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 Banished Ghost Rush

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Construx Banished Ghost Rush

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 5 minutes sorting 10-15 minuted building
Set Piece Count: 90
Minifigures: Banished Brute (Red markings)
Accessories: Bruteshot
Special Features: Hood assembly can open/close
Cost: $10 US (Mass Retail)

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

The box art shows a cool action on the front. No, the guns do not actually shoot plasma, LOL. On the back you see a couple other Halo Wars 2 related sets.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Elite Zealot

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Elite Zealot

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Hinge Knees
• Slight Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Energy Sword
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

As with the other Mattel Halo figure boxes, the figure is prominently shown through the front window. mt-elite-zealot-box Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 3: Crafts

Master Chief has been such a legendary character of Halo that he has inspired a great many things. From novels to building blok sets to action figures, t-shirts, cosplay armor and so much more.

Today, we’re going to focus on crafting projects made to look like our favorite Spartan!

First up is the very unique Pipe Cleaner Master Chief, with Arbiter companion.

My friend Rythmic Warrior made these some time ago. I first found them via DeviantArt.com and saw that he has plenty more Halo related pipe cleaner figures as well as a few from other franchises. You can see some of his work that I’ve previously feature HERE. In fact, if you click this link, you can find all of the articles I’ve posted that have Rhythmic’s figures in them. Much more than Master Chief. You can see all of his stuff via his DeviantArt page.master_chief_and_the_arbiter_by_isaiah14-d5jvg85 Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 2: Statues

Master Chief has been such a legendary character of Halo that he has inspired a great many things. From novels to building blok sets to action figures, t-shirts, cosplay armor and so much more.

Today, we’re going to focus on a few of the statues.

In the mini-series Forward Until Dawn there is what I consider to be the most iconic scene of that series. If you’ve seen it, then I think you know which one I’m about to mention… Yes, it’s the Chief vs. Hunter scene in which Master Chief jumps onto a Hunter’s back and jams a grenade into it.

It just so happens that McFarlane Toys created a statue commemorating that moment. I was fortunate enough to get one of these amazing statues. So let’s take a look at it shall we?

The armor Chief is wearing is slightly different from what we’ve seen in the games. It does match the armor we saw in the Halo Legends cartoon. I really enjoyed that 343 kept continuity here.

So first up, the box that the statue came in was huge. The statue itself isn’t one piece, it’s actually made of several pieces you assemble, no glue required.IMG_0440 Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 1: Fan art

There is a TON that can be said about Master Chief and we will explore much of that throughout the month. While there is much to discuss, there is alos much to SEE. And fans from around the world have responded over time with some amazing pieces of artwork. Today I’m sharing one of mine, another I altered from someone else, one my wife created as a short series of art and pencil art from a fellow fan.

If you’ve been following the blog for sometime these will be familiar to you as I’ve posted them here previously.

First up is my take a making a piece of word art of Master Chief. halo-4-master-chief-in-words-600x463 Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC Spade Rush set

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Mega Bloks UNSC Spade Rush

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes sorting, 45 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 215
Minifigures: Both Deep Yellow with Blue visors: Spartan Operator (Reach Style), Spartan EVA (Reach Style)
Accessories: Spartan Laser, Assault Rifle, 2X figure stands
Special Features: Wheels spin, removable Missile Pod
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail)

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

The UNSC Spade Rush set has a cool action shot on the front of the box. No, the weapons do not actually fire, LOL.mb-spade-rush-box-front Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Covenant Energy Sword

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Covenant Energy Sword

Technical Specifications:
Special Actions: Button and Motion activated sounds.
Requires: 3 AAA (they are included within the sword)
Cost: $60
Availability: GameStop I’m not sure if this is at any other store, as of this writing. I’ve not seen nor heard of it anywhere else. If you have, please let me know. (Not including eBay)

The sword flashes blue when ‘lit’. For those with epilepsy or if you have this around people with epilepsy, please do not light up.

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

The sword is packaged well, within a walled off box, though the front is open for anyone to ‘test’ the electronics. Keep this in mind as the batteries are included, but may run down quickly, depending on how many people have tried it before you. (I also suggest cleaning off the toy first too, when you first get it, since this is accessible to the public and you don’t know what germs they may carry.mt-energy-sword-box
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All the Black Box Locations in Halo Wars!I

Now, I know some of you will say, “This is old news.” However, with Pre-orders of HaloFanForLife1 wars 2 including the Halo Wars Definitive Edition, its VERY much pertinent again.

HaloCanon posted this tuse. I’m reposting it here, with permission.

Well, I know what I’m playing today!

I do not have the definitive edition. I never got all the black boxes, so that’s something I’m going to go for now.

Celebrate the MONTH of Master Chief! Starting January 2017. (1/17)

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I’ll be celebrating everyone’s favorite Spartan, John-117, aka Master Chief! all January long. After all, it’s 1/17!!!

Look for articles on:
1. the lore of Master Chief
2. My experiences in the various Halo campaigns
3. Fan made Master Chief art
4. Development history of Chief
5. Chief’s ever changing relationship with Cortana

and MORE!

And…there might even be a contest at the end of the month!!

-Sal

Halo 5 Custom BTB Map: Sanghelios Trench

The folks at forgelabs have done it again! Sanghelios Trench is a reimagining of Blood Gulch with lots of GREAT extras! This map totally looks dev made, especially when you compare it to the original Blood Gulch. Check it out below and be sure to watch it all for some fun gameplay!

You can download the map HERE

Here are some screenshots forgelabs captured from the map:

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12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews CONTEST!

Okay folks, here it is. If you’ve been following the 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews, then this is the contest for you. Answer all of the questions correctly and e-mail your answers to me at sal@halofanforlife.com. The first to answer them all correct will win the prize. If noone answers them all correct by 9pm EST, Dec. 31, 2016, then the person with the highest total right will win.

So..what could you win?

A Mattel Spartan Locke Action Figure
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A Mega Bloks Vulture!
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A Jakks Pacific 31 inch tall Master Chief BIG Figure
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A prize packge worth $175!

The contest is open to U.S. residents (with free postage) AND everywhere else, with winner paying postage. (Sorry folks, international postage is expensive.)

Now to the questions to answer (and please e-mail your answers to me numbered in order from 1-13.

  1. What was the first 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews toy?
  2. Which 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews did I review the Jinx Master Chief figure?
  3. How many Mattel Halo Action figures did I review during the 12 Days of Halo?
  4. Which was the most expensive Mega Bloks/Mega Construx set I reviewed during the 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews?
  5. Of the Mattel figures I reviewed during the 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews, how many of them had a CLOSE-UP shot of the unarmored figure?
  6. What is the NAMED character I made from the ODST Customizer set?
  7. Which Mattel figure exclaims, “Look at me, I’m a little ballerina!” in my 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews?
  8. How many Mega Construx Spartan Customizer sets did I buy for that review?
  9. Which Mattel Halo Action figure includes the Crawler Head as part of the build-a-figure, in it’s packaging?
  10. What are the TWO colors used on top of the lids of the Mega Bloks Brute Weapons Customizer Pack crates?
  11. Which Mattel Halo Action figure includes the Plasma Caster as one of it’s weapons?
  12. What colors do I call the ODST Drop pods I reviewed during the 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews?
  13. According to my reivew, which Mattel Halo Action figure has “Christmas” colors?

Answer all of these correct (and in order), and you could win all of the above prizes! Again, e-mail me the answers to sal@halofanforlife.com. First person to answer these correct by 9pm EST Dec. 31 WINS!

(Please not again the restriction on postage for out of U.S. participants.)

Good luck!
-Sal

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 12; Mattel’s Spartan Helioskrill

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Spartan Helioskrill

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Plasma Pistol, Needler
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

I think maybe because the color red is my favorite, this figure looks better than all the other ones in the same packaging from Mattel. Regardless, it has the same big window on the front that allows you to see what all is included within. On the back it shows the spartan without it’s armor on, as well as the weapons included and the other figures in this series.mt-helioskrill-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 11; Mega Construx Spartan Customizer set

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in the review. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks. Same Company, different brand name.

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Mega Construx Spartan Customizer set

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 67
Minifigures: Baseline Spartan figure (one in speckeld white and the other deep yellow) with the following Shoulder/Helmet/Torso armors: Mark V, Mark VI (Gen1), Mark VI (Gen2). Each coming in Speckled White and Deep Yellow
Accessories: Battle Rifle, 2 Magnums
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8-12 US (Mass Retail)

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

The package shows everything included in the set, with exception to the white and balck baseplates. One each of those is contained within one of the crates. On the back, I do wish there would have been a description saying specifically which armors were included. mb-spartan-armor-customizer-box Continue reading