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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx UNSC Hornet Blitz

Mega Construx UNSC Hornet Blitz

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 8 minutes to sort, 30 minutes to build (your time may vary, as mine includes taking pictures of the set for this review.
Set Piece Count: 207
Minifigures: UNSC Pilot, Grunt Minor (Red armor)
Weapons: Fuel Rod Cannon, Magnum
Accessories: x2 Figure stands
Special Features: Cockpit opens/close, wing engines rotate 360° forward/backwards, button launch top-side projectiles.
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.com

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

The box art is fun and shows an cool action sequence on the front, while showing off the Hornet’s features on the back.

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

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Biceps
• Hinge/Swivel Elbows
• Hinge/Swivel Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Thighs
• Double Hinged Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: “BoomCo” skinned AR, Magnum
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $18 (US)
Availability: Target Exclusive

While the box says this is a Spartan Locus, in actuality, it’s Argus armor, with a Locus helmet attached. An Argus helmet is also included, if you so choose.
This is not a deterrent though folks. This is a VERY cool looking figure regardless of which helmet you choose to have on the figure. Since I already have the Linda figure and I think the Locus is just an awesome helmet, I chose to keep that on it.

On with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box has a large window on the front to display the figure. Instead of a build-a-figure piece, it has an extra different helmet. On the back it shows the different armor pieces and other figures from the first wave of Mattel Halo action figures.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Siege Armor Pack

Mega Construx Siege Armor Pack

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

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

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 To The Players Podcast: Episode 7 Valentines Day Edition

Topics include:
• Halo 3 Settings Update (Oddball and King of the Hill)
• February MCC Update
• Bonnie Ross inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and
   Sciences Hall of Fame at the DICE Awards last night.
• Spartan Company INVITE
• Valentines Day via H5 Forge by Primordial
• Grind to 152

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Have a listen and let me know what I can do to make this better.
-Sal

MCC Feburary (2019) Update

This is a repost from HaloWaypoint:

By Postums

After a mild start to winter here in Western Washington, “Snowpocalypse 2019” decided to show up and really bring that MCC winter-themed background to life! Scoops tweeted out one of our Warthogs stuck in the snow in front of the studio last week, asking people to take a stab at recreating the in-game menu on their own. Wanting to show off his artistic side, community member Vosico took to the challenge and made the following!

The February update for MCC is bringing some fun additions that many of you have been asking us about for quite some time. This update touches on nearly all areas of the Halo community from casual, to just for fun, all the way up to die-hard competitive. Continue reading

Halo 3 Settings Update

This is a repost from HaloWaypoint:

Since Halo 3 has come back into the competitive scene in a big way, we’ve been keeping an eye on the competitive settings from both a player and viewer’s perspective.

For the HCS Invitational at SXSW, we’re planning to make some minor changes but we’re looking for your help in collecting data and providing feedback. With Oddball on Guardian and King of the Hill on Construct, we’ve been noticing many “dead man walkingscenarios where, at the end of the game, one team is so far ahead that it’s mathematically impossible for the other team to come back. This is especially true for Oddball on Guardian. For viewers, this often leaves the match in a weird state where some players are still playing, some have put their controllers down to celebrate, and perhaps some have even taken to Twitter to announce their victory. In matchmaking, we believe these scenarios, where the outcome is decided before the game actually ends, is also causing players in matchmaking to quit rather than finish out the remainder of the match. Continue reading

Halo To The Players Podcast: Episode 6 Outpost Discovery policies and more

Topics include:
• Outpost Discovery Policies: Weapons and Props; Cosplay; Other
• Fan Made Halo Wars 2 Mastodon
• Fan Art
• Elite Meme
• Fan-made map Candor (Truth reskin)
• Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 9
• My Grind to 152

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Have a listen and let me know what I can do to make this better.
-Sal

Some cool Fan Art I found.

These cool fan art pieces come from @MilesTheDill via twitter. Permission was asked and granted to repost them here.

Love this action scene. The Pink Spartan stands out against the more earthy tones.

Nice SPI Spartan here.

Not sure if this is Noble Six, prior to Reach. Regardless, it’s pretty cool!

A very cool battle scene. I can totally see this in a comic book.

So what do you think of this art? Like it?