There have been suggestions that Halo has become nothing but a cash-cow. Big money deals have been signed with Pizza Hut, Mountain Dew, Doritos, Virgin Gaming and Ford. Not to mention the swathe of anti-consumer pre-order "incentives" we were met with at launch. In all of these cases I can see why 343industries would sign off on them, they all have benefits to the franchise beyond cold, hard cash. [I'm treating increased sales of the game as a discreet benefit, separate from money in the bank even if the two do go hand in hand.]
Today I popped open a box of "Halo Mega Bloks METAL SERIES". For reference the two sets I have here are not cheap, they RRP at £20 for the Scorpion and £8 for the figures.
First impressions are not great, whilst the packaging is cool it's clear that the quality here is total pap. It's actually quite funny that they choose to move that chrome Spartan front and centre as it looks like a screwed up piece of tinfoil.
When I open the box, things don't get any better, it quickly becomes apparent that the "Halo Mega Bloks METAL SERIES" doesn't actually contain all that much metal. The figures are actually very cheap plastic, the only exception being the chrome Spartan which I'd guess is pewter with silver paint. "DIECAST!" proclaims the packaging, which is all well and good, but what good is diecasting, when the die and materials you're using are of such low quality?
The Scorpion itself is mostly plastic, the wheelarches and centre body are metal while the turret, wheels, underside and hatch are all plastic. The turret does fire, although rather than shooting a shell, it just fires off the end of the turret. : \
|Yes, they did need to add a bit of cheap plastic to the driver so he fits in the cockpit properly..|
If this didn't say Halo on it, if it was a kids' tank toy on sale in the 99p Store, I'd think it was overpriced. These little green army men actually have a better build quality than the figures in the "Halo Mega Bloks METAL SERIES".
There's only two reasons I can see for this to exist. It's either a quick cash-in, designed to dupe unsuspecting parents at Christmas time or it's intended to be of such low quality that it makes Mega Bloks main line of Halo toys seem premium quality. Either way it's best avoided, especially when Jada Toys excellent models can be picked up for a similar price. It's concerning that even in the face of the Mountain Dew and Virgin Gaming promotions it's these toys from Mega Bloks that offend me the most.
- Cowboy Out.