I’d been hunting locally for new Halo Mega Bloks sets to no avail, but this week I lucked out when the Summer 2014 Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Broadsword 97380 was briefly available online for the sale price of $53 shipped. It sold out in a couple hours, but mine was already locked in. And while it’ll take me a few days to put together a quality review and photos, here’s some unboxing photos and impressions of the Halo Mega Bloks Broadsword set to tide everyone over…
The Halo Flame Warthog skin was a DLC bonus only available to Halo fans who pre-ordered the Halo Wars video game way back in 2009. Half a decade later, the Flame Warthog DLC codes are extremely scarce and regularly sell for $30+ on the aftermarket. But as cool as the in-game Halo Wars Flame Warthog is, thanks to MEGA Brands, now you can own something even better for less than the cost of the Flame Warthog DLC code: the Summer/Fall 2014 Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Flame Warthog 97449!
They say that big toy reveals come in threes (actually, I may have just made that up), and MEGA Brands proved that statement this fourth of July holiday weekend! First they debuted the monumental Halo Mega Bloks Hierarch’s Shade Convoy set, and then followed it up with the Halo 2 Anniversary Battleground battle pack. And to close out the weekend, MEGA had one more humongous Mega Bloks Halo set to announce: the Halo Mega Bloks Spartan Tribute Pack, which comes loaded with twenty Spartan Mark IV figures!
After the reveal of the spectacular Halo Mega Bloks Hierarch’s Shadow Convoy on the 4th of July–including the long-requested Covenant Shade vehicle and the first-ever Mega Bloks figures of Sergeant Johnson and the Prophet of Truth–what more could Halo collectors really ask for? But while MEGA Brands didn’t really owe us anything else after such a landmark unveiling, they promised to debut another set this weekend anyway. And while it isn’t as monumental as the Halo Mega Bloks Shadow Convoy set, the Halo Mega Bloks Anniversary Collection Battleground set does include another headliner unique character: Tartarus!
In the glory days of the Halo Mega Bloks line, it seemed like every time you turned around an unannounced store exclusive Halo Mega Bloks set was rearing its head somewhere in the world. Those days are sadly behind us, and the number of 2014 Halo Mega Bloks exclusives pales in comparison to what we’ve had in past years. But while we may not get a lot of Mega Bloks Halo 2014 exclusive sets, the ones we do get may make up in quality what they lack in quantity! Just revealed this week at the RTX 2014 event this week–the Halo Mega Bloks Hierarch’s Shadow Convoy 97521… with Halo Mega Bloks Sergeant Johnson figure!
2014 has been a pretty dark year for Halo collectors, but thankfully, things are finally looking up! Not only do we have the entire summer/fall 2014 Halo Mega Bloks collection to look forward to, but McFarlane Toys, NECA, and Kotobukiya have gotten in on the act and have their own Halo products set for release in 2014. And now one of my absolute favorite companies is coming back into the fold: Square-Enix! At E3 2014, the next Square-Enix Play Arts Kai Halo figure was announced: the Play Arts Kai Halo 2 Anniversary Edition Master Chief figure!
I genuinely did not expect any fresh Halo Mega Bloks news or photos to turn up for quite a while still, and I definitely was not expecting the first information and photos of Halo Mega Bloks 2015 sets to appear in the first half of 2014. But after last month’s Halo Mega BloksFest 2014 UK event, TheSSMotion has revealed the first three all-new 2015 Halo Mega Bloks sets for the world to see! In 2015, we’ll see the debut of metallic Cryogenic Tubes containing all-new (and very cool) Halo Mega Bloks Spartan figures!
For Halo collectors, 2014 has pretty much been the pits. We’re currently in what is unarguably the darkest and slowest period for Halo figures and toys in the last half-decade. MEGA Brands has been eerily quiet since the 2014 Toy Fair with no real exclusives to speak of this spring, and the McFarlane Halo figure line is all but dead. Thankfully, it’s not all gloom, though. Japanese company Kotobukiya is coming back to Halo in 2014, and today they fully-revealed the Kotobukiya Halo Master Chief ARTFX statue!
There’s good news and bad news for fans of McFarlane Toys Halo figures. First, the good news: for the first time in well over a year, McFarlane Toys has officially announced new Halo action figures for release, putting the Halo 2014 figures now up for pre-order. The bad news is that, as I feared, the complete McFarlane 2014 Halo assortment consists of just two Master Chief action figures…
I foresaw a long and grueling drought of new information and fresh things to talk about months ago, and that’s why I held back on posting some of the news and photos from what I saw at the MEGA Brands booth at the New York Toy Fair 2014 back in February! Seeing as how it feels like eternity since I’ve had anything interesting to post about, I figure that now is as good a time as any to post my photos and impressions of the Halo Mega Bloks Alpha Series (AKA Halo Mega Bloks Series 10) figures…
Of all the things that I didn’t expect to see at the 2014 Toy Fair last month–but saw anyway–a new line of Halo model kit action figures from Bandai America tops the list. Seeing as how McFarlane Toys has virtually abandoned Halo collectors without a word of comment, I wasn’t expecting any other company to start popping out Halo action figures of any sort. But Bandai America thought better, as their Halo Sprukits Model Kits figures are now available for order!
Earlier today I talked about the Brute Minor Covenant Weapons Pack II set, but there’s still one more Summer 2014 Halo Mega Bloks Weapons Pack set left to discuss! While this set fell a little off my radar due to the insane revelations at the MEGA Brands New York Toy Fair 2014 booth, that’s not to say that the Halo Mega Bloks Forerunner Weapons Pack II isn’t worth getting excited about. Get ready for the first-ever Promethean Crawler Sniper figure, as well as the first-release Promethean Turret and Pulse Grenades!
I haven’t updated in a while, as I already covered all of the major Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2014 sets being released, and there hasn’t been a great deal of other news to talk about. But while I’ve talked about all the big sets with vehicles, there’s still a couple smaller gems left to discuss! One such set is the 2014 Halo Mega Bloks Covenant Weapons Pack II 97359, which comes complete with the first Halo Reach Mega Bloks Brute Minor figure ever!
It’s taken a little while to get there, but I’m almost at the end of my Halo Mega Bloks coverage from last month’s New York Toy Fair 2014 event! While there’s still a sprinkling of minor sets such as new weapons packs, combat units and drop pods to discuss, there’s just one major Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2014 set left to discuss–and it’s the biggest set of the year (that isn’t named “Covenant Scarab”): the all-new, redesigned Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Elephant Troop Carrier 97381!
Halo Mega Bloks Series 9 96978 was only announced one month ago, so all of us Halo collectors assumed that we were at least several months away from seeing the figures in stores. The Halo Mega Bloks Series 8 blind bags have barely begun to hit stores in many areas, but the unthinkable has now transpired. The Halo Mega Bloks Series 9 mystery packs of Halo figures have now been released and found in stores–and we’ve got the Halo Mega Bloks Series 9 codes to help you pull exactly the figures that you’re searching for!
If there’s one faction that’s been underrepresented in the Halo Mega Bloks line, it’s the Flood. Despite being the true antagonist in the entire first Halo trilogy of video games, the Flood have been relegated to only appearing in a handful of Halo Mega Bloks sets over the years. And while they will again only be majorly featured in one Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2014 set, it’s a Flood-centric set like never before! Coming in July/August 2014–Mega Bloks Halo Flood Invasion 97430!
While I was playing through the Halo 4 video game for the very first time (I can’t believe that was way back in 2012 already), there was exactly one point in the entire game when I stopped and exclaimed: “I can’t wait to own this as a Halo Mega Bloks set!” I’m referring, of course, to Halo 4 Missing 8: “Midnight”, the level featuring the Master Chief flying the UNSC Broadsword. Well, MEGA Brands will have made us wait close to two years for it, but the Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Broadsword 97830 set was on display at the New York Toy Fair 2014 and will arrive in stores in Summer 2014!
It used to be that Halo collectors looked to the McFarlane Toys Halo action figure line to give them every type of Spartan armor in action figure form, while MEGA Brands’ Halo Mega Bloks line had to play second fiddle with a more limited selection. But no longer! While the McFarlane Halo figures line is virtually dead, the Mega Bloks Halo line is going strong. And at last week’s New York Toy Fair 2014, MEGA Brands debuted two new sets filled with new Spartan armors: it’s the Halo Mega Bloks Fire Team Venom 97350 & Fire Team Crimson 97349 sets!
I’ve been so focused on talking about all of the new Summer 2014 Halo Mega Bloks sets, I almost forgot that there were other companies who showed new Halo toys at the New York Toy Fair 2014! While NECA is a company that I traditionally haven’t taken much of an interest in (beyond their incredible, short-lived NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure), they definitely made me sit up and take notice when they acquired a license to make Halo products last year. And at the 2014 Toy Fair, NECA brought their very first Halo product to show off–the enormous Halo 18″ Master Chief figure that showed up for pre-order last month!
Yesterday I talked about the one all-new vehicle coming as part of the summer/fall New Mombasa Police Department Halo Mega Bloks theme, and today I want to discuss the other two NMPD Halo sets coming out this year. While both of these sets are just repaints/retools of previously-released vehicles, they feature some of the best-looking deco we’ve seen on these particular vehicles. Coming in Summer 2014–the Halo Mega Bloks Police Cyclops 97326 and Police Hornet 97429 sets!