Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC Broadsword Midnight Strike

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Mega Bloks UNSC Broadsword Midnight Strike: Set #97380

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour sorting time, 4 hours 30 minutes build time. Your time may be less. Mine includes taking the pictures and setting up the set for action poses at the end.
Set Piece Count: 716
Minifigs: The Master Chief (New articulation and removable armor), Cortana (solid paint not see-through), The Didact
Weapons: Assault Rifle, Grenade Launcher, Sticky Detonator, Shotgun, Saw, Pulse Grenade
Accessories: N/A
Price: $70 (presumably). I received mine via Mega Bloks for no cost.
Special Features: Various wing flaps pivot, Cockpit opens/closes, removable nuclear missile, gun mounts pivot. Top portion of ship is removable to reveal weapons and missile storage. Missile can launch via pivot “switch”.

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

MB Broadsword Box Front
The box art is well done. The Broadsword is shown nicely, while the Figures are given their space as well.MB Broadsword Box Back
The back of the box has many details. Along the bottom are some of the news sets.MB Broadsword Box BackDetail 1
The above pic shows the detail of the Master Chief figures and how his armor is removable.
MB Broadsword Box BackDetail 2
The pic above shows the three minifigures included with this set.MB Broadsword Box BackDetail 3
The only error I saw in this whole box and build was the emblem with the sword/wings. It’s called “Valkyrie” in the game. It’s upside down on the box. Believe me, I know as I use this logo as part of the HFFL Gaming Group logo.MB Broadsword Contents
The contents of the box. Many bags had numbers on them. However those numbers do not mean anything for we builders. I suppose they are there for the factory workers to make sure each set has the right bags in them.MB Broadsword Sticker Sheet
The sticker sheet included. For once I actually use the stickers!!!MB Broadsword Sorted
All the pieces sorted out. Whew, it took an hour alone just to sort these all out.MB Broadsword Box 1st steps
Above are some of the early steps of the build. It’s the lower portion of the main fuselage of the ship.MB Broadsword Box 2nd steps
Here we see some detail being added to the bottom of the model. But wait…It gets MUCH better!MB Broadsword Box 3rd steps
More steps of the fuselage coming together. The bottom left of the pic shows the intake assembly, bottom right shows it attached.MB Broadsword Box 4th steps
While nowhere near complete, you can already begin to tell that this is a flying ship of some kind.MB Broadsword Box 5th steps
The wings get a lot more added to them to help them take shape.MB Broadsword Box 6th step storage
On the top of the model at this point we add in missile and weapons storage. This is a very cool addition to the model and adds to it’s playability.
MB Broadsword Box 7th step under fuselage
As you can see the bottom of the ship really gets some detail added to it. I highly recommend clicking on the photo above so you can see the detail better.MB Broadsword Box 8th step
Some rear flaps are added, as well as more of the cockpit is put together.MB Broadsword Box 9th steps gun mounts
The forward gun mounts are added. The design of these is pretty ingenious. The way they pivot and move forward is fantastic. The cockpit hatch is added.MB Broadsword Box 10th steps rear wing assembly
The step above shows the tail wings/fin assembly and were it attached to.MB Broadsword Nuclear device
The is the nuclear device that attaches to the bottom of the ship. It’s removable.MB Broadsword Top piece
Above shows the top section of the ship that can be removed to reveal the missile and weapons storage.
MB Broadsword stand
Mega made sure to give us parts for a sturdy stand. These clear pieces do the job nicely!MB Broadsword stand assembly
The outlined ares show where the ship rests on the stand. When you put it on, the ship is parallel with the surface you have it on. NOTE: If you remove the two clear slope piece, you can make the ship look as if it’s pointing downward. Try it!MB Broadsword leftovers
Not to many leftovers in this set. I couldn’t even make anything good out of them. So into the parts bins they go.MB Broadsword MC minifig
The Master Chief figures that comes with this set is excellent. It has the new articulated shoulders and elbows as well as removable armor.MB Broadsword MC minifig COMP
The pic above shows the difference in size between the new style and old style Spartan. There is not much difference at all. The little bit of added height is perfectly fine by me.MB Broadsword Cortana minifig
This is only the second time we’ve had Cortana as a mini figure (not counting the micro statue version). The one above has a nice solid paint to it. The deco is really well done. It’s amazing how they can get detail like this on such a small figure. MB Broadsword Cortana minifig COMP
Compare the first version of Cortana with the one included with this set. Which do you like better? And why???MB Broadsword weapons
Here are the weapons included. They are: Sticky Detonator, Grenade Launcher, Shotgun, SAW, Assault, Pulse RifleMB Broadsword Didact minifig
The MIGHTY Didact! This is a SWEET figures. VERY detailed and has all the standard articulation. This is another pic you should clock on to see the detail better.MB Broadsword minifigs
Or better yet, this one. See the size difference? The Didact is MASSIVE by comparison, as he should be. He was after all 13ft tall.MB Broadsword ORTHO
The finished Broadsword in orthogonal views.MB Broadsword FULL setAnd here is the full set. It’s amazing just how many moving parts the Broadsword has. The figures are so VERY well done. 

Summary: This set is a long build, clocking for me at 1 hour sorting and 4 1/2 hours building. I put it together in one sitting. Though, I’d suggest it as two sittings. This is NOT a beginner build. So young children should have the help of their parents with this set.

It’s hard for me to pick what I like most about the set. The ship is great, the minifigures are all great. For once I think I can’t pick a favorite part of a set.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.5 out for 10 medals. This set has some complex steps to it. It’s pretty sturdy except for some of the wing flaps which  may come off if you hold the ship an incorrect way. Other than that, which is minor, this set is a complete WIN!

I did make a couple of mistakes along the way. Those being using lighter color grey pieces when they should have been darker. That said, the directions were much better than in previous sets. The treys pieces in the directions were a lot easier to tell the difference with in this set. I was just excited to have the set and wanted to build it quickly so I could get this review out. So I made those little errors (which I did go back and fix).

The price for this set is around $70. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I got this at no cost from Mega Bloks. For the piece count at 716, plus a NEW style spartan AND the Didact large figure, this set is worth the price!

I highly recommend it. I’m not sure if the Didact will be made available again, so get this set while you can.

[UPDATE] A few fans asked me for pics of Chief in the cockpit as well as the foot holes of the Didact. I shot those and also included a mic Promethean army shot that shows the size of the Didact in comparison to his troops.

Chief in Cockpit
As you can see, Chief fits in the cockpit snugly. No need to take off any armor for him to fit. And the cockpit hatch does indeed close with him inside of it.Didact feet holes
The Didact’s foot holes are 2X1 studs, just like the Promethean Knights. Speaking of…Promethean Army_sm HFFL wm
Here is much of my Promethean Army. Not included are a few other Watchers Orange and Blue, as well as all of the Blue Crawlers I have. As you can see the Didact stands a little more taller than the Knights, as he should.


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!


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5 thoughts on “Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks UNSC Broadsword Midnight Strike

  1. Lucky you! You got it for free! Good review but I will probably skip on this and spend the money on other Mega Bloks Halo sets. The price per piece is pretty good (about 10 cents for each piece) and the figures are excellent but while the Broadsword looks decent enough, something about it just doesn’t look that right to me. The cockpit and nose area really should be elongated as well as the back engine area and the wings. A whiter gray also might have been a better color choice.
    (Compare to http://www.halopedia.org/images/6/65/H4_Broadsword_profile.png)
    It probably seems like I’m nitpicking here but since Halo is one of Mega Bloks “collectors” series (the other being Call of Duty and soon to include Assassin’s Creed) I feel that it should matter if the sets resemble their in-game counterparts.
    Other thoughts:
    -Falcon emblem is backwards on the box as well.
    -It would be nice if the numbers on the bags matter. Lego sets have numbered bags which makes it easier to build (you build each bag in order basically).
    -Its thoughtful that Mega Bloks included a stand.
    -The Cortana in this set has way more detail but the translucence effect in the first one looks pretty cool. (However they look more like Halo 3’s Cortana than 4’s)
    -Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Didact’s chest could open and you can put a Pulse grenade inside it?
    Again, good review with all the clear pictures and whatnot. Definitely helped me form a decision on this set!

    • The Broadsword set has not been released yet. If you mean the ones revealed during the weekend? No, they haven’t been released either. The Shadow is due in August. I’m not certain when the other two are due to release.

  2. I mean the rest of the sets that are in the same line/series as the broadsword set, like the fireteam sets, NMPD sets, etc.

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