Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx UNSC Hornet Blitz

Mega Construx UNSC Hornet Blitz

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 8 minutes to sort, 30 minutes to build (your time may vary, as mine includes taking pictures of the set for this review.
Set Piece Count: 207
Minifigures: UNSC Pilot, Grunt Minor (Red armor)
Weapons: Fuel Rod Cannon, Magnum
Accessories: x2 Figure stands
Special Features: Cockpit opens/close, wing engines rotate 360° forward/backwards, button launch top-side projectiles.
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from Amazon.com

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

The box art is fun and shows an cool action sequence on the front, while showing off the Hornet’s features on the back.

You get several bags of parts and a small instruction booklet.

Here are the printed pieces for this set. I especially like the instrument screen!

I think this might be a new piece. Regardless, it’s an angle that is quite unique.

The pieces have all been sorted out. LOTS of green. And not camouflage green, but the new metallic sheen green. I like it a LOT more than the camo.

The build is pretty simple. Note where those angled grey pieces are as they make up the base for the standing wings.

The top and engines are added. I like the addition of those little translucent blue thrusts. On the top part, you build into it two button projectile launchers.

Here the set is complete. It’s a fairly quick build. Also, this version of the Hornet is a bit smaller than previous iterations.

The UNSC Pilot that comes with the set has a nice green metallic sheen to it’s armor pieces.

I am LOVING this red Grunt! I only wish there were more of it in the set. I hope this one makes the rounds in the blind bag series. I need a bunch of it! (For research purposes, yeah, research…)

The cockpit does indeed fully close over the Pilot. You may need to fold the arms in a little, as I did, to make it fit properly.

And the whole set, with figures on their stands.

I had just a few extra pieces. Curiously, I had a large 1/4 round piece. I hope someone else out there didn’t get shorted this one.

Here we see a comparison of the Hornet and FrostRaven’s pilot figures. Note the FrostRaven’s armor isn’t shiny. Still looks great though, IMO!

Summary: The set is quick build. Smaller than it’s predecessors. Great choice of included figures. Good value.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9.0 out for 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 9.0 out of 10?
• Other than it being smaller than previous Hornets, a small issue I had with the set was the small angled loop piece at the back-bottom of the set. It kept falling out while I was trying to build the set. By the end though, it fit snug enough.
• The only other thing I wish this set had was the sliding cockpit, like the originals did, instead of the pop up cockpit.
• IMO, this set is worth a multiple purchase!

Here’s my opinion on the break down of the value of this set. (In US dollars)
• The figures each with their weapon and stand are $3.50 for a total of $7.
• The Hornet itself is worth the remaining $13.
TOTAL: $20.00 (before tax and in U.S. dollars) 

Given that the set costs $20 US before tax, this set is right on par for value with it’s retail price point.

Do I recommend it?  YES! As mentioned above, I think it’s worth multiple purchases.

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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-Sal

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