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

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

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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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

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
On the back of the box there are a few details to take note of, which I will show close-up below. Continue reading

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

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 10; Mattel’s Spartan Air Assault

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Spartan Air Assault

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: Hydra, Magnum
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)

The Air Assault Spartan is one of two UNSC non-character figures in this first series from Mattel.

As with all the other figures in this series, the Air Assault Spartan is shown prominently through the large window on the front of the box. The back shows the figure without any armor, as well as the build-a-figure Crawler. (I will have a seperate review for the Crawler once I’ve completed the regular figures from this series.mt-air-assault-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 9; Mega Bloks Covenant Wraith Ambush

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 Bloks Covenant Wraith Ambush

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 30 minutes sorting; 2 hours building
Set Piece Count: 640
Minifigures: Elite Minor  (Silver, 343 style); Elite Commander (Silver, 343 style), Red Helljumper Spartan
Accessories: Storm Rifle, Energy Sword, Saw, Railgun, Target Locater, BUildable Missile Pod, UNSC weapons drop pod
Special Features: Front hatch opens/close; forward “mandibles” on wraith have ball joint that allows for some movement of them; rear plasma cannon hatch folds open and close, cannon pivots up/down, plasma turret rotates; small fins on either side near mid of wraith have ball joints that allow for repositioning; extra plasma shells stored on rear sides of wraith; plasma shells can be fired
Cost: $50 US (Mass Retail)

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

The front of the box shows a cool action shot. Note, the energy effect on the bottom of the Wraith is just a part of the box art and not an actual part of the set. mb-covie-wraith-atk-box-front Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 8; Mattel Spartan Locke

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Spartan Locke

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: Battle Rifle, Plasma Caster
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!)

Locke is one of the figures in the first series of Mattel Halo action figures. The package comes with a “build-a-figure” piece of a Promethean Crawler.

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

As with the other Matel Halo Action FIgures, the packaing here is good. The large window on the front allows people to see everything included. mt-spartan-locke-box Continue reading