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 Marine Customer Pack

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Mega Construx UNSC Marine Customizer Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: No building time required for base figures. Varies otherwise, if you choose to swap armor.
Set Piece Count: 62
Minifigures: Marine (Grey Armor/Green Undersuit), Halo Wars 2 Flame Marine (Green Armor/Black Undersuit)
Weapons: Battle Rifle, Assault Rifle, Sniper, Flamethrower, Rocket Launcher, Pistol
Accessories: Buildable Flamethrower backpack, various interchangeable armor (see below), x2 figure stands
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $9 US (Mass Retail)

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Versus Troop Pack

As this is my second returning Toy review since July of last year (2017), I’ve got a bit of catching up to do. Since this set is labeled as Mega Bloks and NOT Mega Construx, that is why the review and logo are as such. After which, all “Mega” sets will be Construx, and not Bloks.

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Mega Bloks Versus Troop Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting, 2 minutes building (flags and stands)
Set Piece Count: 115
Minifigures: Active Camo Spartan Soldier, Blue Spartan Aviator, Blue Spartan Orbital, Red Spartan Scout, Red Spartan Gungnir
Weapons: XDMR, Saw, Active Camo Gravity Hammer, x2 Black Gravity Hammers, Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, x2 Translucent blue sticky grenades
Accessories: Blue and Red CTF flags with stands
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail)

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March MEGA Madness! (A MONTH of Halo Toy Reviews!!)

I actually started this yesterday with the Elite Zealot Weapons set. Continuing on today and through the month of March, I’ll have Halo Mega Construx Toy Reviews coming! In fact, to keep me “honest”, I’ve made a schedule for myself and am now sharing that with you too!

Below is the schedule for reviews. Unless there is some unforeseen event, this should be kept to exactly as is. Other than this week, all of March is the same as far as days that new reviews will be released. Loads of pics as always!

March HFFL Toy Review Schedule

And who knows, I MIGHT even have a couple other things to review in between these. They may or may not be more Mega Construx. You’ll just have to drop on by each day and see for yourself!

Beyond these, I will also be posting Halo news on the regular. Thursdays is when the Halo Community Update is typically released by 343. So I’ll be reposting that here, with my commentary. Should they delay, then of course, I”ll post it up shortly after they do.

Lots to look forward to from HaloFanForLife.com!

I’m back!!!!
-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Elite Weapons Customizer set

As this is my first returning Toy review since July of last year (2017), I’ve got a bit of catching up to do. Since this set is labeled as Mega Bloks and NOT Mega Construx, that is why the review and logo are as such. You may see a few more of these, while I catch up on all the toy reviews that I’ve been meaning to post since then. After which, any “Mega” sets will be Construx, and not Bloks.

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Mega Bloks  Elite Weapons Customizer set

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 sorting, no build time required
Set Piece Count: 62
Minifigures: Crimson Elite Zealot, Gold Elite Zealot
Weapons: Fuel Rod Gun, Focus Rifle, Needler, Beam Rifle, Carbine, Plasma Pistol, 2X Energy Sword
Accessories: Covenant power core, 2 figure stands, 2 crates (one with crimson lid, the other with gold lid)
Special Features: Not Applicable (N/A)
Cost: $9 US (Mass Retail)

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My long absence and my return to blogging explained.

Hello friends, fans and readers. It’s been quite some time since I last posted an article here. I’d like to at least in part explain why that was and what’s to come for HFFL.

First, let’s go back to summer last year. My previous post from this one is dated 7/15/17. It was right around this time that I got some potentially very bad news. Without going into a ton of detail that you don’t need to know, suffice to say, my wife and I were possibly going to lose our home to the mortgage bank.

Because of this, I didn’t feel it would be prudent for me to post any new Halo toy reviews from toys that had already been purchased just prior. I”m sure most of you understand why. However, social media these days is brutal. No doubt someone would take it as an opportunity to attack me for posting toy reviews when my wife and I were in financial trouble. So I held off until we could get out of that mess. Again, without going into a ton of detail, it took until this December to reach that point, and then only because of the help of two friends in particular. Both of which have a Halo connection to me, but are much more than that.

My wife and I were able to refinance our mortgage to a lower payment, though we had to go through a 3-month probationary period with the bank to make sure we were able to make at least those lower payments. We did it! And in fact, today signed the final papers and sent them back to the bank to solidify this. That puts us back on the good side of finances.

That all said means that I now feel comfortable with posting Halo toy reviews. Now…I know you’re probably wondering, “why didn’t you post anything else Halo related?” That’s a very simple answer. Depression. Due to the money troubles, my depression grew exponentially. It made it hard to function normally, let alone post on my blog. I had to take a break from several things to get my own head in order. Unfortunately, that meant the blog had to be put on the back burner.

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However, now things are better. As mentioned, finances are in a better place. Still not great as I’m still unemployed. But better. My depression is far below where it’s been the past 7+ months.

I won’t go back and play catch up for what’s happened with Halo during that time. For one, it would be a ton of work. Two, you folks likely have already heard, read, or seen it elsewhere. So, I’m picking up from here and moving forward with Halo news and reviews.

Other plans that were put on hold will soon come to fruition. One of which will be a DAILY Halo podcast. The format will be a short 5-15 minute podcast talking about the previous day’s Halo news, plus any of my own Halo experiences in that day, as well as any HFFL blog news to come. Short, sweet and compact. Easy for your morning commute to work/school. And NOTHING negative as far as I can help it. It will be only me. No fellow hosts. As for the name of this new podcast, I am between the final 2 names right now. Once I settle on the name, I’ll setup a twitter account for it. For now though, I’m keeping those names to myself. If you might gave a clever name for a daily Halo podcast, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com.

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I will indeed be having another Halo LAN this year. Which reminds me, I will post an article about last year’s LAN, though it won’t be as extensive as previous year’s LAN wrap-up articles.

Suffice to say…I’m BACK!
-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Desert Sniper Cyclops

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Mega Bloks Desert Sniper Cyclops

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 4 minutes sorting, 12 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 160
Minifigures: UNSC Marine (Hybrid explained below)
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: Figure Stand
Special Features: Cockpit opens/close, multi-jointed limbs on Cyclops
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail)

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 4

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting and building, each.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 20 to 25 depending on figure. See pics for exact count.
Minifigures: Captain Cutter, Dare (ONI), Spartan Madsen, Decimus, Spartan Argus Arestor, Spartan Wetwork Cleaner
Weapons: Magnum, Magnum, Sniper Rifle, Gravity Hammer, Battle Rifle, Fuel Rod Gun *respective to the figures above.
Accessories: Buildable Figure Stand with post
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

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RTX 2017 Recap!

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In case you were wondering why no artixcles this past weekend…I was at RTX! I saw some cool stuff and had a bit of fun along the way. So without further ado, let’s get into the recap of my experience at RTX Austin 2017! Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Swords of Sanghelios Combat Lance

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Mega Bloks Swords of Sanghelios Combat Lance

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 140
Minifigures: Grunt, Elite Minor X2, Elite Commander (All in the Swords of Sanghelios color scheme)
Weapons: Storm Rifle, Concussion Rifle, Energy Sword, Needler
Accessories: Buildable Plasma Turret, Buildable Drop Shield, Buildable Plasma Power Core
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail)

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HFFL’s 5TH Annual LANstravaganza!

It’s that time of the year again folks. LANstravaganza is upon us!

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For those of you who don’t know, you may be asking, what is LANstravaganza? Well, as the name implies, it’s a LAN. But it’s so much MORE than just that!. Take a look at LANstravaganza’s from years past for an idea of the goings on and read on after for all the details for this year’s event!

This article will be updated as needed, please check back!

Click each recap to go to article detailing the full LAN recap for that year. Continue reading

Halo/Ghost in the Shell Forge Contest!

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With each month that passes, the Halo community continues to surprise us with the unique maps created in Halo 5’s Forge mode on both Xbox One and Windows 10. To celebrate the Halo World Championship, we’ve partnered with Paramount Pictures and the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell, and are excited to reveal the Forge community’s next challenge – the Ghost In the Shell Halo 5 Forge Contest! Continue reading

Split Screen to be in ALL future Halo FPS games!

Today during 343’s segment at the DICE 2017 summit, Bonnie Ross, 343 Studio Head, stated during a very sincere moment that all Halo FPS games going forward would have Split-Screen.

Before that, she reiterated 343’s learning experience from the failed launch of HMCC as well as not including split-screen in Halo 5.

 

This is great news!

Halo Toy Review: Hot Wheels Halo Vehicles

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This isn’t named as such, but for the sake of ease for future reference, we will call this Wave 1. This wave includes the following vehicles:
• UNSC Mongoose
• Covenant Ghost
• UNSC Warthog
• Banished Wraith
• UNSC Scorpion

The cost per vehicle is $5 each. They can be found at major retailers. Mine were found at Wal Mart.

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The cardback is common the vehciles. HW Halo Carded BACK

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 3

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Mega Bloks Halo Heroes Series 3

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute building figure stand
Set Piece Count: Varies per figure, see below.
Minifigures: Spartan Jerome-092, Spartan Palmer, Spartan Helioskrill, Spartan Hoya, Atriox, Elite Honor Guard
Accessories: Varies per figure, see below.
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $5 each US (Mass Retail)

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Each carded figure has it’s on character on the card front. Makes it easier to identify which fiure is inside, from a distance.MB Halo Heroes S3 GROUP Continue reading