Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Phaeton Helios Strike

Mega Construx Phaeton Helios Strike

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 35 minutes to sort, 1 1/2 hours to build (your time will vary as I take pics of the build along the way)
Set Piece Count: 569
Minifigures: Spartan Defender, Spartan Orbital,  Legendary Promethean Knight, Legendary Promethean Crawler, Legendary Promethean Watcher
Weapons: Beam Rifle (Delta skin), SMG (Pop Culture skin)
Accessories: Figure stand X4, buildable Rocket Launcher with triangles-pod
Special Features: Cockpit opens/closes, Phaeton guns can rotate, cylindrical wings can rotate, minimal stands for Phaeton to rest on, stand for Watcher to hover over.
Cost: $55-60 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.

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The box art is very cool, showing a battle scene between Spartan and Promethean forces with the Phaeton Helios right in the middle of the fray.

The back of the box shows the action feature as well as names the figures included. Continue reading

THAT Atriox Bust!

Sometime in Spring this last year (2018), I reached out to Jeremy Cook of 343 to see if he might be able to come to my annual Halo LAN. He couldn’t commit then, but said he’d try. I knew it was a shot in the dark anyway, so no worse for wear.

Early July of 2018, I asked Jeremy again if he might be able to make it. He said unfortunately no. So I had another shot in the dark… I asked him if he’d be so kind to send a sketch in his stead. This to be used as the grand raffle prize. (I started having raffles two years ago to try and recoup money spent on the LAN as we have been in the hole every year.) He kindly agreed.
I followed up with him about a week later to see the progress on the sketch. He said he had something else in mind. Something 3D. Well, I had a guess, but I didn’t want to spoil the thought, so I waited for Jeremy to tell me what it was. He revealed to me that he was making an Atriox Bust. This would be only the fourth one in existence. I was floored!

He sent me the Bust with some very important instructions. This was NEVER to be sold on eBay. This included whomever won the raffle. I immediately agreed to that stipulation.

Once unpacked, I placed the bust on a shelf of my collection for folks to view it during the LAN.  Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx “A New Dawn” Blind Bag Series


The “A New Dawn” series is the latest wave of blind bagged figures from Mega. Today we take a look at each one, along with the VERY special UNSC Frigate micro ship!

Mega Construx “Battle for the Ark” Blind Bag Series

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes building each figure, 2 minutes sort/build time total for micro ship.
Set Piece Count: varies by figure
Minifigures: Yellow-Orange Recon SpartanPink Spartan Mark VI, Blue Spartan Mark VI, UNSC Marine (green/tan), Turquoise armored Brute Minor, Orange Grunt Minor, Active Camo Rogue Spartan, UNSC Frigate (micro build)
Accessories: Shotgun, Battle Rifle, Magnum, Assault Rifle, Brute Spike, Needler, Active Camo Carbine
Special Features: Removable Armor
Cost: $3-3.50 US (Mass Retail) (ONE figure per pack OR the 37 pieces for the ship build)

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