I think pretty much everybody out there knows at least one person who loves Halo. As one of the most popular video game franchises of the last decade, you’d probably have a harder time finding guys that don’t like it. In order to celebrate the newest title in the saga, Halo Wars, the folks at Mega Bloks have come out with a whole line of vehicles and figures pulled right from the games.
The 376 piece Halo Wars Aerial Ambush building set includes your very own UNSC Hawk and Covenant Banshee vehicles which are both highly detailed and instantly recognizable to fans of the Halo games. Also included in the set and somehow even more detailed are four miniature figurines, two UNSC and two Covenant soldiers. These miniature figures are amazingly small yet still have moveable arms and legs, and surprisingly look better than a lot of figurines twice their size.
During an afternoon of pie baking at Rave Central we decided a perfect way to clear the kitchen of extra bodies was to offer up the challenge of building the Aerial Ambush set to our less enthusiastic chefs. They promtly dumped the pieces on the ground to begin building and the first thing we realized is that 376 pieces is a lot more than it sounds like. Once they are all laid out in front of you, 376 pieces looks more like 3,7600, especially if you’re not the model-building type. The second thing we noticed was how cool all the pieces look. We loved the fact that the camouflage is actually built into the individual pieces as opposed to having to mix and match solid color pieces, or worse yet, just having stickers to put on over solid pieces to imply camo.
Once we got a few steps in, we realized this was going to be a challenging build. The level of detail and sheer amount of pieces leaves you searching for just the right piece and double checking the instructions to make sure you’re putting it all in the right place. We ended up actually splitting the tasks up by having one person assembling while the other person would hunt through looking for the pieces for the next step, which actually worked quite well and made it so you could actually work with someone without getting in each other’s building space. Once the vehicles really started to come together, it got even more fun since it was apparent that the finished product was going to be insanely cool, and then everyone wanted to join in on the building.
Luckily, you can never have too many people helping organize and ready the pieces for the next portion of the building process, since the pieces at first glance tend to all look alike. One odd detail in the hunt for pieces was that while the building blocks do come separated out in small bags, these seemed to have nothing to do with organization or order of building. While at first this was a point of contention, in the end it worked out well by offering an extra job to do for those wanting to help build that aren’t coordinated or detail-oriented enough to build it themselves. Me, for example, or even a younger child.
Which leads me to my next point of business; the recommended age for the Halo set. Mega Blocks recommends an 8 and up builder, but I think you might possibly be able to go younger than that with (a lot of) help from an adult. I think the ideal age is probably less of a number, but more of a character trait of your child. A seasoned model-building 8 year old could probably handle this no problem, but I know some 28 year olds (me) that still required help. Another thing to consider is that Halo is huge around the tween/teen age range, and even into the 20s for most guys, and although the package says 8 and up, this really isn’t a kid’s toy. Case in point: this Halo set is now proudly displayed in a twenty-something’s apartment (not mine), and his roommates are more than a little jealous.
As we’ve established, I’m really not the model-building type, but even I had a lot of fun making the Halo Wars vehicles. I love trying new things that aren’t necessarily second nature and I love a project that leaves no mess. In fact, I found that model vehicle building is the exact opposite of a messy project in that the more you work on it, the cleaner your space is. I know, I know, I just ruined the fun of it for all you menfolk out there, but I know moms will appreciate a project that leaves the work space clean.
Overall, I thought the building process was a lot of fun and something I would definitely be interested in doing again. The set has just the right amount of coolness, collaboration and challenge to make the building process enjoyable for a wide age range. With step-by-step instructions and color pictures to guide you but just enough difficulty in the project to really give us the “I built that” pride of a job well done, the Halo Mega Bloks set was just the right amount both to become an instant hit.
Features, compliments of the Mega Bloks website:
Popular Xbox 360 real-time strategy video game theme
UNSC Hawk and Covenant Banshee combat vehicles
Special building blocks with new camouflage effect
4 miniature action figures (1UNSC Flame Marine, 1 UNSC Spartan, 1 Covenant Elite, 1 Covenant Grunt) with weapons
Authentic collector’s series
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2) Tweet about this Giveaway using @raveandreview after following (daily Tweet, just post link here)
3) Blog about this Giveaway with links back to this post as well as the www.raveandreview.com homepage
4) Place my button or my 2009 Gift Guide logo in your sidebar on your blog or website (2 extra entries, must have an active link)
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A big thank you to Mega Brands for sending their Halo set and keeping us all busy and then for offering a giveaway to our fabulous readers. No type of monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review.