Mega Construx Toy Review: Spartan Grenadier Armor Pack

Mega Construx Spartan Grenadier Armor Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 2 minutes to build
Set Piece Count: 33
Minifigures: Grenadier Spartan
Weapons: Gold color Grenade Launcher
Accessories: figure stand, additional standard torso armor, additional shoulder armor, CQC Helmet, Hazop Helmet
Special Features: Armor locker opens/closes
Cost: $7 US Mass Retail.

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

The front of the box shows the figure, blue locker, armor parts and gold Grenade launcher through a window. The back of the box shows the set along with 3 of the power pack sets.

In the box you get the tray of parts and the figure, an instruction sheet, and a small bag of parts.

Note the gold weapon and figure stand. This set is considered part of the 10th Anniversary line. This being the 10th anniversary that Mega has had the Halo license.

In the set you get a CQC helmet (pictured on figure above), a HAZOP helmet and a Grenadier helmet. You also get the “Assault/Sapper” torso armor, EVA shoulder (seen at left below), and Grenadier shoulder (seen at right below)

The locker can indeed close. I show it below nearly closed so that you can see there is room for all the extra armor in the set to fit in the locker.

Orthogonal views of the locker itself.

The blue color of the armor is a nice metallic blue. Makes the figure “pop” more than usual.

The figure as assembled in the set shows a CQC helmet, FJ/Para shoulder armor and the default torso armor.

Below I swapped out the CQC helmet for the HAZOP helmet.

This variation shows the Grenadier helmet with UA attachment, the Grenadier shoulder and EVA shoulder armor, and Assault/Sapper torso.

This time I didn’t actually get three sets, like I normally do. I could only ever find two sets. So one of the Spartans below was added into the group shot via photoshop. Can you tell which one?

Summary: A nice little armor set. I do like that the armor lockers are color coded. If you store the extra armor in there, the color helps to indicate which armor you’ve stored. No build time really here. Good little assortment of armor.

Overall Rating: I give this set 9 out of 10 medals.
Why did I give it a 9 out of 10?
• As I said with the JFO armor pack that I also just recently reviewed, I feel these armor pack sets should include either an additional set of torso armor or an additional different set of lower leg armor.

Here’s my opinion on the break down of the value of this set. (In US dollars)
• The figure with a weapon and the stand is worth $3.50.
• The locker with pegs are worth $1.50 due to size and shape.
• Each extra helmet I value at 50 cents for a total of $1
• Each shoulder armor piece I place at 25 cents each for a total of 50 cents.
TOTAL: $6.50 (before tax and in U.S. dollars) 

Given that the set costs $7 US before tax, I find this set just ever so slightly under value. Again, were Mega to add in an extra Torso or different set of lower legs, then the value would indeed be $7 and right on par for the price.

Do I recommend it?  YES! This is a quick way to get additional armor if you like to swap armor parts with other spartans in your collection.

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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