About Sal

I’ve got tons of experience with Halo gaming and collecting. I feel I have something to offer to the greater Halo fan community. Posts along the way will be about tips and tricks in the games as well as collecting and many more Halo related things. I’ll also repost interesting articles from the official site, Halowaypoint.com, or from fellow Halo fan sites. As I continue this blog, I hope to help gamers who want advice on the games, as well as any collectors with regards to where to find collectibles as well as deals, coupons and so on. You can also follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/HaloFanForLife or Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/halofanforlife11. Welcome to my blog and I hope you’ll come back again and again. -Sal

Fireteam Piercer Backstory: Carl “The Duke” Wayne

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The is the first of FIVE backstories of my in-game Spartans. Each using a different core in Halo Infinite, I wanted to express why I chose each armor and give them each a befitting backstory.

As I post each story, I will add links to the other stories, for easy reference and switching back and forth.

After I conclude posting all five written stories, I will then begin to post the audio versions. with links after, accordingly as well.

Once that is complete, I then plan on writing the first of a hopeful series of full Fireteam Piecer stories. For now, sit back and enjoy the first installment, “The Duke” which is the backstory of Fireteam Piercer’s Leader.

Backstory: The Duke

Nicknamed the Duke after a centuries dead American Cowboy, Carl Wayon of Earth, is as stoic a Spartan as you will find, with exception to Master Chief. Wayon grew up working his family farm as his ancestors had done for the previous 600 years. As such, he knows the meaning of dedication, hard work and long laborious hours.

Carl joined the UNSC, even with the apprehension of his family, due to his self proclaimed duty to protect his family, his land, and his planet from the Covenant threat. He excelled in basic training in physical fitness, and shooting skills with standard issue magnums and battle rifles. He performed so well that he was made his company’s ‘recruit commander’. 

Wanting to do more than “just being the average grunt”, Wayon applied for and was accepted into the ODST training program. He again excelled. Now adding hand-to-hand combat superiority, quick thinking, and decision making on battlefield tactics. Upon graduation, he was granted a commission of Lieutenant and given a squad of ODSTs to lead.

During his time as an ODST, he led several successful missions against the Covenant, to assassinate High Value Targets. Upon each successive mission, his notoriety grew, having a 100% return rate for those under his command. He was quickly promoted to Captain and given a company to command. The Duke’s first mission as company commander came during the Battle of New Mombasa. This would be the cornerstone of his military career.

In charge of a couple dozen ODSTs, he and Colt company dropped into the heart of the confrontation. Thereupon, Captain Wayon and his Colt Commandos laid waste to a nearly assembled Covenant forward operations base. Killing every Covenant they found, save one jackal sniper, who managed to escape. This one misstep proved to be a heavy loss for the company. Soon after that first skirmish, they were met with heavy resistance in the form of a squad of Wraiths and two Banshees. With overwhelming force, the Covenant backlash decimated half of his troops in just the first couple of minutes. This was the first time the Duke had lost soldiers in battle. He and the rest of the Commandos fought back hard, taking a few more casualties but, ultimately winning. Having destroyed the Banshees out of the sky with well placed rockets and a lucky Wraith shot, he now had a ragtag squad of 10 ODSTs and three Wraiths.

Wayon and the Colts would continue to battle in small skirmishes around New Mombasa, surprising Covenant forces in their own Wraiths and picking up surviving ODSTs and Marines along the way. By the time of the quick exit of the Covenant from Earth, the Duke had amassed a force of more than 200 surviving soldiers. Immediately after the battle, He was given a field promotion to Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) and was now placed as leader of the newly formed platoon of Colt Commandos. Wayon and his commandos would serve a few more years together, routing Covenant forces in small and mid-sized battles.

In 2556, top brass from the UNSC came with a new offer for Wayon, “We want you to become a Spartan.” Having great respect for Spartans, he humbly accepted. It was then that he was entered into the Spartan IV program. Having much battlefield prowess, leadership skills, and experience, LCDR Wayon was put in charge of Fireteam Dragoon, a team of four Spartan IVs, after their augmentations were complete.

The Duke selected as his armor:

  • Core: Mark VII
  • Helmet: Linebreaker w/HUL [5X]/BNR/ECHELON attachment
  • Visor: Mentor’s Gift
  • Chest: UA/COG
  • Left Shoulder: UA/FLSF Type C
  • Right Shoulder: HIGHCOM Sentinel
  • Knee Pads: UA/Type MX
  • Wrist: TAC/Holodyne Milspec
  • Utility: TAC/MX CUTTER
  • Gloves: Provespa
  • Armor Coating: Gunsmoke Gold
  • Spartan Number: [REDACTED]
  • Service ID Number: [REDACTED]

Wayon stated that the overall look of his armor, evoked the lawmen of a bygone era, as it related to his nickname. As well, the three main colors of mustard gold, light denim blue, and muddy tan matched his farm’s colors.

It didn’t take long for Fireteam Dragoon to see action. The next few years saw the Dragoons in typical lightning quick hit missions to take out notable Covenant leaders. Wayon enjoyed this duty as it reminded him much of his earlier days as an ODST. Though now, he was much better armed, augmented, and armored.

The Dragoons were to be given a long overdue stay of R&R, when Wayon was sent word he was being reassigned to the UNSC Infinity to take charge of the newly formed Fireteam Piercer. Within a month after his new commission, the Infinity was sent to Zeta Halo, in what would become a fateful mission for the flagship of the UNSC.

Spartan Carl “The Duke” Wayon and his Fireteam’s whereabouts are currently unknown. Presumed to be on Zeta Halo, they are listed as MIA.

Happy Master Chief Day 1/17!

Today being January 17, we Halo fans often refer to this as Master Chief day.

Whether you know him as Master Chief, Chief, John 117, S117, or the fabled voice behind the helmet-Steve Downes, let’s all celebrate our stoic hero of the greatest sci-fi FPS out there!

Happy Master Chief Day!!!
-Sal

Guess who’s back, back again!

It’s been a little over three years since I last posted here on my blog.
First let me explain why.

The biggest and initial reason at the start was I was very disappointed at Halo Infinite’s release date being push back a year. This upset me so much that I felt 343 had failed us and at that time chose to not support them by not blogging.
I realize now that that was a mistake and that I should have continued to blog. Be that to vent my frustration, that were shared by others, or to continue posting whatever news and reviews I came across.
Then I got a new job with the government. That kept me pretty busy, that by the time I came home, I was pretty exhausted.
I then got Covid in July 2022. This led me to develop “Long Covid”. It’s a neurological disorder. The effects of which have greatly reduced my capacity for working long hours. I get massive migraines, vertigo, and fatigued all the time.
I started to miss work about two weeks after getting Covid, from this. This condition proceeded to get worse and I was calling off sick 2 days or so a week.
Here in the U.S. we have what’s called FMLA. That is the “Family Medical Leave Act”. It means that my employer could not fire me for missing work due to this condition. However, there is a time limit on that. Unfortunately, I had exhausted that time after 6 months.
While both my Supervisor and District Manager didn’t want to let me go, as I was their best employee, since this was a government job, they had to follow the rules.
Instead of being fired, I chose to resign. This means that should I miraculously recover, I could go back to work there. It’s unlikely though as my condition has worsened.

I am now no longer able to work a full time job. Even part time would be near impossible as my condition flairs up at irregular intervals that I can not predict when I would be healthy enough to work. Beyond walking with me usual cane, I now on occasion have to use a walker. This for stability when the vertigo is affecting me particularly hard.

In any event, over the ensuing months, I found myself gradually playing less and less Halo because my cognitive function for playing multiplayer slowed and I was becoming bad at the game.
Enter Firefight. This game mode has been a god send to me! I don’t have to solo queue in MP and can easily slay aliens.
My gaming time shot was up in December and I have been climbing the ranks in Halo Infinite quickly.

This led me to the decision to start posting here on the blog again. Though I’ve been active on twitter and instagram these past years I always was drawn back to wanting to post on my blog again.
Now that I have a renewed passion for Halo, I’m going to give this a go again.
I will say that due to my neurological condition, I won’t likely post as often. Maybe once or twice a week at best. This is mostly because I become extremely tired and get migraines when in front of a computer screens (gaming aside, thankfully! Whew).

So this all means, HaloFanForLife has become my “job”. I set my own hours and work when I can.

I hope you all will rejoin the HFFL community. I have some things planned for the “HaloFanForLife” identity. Beyond blogging, I’ve been streaming a lot lately. Please follow me there at twitch.tv/halofanforlife.

Thanks for reading this post and lets all help grow a positive Halo community together!

-Sal

Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys Spartan Series 6 inch Master Chief

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Hinge Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Torso
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
• Swivel Jointed Toes
Accessories: MA40 Assault Rifle, MK50 Sidekick (pistol)
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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The packaging is fairly standard. Which is to say it looks nice. A large window shows off the entirety of the contents. Of all the four figures in this first series of 6.5 figs, I think Chief looks the best in package. This is likely due to the green graphics and yellow-orange background that both relate to Chief’s armor/visor.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” UNSC Marine

The term “World of Halo” used in the title refers to all figures in that series being in scale with one another.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Jointed Wrists *(see why the star later in the review)
• Swivel Jointed Chest
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: Commando Rifle, green/brown figure stand
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

I’ve said previously of the packaging, that I like the shape of it. A large see through plastic window, allows you to see what contents are included.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” The Pilot

The term “World of Halo” used in the title refers to all figures in that series being in scale with one another.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Chest
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: Bulldog Shotgun, green/brown figure stand
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

I’ve said in earlier reviews of the Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” packaging, that I like the design of the package and how it has a strong look to it. With a very large see through plastic window, it’s very easy to see what contents are included. With the package being large, it does make it easier to find on store shelves.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: UNSC Spartan Armor Pack

Mega Construx UNSC Spartan Armor Pack

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 1 minute to sort pieces, 1 minute to build
Set Piece Count: 106
Minifigures: X2 Spartans, Silver Armored Banished Brute
Weapons: Assault Rifle, Gravity Hammer, Mangler, Pistol, Bulldog (Shotgun)
Accessories: X3 figure stands, additional standard torso, shoulder armors and helmet, muzzle flashes, X4 frag grenades, scopes, silencer, Banished crate
Special Features: Armor locker opens/closes
Cost: $15 US Mass Retail. I got mine from Wal*Mart ONLINE.

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

The front of the box shows most of the contents in a series of plastic bubbles. (There are more things hidden behind the bottom piece of cardboard.) The back of the card shows some more of the contents and their names.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” Warthog

The term “World of Halo” (WoH) used in the title refers to all figures in that series being in scale with one another.

Technical Specifications:
Warthog:
• Fits up to three standard human WoH figures (Driver, Passenger, Gunner)
• Wheels spin
• Machine Gun rotates in place
• Slight swivel joint to Machine Gun
Accessories: X4 Gas Cans, Machine Gun Turret, Machine Gun Ammo Belt, Antenna

Master Chief:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Chest
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Jointed Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: Assault Rifle
Additional Contents: N/A

Cost: $30 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is a pretty standard rectangular box. The front shows the warthog in a cool action sequence. It also has a small window that shows the included Master Chief figure.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” Spartan MK V [B] + Jega ‘Rdomnai (2-pack)


Normally this is where I put the full Technical Specs, but since this is a two-pack, I’m putting only some of those here, with the articulation per figure later in the review.

Technical Specifications:
Accessories: Shock Rifle, Energy Sword, x2 Black/Grey hexagonal Figure Stands
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

The box is large and shows off all the contents of the set completely. Jega looks particularly cool in the box, with his arms splayed out as shown. Near the bottom of the box, the text says what weapons comes with each figure.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys 12 inch Spartan Tanaka

I would like to mention first that the 12 inch line of WCT Halo figures follows the recent trend of other toy manufacturers. This is to say that the backs of the figures are flatter and there is not as much articulation as their shorter counterparts. The 12 inch line is most definitely meant for kids, so please consider that, as I did, when reading this reviews and should you decide to buy the figures.

Okay, let’s move on to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Swivel Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: DMR
Additional Contents: N/A
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is tall and slim. The figure’s arms are slightly pinned behind the figure to allow for a tighter squeeze into the packaging. The DMR is partially on display at the front bottom of the window. Take care to carefully cut away any plastic holding straps before trying to remove the figure or DMR.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys Spartan Series 6 inch Red Mark VII Spartan

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Hinge Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Torso
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: CQS-48 Bulldog (Shotgun), Disruptor
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is fairly standard. The large window shows off the entirety of the contents.

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Mega Construx Toy Review: Master Chief Helmet

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Mega Construx Master Chief Helmet

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: roughly 45 minutes to build (Your time will vary from mine as I took pics along the way for this review.)
Set Piece Count: 414
Accessories: Buildable display stand
Cost: $30 US Target

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

The front of the package shows the completed helmet on the buildable stand as well as an inset photo of the back of the helmet with the AI chip being inserted into it.
The back shows much the same as well as the buildable Energy Sword set.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys “World of Halo” Jackal Sniper

The term “World of Halo” used in the title refers to all figures in that series being in scale with one another.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Neck
• Hinge Joint Jaw
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Chest
• Ball Joint hips
• Hinged Joint Knees
• Hinged Joint Hocks
• Ball Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: Stalker Rifle, Green/Grey Figure Stand
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging has a nice shape to it. It gives off a vibe of being very “strong”, if you will. Kind of how a muscular person’s torso is. Thicker at the top, slimmer at the waist, then thicker at the hips. It could also be interpreted as being Master Chief’s helmet. Green mostly all over, with the window (visor), having an orangish color card in the background.
The back shows a pic of Master Chief in a running pose. Most of WCT’s World of Halo packaging is like this. Not sure why they went that route instead of displaying other toys in the line? But it still looks nice.
Considering that I open the packaging, the back doesn’t make much difference to me. For those that collect and keep in package, this shouldn’t matter much either as you do not generally display figures with the back facing front.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys 12 inch UNSC Marine


Before I start the review, I would like to make note that the 12 inch line of WCT Halo figures is following the recent trend of other toy manufacturers. This is to say that the backs of the figures are flatter and there is not as much articulation as their shorter figures. The 12 inch line is most definitely meant for kids, so please consider that, as I did, when reading these reviews and should you decide to buy the figures.

Okay, let’s move on to the review.

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: Hydra Launcher
Additional Contents: N/A
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is tall and slim. The figure’s arms are slightly pinned behind the figure, with a plastic band, to allow for a tighter squeeze into the packaging. The Hydra is partially on display at the front bottom of the window. Take care to carefully cut away any plastic holding straps before trying to remove the figure.

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Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys Spartan Series 6 inch White Mark VII [B] Spartan

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Hinge Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Jointed Torso
• Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Double Jointed Joint Ankles
Accessories: VK78 Commando Rifle, Plasma Pistol
Additional Contents: Halo Infinite Code card.
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is fairly standard. Which is to say it looks nice. A large window shows off the entirety of the contents.

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