Mega Construx Banished Marauder Strike
Build Time: 10 minutes to sort, 45-55 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review)
Set Piece Count: 342
Minifigures: Banished Brute, Banished Jackal, Sgt. Johnson
Weapons: Assault Rifle, Brute Spiker, Plasma Pistol
Accessories: X2 figure stand, one medium sized baseplate
Special Features: rotating gun turret and forward sections (Marauder), highly poseable EXO suit (Green Machine)
Cost: $35 US Mass Retail. (Though this was not heavily distributed in the States. In fact, I had to get mine from a friend in Mexico.)
And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Okay, let’s get onto the build, shall we?
For the record, I’ve been using standardized “Master” images of numbered bags instead of product shots of each bag, as you will see below. I found this to make the reviews look cleaner. This is why I also include a shot of the pieces within the bag, sorted out, so you can clearly se the contents of each bag.
There is a multi-jointed back piece. The yellow section can unfold. Note the black clip at the end. The set doesn’t have anything specifically to put onto it. Perhaps if you make an alternate build with the set, you can put something into it. The black section is yet another gun. Double barreled this time!
The Marauder build starts with the base of the vehicle, moved towards the back cannon set-up and then builds up the middle of the vehicle. Note at bottom right the side built grey pieces. I really like this effect. You see this effect emulated throughout the build.
With this last bag we build the seat and cannon for the gunner. In this case the included Jackal. The cannon utilizes a push button projectile launcher. In the diagram below, the button is the small 1×1 grey sloped pieces. The silver almost “U” shaped profusion is where the projectile is inserted and also shot from.
Let’s take a look at the figures!
Technically, there are no Jackals in the Banished army in Halo Wars 2. That said, this is an incredibly good looking figure in that blood red armor. I’d have really enjoyed army building this one and do hope Mega rereleases it again.
YES! This is only the third time in the toy line’s 10 years that we’ve gotten Johnson as a figure. Previously he was in the Halo Heroes series 5 wave and the Hierarch’s Shadow Convoy set. This figure is the same as the one in the Heroes line. The Shadow set’s Johnson is the Halo 2 version.
Here’s the Brute in the driving section. Note how his hands clip onto two pins. This helps to keep him stationary within the driving section, especially if you decide to push glide the set along a flat surface..
Summary: The set’s build time is moderate. You can easily build it in an hour. Pay attention to the side building techniques. Excellent figure choices and printed pieces round out this set nicely. With several action features such as the side rotating front arms, front section hinge and rotating cannon, the Marauder has a lot of play value. Johnson’s EXO suit has a ton of articulation and guns to combat the Marauder.
Overall Rating: I give this set 10 out of 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 10 out of 10?
• The Marauder has several action features which add play value.
• The Marauder looks AWESOME as a Mega Construx build. Kudos to the designers for being able to accurately depict the vehicle in block form.
• The Green Machine EXO suit is well done and has lots of articulation and guns to play with.
The only thing I didn’t like was how flat the Marauder is on the bottom. However, that is not a fault of Mega but rather from the original design of the vehicle from the game developer.
Here’s my opinion on the break down of the value of this set. (In US dollars)
• Each figure with a weapon and figure base I put at $3.50 each for a total of $10.50 for the three of them.
• The Green Machine EXO suit I place at $8.50 with all of it’s attached guns.
• I put the Marauder at a value of $17.50 for the parts, while even more for it’s action features. So the end value I put at $20.
TOTAL: $38.50 (before tax and in U.S. dollars)
Given that the set costs $35 US before tax, I find this set’s value to be good.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely! This set was extremely hard to find. As of this writing, I’ve only heard it still being found in Mexico and nowhere else.
I do hope Mega will re-release this one as many fans wanted it but never found it. Shipping it from another country can be expensive. So I hope Mega makes it easy and distributes it worldwide if they do re-release it.
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