New York Toy Fair Halo toy news: Mega Bloks Signature Series…

MB grey logoOkay, not much to see, but Sparky (my friend and VP at Mega Brands (makers of Mega Bloks), tweeted this pic of the Signature Series box.

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Hmm, what can it be???

Why it’s a SCARAB!!!

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I know this has been on the wanted list of MANY a Halo Mega Bloks collector, myself included. I’m SO glad it’s finally being made!!! Also, note the PROPHET mini figure! First time one has been made by Mega Bloks!!! AND Brute Honor Guards!

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-Sal

New York Toy Fair Halo toy news: Mega Bloks DIDACT

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Here’s a much better and closer up shot of the Didact figure coming soon from Mega Bloks! MB Didact Final Battle 2Considering the three characters present, I’d say this will be called, “The final battle” or something along those lines.

That’s a TON of detail on the Didact figure. Cortana is painted differently form the previous release and isn’t translucent. Master Chief is of the new Super Articulated variety with removable armor!

-Sal

New York Toy Fair Halo toy news: McFarlane

McF Toys logoMcFarlane hasn’t stopped making Halo figures, contrary to many people’s opinions.

In fact here are at least two of them begin shown at New York Toy Fair:

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Obviously this is Chief from the XBOX One trailer.

And adding yet MORE fuel to the fire of Halo 2 Anniversary coming out, here is Master Chief in his Halo 2 armor!
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-Sal

 

 

New York Toy Fair 2014 Halo toy news!!! Mega Bloks

MB grey logoFinally we have some news.

Check out this pic from NYTF of some of the new Halo Mega Bloks:

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Here’s what I see in this:
Left side middle: DIDACT figure!!! (Next to Cortana)
Left Side Middle, just under Didact: NMPD Cyclops
CENTER: Remote Controlled Mantis!!! AWESOME!!!
Top Left: Broadsword!
Bottom right corner: NMPD car
Right side middle: New Elephant or is it the Oliphant from Halo3: ODST?

Better view of the Elephant. It’s a TROOP carrying Elephant:

Elephant Troop Carrier

AWESOME STUFF!!!!!

-Sal

New York Toy Fair Halo toy news: Mega Bloks

New York Toy Fair is set to start tomorrow.

We get our first Halo Mega Bloks preview by way of text:

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MEGA BLOKS Halo® The phenomenally successful building set line is invigorated for 2014 with all-new buildable vehicles and playsets, and the introduction of the new Mega Bloks Halo super-poseable micro action figures with interchangeable armor. With over 20 new items in the range,Mega Bloks Halo offers kids and collectors enhanced play experiences based on the iconic Halo entertainment franchise. The Mega Bloks Halo UNSC RC Attack Mantis features a wireless remote control weapons system with multiple rocket launchers!

HFFL: Okay let’s break that paragraph down a bit.
“line is invigorated for 2014 with all-new buildable vehicles and playsets”
- Should it have said REinvigorated? Regardless, all NEW buildable vehicles and PLAYSETS. Okay, so I’m hoping this means with regards to vehicles, they are redesigns of vehicles already done. One exception though I’d like to see is the newer style Banshee. I prefer the smaller curvier wings to the longer straighter ones of the classic trilogy.
- Playset! YES!!! Now what location(s) could they be? There’s a TOn to choose from. Would these be smal like the Cryo Bay one for last year or larger like the High Ground set from the previous year?

“introduction of the new Mega Bloks Halo super-poseable micro action figures with interchangeable armor”
- NEW super poseable figs w/interchangeable armor? Okay, either my mind is BLOWN, or, we’re still getting the same style figures and not the scale/articulation like the COD figs have. As for interchangeable armor? OMG! YES!!! So this has me thinking Mega might just be doing a new scale size. UGH…While it’s nice to have better figures, changing scale always kills things for me. I don’t want to recollect everything all over again. We’ll have to see how this plays out.

• over 20 new items
- This could be anything from single pack figs, to multi pack figs to vehicles and playsets. Again a wait and see. Regardless, still a nice bit to collect, build and play/display.

PEWWWwwwww….
- That sound you just heard was my mind being blown away for sure by this next item.

• UNSC RC Attack Mantis features a wireless remote control weapons system with multiple rocket launchers!
- Remote Controlled Mantis!!! O.M.G.!!!!!!!! Built from bloks? I wonder if it will scrunch down and stand tall? Will it walk? Can it move it’s arms while firing the rockets? How much is this going to be?

Stay tuned to HFFL tomorrow all day. I’ll get to the bottom of Halo Toy News coming out of NYTF and pass it on to you good folks as soon as I’m able to.

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack

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Mega Bloks Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack: Set #97420

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes (includes sorting time as well)
Set Piece Count: 93
Minifigs: Master Chief Mark VI (Halo 4 style) armor
Weapons: Grey Railgun
Accessories: N/A
Price: $14.99-16.99 depending on where you buy it from.
Special Features: Back of helmet can be used as a display stand. Helmet can be used for small storage.
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

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I’ve said it many times before that I really love the white border packaging. It makes the box look clean and less cluttered. The back of the box shows the other two Micro Fleet sets currently available. 

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This side view shows how far out the helmet juts from the box.

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack ContentsHere are the contents of the box. Strangely enough, none of the bags were inside of the helmet. When you look at the box, the portion that is to the left of the helmet is where the bags are located within.

The next two pics show the helmet and attached base.MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack Helmet
MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack Helmet 2As you can see, you need to press down on the top tab to release the back baseplate.

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack SortedAll the pieces sorted out.

This next set of pics shows the build progression of the mini-rocket hog.
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MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack FINThis comes together very quickly and I had no issues with the build.

Orthogonal views of the hog.MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack ORTHO

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack 4rnr-baseHere is the mini Forerunner structure included with the set. As I explain in the video, the structure technically can stand on it’s own, but those little 1×1 slope pieces are free floating and not connected to the structure. So, I made a modification to this build as seen below:

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack 4rnr-base alt buildTo the left a mini-Forerunner ship. It kind of reminds me of an A-wing from Star Wars. The only piece not used it that 1X3 slope piece. However, add it to the back and stand it upright as shown to the right and you’ve got a structure that can stand on it’s own without any free floating pieces.

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack MinifigIf you do not have a “Master Chief” figure, then this is a good choice to get him. While not the same as the one in the Forward Unto Dawn set (which has different markings), it’s close enough.

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack Shrunken Hog“Honey, who shrunk the warthog?”

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack Complete setA neat little set.

Here’s the video review:

Summary: A quick set to build. I think there was a misprint in the number of pieces though as it’s less than 93. I’ve been asking Mega for years to make mini vehicles and ships. This is a great start. Might there be more Micro Fleet sets to come in the future? I’m betting on it.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9 out for 10 medals. If it were a little less in price it would have got a 10. NOTE: I did receive this free from Mega. So while the price didn’t affect me here, I’m still giving my honest opinion.

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 Valentine’s edition: Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Red)


Today is Valentine’s Day, so what better color set than a RED set to review!
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Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Red): Set #97420

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 11
Minifigs: ODST (Metallic Red Highlights with Black Under Armor) The red is really more rust/copper in color.
Weapons: Silenced SMG
Accessories: 2X4 Blok with Metallic Red “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 RED 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! Though this one looks more like a piece of fruit, with it being red. LOL

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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.

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

Finally here is the minifig close-up.
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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 red ink to match the minifig’s detail color. The red on the figure is more of a Rust/Copper color than straight red. I like it!

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

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Bloks series 9 blind pack Halo minifigs!

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Whew, series 8 has barely been out and now we have pics of series 9!!! I want to thank Russell and Kevin, readers of the blog for passing me the link to these.

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So let’s talk about these individually, shall we?

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6972Ah good another Brute Stalker. Honestly, I wanted more of the blue version seen with the UNSC Cobra set (I previously reviewed HERE). However, I’ll take this one for sure! Nice color AND it has a gravity hammer. YES! Now I should be able to easily collect those hammers so I can finally make a Grifball diorama!!!

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6973I am always up for more Grunts! I like the color of this little fella. Nice to have another wine color Needler as well.

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6974HOLE EEEE SH…shucks!!! OMG, this is FANTASTIC!!!!! I LOVE Skirmishers. I’ve been asking and asking Mega to make these again. Now to have an Active Camo one to boot?!?
AWESOME!!!! Just a little curious why the weapon isn’t Active Camo as well. Not a detractor at all, just curious is all. I’ve got to have 2-3 of this fig. I’m betting it’s the Ultra Rare of this wave.

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6975Sweet, an Alpha Crawler with the blue highlights. This is an excellent follow up to the regular Crawler and Watcher with blue highlights each in Series 8. 

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6976Can we haz Recon? Why yes we can! I’m always game for Green Spartans. Though I do wish this was the “Not-Madsen” color instead. Hopefully we see him done the line.

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6977Wow, we haven’t seen a Flame Marine in a LONG time, that I recall. Nice to have another one. I think it’s quite appropriate that it’s orange too. Kind of goes with the “flame” theme!

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6978Yellow Security eh? Okay, I like the color. I’m just not a fan of the helmet. Too “BUG” for me. Still, I know a lot of fans who DO like this helmet, so it’s a welcome addition to the blind pack series.

megabloks-micro-action-figures-series-9-96978-6979Hmm, a Red C.I.O. Spartan and wait, what’s that he’s carrying???? Another Gravity Hammer. AHHHH YEAHHH!!! Grifball diorama here I come!!!

All in all, this is a very good line up for series 9. Excellent army builders in the Brute, Grunt, and Crawler. A welcome return of the Flame Marine. We get three Spartans. And the gem in the series to me, the Active Camo Skirmisher!

Great selection Mega!!!!

-Sal

 

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

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Mega Bloks Metallic Series ODST (Silver): Set #97417

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 11
Minifigs: ODST (Metallic Silver Highlights with Black Under Armor)
Weapons: DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle)
Accessories: 2X4 Blok with Metallic Silver “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 Silver 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! LOL

MB Metallic ODST Pod Silver ContentsThis 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. 

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

Finally here is the minifig close-up.
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It has a great metallic sheen to it. Note 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 silver ink to match the minifig’s detail color.

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

Starting 2-13 through 2-29, a Halo toy review each day, all Mega Bloks!

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I have in my possession a few small sets, two slightly larger sets and a large-ish set from Mega Bloks that I’ll be reviewing, one per day for the next 7 days.

I received six of those from Mega Brands themselves. The other I bought through a donation to the site, for which I will graciously thank the person who donated the funds by writing the review in his honor.

So keep coming back to HFFL and check out the neat new Halo toys!

-Sal

Toy PRE-view: Mega Bloks New Mombasa Police Dept. Hornet!

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With the Nurenberg Toy Fair in full swing, Mega Bloks put up a pic on their facebook page of this cool set. The NMPD Hornet!

MB NMPD HornetThis may be just a prototype and is subject to change upon release.

I for one am EXCITED about this set! It’s Halo based, and much more into the lore of Halo, specifically New Mombasa, where much action has taken place in the games, Halos 2 and ODST to be more specific. Of course there will be figures with this set, though no picture of those have been released as of this writing.

The potential for more NMPD based sets is certainly there. I’m hoping for a NMPD Pelican!!!

So how about it folks? Any of you Halo Mega Bloks fans happy with this news?

I’d like to thank HFFL subscriber “Joe Mamma” for passing the link on to me for the pic.

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-Sal

 

Custom Halo Mega Bloks mini Scorpion

GoodwillHunter (GWH) is back yet  again! Following up his Vulture from earlier this week, GWH brings us his version of a mini Scorpion.

Here are his pics and word on the mini-project:

I knew I had to do a Mini Scorpion, but this build was on life support until I rethought an important element. I tried a half dozen approaches to reducing the treads, and even considered cutting up an actual tread before going back to some of the guide images I used to do my original Scorpion rebuild. Looking at the renderings, I realized that black angled bloks might be the best way to simulate a reduced tread. Combined with some flat plates, I think they make for a pretty good tread pod. Building them from scratch also allowed me to make the rear pods shorter than the front ones as they appear in the games. GWH mini-scarab 3-4 side front I originally wanted to do green, but for the bloks I needed and had on hand, gray was the only way to go. GWH mini-scarab 3-4 side backI used peg and hole bloks to allow the tread pods to rotate, but they aren’t loose like on the original Scorpion. The turret also rotates and moves up and down…after the treads, this was the trickiest part of the build to figure out. GWH mini-scarab 3-4 side back TURRETHere it is next to my figure-scale Scorpion for a size comparison.GWH mini-scarab COMPARISONGWH’s attention to detail, even in these mini builds is amazing.

-Sal

 

Custom Mega Bloks mini Halo Wars Vulture

GoodwillHunter (GWH) is back again with another awesome mini custom Halo Mega Bloks build. This time it’s the UNSC Vulture from Halo Wars.

For those who don’t know what this ship looks like, see the graphic below:
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Think of it as the Mammoth of the skies and space. It’s bigger than a Pelican and packs much more of a punch.

So, GWH took it upon himself to build a mini version of this spectacular starship. Here is his custom and his words on it:
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GWH: I really enjoyed building the mini Scarab, so I decided to try another reduced scale build. Looking at the bloks I had available, the Vulture seemed like it might work best, so that’s what I did.

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GWH: The cockpit and missiles determined the scale of this build. I started with a cockpit that was only 1 peg wide, but it became clear pretty quickly that it wouldn’t be in scale with the other elements of the ship.

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GWH: I wanted to keep as many features as possible, including removable missiles and the rotating front guns and rear launchers. At this size, however, a small grid plate had to stand in for the launcher’s projectiles.

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GWH: I went back to the original 4-engine design at the back of the Vulture, which actually turned out pretty well at this scale.

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GWH: It came out to about half the length of my figure-scale Vulture, so it probably wouldn’t qualify for the Micro-Fleet, but was a fun build nonetheless. I think this Mini/Micro stuff may be addicting!

Here’s another look at his full sized (mini-figure scale) Vulture:
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You can see this and more of his custom Halo creations in an interview I did with him previously. Check those out HERE!

Now what I don’t understand is why Mega Brands (parent company of Mega Bloks) hasn’t hired him yet??? He’s got some MEGA talent, fer sure! (Canadian pun there fully intended)

-Sal

McFarlane Halo 4 Master Chief Statue

My friend PensHalo was lucky enough to get this grand statue. The statue emulates the cover art from Halo 4, showing Master amid the wreckage of the Forward unto Dawn.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at his statue, shall we?

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The box is well done with graphics and shows what the model looks like inside.

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Here’s the back of the box. This shows the alternate hands you can pose Chief with. We’ll get to that in a bit.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue number 717-Gawd, he missed it by THAT much! Almost 117. That would have been AWESOME!

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue foam containter-This is what you see when you open the box. The statue comes within a large foam shell.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue Todd McF sig-A signed card by none other than Todd McFarlane himself.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue base and sword in foam-Here is the base of the model within the foam as well as the energy sword hand.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue base TOP-Ah, now we get to the good stuff! DETAIL! There’s a ton of detail in the base itself, parts, wires, etc.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue base SIDE-This is the front, showing the Halo 4 logo nicely.

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue in foam-Chief is awoken from Cryo, er…styrofoam sleep!

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue HELD-This graphic show a side, front and back view of Chief. Click to make bigger. That’s some GREAT sculpting and detail there!!!

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue hand hole and weaponsSo now we come to the alternate hands. As you can see by the left most part of the above graphic, there is a hole by which you can insert any one of the three alternate hands.

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Chief is almost ready. Just needs a weapon. Which one did PensHalo choose to display him with?

McF Halo 4 Master Chief Statue as COVER-Why none other than the assault rifle of course. He even jokingly commented that anyone displaying this statue with anything but the AR should have their statue taken away. I agree, plus their “membership card” of being a Halo fan! LOL

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Finally we see where PensHalo’s statue is fully on display. Hey! That looks like MY basement!!! (Oh, I wish…LOL)

Thanks for sharing your pics Pens. Another reader also sent photos of his statue as well that I’ll share sometime later this coming week.

-Sal