As many of you have written in and noticed (and I’ve been a bit too busy to talk about here), some of the McFarlane Toys Halo 5: Guardians figures that were scheduled to be released in October have started to appear in some stores. Kelly and the Athlon Spartan have been especially difficult to find, but things just got a whole lot easier: the McFarlane Halo 5 figures are now available online with free shipping!
It’s been literally years since McFarlane Toys released an entire series of new Halo figures containing more than three new figures, but the drought is at an end and the long-awaited Halo 5: Guardians figures have arrived! And what better character to begin the reviews with than the new protagonist of Halo 5–Agent Locke! The new McFarlane Spartan Locke figure is now available online and in some stores–but is he everything I hoped he would be? Well… not exactly…
While it’s very possible (and perhaps even likely) that the glory days of Halo Mega Bloks toys are behind us, there’s at least one holdover set left that fans have been awaiting since the line’s beginning. And while it’s changed immensely from its original Halo Wars form, the Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Firebase set is finally up for order–including exclusive figures like Spartan Kelly!
Traditionally, San Diego Comic-Con has not been the most thrilling event for Halo collectors. But that was in the past, and things are definitely looking up for Halo fans at SDCC 2015! Not only is 2015 the first full year that Mattel has had as owner of MEGA Brands, but it’s also the first year that Mattel has a special SDCC Halo Mega Bloks Exclusive set planned for release! Coming our way next month: it’s the Halo 5 Mega Bloks Icons Box set with the Master Chief, Spartan Locke and the Arbiter!
E3 2015 will finally take place next week, and that means that the time is near for Halo 5: Guardians hype to really kick it into high gear! As such, this is the perfect time for the Halo Mega Bloks Charlie Series to begin hitting stores in force! And whether you’re looking to build a complete set or just cherry-pick the rare figures, our handy Halo Mega Bloks Charlie Series Codes list is your best friend!
For years, McFarlane Toys has been deeply entrenched in producing almost exclusively 5-6″ figures for the Halo toy line. While a McFarlane 12″ Master Chief and a pair of Spartans were released in the infancy of the Halo 3 figure line, they sold poorly and the scale was quickly axed. But with the humongous push coming for the Halo 5: Guardians video game, the time is nigh to go large again: the McFarlane Spartan Locke Deluxe 12″ figure is now up for order!
Considering that we are now less than six months out from the release of Halo 5, you would think we’d be positively rolling in news, announcements and teaser photos for upcoming Halo toys. But, well… we’re not. Things have been eerily quiet since McFarlane Toys put their first series of Halo 5 figures up for order in March, and even interest in Halo Mega Bloks seems to be at an all-time low. Even so, Kotobukiya is charging forward with some outstanding-looking articulated statues to fill the void–the Halo Mjolnir Mark V and Mark VI ARTFX+ Statues Two-Pack is now up for order!
Yesterday I posted my first Halo figure review in a long, long time–the McFarlane Toys Jul ‘Mdama figure. But while Jul is the only character in the set never released as a toy before, he’s not the only new Halo 4 figure I ordered online! After being spoiled by the Play Arts Kai Sarah Palmer figure two years ago, how does the McFarlane Sarah Palmer figure stack up…?
It’s been well over a year since I’ve had some new McFarlane Toys Halo figures to review, but the day I wasn’t sure would ever come finally has! The distribution on Halo 4 Series 3 hasn’t been the best, but after ordering Jul ‘Mdama for $14 shipped online, the Didact’s Hand is now in the house! But should this McFarlane Jul ‘Mdama figure be in your house too? Read on for my review…
Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that amidst my coverage of New York Toy Fair 2015, there wasn’t a single article about McFarlane Toys Halo figures this year. No, that wasn’t an oversight–the McFarlane Toys booth was just an epic disappointment at the 2015 Toy Fair. I feared we were in for another year with just one or two new figures–but I was wrong! Just one month after Toy Fair, McFarlane Toys has now officially revealed the case ratios for Halo 5 Series 1, and the Halo 5 Guardians Series 1 figures are now up for order!
Last summer, Dark Horse announced that they would be going beyond comic books with their Halo offerings for the very first time by creating an all-new line of Halo Replica ships and vehicles! We’ve had to wait over half a year for more information on this line, but at the New York Toy Fair 2015 last week, Dark Horse Deluxe brought along the first three Dark Horse Halo ship replicas to show off at the event: the UNSC Infinity, a UNSC Pelican and the Covenant Truth and Reconciliation!
While MEGA Brands didn’t want to show off all of their Summer/Fall 2015 Halo Mega Bloks sets to the press at the New York Toy Fair 2015 last week, one set that they had no problem showcasing features a new version of the most iconic vehicle in Halo lore. Coming later this year–it’s the Halo 5 Mega Bloks UNSC Attack Gausshog set… with Master Chief and Arbiter figures!
I’ve talked a fair bit about the Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2015 sets that were on display at the New York Toy Fair 2015 last week, but those weren’t all the new Halo collectibles that were on display at the event! Kotobukiya put out their 1/6th scale ARTFX Master Chief statue earlier this winter, but at the 2015 Toy Fair, they showed off their cheaper (and cooler!) 1/10 Master Chief ARTFX+ statue and alternate Spartan armor sets!
One of the great tragedies of the early days of the Halo Mega Bloks toy line is that the enormous Halo Wars Firebase Mega Bloks set was cancelled, despite a prototype of the Mega Bloks Firebase being created and shown off. Halo fans have been sorrowful over this loss for years–but as revealed at the 2015 Toy Fair, MEGA Brands is going to do their best to make things right! Though it’s undergone a lot of changes since the original model, a Halo Mega Bloks Firebase set is finally coming in summer/fall 2015…
With the changing of the guard and Mattel taking over MEGA Brands, I feared that the days of seeing obscure, niche Halo vehicles represented in the Halo Mega Bloks toy line might be over. But at New York Toy Fair 2015, Mattel/MEGA Brands proved that that was not the case! While there aren’t many vehicles from Halo Wars remaining that need representation in Mega Bloks Halo toys form, we can cross one of the largest off the list: the Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Vulture flew in at the 2015 Toy Fair!
One of the things that Halo Mega Bloks fans have cried out for, almost since the start of the Mega Bloks Halo toys line, was a fully-revamped Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Scorpion Tank. While the first-ever wave contained a Halo Mega Bloks Scorpion tank–and we got a slightly tweaked ODST Scorpion later on–a new and improved Halo Mega Bloks Scorpion just never came to a fruition. However, at New York Toy Fair 2015, we got our first look at an all-new Halo 5 Mega Bloks Tank that’s not a new Scorpion, but is definitely the next best thing!
Way back in 2013, NECA announced that they had acquired a license to produce Halo collectibles, including a Master Chief motorcycle helmet. We didn’t hear anything much about the Halo Motorcycle Helmet until last fall, when an unpainted prototype was displayed at New York Comic Con 2015. But at the biggest toy event of the year–New York Toy Fair 2015–NECA finally showed off the finished prototype! And almost immediately after, it went up for sale–the NECA Halo Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet is now up for order!
Halo Mega Bloks has gone through some major changes since last year’s Toy Fair as a result of MEGA Brands being purchased by Mattel. Because of that, I’m not able to offer the same comprehensive, in-depth coverage of all the new Halo Mega Bloks sets shown at New York Toy Fair 2015 this past weekend. But while I couldn’t see everything at the event, I was able to see a still-unnamed Halo 5 Mega Bloks Promethean Vehicle at the Toy Fair…
Last week, I gave my comprehensive thoughts on the three mass-release McFarlane Toys Halo 4 Series 3 figures which are due to hit stores very, very soon. But I mentioned in that article that there was a previously-unannounced exclusive figure in this wave as well–and so there is! Coming to everyone’s favorite toy retailer this winter–it’s the Walgreens Exclusive Spartan Soldier Halo 4 Series 3 figure!
Well, well–it certainly has been a while, hasn’t it? I can’t remember a drought of Halo toy news this bad since the Halo Mega Bloks and Halo McFarlane Toys lines kicked into high gear over half a decade ago. Luckily, with the New York Toy Fair 2015 happening next week (and yes, Halo Toy News will be in the house for the 2015 Toy Fair), I’m hoping things are about to really pick up again. And perhaps as a precursor to that, the first photos have appeared of the Halo 4 Series 3 figures that went up for order months ago!