Halo is getting a smaller release, Which is great for people like me who love the vehicles as much as the figures. Of course getting a Warthog or a Falcon in the size of the standard Halo figures would eat up a lot of cash as well as a ton of room… though a giant Falcon could be really cool hanging from the ceiling.
There are three sizes of packaging and what they come with is equivalent to that size (highlighted sets are featured here today):
-ODST Drop Pods (2)
*Ghost vs. Wolf Spider Turret
*Warthog and Mongoose
-High Ground Bunker
*High Ground Gate
-High Ground Tower (October 2012 release date)
All of the sets, except for the High Ground Tower are out now. I have found them at Target, and a few at Toys R Us. It looks like lots of online retailers are carrying them as well. I have also seen some info about the upcoming Wave 2, which have some more great looking vehicles.
The first four sets I bought have really great vehicles. The details are outstanding, as we would expect from McFarlane. The High Ground Gate comes with two soldiers, a gatling gun and a Warthog. The only problem is that the Warthog does not come with a driver. So, it is more of a static vehicle unless we get more drivers in future sets. The second Warthog comes from a small blister pack. It comes with a driver as well as someone to fire the anti-aircraft gun. The two Warthogs have slightly different paint patterns so they do not look like a copy of one another.
Along with the Warthog in the small blister pack, it comes with a Mongoose.
The Mongoose has a driver as well. All three vehicles have rotating tires for a little bit more fun. I like how sturdy the vehicles are made.
In the other small blister pack I bought, it contains a Ghost with an Elite Spec Ops pilot. There are some really great moving parts on that to allow the pilot to fit into the vehicle.
The set also comes with a Wolf Spider Turret.
Then we come to the large blister. The first I bought was the one that made me decide I needed some of the Micro Ops sets. It contains the Falcon.
Rotating blades, rotating engines, rotating front gun, and highly moveable side guns, this thing is ready for action. Don’t forget the opening canopy with a place for the pilot. There are 4 seats in the back of the Falcon. Unfortunately, we don’t get anyone who can sit in there. We do get two soldiers to go along with the pilot, Carter and a UNSC Trooper.
I am really amazed at the amount of detail put into these small figures and vehicles. This is really a vehicle driven line, with collectors getting toys they would never get otherwise. Nobody would make them since nobody could afford them. The large scale Mongoose seemed to sell well, in fact I have two of them. The Warthog did not seem to sell as fast, many sitting for a long time. I guess they sold well enough since there are sets out now to change the gun to another weapon platform.
I guess the only thing to do now is start on a base to display these. I can’t leave them in my backyard all of the time, and they are too well detailed and weathered to leave on a shelf. I know I will have to get the tower when it comes out. That will add an extra level of height that will make this really stand out. Off to the hobby shop for so supplies.