Build Time: 20 minutes of sorting, 1 hour 30 minutes to build.
Set Piece Count: 460
Minifigs: Yellow Mark VI Spartan w/Blue Visor, Red Elite, Brute Stalker
Weapons: Brute Mauler, Plasma Rifle, Brute Spike Grenade, Battle Rifle
Price: $42-45 depending on where you buy it from.
Special Features: Rotating cannons, transforming platform (Cobra)
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER) (Video Review at end of article)
Here’s the turret assembly that houses the batteries, lights and sounds. Again as with the Night Ops Gauss Hog that I previously reviewed, this comes with a detachable button/wire assembly.
The Shade turret in steps. This is actually turned around as the smaller post should be in the front. You’ll see in the video below that I modified the design a little to make this stand more upright. Other than that, the design of the Shade is very good. I like the MEGA has no problem with flipping pieces and showing the underside of their parts. In this case it definitely helped with accuracy when compared to the in-game model.
The Cobra completed. When you have the gun barrels on the outside as shown, they light up as yellow. Move them in to the middle and they light up as blue. (See video for that demonstration) But we’re not done yet!
Now on to the minifigs!
Next I show how the vehicle looks when transformed to a stationary platform:
The only minor complaint here is that you have to remove the back “legs” of the vehicle and reposition them instead of them just rotating into position. Still, that’s minor and the legs hold up well whether in hidden or full view. Note how the rear wheels pivot and rotate into a flat position!
Summary: The build time is not fast, but not long either and can easily be done in one sitting. The addition of the Brute Stalker minifig (my favorite in this set) is VERY welcomed. Hopefully MEAG puts this figure out again. I’m hoping as a black version. Also as the same or very similar blue version in a future minifig packet series. The Shade turret is VERY good. Sounds and lights really make the Cobra pop with ACTION! For the piece count you get a great vehicle. Even though it’s not a mainstream vehicle from the 1st person shooter games of Halo, I highly recommend getting this set. Halo Wars had some great vehicles and I’m VERY happy that MEGA continues to dive back into that game for some cool new building sets.
Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out for 10 medals. It gets that for the value, minifigs, and electronics.
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