Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Flame Warthog

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Mega Bloks UNSC Flame Warthog: Set number 97449

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 10 minutes sorting, 30 (this includes my time stopping to take pics for the review)
Set Piece Count: 207
Minifigs: 2 Gungnir – Halo 4 style with new articulation. One Red, One Yellow.
Weapons: Shotgun, SAW, Target Locater
Accessories: N/A
Price: $25
Special Features: wheels spin,machine gun turret turns 360° and pivots up and down at two points.

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

First before I get started, I need to thank my wife who was kind enough to get this set (and a couple others to be reviewed) for me.

As usual, the box art is well done. On the front, Mega calls out the fact of the figures are super pose able. I love the little action scene of the Flame Warthog driving off a small dirt path with both the driver and gunner shooting.

MB Flame Warthog FRONTMB Flame Warthog BACK
The back of the box shows the set and figures nicely and gives us a glimpse at sets now appearing in stores.MB Flame Warthog contents
Above is what you get in the box.MB Flame Warthog sorted
And all the pieces sorted out. Not that the Flame patterns are already printed on the pieces. I was/am VERY thankful for that. I’m not really a sticker kind of guy. MB Flame Warthog steps
Much of the build in the graphic above. Something to note is that this warthog build is an amalgamation of previous warthog builds. It utilizes parts/build steps from older and newer warthog designs alike. So you could consider this one a transitional warthog if you wish from the old to new design. It certainly makes it for a unique Warthog, Flame print not-with-standing.
MB Flame Warthog steps 1
Next we see the mating gun turret is built and attached to the vehicle. Add the wheels and we’re done.MB Flame Warthog weapons
You get a shotgun, SAW, and a green Target locator with this set. Hmm, how does it know to find my local Target store? LOLMB Flame Warthog leftovers
The ices above are the only left over pieces. They actually are the pieces used to prop up the build for stability. I’ll put these in my parts bins. I’m glad we got this color. They’ll add to an arctic scene.MB Flame Warthog ortho
The Flame Warthog shown in orthogonal views. Those flames are pretty cool, huh? (Or should I say ‘HOT’?)MB Flame Warthog figure orthos
Above are the two new articulation style Halo 4 Gungnir Spartans that come with the set. I really like that chest armor they have.
MB Flame Warthog figure armor off
The yellow Gungnir was nice enough to take off his armor for us. Of course you can swap the armor with the Red if you want. (Oh, Yellow just told me not to say that…LOL)MB Flame Warthog 3-4 front
A sort-pf mimic to the front box action scene.
MB Flame Warthog action
Heh, though I like this one better. Seems Yellow took off in a hurry before Red was ready. Thank goodness Red has an iron grip on that machine gun turret!MB Flame Warthog poses
The added poseability allows for the shotgun to be held better/differently. MB Flame Warthog ummmmmUm, er…how did this get in here? Well, it’s a shot of the Flame Warthog in it’s natural habitat…I guess. heh heh

Summary: This set is a quick build. If you’ve bought the older or newer warthogs or both styles, this build will feel somewhat familiar, again as it takes from both designs. The flame print is very cool.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.5 out for 10 medals. This set is good. Not the best warthog design, but it is UNIQUE in the way it uses both the old and new designs together. The .5 I took off was for the price. It’s just slightly higher than what I feel it should be sold for. At 207 pieces, this should be around $20-21 U.S. Still $25 for this set is reasonable.

The only issue (as with all warthog sets) that I had was putting in those pegs into the holes that make up the suspension for the ‘hog. Finally though, I’ve found a way to get those things in there without chewing up my hands. I used our metal letter opener to gently smack the holed piece onto the peg. Use this method at your own risk!

I DO expect this set to sell out. I’ve been watching online retailers since this set hit and they’ve been selling out frequently and waiting to get new stock in. That will taper off of course. Still, if you’re in the market for this set, get it when you see it! I certainly recommend it.

A little history behind this set. My friend Sparky from Mega Brands said it was a design they wanted to make years ago. It took 5 years for it to be green lit for production. For those who don’t know, the Flame Warthog is in Halo Wars if you had the code to get it.

Hmm, now my only Warthog that I’d like to see MEGA make is the ‘gold’ civilian warthog from Halo 2. Maybe even a NMPD warthog??

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3 thoughts on “Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Flame Warthog

  1. Good review. I got this set awhile back. It was a must buy for me as soon as it was revealed. My only concern was the flames. There was no mention on if they were stickers or not. I was happy to find out they were painted(printed). I imagine that might have raised the price a little bit. Overall I like the set. I also hope they release other variations of ‘Hog.

    • If you didn’t know, there have been several iterations of the standard chain gun warthog, rocket hog, and gauss hog. There’s even a special edition black warthog that was at PAX a few years ago. I’m lucky enough to have one opened and one sealed (The sealed one is signed by MEGA folks).

  2. I like the helmet and the chest design of the Gungnir. That small white camera is really cool…and adds protection to the spartans, yet still get a full view

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