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)

MB Micro-Fleet Warthog Attack Package
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 2nd steps
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.
MB Metallic ODST Pod RED 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 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.

Source Link

-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

Halo Toy PRE-view: Mega Bloks UNSC ONI REAP-X Quad Walker

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Another set from MEGA Bloks upcoming 2014 Halo line has surfaced. I got wind of this from a Facebook post, thought I’m not sure who uncovered it first, so apologies to that person for not being able to give proper credit.

The set is an ONI REAP-X Quad Walker.

UNSC ONI REAP-X Quad WalkerFor those of you who collect Halo MEGA Bloks (as I do), you may recall last year being the introductory year for the REAP-X sub-line of Halo building sets. I reviewed the previous two sets here and here.

The Quad Walker marks the third set in the sub-line. So let’s talk about the image above.
Let’s start with the obvious, the walker. Since this isn’t a vehicle/mech seen in the games or as yet talked about in comics or novels, it may be a little hard for people to accept this. As a toy, however, it is fun. It’s certainly reminiscent of the Covenant Locust set from a couple of years ago.

The big difference is the front loading cockpit. The Locust set has the canopy opening from the rear. The toy uses that cool shark skin blue-ish grey that I like. As for the parts used to make this, there seems to be nothing new, just new in colors used. Now if this can transform into a hovercraft of sorts, that would be awesome. By the looks of the legs, that may be possible. Then it would deploy the legs to stabilize itself to use it’s cannons. Well, that’s the kid in me thinking out loud, LOL.

Next up, we have the gold Shade Turret. I’m glad to see another shade turret come out. The color looks nice. I hope they get to a green one eventually, as well, since that’s a game accurate color.

Now we take a look at the minifigs.

UNSC ONI REAP-X Quad Walker minifigsAgain, another gold figure, this time a Storm Elite. Even though not game accurate, I do like the gold minifigs. It’s nice to see it comes with a storm rifle. The BIG draw in this set for me is the Blue Recon minifig. This is the “Not-Madsen” figure from Fireteam Majestic, of Spartan Ops in Halo 4. Well, at least, that’s what I’m going to call it. The Incineration cannon it’s holding is also a draw for the set as it’s currently not available (though will be in one of the upcoming micro fleet sets (see here – the set at the top of the pic in the link).

No word on price, but given the size and approximate piece count, I’d guess this to be in the $20-$25 range.

As I’ve mentioned before, sub-line not based on anything known previously can be risky. I’ve seen it in Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and several other toy lines. However, the great thing about this sub-line and it being a buildable set is that YOU can rebuild it into something else entirely!

No word on release date for this set. Usually though when leaked images appear, sets are just a few weeks or sooner away from showing up on store shelves.

So what do you think of this set? Looking forward to it? Will you buy it?

-Sal

 

 

Halo Mega Bloks Mini Scarab custom!

Hello folks. I came across this custom on one of the Mega Bloks fan forums (apologies I can’t remember which one, ATM). It’s done by GoodWillHunter, of whom I interviewed here on the blog previously.

This is his take on a scarab in miniature form, ala the new line of Halo mini Mega Bloks coming to stores soon.

Mini Scarab front 3-4Here he uses a Halo mini fig for scale. So as you can see, it is indeed an even smaller version of a scarab and not to scale with the minifigs themselves.

Mini Scarab sideHere’s the side view. I love that he made use of the new style joint system. That was first introduce with the Mantis set (which I reviewed here).

Mini Scarab BackGWH (as we sometimes call him), even incorporated a detachable back piece to show the Scarab’s vulnerable core. That’s EXCELLENT detail!

And lastly, the pic below shows the mini Scarab with GWH’s other custom Scarab, that one to scale with the minifigs.

Mini Scarab comparisonI tell you, Mega Bloks really needs to hire this guy. His designs are awesome and inspiring!

Oh and just incase you want to see yet more of his mini Scarab, here’s his video of it!

Great stuff!
-Sal

 

An incredible UNSC Base made of Mega Bloks!

Here is another custom made by fellow Halo Mega Bloks fan, Dielectric. It’s a massive UNSC Base! Take the time to look at all the detail, the kinds of figures (and how many of them there are), and so on.

Here’s Dielectric’s words on his project (His words in light blue text):

I haven’t had a base take took up a whole table since I had a massive castle as a child. Since Halo Mega Bloks came out, I’ve amassed a lot of sets. The UNSC lucked out, and go a base first, although the Covenant will end up having  their own soon enough.

The base I have built is based partly around the concept art for the Highground map of Halo 3, Halo Wars base design, and Halo: Reach concept art.

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The base fills a table that is three feet by five feet. It is covered by laminate that looks like granite that I got from work after they no longer needed it. I think it worked well as asphalt.

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At a rough guess, the base ate 6 sets of Highgrounds, 2 Pelicans, 2 ‘Hawks, 2 Flood Sieges, 6 Banshee Blitz and 4 Countdowns. It is still a work in progress.

HFFL: That’s a ton of sets used for this. ANd it’s a GREAT repurposing of them, IMO!

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The pad that the Pelican is being serviced on is not actually a landing pad, but a heavy freight elevator. The elevator will lead to the underground portion of the base, which still requires a structure, which I hope to have in place by the end of the year.

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The roof of the command centre lifts off to expose the inside containing a large holo table, and nerve centre.

HFFL: This is TOO COOL! I love that Dielectric took the time to make a removable roof AND used blue translucent figures as holo table images. PURE Awesomeness!

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Finally, a ground of technicians scramble around a Pelican Gunship to make sure it is ready for its next mission. Weapon drop pods are attached to the tail for rapid re-armourment.

HFFL: I have to admit, I’m jealous of the amount of UNSC Technicians (the guys in light grey in the above pic) he has… I hope Mega Bloks uses that figure more often. I’d love to build up a couple of squads of them.

You can view these in even HIGHER detail/resolution by dropping by Dielectric’s Photobucket page here.

While I do have many of the sets he has, I wasn’t fortunately enough to get more than one High Ground set or Countdown. Mega Bloks had toyed (pun intended) with the idea of making a UNSC Firebase a couple of years back. I hope the pics of this inspire them to bring their idea back to the drawing board and hopefully release a set like this. Maybe not so big (too keep it affordable).

-Sal

Halo 4 Cover Art done in Mega Bloks style!

Halo 4 Cover Art Statue.

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This is an unofficial custom for sale. It’s very well done and resembles the larger statue made by McFarlane Toys. Though this one won’t set you back $300+ dollars. In fact the creator of this custom is selling it and donating most of the proceeds to charity. Read on from the artist, “Geek Marky”.

I tried to somewhat recreate this wonderful work of art. I sculpted the base and glues Master Chief down, his head still moves as well as his right arm for additional poses. I’ve got a AR and sword pose as well.

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This is by far my favorite project to date. So Im gonna list it on ebay and donate a large portion to charity. So don’t miss out on an opportunity to own this one of a kind scaled piece.

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On ebay!! Here is the LINK

Thanks and enjoy!

HFFL: I’d LOVE to own this little version. Gawd knows I can’t afford the McFarlane one. Wouldn’t it be cool of Mega Bloks made an official version of this? Now THAT would be a very cool exclusive!

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Ultimate Combat Pack

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Mega Bloks Ultimate Combat Pack: Set #97233

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A
Set Piece Count: 167
Minifigs: Jump Pack Brute (Cyan Active Camo), Cyan Grunt, Cyan Spec Ops Grunt, Cyan Brute, Cyan Jump Pack Brute, Spartan CQB (Green Active Camo), Green Spartan CQB, Green Flame Marine. Green Spartan Recon, Green Spartan EVA, Orange Elite Pilot, Orange Elite Commando, Orange Elite Combat, Orange Grunt, Orange Spec Ops Grunt, Black Spartan Security, Black Spartan EOD, Black Spartan Scout, ODST (Bronze highlights), ODST (Silver Highlights)
Weapons: Crimson Needler X2, Crimson Plasma Rifle, Cyan Active Camo Plasma Rifle, Grey Brute Mauler, Purple Plasma Pistol, Purple Plasma Repeater, Purple Plasma Launcher, Black Spike Grenade, Translucent Purple Plasma Grenades (X4), Green Active Camo Grenade Launcher, Silver Assault Rifle, Silver Assault Rifle (Reach style), Silver DMR, Silver Grenade Launcher, Silver Spartan Laser, Silver SMG, Silver Magnum X3, Frag Grenade X2, Flame Thrower (Silver Flamethrower, Black Hose, Green gas tank)
Accessories: 2X3 figure stands (20 pieces), Cyan Active Camo Jump Pack, Black Backpack X2
Price: $49.99 Toys R Us Exclusive (My wife got this for the discount price of $29.99 on Black Friday)
Special Features: N/A
This pack is a TOYS R US Exclusive!

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

MB Ultimate Combat Pack BOX FrontThe box is very nicely done showing the figures off quite nicely. This box art has a slightly different color scheme than we’ve seen in the past. It has green for the detail. Zoom in on the pic, especially the lower left side and you can see it. I really like this color scheme and hope we see it again.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack BOX BackThe back of the bos shows the set of minifigs on the provided pieces that make up the display stand. I really like that Mega gives that extra effort to include those parts so people that want to display them outside the package have the parts necessary instead of having to buy expensive display stands. THANKS Mega! 

MB Ultimate Combat Pack BOX Back detailA closer up pic of the figures included with their designations.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack BOX insideWhen you open up the box, there are slots on both sides that contain the long pieces for the display stand.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack BOX inside 2Likewise, the direction sheet is between the back of the box and the green cardboard insert.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack contentsThis is what you initially get when you take the contents out. Some might say it looks cool like that. But I have to take take those figs out of the plastic tray. 

MB Ultimate Combat Pack contents 2You get a plastic bag and some more parts for the display stand. Within the plastic bag are the pieces shown above. It’s neat that Mega even included 4 tiles that show various emblems on them.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack weapons CovenantHere are all of the Covenant Weapons and Accessories in the pack. I do like that Mega made the one Plasma Rifle in Crimson, as that is the Brute’s color for the weapon. Of course, I’m very happy with the translucent weapons and nades. 

MB Ultimate Combat Pack weapons UNSCHere are all the UNSC weapons (sans Flamethrower). That A/C Green Nade Launcher is AWESOME!!! I do wish the silver weapons were painted, even if two-toned. However, given the excellent price of the pack, this is minor.

MB Ultimate Combat Pack weapons UNSC 2The flamethrower assembled.

Now we get to the minifigs. First up, the Elites.MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs ElitesWhat’s cool about this is now we have Orange Elites to match the Flood infected Orange Elites that came in the Flood Siege set last year. (Which I reviewed right here: http://halofanforlife.com/?p=2531)

Next we have the grunts.
MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs Grunts
I love my Grunties! Can’t have enough of those little guys!

MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs BrutesThe Brutes are next. I’m actually digging this cyan color. I didn’t think I would, but out of the box, they look GREAT! And of course, you KNOW I was going to love the translucent Brute regardless!

We move on to the UNSC figs.MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs Spartans BlackI think Black is one of the best choices for color. They feel so Spec Ops/Special Forces/Seal Team, etc. While I am not a huge fan of the Security helmet, I know there are a lot of Halo Mega Bloks collectors that are. I AM a big EOD fan, so I’m happy to have that one.

Next up are the ODSTs and Flame Marine.MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs ODSTs MarineAs with Grunts, I don’t think you could ever have enough ODSTs. The color highlights for these two are fantastic. Not over the top team colors. Just nice metallic colors that fit well with the uniform. I’m happy that the Flame Marine comes in the green color. My favorite color for these Spartans is the default green. To me, it harkens back to the little green army men of old!

MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs Marine 2Some additional views of the Flame Marine, with the backpack on.

Finally we come to the Green Spartans.MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs Spartans GreenOkay, ONE guess which one is my favorite….LOL. First, I’m extremely happy to have CQBs. They were my favorite helmet back in Halo 3. I WISH they’d come back to Halo. Hopefully the next game! Recon is always good to have. Like the Security helmet, I’m not a huge fan of the EVA’s helmet. I think it has to do with having such a large visor. It makes me feel like they are less protected, even though they have greater visibility. Note the A/C Green CQB’s visor is painted!

MB Ultimate Combat Pack minifigs Spartans Green 2One more shot of my favorite fig in the set!

And lastly, a battle has indeed sprung up!!!!
MB Ultimate Combat Pack Battle FIN

 

Summary: No time needed to build this as it’s just the figures, weapons and their stands. The figs came pre-assembled. This is an excellent set. The mix of Covenant and UNSC is good. The further mix of Brutes, Grunts, Elites, ODST, Spartan and the Flame Marine makes this a well diversified set and an instant army!

Now you might be wondering why didn’t I make the display stand? I usually don’t. I instead use these black parts for an ongoing project….

Even if you didn’t get it for the sale price, at $50 for 20 minifigs, that still comes to only $2.50 per figure. That’s 50 cents to $1 cheaper than the single packed mystery figures and you know exactly what you’re getting in this set! If you lucked out and did get this for the Black Friday sale, KUDOS to you. I was surprised by my wife with this. She was a bit of a sneak and ordered this online. Ha, if I’d have known that, i wouldn’t have gone shopping for it. Then again, I wouldn’t have been able to help that nice family and save the mom $40 on the two packs she got for her two sons. So I guess it worked out for all anyway.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.5 out for 10 medals. The only very minor thing was the bland silver weapons. Had they been two-toned, this would have got a perfect 10 from me. Still, it’s TOTALLY worth getting, even at the full price! I’d highly suggest getting this soon if you haven’t already and are on the fence about it. It’s sure to sell out during the holidays and I don’t expect Toys R Us to get a replenishment of them any time soon.

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