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Post Icon Posted: Aug 20th, 2016 at 02:38 pm

The Covenant Spirit Dropship is the 2016 Halo Mega Bloks Signature Series. Iíve seen it been said that the Spirit isnít a Sig set, that it should have been done as a regular set. Having built it, I cannot believe that this could have been done well as a smaller set. It was originally available for pre-order from TRU with a date in September, so I was surprised when I received notice it was shipped.

Main Blok Colours: ARM (Metallic Indigo), AWB (Metallic Chrome)
Secondary Blok Colours: MM (Medium Grey) ALH (Navy Camo), AUB (Crimson), AKQ (White Camo), ANJ (Trans Blue Camo), ANW (Sand Camo)
Other Blok Colours: AAV (Trans Light Blue), HJ (Trans Dark Blue)
New Molds (To me at least): None

Figures Included: Gold/Crimson Elite Commander, White Elite Zealot, White Imperial Grunt, 4x Blue-Grey Storm Grunts
Weapons Included: 2x Fuel Rod Cannons (Painted), 2x Halo 4 Beam Rifles (Painted), 2x Storm Rifles (Painted), Focus Rifle (Painted), 3x Reach Needlers (Painted), 3x Halo 5 Plasma Pistols (Painted), 2x Energy Swords (AAV), 2x Concussion Rifles, Carbine (ARM), and 5x Plasma Grenades (HJ)

Pieces: 2281 bloks
UPC: 887961318470
Date Code: A21076ML Ė July 21st, 2016, Montreal

Once built, the ship is quite large, measuring in at apprioximately 26"x14.5"x5", with the doors closed. As a side note, this set includes some of my favourite bloks colours!



The set comes with a impressive armoury to outfit the seven figures with. Even more impressive is that most of the weapons have painted details, which rarely are included in larger sets. As a Signature Series set, this is something that I would have hoped they would have delivered on, and they did.



Quite often, Mega includes some clear bloks in order to display some the flying vehicles. This time, instead of having a massive clear blok underneath, they decided to make a terrain piece that holds the ship. The different sizes of the spires keeps the ship at an angle, making it look more dynamic. The renders included on the box, and in the manual imply that the terrain is meant to represent Kamchatka, the planet from the opening level of Halo 5. I initially thought the navy bloks seemed odd for stone, but they really do resemble those from the game.



Given that the set is a heavy troop transport, I'm glad to see we got more than just a couple figures. The Grunts have a lighter skin colour than the previously released ones, to further differentiate them. The blue ones are almost the same colour (ATV) as the bloks from the ONI REAP-X line. Initially, I thought the white Grunt and Zealot were silver or chrome when we first saw the renders of the set. I'm a little disappointed that they ended up being white, but I can live with it. The Zealot appears to have a bit more of a shine to it than the Grunt, which is almost flat. The flat white is unfortunate, as it makes the figure look plastic. The Elite Commander turned out well, and is easily my favourite figure from the set.




The set is based off the new Type-57 Spirit from Halo 5, which is somewhat of a departure from the more classical Type-25. While the older model is more iconic, the new model is current to the games, and the troop bay mechanics are cool enough for me to be completely fine with this model.



While the two 'forks' are troop bays, the space between them is used to carry vehicles into battle using an anti-gravity field.



The troop doors close and open. The front door is added as storage space in the set, while those doors do not exist in game. The storage space is just barely too small to fit a Hunter unfortunately. It had not occurred to me previously, but the individual doors are quite the tactical improvement over the single doors on the T-25. By opening every other door, snipers could use the gaps, and still have cover behind the closed doors. There is enough space on the weapons racks for all the weapons included in the set, although there are not quite enough clips for them.




The cockpit seats three, with a view screen forward, and computer with control sticks in the rear. The wiki page implies that there is only one pilot for the craft, but this provides more play space.



Despite the curved design, the cockpit seals up quite nicely.



At the front of the troop bays on each side, there is a screen with Covenant writing on it. I haven't attempted to see if it actually translates to anything. I know I've seen the alphabet somewhere on the internet before.



The instructions provide a way to hold the Covenant Commander set's Ghost between the forks, but there is quite the potential for other vehicles too.



The Spirit is a heavy troop transport, so with that in mind, I filled the one side with as many grunts as I could fit with weapons. I'll let people guess for a bit as to how many, but as a hint, its an even number.



The troops are ready for battle, and even have transport after they're dropped off. Smiley The Shadow was an easy fix, Wraiths will be a little harder, but I fully believe its possible.



In all, its a great set. Mega went all out in a number of ways, including lots of painted weapons, numerous figures, and even cut the exposed stud count way down to Vince Hoffman standards.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 20th, 2016 at 02:58 pm

Thanks for the fast and informative review! I'm especially appreciative of the measurements, that'll help me plan out where to display this thing ahead of time.

Love how you packed the thing full of troops at the end. Time for some Gruntpocalypse? :'D

I'd have preferred the classic Spirit, but the new design is executed well enough here that I don't mind too much. I really like how they included the painted weapons. It seems like if any type of set should have extra paint apps it'd be a Signature Series.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 21st, 2016 at 05:20 am

Awesome review.
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 21st, 2016 at 06:20 am

Thanks for the review! WOW!! That thing IS big!
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 26th, 2016 at 11:40 am

I think there are 20.

Great review, I really think that is an awesome set!
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 26th, 2016 at 07:31 pm

Oct 26th, 2016 at 11:40 am, DarthChaos wrote:
I think there are 20.

Great review, I really think that is an awesome set!


Thanks for the guess. Smiley

There are a total of 30 grunts hiding in the bay.
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