF Arctic Warthog

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Mega Construx CTF Arctic Warthog

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 15 minutes sorting, 1 hour building. Your time may vary as I stop to take pics for the review along the way.
Set Piece Count: 311
Minifigures: Spartan MK IV, Spartan Rogue, Spartan Recon (GEN 1)
Weapons: x3 Magnum, SMG, Shotgun, Sentinel Beam, X4 Frag Grenade, X3 Plasma Grenade
Accessories: Buildable Flag stand, buildable crate/terrain display, x3 Figure stands
Special Features: 4-wheel independent suspension
Cost: $30 US (Mass Retail)

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Paracord “Master Chief” wristband

So I’ve been wanting one of these for the LONGEST. My wife finally decided she’d get the supplies to make some and asked if I wanted any specific colors.

I asked about a dark olive green and copper. The store had the first, but didn’t have copper. It did have yellow gold instead. Works for me!

So I went about making my first ever paracord wristband. I named it Master Chief for obvious reasons. Yes, I MADE THIS!

The know I used is called dragon’s claw. You can see that in all the pics, but I think best in the one that has the band at length below.Paracord Master Chief 1 length

What’s cool is that there is a different pattern on the reverse (inside here) side. So you can wear it inside out if you like. I really like the dragon’s claw look though, so I’m keeping it like that.Paracord Master Chief 2 round

And here’s my hairy wrist demonstrating the band being worn.Paracord Master Chief 3 wearing

Now, I know it’s not perfect. It is my first time after all…..

Anyway, I did start one out but didn’t like how the knots were looking. So I untied it and started over. I used 550 Paracord with a black swivel clip.The second time around not only did this get easier but I also was getting faster and paid much more attention to the tightness of the knots. It took about 1- 1 1/2 hours to make this. That’ might seem long, but again, first time for me.

I had so much fun making this that I’m going to make more Halo themed paracord wristbands. I’ll even make them with different kinds of knots so they will be unique from one another.

Hmm…might even start an etsy page for these?? I guess that will depend on demand. At any rate, I’m enjoying them for myself!
-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Cryo Pods

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Mega Construx Cryo Pods

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes to build figure
Set Piece Count: 23 per Cryo Pod set
Minifigures: One per pod (corresponds with pod color) – Silver Recruit Spartan, Blue Defender Spartan, Dark Green Mark V Spartan, Copper Mark VI Gen 2 Spartan
Weapons: Railgun (w/Silver pod), Hydra (w/Blue pod), Assault Rifle (w/Dark Green pod), SAW (w/Coppoer Pod)
Accessories: 2-piece Cryo Pod, one figure stand per cryo pod set.
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail)

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Halo 3 Memorial Day

Today marks a sullen day for Halo 3 fans. The day in which a memorial was created. A day in which we thought the Master Chief dead…

To observe our fallen heroes of the UNSC, Lord Admiral Hood pronounced this site to be a memorial.

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The Wall of Heroes3-3-2553 Tribute 3

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A final salute to the fallen.3-3-2553 Tribute 5

You have my thanks for sticking by him ’til the end.3-3-2553 Tribute 6

In Memorial3-3-2553 Tribute 7

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Kubros Spartan Recon

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Mega Construx Kubros Spartan Recon

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: Sort time 10 minutes, Build time was less than an hour
Set Piece Count: 153
Weapons: Buildable Sniper
Special Features: Arms and head swivel
Cost: $15 US (Mass Retail)
In the interest of transparency, I received this set from 343 as part of a package for my LAN last summer (2017). After I built the set, it was given away as a prize at the LAN.

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