Review by JoshB
I have a confession to make: I've never played Halo. Does that tarnish my geek cred? I know what Halo is, I've seen videos of it and trailers and such, but I just don't own an Xbox 360. But I have always appreciated the designs of the characters, whether it be the militaristic USNC or the alien Covenant.
Halo Wars is a slightly different game from the rest of the Halo franchise. Unlike the other games which are first person shooters, Halo Wars is a Real Time Strategy Game (RTS) in which you control the two sides on the battlefield.
Take a look at the game trailer:
Mega Bloks got the right to produce toys from the video game, and that is what I am reviewing today.
The box is beautiful, and huge. The box designers did a great job with this with bright clean graphics.
Inside, all the parts are in baggies. The parts are all mixed up, so you have to open them all to get started.
The green blocks are molded out of a multi-colored camouflage green.
That's a lot of parts. 376 parts to be exact.
When this is all said and done, you will make one UNSC Hawk combat vehicle, one Covenant Banshee combat vehicle, gun station and four figures.
The build was pretty simple, but still a bit too advanced for my 7 year old. He could probably do it but it would take him a while. The boys helped me pick parts instead.
The first thing you build up is the Hawk vehicle.
It's nice but doesn't do much of anything.
Noticeably absent is any kind of landing gear. Does it have any?
During the build the two front lasers continually fall off, so I left the off 'till the end. The under-wing sections pivot a little, and the guns can rotate side to side.
When building these under wing sections, some parts did NOT want to go together. you push one side down and the other pops up.
The cockpit can open, but there is no detailing inside. One figure can fit inside, but there is no way to secure it.
Next up is the Covenant Banshee. The Banshee is a purple fighter made out of primary shapes and a folding cockpit that runs the length of the vehicle. Build of this vehicle is very simple.
I'm not sure which figure drives, but this is the cockpit.
I was kind of disappointed that the back was just... hollow.
A small Covenant turret is included as well. It rotates and tilts, but unfortunately, does not shoot anything.
Still there? Good. If you couldn't tell, I found these vehicles lackluster. But what makes this (and other Halo Wars sets) awesome are the mini-figures.
The set comes with five figures.
This little guy is the one everyone knows from Halo and here he is just under 2 inches tall and fully articulated. He comes with a gun and just really is a lot of fun to play with.
UNSC Flame Marine
This is my favorite guy of the bunch. The figure comes with a backpack, flamethrower, and a flexible cord that connects the two. Still fully articulated, and an alltogether different design than the spartan. If they made just these guys on a card, I would buy them all day long.
The set only lists one, but you get two Covenant Elite figures and one gun.
This tiny guy is about half the size of the elite, but still articulated.
All together, they make a great litte army.
Wraith Pheyden thrown in for scale.
Aerial Ambush is not a complicated set, nor is it anything revolutionary. The mini Halo figures are very cool and I will admit it was fun to build and didn't take a ton of time. For the casual fan it is a good diversion. Hard-core brick heads may have issues with some of the fit and finish, but Halo fans will get a kick out of it.
Comments16 comments posted
If you like the flame guy, there is a set out for maybe $10 that includes two of them (plus a couple of regular spartans, some baddies, and some grunts. That and the marine's turret set are very tempting to me, since I'm not interested in the vehicles.
Oh, and the games have been released on the PC, too. If you ever got the urge to try them. ;-) I haven't, but I know I've seen the games go for as cheap as $10.
Sorry for the nitpicking, but in the video games, I've only ever seen Covenant Elites pilot Banshees out of all the Covenant races, though a Spartan most certainly can hijack one.
Not a fan of the game, but this is pretty neat, to bad it's not Lego though. Nice review!
"...to bad it's not Lego though..."
Why? You'd prefer if the set cost $10 more? LOL
I love Lego, but there's no shame in buying Mega Bloks. They put out a quality product.
"I'd prefer Lego quality"...
"I have a confession to make: I've never played Halo. Does that tarnish my geek cred?"
Mr. Josh sir, all you need is that toy to play Halo,
so that answer right there is a big huge NO.
Lego quality is largely a thing of the past. It used to be you would pay more for Lego because of the quality,but they're really slipping. If you look around online you can see vintage pieces compared to modern,and the modern pieces just don't fit snugly like the vintage.
I've played Halo,you're not missing much. Remember that game Doom? It's that but with better graphics and 10 year old kids calling you racial slurs and gay ephitets.
Don't get me wrong,there's nothing really -wrong- with the game,but I don't understand the hype.
Considering I've not bought Lego since I was a 10yr old, I'll take your word for it.
Yeah,there's a whole "community" of online Lego fans,and they bitch about the quality all the time. I bought some of those animeish sets that were reviewed on here a year or so ago,and they were not as well made as the older Lego pieces. Plus one or two were missing pieces,and one of the sets came with the wrong instructions. A sorry state indeed.
What a pity, I truly loved my Lego as a kid. The best part was that even though my parents were only able to buy me the cheaper smaller sets at the time. Once you had a couple, there was no limit to the things you could make...good memories.
Yeah, I'm far from a Lego expert, but I believe they moved a good bit of their production to Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Singapore whereas it was previously done in Denmark (but I'm not 100% on that). I just remember a big stink years ago about how they were moving overseas to save money.
At the same time, Mega Bloks seemed to increase their quality and definitely their creativity.
Lego is still the tops, but MB is close behind.
Josh, you won't lose nerd points, but for obvious reasons I might. I've played through the whole Halo series (except for Wars, not an RTS player) and enjoyed it.
I personally cannot see what people hate about the game other than the obvious "its a FPS" "10 year olds talk trash" and whatnot. Its a scale-landscape crossing venture on a satelite -artificial- ring world structure, spanning across the galaxy from Earth to the rings and beyond in a military sci-fi narrative. I'll elaborate more in the ODST review.
The Gundam Model Guy
We've had our eye on these for quite a while. My 8 year old loves Halo, especially "Master Halo", as he calls him. TRU had a buy 2 get 1 on Mega Bloks last week, and we stocked up on everything but this Aerial Ambush set. The cute lil' guys are easily the best part!
waiting for halo 4:)
questions and answer
The back of the Banshee is supposed to be hlow. In all the games, the back is hollow to allow pilots to get in.