Build Time: 1 hour of sorting, 4 hours 15 minutes to build. Total 5 hours 15 minutes.
Set Piece Count: 1161
Minifigs: Spartan Pathfinder (Spec Ops color – Spartan Grant though not named as such); Spartan Operator (Spec Ops color – Spartan Hoya though not named as such); Spartan Scout (Silver color – Sarah Palmer though not named as such); Electronic Promthean Knight Battlewagon
Weapons: Shotgun, 2 magnums, 2 SOCOM magnums, DMR, 4 frag grenades
Price: $68-110 depending on where you buy it from.
Special Features: Front and back cockpit window hatches pivot up/down; VTOL (4) thrusters rotate; wings rotate; top access hatch open/closes; gun mounts rotate; rear landing gear pivots down; main engines rotate; rear hatch opens/closes; side weapon access door flips up/down; vehicle attach post pivots down/up
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER) (Video Review at end of article)
After roughly an hour, I got the pieces all sorted out. Only one part was missing and one a little deformed. I called up Mega Bloks customer service and they are replacing them. I should receive them shortly.
Here is the attachment of part of the cockpit, transitional piece and body. Note the pins are green. Hard to tell from the instructions. Also, shown bottom right is where the temporary electronic connection is for customer testing through the green button on the front of the box.
Ah, step 95…this is where I made a mistake. I put on the other part instead. After building the whole wing, I realized it was wrong and had to take it apart somewhat, add the correct piece and rebuild. This is were lighter color for the green would have served we builders better. Tough to tell the difference between those parts.
Building the rear engines, I found that I was missing a part. I went ahead with the build, knowing the piece was missing. Thankfully it’s not crucial for stability. I did call customer service and they are sending out the part.
Now on to the minifigs, accessories and leftover pieces!
The Promethean Knight Battlewagon is VERY cool. As you can see by the last pic, it’s electronic too! The watcher that comes with this is static, meaing it’s wings and limbs do not move. It’s actually the battery casing for this minifig. The only small issue I have is that this didn’t come with a regular head besides the one with the armor opening to expose it’s skull. Still, that last shot really shows off the FUN of this feature!
Beyond the knight you get three spartans. From left to right, Spartan’s Hoya, Palmer, and Grant. Though none are named directly, one of the Mega Bloks personnel let that slip during a video from this year’s New York Toy Fair. I’m VERY happy to have there. Palmer’s visor isn’t the right color. That is SO minor though and I plan on fixing that with a repaint of the visor on mine.
As always, Mega gives us left over pieces. This set has a LOT of them. The tan camo ones were used during the build as stability pieces. I’m happy that Mega made them in this color as they can be used as terrain pieces to go with your tan baseplates if you so choose. I chose a different path for them though…
This is what I REALLY think is cool that I was able to make from the left over parts. A MINI-Pelican! Okay, not quite accurate, but it’s clearly recognizable! I love it when I can make a mini version of the set from left over pieces!
Summary: The build time is not particularly fast. The sort time alone made me wait until the next day to start building it. Then, I built at a casual pace working over three days to finish this in steps. Still, if you’re adventurous you CAN build this in one sitting.
There are a few small issues I have with the build. For one the instructions needed to be lighter in color.
• It became hard at some points to tell the difference between dark green and black parts.
• The rear vehicle post I feel should have been shorter, but I’ll take it. Better than NOT having it.
• Step 95 as you saw above made me misstep and I had to rebuild the wing. Again, it was the color of the instructions that made this happen for me as I couldn’t tell the difference between the parts shown.
• The top hatch does leave a gap between it and where the cockpit meets the body. This is not too bad though. Just something I’d have tried to cover up a little better.
• The main compartment in the back, like the pelican’s predecessor is still way to thin. I know this was done to use less pieces and keep the set affordable. Still, I’d have preferred a wider body.
• Actually, for that matter, the cockpit could have been wider too. Those both though are something that becomes necessary to do to keep a set affordable.
• The rear engines no longer pivot up and down, instead only right to left somewhat. Using the joint system from the mantis would have potentially solved this.
Upgrades I enjoyed from the previous version are:
• Lights and Sound! Really, these are cool!
• Nice DARK green color. VERY military!
• Plenty of moving parts!
• Side gun mounts are fantastic! Yes, this was an upgrade by 343 and Mega Bloks interpreted it nicely into the build.
Overall Rating: I give this set 9 out for 10 medals. Even with the few issues I had, I still find this to be an INCREDIBLE set. VERY much worthy of the Halo Mega Bloks line!
I HIGHLY recommend getting it. That said, I got mine from Wal*Mart for $68 online as opposed to say Toys R Us for $110 in the store. So shop around a bit before you buy and save some money!
Video review to come tomorrow!
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!