Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Spartan Customizer Pack

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Mega Bloks Spartan Customizer Pack: Set #CNC95

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes sorting, less than 2 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 66
Minifigs: 1 base body spartan with lime green forearms and lower legs, 1 base body spartan with crimson forearms and lower legs, The following 3 armor sets in lime green (each containing a helmet, 2x shoulder pads, chest armor); Soldier, Recruit, Orbital. The following 3 armor sets in crimson (each containing a helmet, 2x shoulder pads, chest armor); Soldier, Aviator, Oceanic
Weapons: Saw, DMR
Accessories: 2X Long crates, lime green crate lid, crimson crate lid
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8

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New Halo Mega Bloks Fireteam sets hitting store shelves!

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Four of the new Halo Mega Bloks sets shown from New York Toy Fair have started hitting store shelves. The following images are credited to Liam Schwickrath. (I did a little retouching to make them less blue in hue)

First up is UNSC Fireteam Rhino.

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This set is very similar to Fireteam Eagle. The disadvantage here is that it has one less figure. That color scheme though is much better, IMO. Continue reading

Toy Review: McFarlane Halo 4 series 3 Spartan Thorne

Well, it’s been some time since I’ve been able to post a McFarlane Halo figure toy review. Not because I didn’t want to, but because it’s been a long time since a new series has been released. Now I can finally get some more of these in with Series 3 making it to retail.

The packaging is quite nice. I like the slim packaging as opposed to the wider ones from series past. For those who collect these carded, it will take up less space for sure, whether you display them or store them.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks NMPD Customizer Pack

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Mega Bloks NMPD Customizer Pack: Set #CNC96

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes sorting, less than 2 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 55
Minifigs: 2X NMPD Officers w/Black outfits/grey armor
Weapons: Sniper Rifle, Shotgun (painted), Grenade Launcher (painted), Magnum, Socom pistol, Battle Rifle, Shotgun (unpainted), Assault Rifle, 2X Frag Genades
Accessories: 2X Traffic Cones, 2X Riot Shields, 2X Weapons crates (grey w/black lids), 2X NMPD Helmets
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8

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All-new Spartan Locke Figure by McFarlane Toys

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint: 

Our partners at McFarlane Toys are gearing up for the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, and we’re excited to announce and provide the first look at the all-new Spartan Locke action figure.

HFFL: Um, not first folks….I posted pics of this from New York Toy Fair on 2/17/15. Need proof? Here’s the article I wrote. Scroll towards the bottom of that article to see my pics of this.

This 10” figure will go through a lengthy process before it ends up on store shelves later this year, so we chatted with the designers at McFarlane Toys to learn about this how figure is made.

HFFL: Hmm, again, by the pics that I took from 2 1/2 months ago as of this writing, the figure looks pretty well done…but anyway. Moving along with 343’s interview with McFarlane Toys.

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Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Master Chief (Large sized)

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This review is the fourth of the four currently at retail as of this posting. It’s Master Chief in the larger level 3 size.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour 15 minutes building, Your time will vary as I was taking pictures along the way for this review.
Set Piece Count: 161
Weapons: One Assault Rifle, Two Magnums, One Battle Rifle
Accessories: Figure Stand w/partial articulation.
Special Features: Fully articulated figure at the following points:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double hinge jointed Elbows
• Ball Jointed Wrists
• Ball Jointed Waist
• Ball Jointed Hips
• Double Hinge Jointed Knees
• Ball Jointed Ankles
• Hinge Toe cap

As well, the model includes a set of fisted hands, a set of ‘trigger’ hands, plus a third left hand that is open. This can be used to help hold the assault rifle or battle rifle.

Cost: $54.99 at retail

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Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Spartan Thorne

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This review is the third of the four currently at retail as of this posting. It’s Spartan Gabriel Thorne.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 45 minutes building, Your time will vary as I was taking pictures along the way for this review.
Set Piece Count: 110
Weapons: One Assault Rifle, One Magnum
Accessories: Figure Stand
Special Features: Fully articulated at the following:
• Ball Joint Head,
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double hinge jointed Elbows
• Ball Jointed Wrists
• Ball Jointed Waist
• Ball Jointed Hips
• Double Hinge Jointed Knees
• Ball Jointed Ankles
As well, the model includes a set of fisted hands, a set of ‘trigger’ hands, plus a third left hand that is open. This can be used to help hold and assault rifle.

Cost: $20 at retail

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Mattel to make Barbie as Cortana!

This is still in the prototype phase of development, so it’s still very much a work in progress.

I thought there already was a Cortana Barbie doll out there. Guess not. Now, I do NOT collect Barbie, but I might make this one-time exception. I mean, come on, it’s CORTANA!

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No word on when these might hit the market. The detail isn’t bad. May get better. Again, this is in prototype phase.

If I had to guess at price, I think Barbie runs around $10 or less? With this being a licensed product, maybe $12-15???

So what do you think? Would you get this?

-Sal

Oh and BTW, this is an april fools joke…

Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Commander Palmer

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This review is the second of the four currently at retail as of this posting. It’s Spartan Commander Sarah Palmer.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 45 minutes building, Your time will vary as I was taking pictures along the way for this review.
Set Piece Count: 113
Weapons: Two Magnums
Accessories: Figure Stand
Special Features: Fully articulated at the following:
• Ball Joint Head,
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double hinge jointed Elbows
• Ball Jointed Wrists
• Ball Jointed Waist
• Ball Jointed Hips
• Double Hinge Jointed Knees
• Ball Jointed Ankles
As well, the model includes a set of fisted hands, a set of ‘trigger’ hands, plus a third left hand that is open. This can be used to help hold and assault rifle (not included with this set).

Cost: $20 at retail

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Halo Toy Review: Bandai Sprukits Master Chief

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Sprukits have been out for a little while. I just haven’t had the extra funds to get them. In fact I still don’t. However, when I went to New York Toy Fair, I talked with all of the manufacturers that had a license to make Halo toys and collectibles. BanDai is one of those. I won’t mention who I talked to so as to keep them from getting unwanted solicitations for these sets. Anyway… After New York Toy Fair, I was contacted by the person at BanDai. We exchanged pleasantries and reminisced about Toy Fair a little. They they did something incredibly generous. They ask for my address and said they wanted to send me some sets. I graciously accepted their offer.

There are four sets at retail currently. At level 2 there are Master Chief, Spartan Thorne, and Commander Palmer. There is a level 3 Master Chief as well. When the person said they would send sets, I thought, well, maybe I’ll get two of them since it was plural. It wouldn’t have mattered which I would have received. I would have been thankful for any. However, when I got the box from BanDai, it included one each of all four sets! As well, they included a Sprukits T-shirt! I was a bit gobsmacked by their generosity.

This review is the first of the four that I’ll be putting out over the next week and a half. In particular, this is the level 2 Master Chief. It’s the smaller of the two Master Chief Sprukit models.

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