Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Promethean Soldier

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Suppressor
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

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Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure series showcases each in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. On the back several of the other figures in the series are shown.

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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Blaze of Glory Shotgun

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: dart magazine, x16 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $35-40 (US) defending where you by it from.
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal*Mart for $35.

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The Blaze of Glory is one of a rare few of the BoomCo dart guns that has the distinction of having in-game deco. This displays very nicely on the packaging as seen below.
Lots of useful info on the back!
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Carbine

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: dart magazine, x6 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us (for $10 due to them going out of business.)

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Unlike most of the other BoomCo Halo dart guns, the Carbine is enclosed in the box, with only the darts showing through a small cut-out on the front of the packaging.
Lots of pertinent info on the back of the box showing how to load, charge and firing the gun.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Target Designator

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: Attachable (non working) antenna, x3 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $10-12 retail (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us for $5 due to their going-out-of-business sale.

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I found the color choice odd for this dart gun. I suppose it’s for safety sake, so it’s not to be confused with a pistol of some type.
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo BoomCo Assault Rifle

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: x2 dart magazines, X16 plastic darts
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $50 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Toys R Us (for $25 due to them going out of business.)

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The Assault Rifle, magazines and darts are all visible in the box. There is no window holding you back from touching it. (On this note, I do suggest you wash the toy off after you’ve removed it from the packaging as you don’t know who was handling it before you.) The front gives you the detail that it shoots up to 60 feet distant. That’s pretty decent!
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Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 “Build-A-Figure” Imperial Grunt

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Swivel Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: Needler (Comes with the Spartan Vale action figure set), 1 pin I used from one of the other figures from series 2. (So the grunt could hold the needler, of which you’ll see later in the review.)
Additional Contents: N/A
Cost: Free if you buy one each of series 2 Mattel figures to collect all the parts to build it.
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon. (by having purchased all the figures, except for Master Chief which was given to me by 343.)

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Below is pictured the Imperial Grunt with corresponding colors to the figures the parts come from. The pic is NOT a reflection of the actual color of the figure. You will see that later in the review. This graphic comes directly from the back of the box of any of the series 2 Mattel halo action figures.

Likewise, the graphic below shows the figures in series 2 with a number to the left of them showing which parts they include that contribute to the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Atriox

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Armor (right only)
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Torso
• Double Jointed Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Gravity Mace, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Legs
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon.

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Atriox, leader of the Banished looks imposing through the window on the front of the box! The Build-A-Figure Grunt legs are hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Vale

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: SMG, Needler, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Head
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Amazon.

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Spartan Vale is seen through a window with some of the armor removed. Also seen is the included SMG and Needler. The Build-A-Figure Grunt head is partially hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Master Chief

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Swivel Joint Biceps
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Sniper, Boltshot, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Lower Body
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (Full disclosure, I got this particular figure from 343, last year. Was waiting until I had all of the figures from series 2 before I posted this review.)

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The box displays Chief through a window on the front of the box. The Build-A-Figure Grunt piece is partially hidden behind some of the graphics on the front of the box.The back shows all of the contents, as well as the other figures in Series 2. It also shows the corresponding parts for the Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

HaloFanForLife.com SIXTH ANNUAL LANstravaganza!

This year marks the SIXTH Annual LANstravaganza! Each year I host a LAN party with all sorts of Halo related activities. This year’s events are bigger and better than ever!

Take a look at the splash graphic showing what’s to come!

Now, without further ado, let me bring you the schedule of events and after which, a short explanation of some of them.

Friday, August 10, 2019 3pm-11pm
3pm-5pm General Halo 5 Gameplay
5pm-6pm Break for Food
6pm-7pm 
7pm-9pm  Rounds 1 and 2
9pm-11pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

After Party at Primanti Brothers!

Saturday, August 11, 2019
Noon-2pm General Halo 5 Gameplay
2pm-3:30pm
3:30pm-4:30pm Break for Food
4:30pm-6pm  Rounds 3-4
6pm-7:30pm
7:30pm-10pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

After Party at Dave and Busters! (We will be taking over the Halo Fireteam Raven game there!!)

Sunday, August 12, 2019
1pm-3pm General Halo 5 Gaemplay
3pm-4:30pm
4:30pm-5:30pm Break for Food
5:30pm-6:30pm  Round 5 (Final Round)
6:30pm-8pm General Halo 5 Gameplay

Explanation of Events

It should go without saying what this is. To make this easier for some, I allow you to use your cellphone to look up answers. It is timed though. Prize will be awarded to the person who gets the most correct. In the event of a tie, run-off questions will be asked until we get a winner.


To participate in this event, you MUST attend each day. No late entries. I’ve named this “Legacy” because each round of the tournament will take you on a trip through the numbered Halo games. On Friday, rounds 1 and 2 will commence. Round one is Halo CE, Round 2 is Halo 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary. Saturday’s rounds are 3 and 4 with Halo 3 and Halo 4 respectively. On Sunday, the fifth/final round will be in Halo 5. Thus traversing each numbered Halo game. Prizes awarded to the top 3 players.


Just like cornhole, but with a small Halo twist to it. (You can “attack” the other board with your bean bags.) This was a BLAST at last year’s LAN!


Fly a Remote Control Hornet through several Halo Rings on your flight to victory! Using a NKOK RC Hornet, you will fly through a few Hula Hoops made to look like Halo rings. Make your way back to the starting line with the quickest time and you will be crowned the best pilot in the UNSC (or at least this year’s LAN) with a prize awaiting you!


With several Mattel BoomCo Halo weapons in the arsenal, You will target large and small Fathead Halo Enemies on a shooting gallery type wall! The two people with the best score will win prizes!

Also of course, I’ll have a couple of tables chock full of all the Halo Gear and Toys I’ve collected since last year’s LAN for you to peruse.

As with each year, we will be going to Primanti Brothers for some of Pittsburgh’s FINEST sammiches! (Yes, sammich, not sandwich)

The extra fun after party on Saturday Night will be at Dave and Busters. Here we will take turns playing Halo Fireteam Raven! (And noone better skip the cutscenes!! LOL)

Cost for the event is $15 per day or $40 for all three days. This includes food and drink as well as door prizes and of course ALL of the above entertainment (excluding the after parties). That’s at least 25 hours of HALO over THREE days!

You can pay in advance through PayPal: jedisalpitt2002@yahoo.com or in cash (only) at the door. Noone under 16 allowed without adult supervision. IDs will be checked and no excpetions made.
As this is at my home, I will only give out my address to those who e-mail me with an intent to come or who pay in advance. You may e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com. Please make the title of the e-mail: “My intent to come to LANstravaganza 6“. As this is my home, you are expected to keep my address in strictest confidence (secret).

If you have any questions about the LAN, please feel free to e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com. I’m happy to answer them.

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Jerome

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: Shotgun, Magnum, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Methane Tank
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

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The box displays Jerome nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Spartan Buck

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Pivot Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Ball Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Pivot Joint Ankles
Accessories: Assault Rifle, Knife, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Torso
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

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The box displays Buck nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt. Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Swivel Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Arms
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

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The box displays the Arbiter nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt.

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Halo TV show to start filming in October and now we know where!

The Halo TV series starts filming in October and now we know where it will start!

In an article on pursue news.com, we find that the Halo TV show is to start filiming this October in Budapest, Hungary.

No why Budapest? Seems a bit out of the way for an American production. Perhaps production costs.

Regardless, with the hype that “Ready Player One” gave to some fans for having Spartans in it, the time is ripe for a live-action adventure. It’s been too long since the 2013 announcement during E3 that a show by Steven Spielberg was forthcoming.

The big questions are, when will this take place and who will be the main characters?

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