Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks REAP-X Quad Walker

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Mega Bloks UNSC Quad Walker: #97263

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour 20 minutes. This includes sorting time as well.
Set Piece Count: 335
Minifigs: Spartan Recon Dark Blue w/Red visor; Storm Elite Gold
Weapons: Incineration Cannon, Storm Rifle
Accessories: Covenant Shade Turret
Price: $32
Special Features: Quad Walker: cockpit opens and closes, double pivot points with cannons as well as slight rotation, highly articulated legs. The Quad Walker has a Walking mode and a Drop Pod mode. See video below for example. Shade Turret: Features 360° rotation as well as a pivoting gun.

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

MB UNSC Quad Walker BOX
The box front shows the Quad Walker in an action sequence, while the back shows articulation as well as the two different modes of the walker. At bottom right of the back, it also shows the other two REAP-X sets from Mega Bloks.

MB UNSC Quad Walker contentsThe contents when you open the box. Note that one bag is labeled “1” and another “3”. There was none labeled “2”. Don’t let that throw you off though as all pieces were included with this set. 

MB UNSC Quad Walker card
Here’s the REAP-X orthogonal view card that comes with the set. Each REAP-X set has one specific to the vehicle inside.

MB UNSC Quad Walker sortedThe above pic shows the pieces neatly sorted out. Note towards the top right, the large piece. That’s the same piece that makes up the lower body portion of the Mantis. It has a seat molded in it.

MB UNSC Quad Walker 1st steps BODYThis shows the progression of the build for the body of the Quad Walker. I should make mention that the color of the majority of the Quad Walker’s pieces are of a light blueish grey that has a pearlescent sheen to it. It’s quite striking.

MB UNSC Quad Walker 2nd steps LEGSThe cockpit cover is added as well as the legs assembled and attached. The legs feature a lot of articulation. There are two joints per leg that utilize the same joint system the Mantis uses. When you move them, they make a very satisfying clicking sound. As well the “toes” of the legs are slightly articulation to allow for better stability.

MB UNSC Quad Walker 3rd steps CanonHere the cannons are added. Each one features two pivot joints and can also slightly turn left and right. See video below for a demonstration of this.

MB UNSC Quad Walker Orthogonal
Above shows the finished Quad Walker in orthogonal views.

Next we move on to the Shade turret.
MB UNSC Quad Walker Shade turret steps
This is a very quick build. The base with the 360° swivel, then the base fortified. Follow that with the upper body, then the side “wings”.

MB UNSC Quad Walker Shade turret 2nd stepsAttach the upper portion with the bottom, add the gun and the turret is done!

Let’s take a look at the mini figures:
MB UNSC Quad Walker Elite minifig
This is a Storm Elite from Halo 4, done with a gold finish. On mine, the head and shoulder armor color is more of a mustard color than the rest. Not a detractor, just slightly different in color/shade/

MB UNSC Quad Walker Spartan minifigFollowing the theme of the Spartans in the other REAP-X sets, this Recon Spartan has the deep blue colored armor with a red visor. I love the design of the figure and hope to see more of it in future sets, especially as the covert ops color. I that color, we’d finally have Spartan Madsen from Fireteam Majestic, from Spartan Ops of Halo 4.

MB UNSC Quad Walker leftovers
Above shows the lone left per piece. Off to the spare parts drawer it goes.

MB UNSC Quad Walker weaponsThe set comes with a Storm rifle in purple and an Incineration Cannon in grey. This is only the second set to date to have the Incineration Cannon with it. So if you’re looking to collect at least one of every weapon, this set’s a good choice to add the “Incin” to your collection.

MB UNSC Quad Walker ActionThe Quad Walker has landed and is ready to either STOMP on the shade turret or blast it into bits!

MB UNSC Quad Walker Hello thereBut, the characters decide to become friends instead and the Quad Walker folds back up to it’s Drop Pod mode.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: This is a pretty quick build. I had no issues with the instructions, nor any difficulty with the parts fitting together properly. This version of the Shade turret is a welcome addition to my collection as are the mini figures. The Quad Walker is something different for Halo. I like that the UNSC has a walker of its own to do battle against the Covenant’s Locust. The fact that it can transform into Drop Pod mode adds some cool playability to the vehicle.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9 out for 10 medals. The only thing I didn’t like was the cockpit piece. It seemed just a little out of place with the rest of the walker. Everything else works for the set and I’m happy to have it.

I should mention that this set was sent to me by Mega Brands, so a very respectful Thank You to the fine folks at Mega!

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC Hornet Vs Covenant Vampire

Before I get into the review I need to thank my friend, fellow gamer and subscriber to the blog “PensHalo.” Through his generous donation at Christmas I was able to get this set. Without it, I likely would still not have this set. So MANY MANY THANKS to you Pens! This review is dedicated to you man!

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Mega Bloks UNSC Hornet versus Covenant Vampire: #97123

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: I have to go by an approximation this time folks as I didn’t keep track of my build time. Considering the piece count plus sorting, I estimate the time to be about 2-2 1/2 hours total.
Set Piece Count: 684
Minifigs: Spartans: Red Recruit, Green C.I.O., Green Warrior; Covenant: Copper Storm Grunt, Copper Storm Elite, Silver Elite Zealot (Halo 4 style)
Weapons: DMR, SAW, Sticky Detonator, Needler, Beam Rifle, Energy Sword, Storm Rifle
Accessories: N/A
Price: $55-83 (Target and Wal*Mart are the low end while Toys R Us is at the high end, so shop around for the best price)
Special Features: The Vampire’s cockpit can open and close. The side prongs can turn in all directions. The Hornet’s cockpit slides back and forth. It has electron lights and sounds that are motion activated. The ends of the wings can swivel 360, while the engine turbines within can pivot left and right.

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

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Box FrontThe packaging shows off the vehicles nicely and the minifies can be seen through a transparent window. There is also a “Try Me” button just above the figures.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Box BackThe back of the box shows the pivot points of both ships as well as the figures included. Along with that there are several text blocks that describe various aspects of the set.

Speaking of, here are two such text blocks:
MB Hornet Vs Vampire Box Detail

MB Hornet Vs Vampire ContentsAbove shows the contents of the box. The set comes with two instruction manuals. One for the Hornet, the other for the Vampire.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire ElectronicsThis pic shows the blok piece that houses the electronics.
1. This is how it is in the plastic bubble. Do not try to force this out as you make damage the piece. Instead take some scissor and CAREFULLY cut away the bubble plastic.
2. This shows the connection between the temporary “Try Me” button and the electronic piece.
3. Here you see that the “Try Me” wires are easily removable.
4. This shows the activation button for the electronics.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire SortedHere are all of the pieces sorted out. I had just enough room for all of them on my build table. If you plan on building this all in one night, you may need a large table. Kids get permission from your parents to use the dining table. Guys, get permission from your wives or girlfriends to do the same…LOL. Ladies, you do not need permission.

Now we start off with the build of the Hornet.MB Hornet Vs Vampire 1st steps SKIDThese first few steps show the progression of the skids.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire 2nd steps CockpitHere the main part of the body takes shape.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire 3rd steps WingsMore of the body along with the tail of the Hornet.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Turbine assemblyHere is the build for the revamped turbines. It’s a fantastic upgrade from it’s predecessor. Not only do the wings turn 360°, but the turbines within pivot left and right as well. Really great redesign!

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Turbine rotationThis pic shows the articulation of the wings. Pretty cool, huh?

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Body-Skid assemblyIn this pic we assemble the skids to the body. At the top right, you see how you will need to slide the skid part over the small pin. This helps to lock it in place. On the bottom right, I suggest you assemble that particular piece as shown. Snap in 1, then pivot the piece in place to point 2. This can be a little tricky, so kids, get your parents to help.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Ortho-HHere is the Hornet in orthogonal views. I am really REALLY happy the Mega decided to come out with a new Hornet!

Now let’s move on to the Vampire build.
MB Hornet Vs Vampire V-1st steps
The series of pics above show the progression of the lower portion of the body of the Vampire.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire V-2nd stepsIn this series we see more of the top being built, while on the bottom, landing skids are put into place. Those skids make it seem like the Vampire is hovering low from where ever you have it displayed. 

MB Hornet Vs Vampire V-3rd steps FINThis shot shows the finished Vampire (sans stickers) with it’s cockpit closed then opened.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Ortho-VOrthogonal views of the Vampire. As you can see it has a thin profile top to bottom.

Next let’s look at the mini figures included.MB Hornet Vs Vampire Minifig trayThis is the plastic tray that the figures come in. I’ve cut away some of the tray to make it easier to get it all in one picture.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Minifig CoviesHere are the Covenant minifies. From left to right in each pic are: Storm Elite, Elite Zealot (Halo 4 style), Storm Grunt. The pieces I have them standing on are part of the left over pieces that I’ll get to momentarily.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Minifig SpartansHere we have the Spartans included. They are from left to right: Warrior, Recruit, C.I.O. I happen to be a fan of the recruit style armor as it’s a great transition between the ODST armor and spartan armor. 

MB Hornet Vs Vampire LeftoversAs mentioned, here are the leftover pieces. That’s a good bit of pieces. One thing I am VERY happy with is that Mega has given us tan camp pieces that are used to prop up the ships during the build. Afterwards, they make for great pieces to add to dioramas to blend in with the ground baseplates. THANKS Mega!

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Mini VampAs always, I try to make something out of the leftovers. Above left is a mini-vampire, above right is a mobile plasma refueling station and at bottom a rock wall with green foliage. Okay, use your imagination on that last one, LOL.

MB Hornet Vs Vampire Plasma refillThis shows the mobile plasma refueling at use.

For comparison here is a shot of the previous build (photo from SpartanBloks), as well as two graphics from the in-game Halo Wars ship.

Here is a pic of the previous Mega Bloks Vampire. That set number is 96853:
96853 Covenant Invasion Vampire
As you can see the older version’s wings aren’t as curved and the prongs on top of the cockpit are translucent blue, not pink.

T-29 Close Support Fighter Vampire
Halo Wars Vampire
As you can see the top one has blue prongs while the bottom has pink. So neither is incorrect.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: You can build this set in one sitting. Though if you’re a little pressed for time, might I suggest building one of the ships one day, then the other another day. It makes it feel like you have two sets that way and can be even more satisfying. The Vampire’s redesign makes it look a lot more slick than the previous build. While the same can be said about the Hornet, it’s redesign is even better! The electronics are pretty neat. For me, it’s the new turbine design that really notches this vehicle up there.

As I mentioned above, check around for the best price as Target and Wal*Mart are much lower than Toys R Us for this set.

Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out for 10 medals.

With 6 figures in this set and two ships, you’re really getting a great set that’s ready for battle in the air as well as on the ground. I thoroughly enjoyed building this and it will be displayed proudly with my other Mega Bloks sets.

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

New Halo SWAG coming VERY soon!

Some of this you may have seen in my coverage of New York Toy Fair. The rest are some things I’ve just learned about last night. So let’s take a look at the Halo SWAG coming soon!

Halo 4 UNSC Fleet Officer BagFleet Officer Bag
This very cool looking messenger bag is 13 inches tall by 12 inches long and has adjustable shoulder straps.

It resembles the UNSC Fleet Officer uniform at the torso. The interior can fit tablets from sizes up to 11 3/5 inches tall by 7 1/4 wide by 1/2 inch thick.

The bag also has a detachable swivel clip key chain.

This will be available for purchase April 2014 at various online retailers for approximately $60. It’s already up on some sites for pre-order, so check around if you plan on buying it!

While awesome looking, it’s out of my price range. So, I’ll have to wait for it to go on sale.

UNSC Warthog Messenger Bag
UNSC Warthog messenger bag
This  messenger bag fits in with any UNSC display. It is 16 inches long by 13 1/4 inches tall and can fit Laptops up to 15 inches. It has a mesh pocket and has adjustable shoulder straps. The messenger bag also features a hard shell with a nylon interior. It also comes with a detachable swivel clip key chain.

This will also be available for purchase April 2014 at various online retailers for approximately $70. It’s available for pre-order on some websties, so check around if you plan on buying it!

Halo 4 Ammo Crate Tin Lunch Box
Ammo Crate tin lunch box
Want to deter people from getting to your lunch? Heh, well this Ammo Crate Lunch box may do it. Just be aware, you’ll probably get some strange or even frightened looks by your co-workers…

This top loading tin is safe for food storage (providing you put it in the fridge), and boasts a hinge/clasp opening. It is 8 5/8 inches long by 6 3/4 inches tall by 3 1/5 inches wide. The tin also comes with reusable sandwich bags.

This will be available for purchase April 2014 also at various online retailers for approximately $30. It’s already up on some sites for pre-order, so check around if you plan on buying it!

I want this! 

Collectible Key Chains
Halo Collectible Keychains
These key chains are sure to be a nice addition to your collection.

I plan on getting the Master Chief and Guilty Spark ones. Those both retail for $13 while the silver Mark VI retails slightly higher at $15 due to it’s zinc alloy with pewter finish. Each one is approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

These too are available in April and can be pre-ordered from various websites.

UNSC Warthog Key Chain
UNSC Warthog Keychain
This cool looking key chain has a canvas strap with a carabiner clip on one end and the key chain clip on the other. The UNSC logo is made of molded rubber.

It retails for $15 and will be available in April. Check websites for pre-order info.

I’d like to get this, but it’s a little expensive in my opinion. So I’ll wait for a sale on it.

UNSC and Forerunner Lanyards
Lanyards UNSC-Forerunner
These both retail for $6 which puts them well into just about anyone’s budget.

The UNSC lanyard has a transparent UNSC Infinity access card that has foil stamping on it. The lanyard is 15 inches long and the card is 4 inches tall by 2 1/10 inches wide.

The Forerunner Lanyard is also 15 inches long and comes with a rubber molded Forerunner/Reclaimer piece that is 2 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide. It also comes with an ID sleeve for you Convention passes!

I definitely want both of there.

Halo Key CoversHalo Key covers
Each Key Cover retails for $6 separately. As you can see above, it has graphics on one side with either graphics or words on the other side.

Sizes vary depending on which key cover you get. They will be available in April as well.
Here’s a look at the Master Chief key cover with a key inside for reference.

Master Chief Key cover w-Key
I’m not typically one for key covers, but I wouldn’t mind having a set of these. Though at $6, I’ll wait for a sale on them.

So that’s some pretty cool swag coming in April. Ranging from affordable to expensive, there is something there for every Halo fan (for life).

So what do you folks like in this bunch of swag and what might you be buying?

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Rapid Attack Ghost

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Mega Bloks Rapid Attack Ghost: Set #97213

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes or less (includes sort time)
Set Piece Count: 104
Minifigs: White Elite Zealot (Halo 4 style), Steel/Blue Recruit (This is Spartan Thorne from Fireteam Majestic of Spartan Ops in Halo 4)
Weapons: Olive green Spartan Laser, Pink Energy Sword
Accessories: N/A
Price: $11.99
Special Features: Swivel gun mounts and wings on Ghost
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

Rapid Attack Ghost BOXThis set some is a small box, yet manages to show the set quite nicely. 

Rapid Attack Ghost contentsHere are the contents of the box. I’m not sure why there dis a red “1” on the bag in the top left corner. The instructions do not refer to it as such. Meh, no biggie, just curious is all.

Rapid Attack Ghost sortedHere are all the pieces sorted out. Everything was account for and I even sorted them as they appear in the instruction manual. It didn’t take long at all to sort these pieces, just a few minutes.

Rapid Attack Ghost stepsAs you can see from the above pic, the ghost comes together easily and pretty quick too.

Rapid Attack Ghost FINThis by far is my absolute favorite of any of Mega Bloks Ghost designs to date.

Rapid Attack Ghost weaponsHere are the two weapons included. I’d have liked a painted Spartan Laser and a blue sword instead of pink. Those are minor points though. It’s not enough to detract me from having wanted this set. Oh on that note, I need to thank my wife for buying this set for me.

Rapid Attack Ghost orthoOrthogonal views of the ghost.

Rapid Attack Ghost Elite orthoHere’s the white Elite Zealot. It’s a good figure. I hope Mega Makes this in Black eventually as it would be Jul M’Dama. Well that and he’d need a little hard light symbol above the helmet. Anyway, here’s hoping!

Rapid Attack Ghost Recruit orthoI’ve said before that I love this color for Spartan Armor. I call it “Shark Skin” though in the collecting community it’s referred to as Covert Ops. Regardless of what you call it, it’s a sweet looking figure. The fact that it’s Spartan Gabriel Thorne from Halo 4’s Fireteam Majestic of Spartan Ops, makes this a HIGHLY desirable mini-fig. The only Spartan from Majestic that needs to be made now is Madsen, the sniper. We got Hoya and Grant in the new electronic Pelican (which I reviewed HERE) and DeMarco is the ultra rare mini fig in Series 8 of the blind pack minifigs.

Rapid Attack Ghost leftoversThese were the parts left over. Not much could be built from that, so they went into my spare parts drawer.

Rapid Attack Ghost Action sceneThe ghost is rapidly attacking! (See what I did there?)

Rapid Attack Ghost Hello thereHello there!

 

Here’s the video review:

Summary: This is a very good small set. Quick and easy to build. You can be playing and/or displaying it in about 10 minutes. The ghost is the best design Mega has ever made for the ship.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.5 out for 10 medals. Ever so minor is that pink energy sword. I’m just not a fan of that color. Otherwise, everything else in the set is great!

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion

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Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Green): Set #97270

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 5 minutes or less (includes sort time)
Set Piece Count: 80
Minifigs: Silver Mark VI (Halo 4 style) Spartan
Weapons: Incineration Canon
Accessories: N/A
Price: $14.99
Special Features: Micro-build Shade turret
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Package
All of the micro-fleet sets to date have this same style package design. It shows off the collectible helmet nicely as well as the figure, micro Mantis and micro shade turret.

A view from the side of the package to show how far the helmet juts out.
MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion SIDE

Here are the contents of the package. Note that the bags are not in the helmet, but rather are in the other portion of the box.
MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Contents

Here are all the pieces sorted out.
MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Sorted
Such small piece, yet they make for an incredible Micro Build…

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Shade turretAbove is the micro Shade turret. Given the scale size, Mega did an excellent job of design with this!

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion 1st stepsThe “head” and chassis of the Mantis. At this point two points of articulation have been designed into this. One being a waist swivel and another to bend just under the head.

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion 2nd stepsLegs are built, put on, then arms are built. Each leg has an amazing FOUR points of articulation to them. That’s fantastic for a micro build!! Each arm has THREE points of articulation!

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion FIN
The micro-Mantis is built and ready to wreak havoc on the battlefield!

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Crouched-StandingHere is the Mantis in it’s crouching (undeployed) stance vs it’s fully deployed stance.

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Ortho MantisOrthogonal views of the Mantis. At full height it’s right around 3″ tall. That’s a full inch taller than the mini figures.

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Ortho minifigHere’s the Silver Mark VI in orthogonal views. Nicely painted mini fig. Love that Incineration canon! Tons of detail there.

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion Ortho ShadeThe Shade turret in orthogonal views as well. I particularly like the wine color of the pieces. It matches the color of both the Revenant (which I review here) and Spectre (which I reviewed here) sets.

MB Micro Fleet Mantis Invasion complete setAnd here are all the component parts.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: This is a fantastic little micro build set. I had fun building it and seeing how the articulation came together for the Mantis. Without a doubt THIS is my all time favorite micro-build, not just of Mega Bloks, but ANY building block toy.

Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out for 10 medals.

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Green)

With my coverage of New York Toy Fair coming to a close, I’ve still got Mega Bloks toy reviews to do. Here is the last of the 4 current Metallic ODST/drop pod series.

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Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Green): Set #97419

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 11
Minifigs: ODST (Metallic Green Highlights with Grey Under Armor)
Weapons: Magnum
Accessories: 2X4 Blok with Metallic Green “Halo” printed on one of the long sides.
Price: $4.99
Special Features: Two-part Drop Pod mold (Not a buildable drop pod)
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

MB Metallic ODST Pod GREEN Package
The packaging is the drop pod itself, which is a two-part mold. There is a thin sheath of clear plastic that surrounds the pod to keep it intact while hanging on pegs, while waiting to be bought. I just like how they look like hand grenades!  The metallic green paint looks great. It makes me think of this ODST as a cross over from being a marine to an ODST.

MB Metallic ODST Pod GREEN Contents
This pic shows the contents of the pod, as well as the pod separated into it’s respective two pieces. The minifigure does not come assemebled. It takes no time at all to put it together though. Same as the others, with the exception of a Magnum for the mini figure.

The insert sheet shows all four of the sets.
ODST Pod COMMON Poster

Finally here is the minifig close-up.
MB Metallic ODST Pod GREEN Minifig

It has a great metallic sheen to it. I really like the teeth markings above and below the visor. The blok the fig stands on comes with it and is imprinted with the word “Halo” on it, in Metallic green ink to match the mini fig’s detail color. The green ink is a nice medium toned green. Not too light nor dark. These ODST drop pod figs are really well done.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: No time needed to build this as it’s just the figure, weapon and its’ stand.

Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out for 10 medals.

For the money, this is a good deal. Consider that the single blind pack minifigs are $3-4, for the same or maybe a dollar more, you get the two-part drop pod. If you’re a fan of ODSTs then these are the sets for you!

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks ODST Wombat

MB grey logoA very cool new little entry into the Halo line is this Wombat. It’s also called an Osprey and more technically the F-99 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.

ODST Wombat box
It’s a small set with an ODST and the drone itself. Depending on cost, this could be an army building set. I expect it to cost about $10-12.

ODST Wombat box 2
Here’s another shot from a higher up angle. If you squint you can barely make out the name of the set being “ODST Wombat”.

ODST Wombat displayedHere it is display with the ODST figure underneath it.

This is a neat entry into the line as I said at the beginning. It’s a rather obscure little vehicle, but pretty cool nonetheless. Pics are from Figures.com. I cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

So will you get this set? For sure I want it. Now if I could just get more of the ODSTs themselves…

You can read up more on this vehicle HERE.

-Sal

 

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Series 10 Blind pack figures

We’ve barely just got series 8 in stores, then series 9 is announced and now series 10!!! WOW, that’s a lot of Halo minifies to collect. (And I like it!)

MB grey logoWell, let’s see what we have here (click pics to make bigger):
Series 10 blind pack figs w-numbers
1. Blue Enforcer Spartan (Halo 4 style)
2. Translucent Orange Recruit Spartan
3. Marine large helmet (Halo 4 style)
4. Translucent Smoke ODST
5. Arctic Camo Gungnir Spartan (AWESOME)
6. Translucent Purple Jackal (What? VERY COOL!)
7. Commander Sarah Palmer YES!!!
8. Gold Mark VI Spartan with silver visor
9. Brute Captain
10. Active Camo transition Brute Stalker (First transitioning A/C figure!)
11. Purple Storm Grunt
12. Green Spartan Pilot

Here’s two more shots of these, the first is a composited shot from 3 files, cropped for clarity:
Series 10 COMP
Series 10 blind pack figs
With exception to the Grunt, Jackal and A/C Trans Brute, the rest all look to have the new articulation.

I’m really stoked for Palmer, Arctic Camo Gungnir and the translucent figs. I’m not at all disappointed in the rest though. Great army builders all!
Pics from ToyArk.com

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Halo 4 Marine Weapons pack, Elite & ODST Drop Pods

MB grey logoThis Halo 4 Marine weapons pack is different than the one release just a short time ago. The biggest difference is that it has the new articulated mini fig.
Halo 4 Marine weapons pack
This is a GREAT set for several reasons.
• Army building Halo 4 style Marines
• Stocking up on mini-fig weapons
• Sandbags. YES, SANDBAGS!

Man, if I can afford it, I’d love to have 10 of this set!!
Pic from figures.com. Cropped and Color Corrected for Clarity.

Here are two new pods coming. You saw the copper ODST pod yesterday. Here’s a better shot of it:
ODST copper drop pod
You can see it too has the new articulation for the mini fig.

Here is a new Elite pod:
Purple Elite Drop pod
Is that Metallic Purple paint? Why YES it is!

What I really like about these pods is that they are MUCH less in price than the originals. I’m happy that Mega saw that many collectors didn’t really need to have the blok built pods. This allows Mega to crank out more pods and be less expensive, giving us more figures to collect. THANKS Mega!

-Sal

 

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Spartan Assault 4-pack and Sniper Crawler set

MB grey logoWe’re getting a 4-pack from Spartan Assault. However, given the character selection in this set, it really could be from anywhere. That isn’t a detractor, just a statement.

Spartan Assault 4-packFrom right to left we have: Spartan Pilot, Brute Captain (awesome!) Gold Storm Elite, and an Active Camo Brute Captain with A/C Bruteshot (shown upside down in the pic, LOL). It’s a nice selection, though I would have loved to have that Brute Captain (painted) to be in one of the blind pack series as I’d like to have 3-4 of it. This set should retail for around $12-14. Pic from ToyArk.com

Next we have the final Crawler needed to be made, the Sniper Crawler.
Crawler Snip set
In this pic from ToyArk, we see that the set includes a Sniper Crawler, Binary Rifle, Light Rifle, 2 Pulse Grenades (never been made before!), a clear blue baseplate, and what I’m assuming is a Forerunner turret. At first I thought is was a Sentinel, but clearly by the design it’s not. I expect this set to retail for $7-8.

I definitely want 2-3 of those crawlers sniper sets! Now with the regular and Alpha crawlers also being done with Blue highlights, I think it’s only a matter of time before we see this one as well with the blue highlight treatment.

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Fireteams Crimson and Venom

MB grey logoHere are two very cool multi-packs coming soon. These both have the new style articulation.

Up first, Fireteam Crimson:
Fireteam Crimson
Spartan minifies shown are from left to right: Enforcer, Mark VI, Scout, Orbital (EVA), Recruit
Photo from ToyArk.com

New is Fireteam Venom (a NEWLY named Fireteam!):
Fireteam Venom
Spartans in green from left to right: Commando, Gungnir, Oceanic (COOL!), Scout
pic from ToyArk.com

Additionally, there is a fifth Spartan in this not shown in the pic above. This pic from Figures.com shows the figures rearranged. Then additional one (Bottom middle), looks to be a Spartan Warrior. I’ll try and get clarification on that.
Fireteam Venom fig-com

I’m VERY happy that we’re getting Fireteams. Now if only we could get Fireteam Majestic… Yes, we’ve been slowly getting them in sets, but they are of the older articulation. If I’m going to get these Fireteam sets, I want Majestic and in the new articulation.

-Sal

Yet more New York Toy Fair Halo stuff!

Here are some various pics from New York Toy Fair 2014. Pics from Halowaypoint.

We’ve seen quite a bit of Mega Bloks and I’ll be showing more stuff through out the day. In the meantime here’s a new view of the Scarab and Broadsword.

MB Scarab day 2Just look at that detailing!!!

MB Broadsword day 2Have I said I like spaceships? LOL

This Master Chief prototype statue from Kotobukiya looks fantastic, but is sure to be a bit pricey.
Kotobukiya Halo Master Chief ArtFX Statue prototype

Another keychain from Crowded Coop:
Reclaimer Key Chains

Speaking of keychains, the Cortana light up chip is available for pre-order:
Cortan Chip Key Chain
You can pre-order from HERE.

Stay tuned for more New York Toy Fair Halo stuff throughout the day. I’ll also be posting a Halo Mega Bloks toy review or two. And of course and breaking Halo news!!!

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Blue)

I had intended to post this yesterday, but with all the excitement of New York Toy Fair and all the Halo Mega Bloks goodness, well, I was plenty more than busy…

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Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Blue): Set #97418

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 11
Minifigs: ODST (Metallic Blue Highlights with Black Under Armor)
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: 2X4 Blok with Metallic Blue “Halo” printed on on of the long sides.
Price: $4.99
Special Features: Two-part Drop Pod mold (Not a buildable drop pod)
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

MB Metallic ODST Pod BLUE Package
The packaging is the drop pod itself, which is a two-part mold. There is a thin sheath of clear plastic that surrounds the pod to keep it intact while hanging on pegs, while waiting to be bought. I just like how they look like hand grenades!  The dark “shark skin” blueish grey is a good color for this pod. 

MB Metallic ODST Pod BLUE Contents
This pic shows the contents of the pod, as well as the pod separated into it’s respective two pieces. The minifigure does not come assemebled. It takes no time at all to put it together though. Same as the others, with the exception of an Assault Rifle for the mini figure.

The insert sheet shows all four of the sets.
ODST Pod COMMON Poster

Finally here is the minifig close-up.
MB Metallic ODST Pod BLUE Minifig

It has a great metallic sheen to it. I really like the teeth markings above and below the visor. The blok the fig stands on comes with it and is imprinted with the word “Halo” on it, in Metallic blue ink to match the mini fig’s detail color. Blue on this figure is a nice dark blue. Not too dark though. These ODST drop pod figs are really well done.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: No time needed to build this as it’s just the figure, weapon and its’ stand.

Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out for 10 medals.

For the money, this is a good deal. Consider that the single blind pack minifigs are $3-4, for the same or maybe a dollar more, you get the two-part drop pod. If you’re a fan of ODSTs then these are the sets for you!

You can see this set and more at Mega Bloks Halo product page HERE.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of the review. If you have this set yourself, please give me your thoughts on it too!

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Flood Invasion

MB grey logoThis is an excellent army building set for flood figures! Pics are from figures.com. I cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

Flood InvasionThe boxed pic.

Flood Invasion fixed perspectiveSame pic, fixed perspective. At first I thought this was another Floodgate set. It looks similar. It definitely fits right in with that set.

Flood Invasion DisplayedAs you can see this set comes with MANY flood figures. Two carrier forms, one tan, one brown. Looks like 9-10 infection forms, split between tan and brown. There’s the Elite flood on the Ghost, and whatever that is clinging to it. By the box shot, it may include another Elite flood. The gem is that Tank Pureform Flood though. Also it has two Marines in the new super articulated form. 

Flood Invasion Flood pureform
Just look at the beauty that is that Tank Pureform!

Flood Invasion GhostReally…what IS that clinging flood thingy on the ghost? LOL. 

The set has 286 pieces and most seems to be the figures. Beyond these there are some great scene pieces like two explosive crates, plenty of sandbags, and a machine gun turret. If you go by piece count alone the set should be around $30. Considering the amount of figures, the ghost and the playlet, I can see this easily being $40+ (though of course I’d rather have it be $30).

Again, such a GREAT set to army build your flood figures! So what are your opinions folks? Like it? Getting it?

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Micro Fleet Falcon

MB grey logoI knew about this set several weeks ago but wasn’t allowed to release the information. Now that it’s been photographed at Toy Fair, now I can talk about it. Pics are from figures.com. I cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

Micro Fleet Falcon BOX
This set rounds out the micro fleet sets that we know of so far this year. We already had Green, Silver and Red, now we get the Blue helmet. I’m totally loving the mini Falcon. Great design for a mini build!

Micro Fleet Falcon Displayed
The set displayed, it shows the spartan with a sniper rifle. I believe the little turret is the kind found on Snowbound from Halo 3.

Micro Fleet Falcon Minifig close upWhat is important to note of this mini fig is that it’s the NEW design, not the classic version. This will throw off your figures matching in all 4 sets. That’s not a detractor for me though. Note the two-piece mold for the chest armor.

So are you liking the micro fleet sets? I have the Rocket Hog set, which I reviewed HERE. As well I have the Mantis set which I’ll be posting a review for on the blog tomorrow.

-Sal