Not mint in Box: Mega Bloks UNSC Night Ops Gausshog 97134

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

 

Hey, I’m Rob Base and today, thanks to the good folks at Mega Bloks, we are given a review of the Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Night Ops Gausshog 97134

This is a large package. It includes two mini Halo figures and one larger alien creature.

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As always, it includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions, which have all been color coded.

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I will admit, I am not that good at building toys like Mega Bloks and usually leave that up to my wife, but I was inclined to attempt this feat and I took flight.

Every step you do must be carefully calculated.

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I find the easiest thing to do is organize all the pieces to make sure you have all parts needed. This vehicle has lights and sounds, which will add new dimensions to this toy. After about 20 minutes, I came to this level of completion. It really started to take shape and I was in the home stretch. Once completed, the toy looks amazing, but nothing is as cool as playing with it.

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I handed the toy off to one of my colleagues, whose 7 year old daughter and 3 year old son had a blast taking it apart and building it again.81MPYO-i95L._SX466_

Toys like these are what stirs the imagination and will lead to future leaders and/or, at the very least, more sales for Mega Bloks.

I give the toy a solid 4/5 and with the holidays around the corner, this set should be under all Christmas trees.

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And remember they’re your toys… play with them the way you want.

 

Mega Bloks Halo Toymation Is Back

The second edition of the Mega Bloks Halo Toymation calls on fans to raise the bar

MEGA Brands Inc. (TSX: MB) – After a successful and exciting first year, Mega Bloks will soon launch their second edition of the Halo Toymation Fest, a community-driven competition in which Halo fans can create and submit their own Mega Bloks Halo toymations (stop motion animations featuring toys) for a chance to win incredible prizes.

The official 2012 Mega Bloks Halo Toymation website (http://halo.megabloks.com/en/toymation), launched on August 3rd, will once again be the home page to many hopeful contestants. At this time, fans can visit the site to learn more about the different genres of videos they will be allowed to submit, discover the panel of judges and the amazing prizes to be won and receive details about the voting criteria and tips on stop motion animation.

“We are eager to launch our second Mega Bloks Halo Toymation Fest”, said Andrew Sparkes, Vice President of Kids and Collectors at MEGA Brands. “Last year, fans really proved their dedication to the Halo brand and allowed us to see the love for our Mega Bloks products shine through the creativity of their amazing productions. We can’t wait to see what they will come up with next.”

“I had the honor of being one of the judges in last year’s Halo toymation contest, and the videos the Mega Bloks community made with just blocks, a video camera, and the magic of editing was absolutely mind-blowing”, said Jessica Shea, a.k.a. bs angel, Community Manager at 343 Industries and avid Halo gamer. “So to say I’m excited about seeing this year’s entries would definitely be an understatement!”

The submission and voting periods will roll out as such:

Phase 1 (August 3 – September 17) – Official website launch. Early submissions open September 1, at which point contestants will be invited to enter videos into the following categories: action, comedy, drama, classical and sports.

Phase 2 (September 18 – November 5) – Submissions and voting begin! Fans vote for their favorite toymations. Submissions close October 25.

Phase 3 (November 6– November 26) – Face-Off: At this time, the top 2 videos in each category will go head-to-head as voters pick the finalists.

Phase 4 (December 5) – Unveiling of contest winners: This year, top videos will be ranked per category by MEGA’s panel of expert judges.

The lucky winner and runners-up will get the chance to win prizes that include video production hardware and software, a variety of Mega Bloks Collectors building sets and one-of-a kind Mega Bloks Halo collector items!

This edition’s exciting panel of expert judges include Jessica Shea a.k.a bs angel; Jason Forthofer, co-owner and co-host of The Brick Show; Larry Hryb, better known by his Xbox LIVE Gamertag of ‘Major Nelson’, the Director of Programming for Xbox Live; Jeremy Azevedo, Head of Original Programming for Machinima, the most popular gaming and entertainment network on YouTube; Tyler Gregory, Winner of the 2011 Halo Toymation Fest, and finally Mr. Andrew Sparkes.

For more information on the contest, rules, regulations and tips on how to produce stop motion videos, please visit http://halo.megabloks.com/en/toymation.

About MEGA Brands
MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children, families and collectors through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products.

Visit http://www.megabrands.com for more information. The MEGA logo, Mega Bloks, Rose Art, MEGA Puzzles, MEGA Games and Board Dudes are trademarks of MEGA Brands Inc. or its affiliates.

The Making of Mega Bloks Halo Universe

On March 1st we’ll be launching our new collection, Mega Bloks Halo Universe, a series of miniature plastic and die-cast metal collectibles done in our signature Mega Bloks style. This video, The Making of Halo Universe, is a retrospective of our work on our Halo collection and how it’s brought us to where we are now. We hope you enjoy it.

Check out Mega Bloks website here