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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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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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

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Promethean Strike

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Mega Bloks Promethean Strike

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute sorting, 2 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 254
Minifigures: Promethean Soldier X4, Promethean Sniper, Crawler X3, Alpha Crawler, Watcher; Spartans: Defender, Warrior, Soldier, Mark VI (Gen 2), Recruit, Recon
Accessories: Sniper, Hydra, Shotgun, BR, SMG, DMR, Magnum X2, Frag Grenade X6, Binary Rifle, Incineration Cannon, Scattershot, Boltshot, Lightrifle, Supressor, Splinter Grenade X4, UNSC long crate, Promethean crate, Mega Bloks Team Flag
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $35 US (Wal*Mart Exclusive)

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The box front has a very large display window. This is great for those who want to know what comes in the set. As well, for those folks who plan on keeping the set in the box, it’s great to have a large window like this , so they can appreciate the contents, without having to open it up.MB Promethean Strike FRONT Continue reading

Official Halo Wars 2 Posters!

Microsoft commisioned three artists to make Halo Wars 2 posters. 2 each to each artist, one of a UNSC leader and the other a Banished leader.

These first two were created by Kevin Tong.HW2 Poster CutterHW2 Poster Atriox

The following two were created by Grzegorz ‘Gabz’ Domaradzki.HW2 Poster AndersHW2 Poster Shipmaster

And the last two were made by Craig Drake.HW2 Poster DecimusHW2 Poster Isabel

Which one do you like the best?

I think the middles pairing of Anders and the Shipmaster are fantastic! Use of a limited color palette with the striking reds and oranges really brings out the ‘WARS’ aspect of the posted.

No details yet on how these can be obtained. However, I’m told that they will be available at retail in some form. If that’s as a bonus at a Microsoft store or as individuals you can buy, I do not yet know. Once I do know though, you can bet I’ll post it here!

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Brute Lance

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Mega Bloks Brute Lance

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 130
Minifigures: Brute Bodyguard, Brute Major, Brute Minor X2
Accessories: Buildable tower, Brute Mauler X2, Brute Spike, Bruteshot
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from eBay for $20 (I’ll explain that later)

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The box front features a cool action shot! As you can see by the window on the front of the box, the Brute Bodyguard doesn’t have the blueish sheen that it has in the action shot.MB Brute Lance BOX Front Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Yankee Squad

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Mega BloksYankee Squad

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 143
Minifigures: Marine Sergeant, Flamthrower Marine, 2X regular Marines w/full goggle and face mask.
Accessories: Buildable Flamethrower, Shotgun, Battle Rifle, SMG; 2 regular backpacks and one communications backpack
Special Features: Turret turna 360° and pivots up/down
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from eBay for $20 (I’ll explain that later)

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The box art shows the figures and turret in a neat action scenario. No, the turret doesn’t have blast pieces attached to the front, but that would have been cool.MB Yankee Squad BOX Front
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Canon Fodder: Log of War

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
ISSUE 97

Greetings fellow lore-lovers! Thanks much for joining us again for another installation of your favorite fiction feature. Last issue, we unleashed a torrent of awesome art and accompanying background info as a deeper dive into many of the units available in the fast-approaching Halo Wars 2. Today, we take a look at a feature in the aforementioned RTS experience that regular readers of these particular pages will no doubt be intrigued by. Plus, we’ve extracted more awesome tabletop details from one of our BFFs (best fiction friend, obviously), Kenneth Peters – including some Deep Link-style lore for one of my personal favorite Sangheili ranks. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got some more behind-the-scenes Q&A with more of the folks behind Halo: Tales from Slipspace. So yeah, should be fun. Ready?

PHOENIX LOGS

One of my favorite unsung features in Halo Wars 2 is something that lore-leaning Halo fans have asked about for quite some time. Aside from a (admittedly really cool) Kinect-centric Library feature included with 2011’s Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, there hasn’t often been much in the way of a more comprehensive “codex”-style destination within a Halo game, which makes the new Phoenix Logs feature something I’m personally pretty stoked about.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Fireteam Osiris

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 couple of exceptions in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Construx Fireteam Osiris

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 144
Minifigures: Spartans: Locke, Buck, Tanake, and Vale
Accessories: Arrow of Time Sniper, Battle Rifle, Assault Rifle, “Echidna” Hydra, “Void’s Tear” Plasma Pistol, DMR, SMG, “Lawsgiver” Shotgun
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail)

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The box art is very cool. The window shows the figures prominently along with their respective named stands.MB Osiris BOX Front Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 7: McFarlane Master Chief figures

McFarlane was lucky enough to have the license to produce Halo action figures for several years. In that time they made several Master Chief figures. McFarlane is known for highly detailed sculpts and Master Chief got the full treatment of that.

Chief was made with various armor sets from the lore of Halo.  The quality of the sculpt really shows too. McFarlane did an AMAZING job!

In chronological order from lore.

Here is the armor from Halo the mini series Forward Unto Dawn. The piece you see to the bottom right was part of a Build-A-Emblem series. Once you had all the pieces you could assemble them to make the Bungie version of the UNSC emblem.anniversary2_masterchief_photo_01_dp Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Build-A-Figure Alpha Crawler

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Build-A-Figure Alpha Crawler

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows/Knees
• Swivel Torso
Cost: As this figure is made up from parts of each of the series 1 Mattel Halo figures, to get it, you either have to buy one of each figure OR you can try your luck at buying pieces through sites such as eBay. If you buy the set of figures the total cost of them is $90 for 6 figures. Each figure has one or two pieces of the Crawler, depending on which figure it is. So to nail down an actual cost to this specific figure is a little bit different. I will say it’s worth is about $15. However, the complexity by which you have to obtain the individual pieces makes this more valuable. So I put that amount at around $40.
Availability: Mass Retail

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FIrst up, you have to have all the parts. Here I’ve laid them out to show them in reference as to how they are assembled (top left). Subsequent steps at assemble show how the Crawler comes together. It’s not difficult to attach parts. However, be sure to get them put on correctly. I at first mistakingly put the rear legs on backwards….

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Series Challenger Blind Pack figures

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This brand new series is a break from the normal military lettered series. (Alpha-Foxtrot) I’m not sure if we’ll see those return or if Mega is going a new direction and naming the blind pack series differently. Regardless, we have a VERY cool new wave of figures with Challenger, so let’s take a look at each!

Mega Construx Challenger Series Blind Packs

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes building each figure
Set Piece Count: varies by figure
Minifigures: Banished Brute, Elite Zealot, Grunt Minor, ODST, Marine, Mark IV Spartan, War Master Spartan, Helioskrill Spartan
Accessories: Bruteshot, Energy Sword, Plasma Pistol, Assault Rifle, Battle Rifle, Assalt Rifle, Hydra, Trans-green Hydra
Special Features: Removable Armor
Cost: $3-3.50 US (Mass Retail) (ONE figure per pack)

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