The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 10; Mattel’s Spartan Air Assault

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Spartan Air Assault

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Hydra, Magnum
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

The Air Assault Spartan is one of two UNSC non-character figures in this first series from Mattel.

As with all the other figures in this series, the Air Assault Spartan is shown prominently through the large window on the front of the box. The back shows the figure without any armor, as well as the build-a-figure Crawler. (I will have a seperate review for the Crawler once I’ve completed the regular figures from this series.mt-air-assault-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 9; Mega Bloks Covenant Wraith Ambush

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Bloks Covenant Wraith Ambush

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 30 minutes sorting; 2 hours building
Set Piece Count: 640
Minifigures: Elite Minor  (Silver, 343 style); Elite Commander (Silver, 343 style), Red Helljumper Spartan
Accessories: Storm Rifle, Energy Sword, Saw, Railgun, Target Locater, BUildable Missile Pod, UNSC weapons drop pod
Special Features: Front hatch opens/close; forward “mandibles” on wraith have ball joint that allows for some movement of them; rear plasma cannon hatch folds open and close, cannon pivots up/down, plasma turret rotates; small fins on either side near mid of wraith have ball joints that allow for repositioning; extra plasma shells stored on rear sides of wraith; plasma shells can be fired
Cost: $50 US (Mass Retail)

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

The front of the box shows a cool action shot. Note, the energy effect on the bottom of the Wraith is just a part of the box art and not an actual part of the set. mb-covie-wraith-atk-box-front Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 8; Mattel Spartan Locke

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Spartan Locke

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Battle Rifle, Plasma Caster
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

Locke is one of the figures in the first series of Mattel Halo action figures. The package comes with a “build-a-figure” piece of a Promethean Crawler.

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As with the other Matel Halo Action FIgures, the packaing here is good. The large window on the front allows people to see everything included. mt-spartan-locke-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 7; Mega Bloks Brute Weapons Customizer Pack

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Bloks Brute Weapons Customizer Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minutes sorting, 1 minute building.
Set Piece Count: 57
Minifigures: Banished Brute (Light Blue/Silver); Banished Brute (Orange/Dark Grey)
Accessories: Bruteshot, Gravity Hammer, Mauler, Brute Plasma Rifle, Spike Grenade, Spiker Rifle, Trip Mine; Two crates-one with silver lid, other with dark grey lid
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8-12 US (Mass Retail)

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

As you can see this set sports the new Mega Construx logo. The reason for the change is that Mattel (who purchased Mega awihle ago, wanted a way to differentiate the regular Mega Bloks lines/sets from collector brand lines, like Halo, Call of Duty, and Monster High, for examples. It’s the same company, just a rebranding.

The package shows the figures and accessories nicely. The only thing you don’t see are the two figure stands and the little pieces that go on top of the lids of the crates.mb-brute-weapons-pack-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 6 Jinx Master Chief Figure

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Jinx is a relatively new licensee to Halo. Beyond the figure I’m about to review here, Jinx also has Halo t-shirts, hoodies, hats, accessories, eSports shirts, and more. Some of the items you can find on their site can also be found on the Halo Waypoint store.

Okay, let’s get on with the review, shall we?

I got this from GameStop. As you can see by the price tag, it’s $25 (US). This is the battle damaged variant. Currently, the only other character is Spartan Locke.

The figure comes with a hand holding a magnum, already attached to the figure, plus a hand holding an energy sword that you can swap out.jinx-master-chief-bd-fig-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 5; Mega Bloks ODST Gold and Plumb Drop Pods

Yep, this is a twofer review! 2 for the view of 1 article!

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo instead. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks. Same company, different name.

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Mega Bloks ODST Gold Drop Pod and Plumb Drop Pod

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A Comes ready to play right our of the package.
Set Piece Count: 23 Gold, 24 Plumb
Minifigures: ODST Gold, ODST Plumb
Accessories: DMR w/Gold ODST; Sniper Rifle w/Plumb ODST
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $4 US each

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There really isn’t much in the way of packaging. A simple “hang-tag” taht is inserted between the halves of the pod to allow it to hang from pegs and a little plastic band around the mid-section of the pod. I only have the gold one shown here for packaging.mb-odst-drop-pod-gold Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 4; Mattel Spartan Linda

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Spartan Linda from Blue Team

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Nornfang Sniper Rifle, Magnum
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

This is the first we’ve seen of Linda in action figure form. As with the Master Chief figures I previously reviewed, the box art is good. The large window display on the front of the box shows the figure, armor pieces, and accessories nicely. On the back of the box, you see the rest of the figures in the series as well as the completedn Alpha Crawler. Linda comes with the head of the crawler. Of note, there are TWO other figures in series one Mattel halo figures not pictured.
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The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 3; Mega Bloks ODST Customizer set

Today is the third of 12 consecutive days of Halo Toy Reviews. Over the course of these days, I’ll be reviewing Halo Mega Bloks, Mattel Halo figures, Prop weapons and more. 

Also, I want to make note that Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo instead. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks. Same company, different name.

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Mega Bloks ODST Customizer Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: N/A Comes ready to play right our of the package.
Set Piece Count: 62
Minifigures: ODST Silver, ODST Dark Grey
Accessories: 8 additional shoulder pads not already on the figures, 2 each of blue, silver, dark red, dark grey. (Both shoulder pads of each color are different from each other.); UNSC Crates, one with Blue lid, other with dark red lid; 2 black backpacks; 2 knives, one silver, one black; Pistol; Silenced SMG
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $8-10 US

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

This set is pretty elusive at the moment. I’ve only seen it ONCE at stores. So if you’re on the fence about buying it, get it, before you can’t find it again.

Some folks are big time ODST fans. This set is most certainly one for them!
The box displays the pre-built figures as well as all the accessories, with exception to the 2 figures stands within the crates.mb-odst-customizer-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 2; Mattel Master Chief figure

This is the second of 12 consecutive days of Halo Toy Reviews. Over the course of those days, I’ll be reviewing Halo Mega Bloks, Mattel Halo figures, Prop weapons and more. 

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Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Assault Rifle, Energy Sword
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

So here we have it. Mattel picked up the license that McFarlane left. And I have ot say, from what I’ve seen so far, I’m pretty happy with it.

The package design is good. Plenty of Forerunner graphics all over it. A large window on the front of the box allows you to see the contents quite well. The back of the box shows you the figure with none of it’s armor on. As well, it shows the other figures in this series. Something NEW to Halo action figure collecting is the “build-a-figure” theme. This is something that has been happening with other franchise line for quite some time now. I’m very happy to see it come to Halo. In this series, if you buy one each of the figures, you will have a piece from each that when put together will make a Promethean Crawler!mt-master-chief-fig-box Continue reading

The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 1; Mega Bloks Arena Champions Battle Pack

Today starts the first of 12 consecutive days of Halo Toy Reviews. Over the course of those days, I’ll be reviewing Halo Mega Bloks, Mattel Halo figures, Prop weapons and more. 

Also, I want to make note that Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible one or two exceptions, starting in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Bloks Arena Champions Battle Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building.
Set Piece Count: 382
Minifigures: All Spartans White team: Kelly, Aviator, Mark VI, Orbital; Blue Team: Vale, Defender, Protector, Recon; Red Team: Soldier, Locke, Recruit, Warrior; Grey Team: Gungnir, Mark VI, Buck, Scout
Accessories: Silver Battle Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Railgun, SAW, Frag Grenade; Purple Plasma Rifle, Storm Rifle, Beam Rifle; Crimson Needler; Translucent Blue sticky grenade; Gun Metal Grey Scattershot, Incineration Cannon, Lightrifle, Suppressor, Splinter Grenade; Grey Gravity Hammer, Mauler, Spiker, Bruteshot, Spike Grenade; Gold UNSC Flag, HCS Flag
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $40 US

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

The box window shows off all 16 figures you get in the set. Yes, SIXTEEN! Along with that the accessories. Hidden within the box are the parts for the stands themselves.mb-arena-champs-box-front Continue reading

Atriox: We HAVE seen him before AND we have FOUGHT HIM!

This article is conjecture, however with some research behind it to bolster my claim. If you’ve heard otherwise, please just hear me out…

Chances are, you’ve not only seen Atriox before, but have PLAYED against him if you played the original Halo Wars.

Atriox IS the unnamed Brute Commander in the ORIGIAL Halo Wars game!

So how did I come to this conclusion and what facts do I have to prove this or at least make a good argument for it? Let’s explore, shall we?

First, let’s take a look at the Brute Commander from Halo Wars.

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Halo Update: Monitor’s Bounty PREVIEW

Whew, it’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted an update. To be fair, the last couple of months haven’t seen any real significant updates. That changes with December’s update!

The following is a reblog from Waypoint, with my remarks in BLUE.

Well folks, the hour has finally come. It’s no surprise that this time of year exudes a spirit of gift-giving, and we couldn’t be more excited to help you unwrap a very special present from us to you: Monitor’s Bounty. Halo 5’s latest content release is an epic salvo of experience-enhancing additions, from new weapons, armor, and skins, to brand new ways to build and play, all alongside the biggest Forge update ever seen in a Halo game. In fact, we’ve got so much in store that we’ve split up the reveal across two days.

Today, we’re excited to begin our bountiful breakdown of everything that’s in store for your hungry hard drives on Thursday, Dec. 8. That’s right, baby – the day after tomorrow. Be sure to return to Waypoint tomorrow for deep dives into Forge, Canon Fodder, Warzone, and Playlists.

To kick off this party, let’s take a look at all the free REQ items heading your way in Monitor’s Bounty.

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HFFL: I will have a short breakdown of this some time tomorrow. For now though…HOLY CRAP, CQB and EOD! Loving the Reach Pilot helmet too. Hmm, I wonder if that means we’ll get a ‘Haunted” version too???? Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Kodiak Siege Cannon

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Mega Bloks Kodiak Siege Cannon

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 hour sorting; 2 hours building. Your time will vary as I took time to take pictures for this toy review.
Set Piece Count: 868
Minifigures: Spartan Alice-130, 2X Brute Minor (Halo Wars 2 style)
Accessories: Shotgun, Battle Rifle, Brute Spiker, Bruteshot, removable gas cans
Special Features: Forward hatches open/close, side hatch open/close, front and mid roofs removable, side stabilizers pivot into position (multiple joints), rear stabilizers pivot into position (multiple joints); cannon raises, lowers and pivots, wheels spin, room for a driver and a gunner in forward section of vehicle.
Cost: $70 US; Mass Retail set

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

One of the first of the Halo Wars 2 sets, the front of the box has a great action shot on it! mb-kodiak-box-front
A little piece of trivia, the Halo Mega Bloks line started as a Halo Wars toy line first, then moved on to the FPS games for more/ner sets.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Dropship Part 3 of 3 – The Base, Figures and Complete set

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Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Dropship

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 3.5 hours sorting; 5.5 hours building
Set Piece Count: 2281
Minifigures: Elite Commander (Gold/Crimson), Elite Zealot (White), Imperial Grunt (White), 4X Grunt Minor (Shark skin grey)
Accessories: 2X Beam Rifle, 2X Storm Rifle, 2X Energy Sword , Focus Rifle, Carbine, 2X Fuel Rod (no fuel cells); 2X Concussion Rifle, 3X Needler Rifle (bronze), 3X Plasma Pistol, 5X Sticky Grenade (translucentblue); BUILDABLE Display Base
Special Features: Forward hatches open/close, side bay doors open/close, bridge canopy open/close, flip out gunner station panels (to fit figure), retractable plasma turret
Cost: $200 US; Mass Retail set

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

Below is the buildable display base. It adds a certain dimesionality to the whole set.

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Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Dropship Part 1 of 3 – The Body

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Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Dropship

Set Piece Count: 2281
Cost: $200 US

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

As with all the previous Signature series Halo Mega Bloks sets, this box is HUGE! You can tell just by the handle alone at the top.

The box art is very nice. The glowing blue bits are for effect only though folks, this set is not electrical in any way. Note the whopping 2291 piece count!mb-spirit-box-front

The back has a ton of info on it, some of which detailing the different hatches this Spirit has.mb-spirit-box-back Continue reading