Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Defense Point Showdown

The Defense Point Showdown set appears to be mostly a Banished version of an Anti-Air turret. As you can see by the box, the set contains 782 pieces.

It also includes a Marine, Master Chief, a Brute (Possibly Hyperius) and a Grunt. TBH, I do not know where the name Hyperius comes from. If that info is stated on the back of the box, I can not confirm it, yet.

This new Brute “Hyperius” seems to be a Spartan killer. That is, if you believe what’s on his armor. It looks like he may be wearing a Spartan helmet. That of the Scout variety. The very same that Spartan Palmer wears. Also, heavily noted in social media thus far, is his use of Spartan Locke’s helmet as shoulder armor. It’s unmistakeable that it’s the same version. The only thing missing is the yellow arrow decal. That however could have been worn off in battle.

So this leads me to wonder, what or whom else has this Brute possibly killed? In the trailer, the pilot Brohammer says “we lost”. Does this mean Infinity has been lost or at least heavily damaged? Did the Banished do that? If we go to the audio message that Halo released earlier in the week, a Brute is heard saying “Humanity will burn, their brazen defiance will be all but a memory.” Is THIS the brute saying that message? Hmm…

As we can also see, this set comes with a Mongoose. The legs of the turret look somewhat positionable. It also seems there is an action feature that allows for parts of the legs to pop off, as if bale damaged.

As with the other Halo Summer 2020 sets, this too has an alternate build.

Looks like some kind of cool Brute fighter and a small support ship that the Grunt pilots.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega’s site about this set:

DEFENSE POINT SHOWDOWN™
Features

• Large Halo Infinite inspired Banished AA turret building set with 4 poseable legs under its platform, a mounted, spinning cannon and dual-missile launcher, and push-button canister launchers
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the turret or a large fighter plane and utility craft
• 4 highly collectible micro action figures, Master Chief, a UNSC Marine, Hyperius and a Grunt Assault, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 782 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Infiltrate a Banished defense point. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, this large anti-aircraft turret features poseable legs and a spinning cannon that fires 2 missiles at once. Hit the canisters to launch them from the turret’s base and create an explosive counterattack. Or choose to build a large fighter plane and utility craft. This construction set also includes 4 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Fight the decisive battle.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box
782 bricks and pieces
4 micro action figures
Set number: GNB27

With this set having 782 pieces, I see this being $75-80 U.S. retail price.


Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: UNSC Marine Gear Pack

Thankfully, we are getting some neat little figure packs as well. This UNSC Marine Gear pack is one of those.

This set is rumored to be $15 U.S. at retail.

As you can see in this set, we get a male and a female marine as well as a Red Elite. Is this a Banished Elite? Likely, though the description for the set calls it a mercenary.

Note the muzzle flash. There appears to be a few of these as accessories in the pack.

Also of note are the interchangeable helmets and add on gear such as pouches.

Let’s take a little bit of a closer look at this accessories on the front of the package.
Here we have a few more torso armors as a communications backpack.

Next are an assortment of helmets along with a standard marine back pack (which we haven’t seen in a LONG time). What I like about the helmets are that there is a different color visor. NICE!

There are a LOT of additional pouches, thigh straps and other armor. There IS a crate included in this set to store all of this stuff. It’s a bit small though. SO we’ll see if this all fits in, when I get the set in-hand to fully review.

And finally, this pocket of nades, knives and muzzle flashes.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega’s site about this set:
UNSC MARINE GEAR PACK
Features

• 3 highly collectible micro action figures, 2 UNSC Marines and 1 Elite Mercenary, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Halo Infinite inspired building set includes a loaded equipment cache with armors, helmets, weapon accessories and a storage box
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• Bricks combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Suit up, soldier. Equip your UNSC Marine squad from an armor cache so versatile it’ll feel like you have an infinite number of modifications to choose from. This construction set features 3 combat-ready micro action figures, 2 UNSC Marines and an Elite Mercenary. Gear up with numerous armors, helmets, weapon accessories, and more – then take the enemy down.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box?
3 micro action figures
110 pieces
Set number: GRN08

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Banshee Breakout

A pic of this set just made the rounds last week and now here we are with a few more shots of it!

While this set is more rounded than it’s predecessor. I happen to like it. The front of this Banshee looks like it can take more damage. Also, note the back wing. Is that a NEW inverse rounded piece? I think so!

This set, like it’s predecessor also comes with a Spartan and an Elite. This Elite appears to be the same as the one in the Heroes 12 line. Though it is more off-white instead of grey.
I’m VERY curious about the choice of Spartan here as it has hints of Jun from Noble team with the Ghillie suit. No confirmation at all, but it would be SWEET if Jun made his return to Halo in Infinite as a Spartan again!

With this set having 218 pieces, I look for it to retail at $20 U.S.

As with all the summer 2020 sets, this too has an alternate build. It’s a Skimmer!
I kind of dig it!

Here is the official text blurb from Mega’s site about the Banished Breakout set:

BANSHEE BREAKOUT
Features

• Halo Infinite inspired Banished Banshee vehicle building set with dual missile launchers, hidden compartment that opens, and clear rod with baseplate for display
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the Banshee or a skimmer
• 2 highly collectible micro action figures, Spartan Recon and an Elite Ultra, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands, and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 218 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Back the Banished in this armored Banshee. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, this Banshee features dual missile launchers and a cockpit that opens to reveal place for 1 micro action figure. Or choose to build a skimmer to race over the ground. This construction set also includes 2 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Speed towards combat and cover your troops. 
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box
218 bricks and pieces
2 micro action figures
Set number: GNB24

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Pelican Inbound

The third of the originally shown Infinite sets from New York Toy Fair this year and now with more pics is the “Pelican Inbound” set!
This set boasts 2024 pieces and is rumored to retail for $149.99 U.S.

As previously seen, the Pelican set can also be built into a walled structure. Additionally, there is a large rocket and a forklift!

The set comes with the “Brohammer” pilot, Master Chief and a Banished styled Hunter.

There are some really cool features to this set. As seen below, you can pivot the wings up and down as well as away from the body.

This results in the Pelican opening up like this so you can get to the inside easier.

The Pelican has some great bulk to is as you would expect.

As well, there are several small details that really add to the play value and in-game comparison of the set.

In particular, I like the below shot as it’s a great recreation of the one from the trailer last year.

This Pelican is unlike any build before it. This in the way it separates. As well, note the wheels on the underside near the nose.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega’s site about the Pelican Inbound set:

PELICAN INBOUND™
Features

• Large Halo Infinite inspired UNSC Pelican aircraft building set with poseable wings, cockpit hatch, working landing gear, and a secret opening that reveals a hidden interior
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the Pelican or a UNSC compound with fortification barrier, forklift vehicle, space rocket, and more
• 3 highly collectible micro action figures, Master Chief, The Pilot, and a Hunter, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 2024 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
The Pelican is on its way. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, this massive dropship features poseable wings and other parts, a cockpit hatch, and working landing gear. Open it up to reveal a hidden interior featuring where Master Chief was brought back online. Or choose to build a huge UNSC compound with fortification barrier, forklift vehicle, space rocket, and more. This construction set also includes 3 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Prepare your heroes for battle.
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8 and up
What’s in the box?
2024 pieces
3 micro action figures
Set number: GNB28


Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Recon Getaway

Another of the initial three sets shown back at Toyfair this year, the Recon Getaway set begins us some great army builders and a 2 in 1 vehicle!

to start, we see that the set includes 2 slightly different styled marines, a Grunt minor and an Elite minor, as well as a Mongoose.

The set is rumored to retail for $15, which I think is right on par for what is offered here. Four figures and a small vehicle!

The mongoose can also be rebuilt into this craft. Now, is this a water skimmer? A small airspeeder? Either way, it looks fun. You can bet with all of these 2 in 1 vehicles that I’ll be showing both versions for your amusement and interest.

Here is the official text blurb about the set from Mega:

RECON GETAWAY™
Features
• Halo Infinite inspired UNSC Mongoose vehicle building set with rolling wheels that turn with the handlebars and room for 2 figures
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the Mongoose or a scout speeder
• 4 highly collectible micro action figures, 2 UNSC Marines, an Elite Mercenary, and a Grunt Conscript, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 123 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands
Product Description
Roll into combat – or make a daring getaway – on the UNSC Mongoose. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, this ATV features an upgraded steering system and room for 2 soldiers. Or choose to build a scout speeder to do a little recon by air. This construction set also includes 4 micro action figures that can be placed in the vehicle of your choice. Discover what lies ahead. 
Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8+
What’s in the box
123 bricks and pieces
4 micro action figures
Set number: GNB40

Halo Mega Construx PREVIEW: Warthog Rally

Just yesterday (7-1-2020) Mega finally released images and information with regards to their Summer Halo lineup. (I’d have posted it yesterday, but I’m during a kidney stone that has had me laid up for 3 days straight. In fact, I’m posting this in between when I normally take pain meds, so I can get this out to you all in a timely fashion. Pain be damned!!

Okay, let’s get started.

Pics are all from Mega’s official website.

This Warthog set comes with 4 figures. Chief, a Marine and 2 Jackals “Freebooters”. Of note with the warthog is the new suspension. Just look at the under front of the warthog to see what I mean.

The Jackals look to be to similar to the Bungie era Jackals. More bird like and less dinosaur like of the latter 343 era. I’m loving the detail on the Marine.

There is an alternate build to this set as you can see below. Now you can make the Warthog a boat as well as have pieces left over for a jet pack for Chief. No word if these are in-game assets or just Mega having liberties with their build. Either way, it’s pretty cool.

Here is the official text blurb from Mega regarding the Warthog Rally set:
Features
• Halo Infinite inspired UNSC Warthog vehicle building set with rolling wheels, cockpit, pivoting turret and working wheelbase suspension
• 2-in-1 building toy: Choose to build the Warthog or a watercraft and jetpack
• 4 highly collectible micro action figures, Master Chief, UNSC Marine and 2 Jackal Freebooters, with authentic detail, 12 points of articulation, display stands and interchangeable weapon accessories
• Ideal for ages 8 and up, this building set features detailed authenticity to strengthen creative thinking skills
• 315 bricks and pieces combine with all Mega Construx building sets and are compatible with other name brands

Product description
Feel the terrain like never before with this upgraded Warthog. Modeled after its appearance in Halo Infinite, the Warthog features a new buildable suspension that reacts to the ground underneath it. Or leave land behind by choosing to build a watercraft and jetpack. This construction set also includes 4 micro action figures that can be placed inside your vehicle of choice. Rally the troops, solider – it’s time to prepare for battle.

Ideal for Probuilders, ages 8 and up
What’s in the box?
315 pieces
4 micro action figures
Set number: GNB25

With this set having 315 pieces, I’m going to guess the retail to be around $30 U.S.

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 12

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Mega Construx Halo Heroes Series 12

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 0-1 minute building, depending on figure. Really, only the Marine needs any kind of “building”.
Set Piece Count: Varies from 21 to 27 depending on figure. See pics below for exact count for each figure.
Minifigures: Spartan Recon, Spartan Mark VII, Spartan Gungnir, Elite Ultra, Brute Warrior, Marine Sniper
Weapons: Respective to the order of figures above: Assault Rifle, To Be Named Later (TBNL), TBNL, Plasma Rifle, TBNL, Sniper
Accessories: Figure Stand (each), Marine Sniper ONLY: Backpack, Helmet, canister, pouch
Special Features: Reflective paint on figure stand
Cost: $5 US (Mass Retail) Each

Addendum: Due to multiple people infringing on my copyright of these pictures, I must now state the following: DO NOT STEAL THESE PICS! You didn’t pay for the figures, nor take the photos, edit them, nor write this review!
Sigh…why do people do this? Actually, I can answer that. They want credit for new stuff appearing on their timelines. No one except the official Halo and the official Mega Construx accounts have permission to repost. NOT ONE PERSON!
Perpetrators will be reported to source platforms/apps and there may be possible legal action.
Folks, it is RARE when I get the scoop and am first to post something new. Respect that.

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Here are all 6 carded figures. 

Here is one of the card backs. Note that Mega has gone to printing only black ink on the card back and not using a gloss finish. This is no doubt a cost saving measure. I don’t mind as we typically do not display carded figures with the card backs visible.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Spartan Grenadier Armor Pack

Mega Construx Spartan Grenadier Armor Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 2 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 33
Minifigures: Grenadier Spartan
Weapons: Gold color Grenade Launcher
Accessories: figure stand, additional standard torso armor, additional shoulder armor, CQC Helmet, Hazop Helmet
Special Features: Armor locker opens/closes
Cost: $7 US Mass Retail.

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

The front of the box shows the figure, blue locker, armor parts and gold Grenade launcher through a window. The back of the box shows the set along with 3 of the power pack sets.

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Halo Mega Construx Toy PREVIEW: Halo Heroes Series 12

Mega Construx Toy Preview: Halo Heroes Series 12

I’ve just received word today that Halo Heroes Series 12 has been found at Target! be on the lookout folks! In the meantime, the following pics courtesy of MegaConstruxNews via Timothy Jones are for you to check out. Yes, I modified them slightly to fix some of the edges cut off by the original pics. Only the packaging was altered, not contents within.

First, here are all of the six figures within Sereis 12.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: UNSC Spartan III Customizer Pack

Mega Construx UNSC Spartan III Customizer Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 2 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 66
Minifigures: Green Spartan (with variant armor pieces), Purple Spartan with variant armor pieces)
Weapons: Energy Sword, Shotgun
Accessories: x2 Long armor lockers, one green lid, one purple lid, x2 figure stands
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8-10 US Mass Retail.

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The front of the box shows most of the set’s pieces. The back shows the variant armor and how it’s attached. It also shows the Brute Banished weapons set.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Spartan JFO Armor Pack

Mega Construx Spartan JFO Armor Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 33
Minifigures: JFO Spartan
Weapons: Assault Rifle
Accessories: figure stand, additional standard torso armor, additional shoulder armor, EVA Helmet, Scout Helmet
Special Features: Armor locker opens/closes
Cost: $7 US Mass Retail.

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The front of the box shows the figure with the additional armor, armor locker and weapon within the bubble. On the back you see the set “built” as well as some of the power-up sets.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Master Chief VS Arbiter

Mega Construx Master Chief VS Arbiter

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: No build time as figures are already assembled
Set Piece Count: 51
Minifigures: Master Chief, Arbiter
Weapons: Battle Rifle, SMGs X2, Energy Sword, Covenant Carbine, X2 standard grenades, X2 Sticky Grenades
Accessories: X2 figure stands – each imprinted with the respective character’s name.
Special Features: n/a
Cost: $10 US Mass Retail.

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The front of the card shows both figures, a weapon each, both stands and a small bubble with the extra weapons included. As well, the front package art is very nicely done. Non-traditional for Mega. On the back of the card you see Halo Heroes series 11.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 3 The Turrets

This set is not just large, but has many variant builds you can create with it. As such, I’m splitting it into 3 parts. The Body, The Treads and the Turrets. After I publish all three articles, there will be links to each of the articles for the other two parts.

Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 45 minutes to sort, roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours to build. Your time will vary greatly as I took pics along the way for this review. Not to mention, each variant tread and turret has different building times.
Set Piece Count: 1014
Minifigures: Red Spartan Mark IV
Weapons: 5 different variant turrets for Scorpion, Gold 10th Anniversary Rocket Launcher for figure
Accessories: figure baseplate
Special Features: 4 different variant builds of treads
Cost: Between $70-100 US. Depending on where you purchase it from. I got mine from Target for $70.

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

The front box art shows the Scorpion in an action move. As well, on the right it shows the other turret variants.

The back of the box shows the turrets and treads, along with some of the action features for the turrets.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 2 The Treads

This set is not just large, but has many variant builds you can create with it. As such, I’m splitting it into 3 parts. The Body, The Treads and the Turrets. After I publish all three articles, there will be links to each of the articles for the other two parts.

Mega Construx Designer Series UNSC Scorpion Tank Part 2: The treads

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 45 minutes to sort, roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours to build. Your time will vary greatly as I took pics along the way for this review. Not to mention, each variant tread and turret has different building times.
Set Piece Count: 1014
Minifigures: Red Spartan Mark IV
Weapons: 5 different variant turrets for Scorpion, Gold 10th Anniversary Rocket Launcher for figure
Accessories: figure baseplate
Special Features: 4 different variant builds of treads
Cost: Between $70-100 US. Depending on where you purchase it from. I got mine from Target for $70.

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

The front box art shows the Scorpion in an action move. As well, on the right it shows the other turret variants.

The back of the box shows the turrets and treads, along with some of the action features for the turrets.

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