Mega Bloks UNSC Arctic Cyclops
Build Time: 3 minutes
Set Piece Count: 63
Minifig: White (Arctic) Marine w/full goggle face and facemask
Weapons: Battle Rifle
Special Features: Cyclops has 13 points of articulation, including opening cockpit
Price: $15-17 depending on where you buy it from.
And on with the pics!
The packaging has changed from the previous Cyclops to this one. Whereas the previous had a dark color theme, this Cyclops is in the new Fall 2013 white packaging. It makes this look clean. Even better since it’s the Arctic Cyclops!
Sorry about the flash here. As with the other Cyclops, if you carefully cut away the plastic from the cardback, you are treated to a nice rendering.
Here is what you get in the set. Note the Battle Rifle and White backpack for the Marine.
The finished Cyclops from different views
The gem of this set is it’s gun arm. It is different than the Jungle and Desert Cyclops in that it has a flamethrower instead of a gun. Along with this is it’s attached hose and backpack. This little change really helps to give the Arctic Cyclops that much more character from the previous Jungle and Desert Cyclops. The added flame makes it stand out and apart from those two!
Finally, the front view with the cockpit hatch closed.
Summary: As with the Jungle and Desert Cyclops, this is a fast build and easy to display. Good articulation. This is the cleanest looking of the cyclops due to it’s white color. The flamethrower arm adds to this cyclops design more than the other’s gun arm. Only the price again is my sticking point with the set. The toy itself is GREAT! As I mentioned in my previous two cyclops reviews another minifig would have helped me deal with the higher cost. A UNSC tech would have been an excellent addition here. No further guns or weapons necessary.
Overall Rating: I give this set 9 out for 10 medals. Only the price keeps this from being a 10. Of the three I’ve now reviewed (Jungle, Desert, Arctic), the Arctic one is the best IMO. Worth it more for that simple yet effective change to the gun arm and adding a flame.
Thanks to a Halo collecting page for the tip on Toys R Us having a ‘Buy One, Get One Half Off’ sale, I was able to get this set, and three weapons packs. Ultimately, that saved me $6.50, the cost of one of the weapons packs themselves.