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

 

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Mantis – more details

MB grey logoLet’s take a closer look at the Remote Controlled Mantis. Pics are from figures.com. I cropped and color corrected fro clarity.

RC Mantis BoxThe boxed shot as seen on the shelf at NTYF 2014.

Same shot with the perspective fixed.
RC Mantis Box fixed perspectiveThe box says 85 pieces. If you can’t by the pics, many of the pieces are special molded parts. So this isn’t a true fully blok piece set. Does that matter though? Not to me! With lights and sounds, new articulated figure, launching rockets, etc., this sets seems ready to be a success!

RC Mantis Displayed
As you can tell, it towers over the minifies. So what can we expect to pay for this? That’s a tough call as the piece count isn’t reflective of the price with this set. Considering the electronics involved, I’d make a guess at $50. Hopefully we’ll get an answer from Mega Brands soon.

One last cool thing is that the controller for this looks much like an XBOX controller.
RC Mantis controller

So might you be getting this?

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Emile with Mongoose set!!

MB grey logoThis is definitely an unexpected set. After asking for years for an Emile figure and begin told it wouldn’t be made, here it is! I’m VERY happy about this. With Carter and Jun coming with the Elephant Troop carrier, might we also see new versions of Jorge and Kat down the line? And also a new Noble Six?? Pics are from figures.com. I’ve cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

All terrain Mongoose with Emile
A very cool looking small set. Now I am curious about that piece count though. It just doesn’t seem likely to be 90 pieces. Maybe half of that. With this in mind, I hope the set is under $10, otherwise, Mega is going to wrong direction with affordability of their product and getting into LEGO territory with priceyness of sets. Note the box clearly says “Emile” on it. No more “Not” figures. Finally named figures as they should be.

All terrain Mongoose with Emile close up
I do love the redesign of the Mongoose. This is by far the best, IMO of the Mega Bloks Mongeese to date. I just can’t get over that Emile figure, WOW!

All terrain Mongoose with Emile displayed
A little fuzzy, but still a cool looking shot of Emile on the Mongoose.

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Elephant Troop Carrier-more details

MB grey logoThere’s a bit to talk about with this set. Before that, let me state that pics are from figures.com. I’ve cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

The boxed set on display:
Elephant Troop Carrier BOX

Here’s the same shot but with perspective fixed on it:
Elephant Troop Carrier BOX fixed perspective
Now let’s talk about what we’re seeing here. First off we’re finally getting Carter and Jun from Halo Reach! I’m loving that a jetpack is include as well. Now is that UNSC Sergeant brown skinned? If so, then we’ve also got Master Sgt. Johnson! Add two more marines and a medic and this set is chock full of figures! As well there’s a mini Cortana fig. It looks like this Cortana might have a light up base as well.

This is a big set coming in at 1200 pieces. I’m hoping that this set is no more than $100, but I have a feeling it will be more around $125+.

The design/construction of this set looks to be better than the previous Elephant we got. I’m stoked for this set!

One last photo of it on display outside of the box among the other sets:
Elephant Troop Carrier Display

Mega is coming out with some big sets this year. This one, the RC Mantis, the Broadsword and then the massive Scarab. It’s going to be crazy expensive this year  to get them all.

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks NMPD Police Car, Cyclops and Hornet sets!

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Nmpd_seal outline

Wow, the New Mombasa Police Department (NMPD) is being well represented this year. It’s the first time we’ve had any sets for the NMPS and we get THREE of them! Pics are from figures.com. I’ve cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

First up the NMPD Cyclops:NMPD Police Cyclops shelf display
This is a pretty nifty little set. I like the colors of it. Cool that it uses the crowd control shield that the Mega Bloks COD line uses. And YES, we get an NMPD Police trooper.

NMPD Police Cyclops shelf close upA close up of the shot reveals better detail on the mini figure. The NMPD seal on the head and chest as well as “POLICE” on the chest really makes this figure stand out.

NMPD Police Cyclops full display
Here it is as it is being displayed among the other sets at NYTF 2014.

This set comes in at 55 pieces. The other Cyclops sets that have come before were at a price range of about $15-17 depending on where you got it from. So I expect this one to be about the same as well.

Next the NMPD Police Car:
NMPD Police Car Box shot
A very cool looking little car. Many of the cars in Halo 3 ODST took this shape, but none stood out as much as the NMPD Police car. This set chimes in at 235 pieces. With the NMPD Officer and Brute Chieftan added to the set, I can see this being marked at between $23-26. I love how Mega went with the VISR mode on the Chieftan. That’s the red outline markings in case you didn’t know.

NMPD Police Car DisplayHere is the set as display at NYTF with the other sets.NMPD Police Car Opened

And yes, it opens up to insert the officer to drive in.

Now I wonder since it’s displayed with the Helmet figure, yet shows the hat wearing figure on the box, will we get two heads for the mini fig so we can choose how to play/display it?

The third of the NMPD sets, the NMPD Hornet:
NMPD Police Hornet Box
The boxed shot.

NMPD Police Hornet Box fix perspectiveSame shot but with fixed perspective. We can see that it has 400+ pieces to it. It comes with a NMPD trooper and pilot. Man, I’m really loving this NMPD subline! This uses the new style Hornet build also seen in the Hornet Vs Vampire set (of which I’ll have a toy review on the blog in a couple of days!).

NMPD Police Hornet DisplayedA fuzzy but out of the box shot of the NMPD Hornet. WOOT!

So are you looking forward to the NMPD sets? I know I am!!!

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Flame Warthog!

MB grey logoHere’s something that I didn’t cover yesterday. A Flame Warthog! YES!! This is another of those sets I’ve wanted Mega to make for some time. It’s just cool and fun looking! Pics are from figures.com. I’ve cropped and color corrected for clarity.

Flamehog shelf display 1Once again we see that the new articulation figures are present. No word yet on how many pieces this is. Though by previous Warthog sets and that this has two figs with new articulation, I can see this set going for $25.

I like that both figures are Gungnir Spartans. Oh, on that note, it’s misspelled on the box art. I’ll have to let Mega know about that so they can fix it before it ships (if possible).

Flamehog shelf display 2The set on display on the Mega shelves. The figs look great! Dig those RED seats!!

Flamehog display 1On display with the other sets. Hmm, what’s that in the background? Why it’s an Active Camo FLOOD Elite! It’s not part of this set, so I wonder if it will be part of the blind pack series down the line or another set?

Flamehog display 2Flamehog display 3
I have to say, this set was unanticipated, but VERY much welcomed! I just hope it comes already painted and not stickers we have to put on.

-Sal

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Broadsword-more details

MB grey logoHere are some more shots of the Broadsword set. Pics are from figures.com, I’ve cropped and color corrected them for clarity.

UNSC Broadsword BOX
The box shot on display at NYTF.UNSC Broadsword BOX fixed perspectiveHere’s the box shot with the perspective fix. Note the “Super Poseable” over Master Chief. I’m a huge fan of starships. Have been since my Star Wars fan days back in the ’70s. So I took to liking this ship immediately when I used it in Halo 4. I knew immediately I wanted Mega Bloks to make it. SO glad they finally are. And it’s even better that we’re getting the DIdact with it!!!

UNSC Broadsword Didact
Speaking of the Didact, here’s a bigger closer shot of him than previously posted.

UNSC Broadsword DisplayHere is the Broadsword built and on display at NYTF. Looks amazing!

With this set clocking in at 800 pieces and having the new figure articulation as well as the Didact, I can see this set going for $90 easily. Though I hope it’s no more than $80.

So on a scale from 1-10 (10 being best), how excited for this set are you? I’m at a level 10!

-Sal