Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks NMPD Pelican Base (Part 2-The Pelican and Figures)

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Mega Bloks NMPD Pelican Base

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 hours to sort, 6.5 hours to build
Set Piece Count: 1792
Minifigures: Mickey (ODST), Brute Chieftain, NMPD Pilot, NMPD Sergeant
Weapons: Gravity Hammer, Sniper Rifle, Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Rocket Launcher (Silver), Rocket Launcher (Black), Magnum, Missile Pod (Detachable), Machine Gun Turret
Accessories: Buildable platform station, Radar Dish
Special Features: Pelican: Cockpit hatch opens/closes, rear hatch opens/close, rear engines slightly pivot, top hatch for placing/removing figures, forward gun rotates, wings rotate; Platform: pivoting ‘flaps’ for lack of a better word.
Cost: $150 Toys R’ Us Exclusive (I got mine when it was on sale for half price!)

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

MB NMPD Pelican BOX

Okay, let’s get on with the Pelican  build!

The BODYMB NMPD Pelican steps 1
If you have either of the Pelicans that came before this, this build should seem familiar. It’s not exactly the same, but enough so that you will likely put this together fairly quickly.MB NMPD Pelican steps 2
The cockpit section is chock full of printed pieces.MB NMPD Pelican steps 3
The bulk of the body is built. Note the posts coming out from the side. Those will be where the wings attach to later. If I have any complaint about this set, it’s the design of the pieces surrounding those posts. They came apart three times during my build which was a little frustrating. To say the least, when you play/display this, do not hold it by those sections.MB NMPD Pelican steps 4

The TAILMB NMPD Pelican steps 5
Steps of the tail come together. Pretty easy build here so far.MB NMPD Pelican steps 6
Most of the tail is complete here. Note the bottom portion of the graphic to the left, you can see hinge parts. Those are awaiting a top hatch to be added shortly.MB NMPD Pelican steps 7
The underside of the tail.MB NMPD Pelican steps 7-2
This crane like piece had me confounded. It didn’t seem to want to fit on properly. I called up Mega about this thinking my piece was defective and ordered another (along with the few missing parts I had). Turns out the piece was fine. I’ll speak more to this later.MB NMPD Pelican steps 8
So here we are ready to put the body and tail together. I do URGE you to take your time here when pressing the sections together. Get a good firm grip on these.MB NMPD Pelican steps 9
Above shows the rear hatch and landing ‘legs’. I do like that these were added. Great touch Mega!MB NMPD Pelican steps 10
Another shot of the rear hatch.MB NMPD Pelican steps 11This is the top hatch I mentioned earlier. As you can see, you stow weapons on the underside of it, which are accessible to the figures from within.MB NMPD Pelican steps 12
The hatch placement.MB NMPD Pelican steps 13
Showing the access via the top hatch. Excellent design here!

The WINGSMB NMPD Pelican steps 14
Heh, I thought this kind of looks like a DJ’s turntable set!MB NMPD Pelican steps 15
Okay, got to admit I made a mistake here. I had put different grey pieces in place where silver should have gone. It was easily remedied as I realized this a few steps later and went back to fix it.MB NMPD Pelican steps 16
The wings and flaps are ready to be added to the Pelican!MB NMPD Pelican steps 17
As you can see above, those posts noted earlier are inserted into the wing’s connection points.

The ENGINESMB NMPD Pelican steps 18
Starting build on the engines, since I figured they would be the same, just reversed from each other, I built them congruently.MB NMPD Pelican steps 19MB NMPD Pelican steps 20
The engines are complete and ready to be added. One of my pieces here was slightly malformed. That was another I added to the list when I called Mega for replacement parts.MB NMPD Pelican steps 21
The Pelican is COMPLETE!MB NMPD Pelican leftovers 1
These were the parts I had left over.MB NMPD Pelican leftovers 2
Not really a lot I could do with them, so I store most in the long crate that came with the set.MB NMPD Pelican leftovers 3
I made a sort of table with the other parts.

The FIGURESMB NMPD Pelican fig NMPD Officer
The NMPD Sergeant. This is just like the other NMPD Sergeants that come with other NMPD sets, though the color of the pants are different. This being brown, where other sets have it as blueish-grey.MB NMPD Pelican fig NMPD Pilot
The NMPD Pilot. Same description as the Sergeant above.Just the helmet and skin color are different.MB NMPD Pelican fig Brute
The Brute Chieftain is FANTASTIC! I’ve been a fan of this figure since I got a prototype one back in 2012. The paint detail on this one makes it one of if not the BEST Chieftain we’ve got so far!MB NMPD Pelican fig Mickey
And finally for the figures, MICKEY! Yes! Fans have long wanted Mickey from Halo 3 ODST to join the ranks of named Halo Mega Bloks figures. You get him here! The only downside is for those that just want the figure. You either have to purchase the whole set or look to resellers for it. It’s going to ridiculous amount on eBay and elsewhere. I suggest just buying the whole set.MB NMPD Pelican Ship Ortho
Above the orthogonal views of the Pelican.MB NMPD Pelican featuresFinally, the Pelican itself showing all the moving parts. Inset pic shows the forward mounted assembly does turn.

This is a long build. I suggest splitting up the build into at least 2 if not three sessions of building. I built the base and platform one day, then the pelican the next. It made it much easier and it didn’t feel like I was trudging through the build at all that way.

Summary: You get a newly styled Pelican, a small base and a large platform with this set as well as 4 figures, one being a named character. Fairly easy build, though take care with the body/tail sections when putting the together.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.0 out for 10 medals.

Why did I give it a 9.0 out of 10?
• This was SO hard to not give a 10 for it. The reason I didn’t give it a 10 is in part due to price. While the price per piece ratio of 10 cents per pieces (as a general guideline) is met and even better, I’m curious if people would want the platform and base with this set? Yes, it helps to flesh out the scene, but it also means a lot more shelf space to display it.
• The other reason is, is this really a signature set? Honestly, while the Pelican is my favorite ship from Halo, the NMPD version isn’t so iconic. So I wasn’t sure it warranted the status of being a signature set. This was reflected much in opinion by fellow fans on several Mega Bloks Facebook fan pages.

Value: As mentioned above, the price per piece ratio meets and even exceeds (to the good) the 10 cents per pieces (US) guideline) You’re getting a fantastic ship, platform and base, not to mention a named figure and an awesome Brute Chieftain. Is it worth $150? Well..here’s the thing. Previous Pelicans have been far less. The original one, IIRC, was around $70, the electronic one that came after was $100. So in essence, you’re paying $50 more then for the base and platform. Is that worth it? For the piece count, YES. For display purposes? YES.

I was fortunate enough to get this on sale for half price and certainly for $75, this was TOTALLY worth it. I do NOT see this set coming down much in value. Yes, Toys R’ Us may look to put this on sale. SO get it then if you don’t already have it. But don’t wait too long thereafter. I suspect this is going to be a sought after set a time from now.

Do I recommend it?  Yes! Absolutely. Of course, I’m partial to the Pelican. Even then, the set is great, the figures are cool, and I really enjoy having a platform to put the Pelican on. This set is it’s own diorama!

If you have any questions about this set that I didn’t cover in the review, please do not hesitate to ask me. Either reply below or e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com

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