Halo

SHOUT! Factory Releasing Halo: The Complete Video Collection on Blu-Ray and DVD

Explore the far reaches of the HALO® universe with HALOTHE COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION, arriving on home entertainment shelves October 31, 2017 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Kew Media Group and 343 Industries.  Packed with new bonus content, this highly-anticipated 6-Disc set contains live-action features HALO 4FORWARD UNTO DAWN (directed by Stewart Hendler), HALONIGHTFALL (directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and executive produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker), animated feature HALOTHE FALL OF REACH (directed by Ian Kirby and produced by Sequence), and anime anthologyHALO LEGENDS.  A must-have for collectors, loyal fans and pop-culture enthusiasts, HALOTHE COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION debuts in stores October 31, 2017. Pre-order is available now.  

HALO 4FORWARD UNTO DAWN

The story is set against the backdrop of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, where a group of highborn cadets are training to join the ongoing war with the outer colonial planets. For generations, humans traveled the stars and worked together to settle worlds under the banner of the UNSC. But that peace has been shattered by insurrectionists, causing a galaxy-spanning civil war to break out. 

Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with doubts about the war and the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As he comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the academy comes under attack from a terrifying and brutal alien assault. Lasky must fight to protect the academy and its students alongside a mysterious ally – an armored super-soldier known only as the Master Chief – as their fates become entwined for decades to come. 

HALONIGHTFALL

Halo: Nightfall tells the dramatic story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific biological attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra.

Led by Locke, agents from the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where, forced to fight for their survival, they begin to question everything and, ultimately, have to choose between their loyalties and their lives.

 

HALOTHE FALL OF REACH

Relive the origin of the legendary Master Chief and the Spartan program in this animated adaptation of one of Halo’s most beloved stories.

Kidnapped as children and conscripted into a brutal military training and augmentation program, the Spartans were designed to be the ultimate weapon against chaos and insurgency – but when a dangerous alien alliance known as The Covenant declares war on humanity, the Spartans might be our only hope.

 

HALO LEGENDS

This sweeping science-fiction saga delves into the rich Halo universe with seven exciting stories focused on the Master Chief’s mysterious origins, the Spartans’ advanced combat capabilities and the tense rivalry between Spartans and Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs).

 

Created in collaboration with some of the world’s leading animators from Japan, Halo Legends draws you into the center of humankind’s ongoing battles with the Covenant, dynamically depicted in cutting-edge animation styles that deliver breathtaking visuals and gripping adventure.

 

HALOTHE COMPLETE VIDEO COLLECTION

Available for the first time on 6-Disc Blu-ray and DVD with New Special Features

  • Bonus Disc With 4 All-New Commentaries From The Halo Creative Team:

HALO LEGENDS

  • Frank O’Connor – Franchise Creative Director at 343 Industries
  • Kevin Grace – Franchise Manager
  • Bonnie Ross – Corporate Vice President at Microsoft

 

HALO: THE FALL OF REACH

  • Kiki Wolfkill – Studio Head for Transmedia at 343 Industries
  • Frank O’Connor – Franchise Creative Director
  • Corrinne Robinson – Halo Franchise Manager

 

HALONIGHTFALL

  • Kiki Wolfkill – Studio Head for Transmedia at 343 Industries
  • Corrinne Robinson – Halo Franchise Manager
  • Jeremy Patenaude – Franchise Writer

 

HALO 4FORWARD UNTO DAWN

  • Frank O’Connor – Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries
  • Corrinne Robinson – Halo Franchise Manager
  • Kevin Grace – Narrative Design Director

 

  • Remaking The Legend: Halo 2 Anniversary
  • Halo 4: A Hero Awakens
  • Halo 4: Forerunner ViDoc
  • Halo 5: A Hero Reborn
  • Halo Waypoint: Heroes Never Die
  • And More!

Dark Horse and 343 Industries Reveal New Replica Halo Ships

Dark Horse and 343 Industries are set to release a new pair of ship replicas based on the highly anticipated game Halo Wars 2. The UNSC Spirit of Fire will launch March 1, 2017, while the UNSC Vulture will land summer 2017.

The UNSC Spirit of Fire is an intricately detailed polyresin eight-inch replica of the Phoenix-class support ship and will retail for $49.99. The UNSC Vulture is a masterfully crafted six-inch replica of the heavy gunship and will retail for $39.99.

“Dark Horse’s replicas are amazing and we are pleased that fans will be able to add these two iconic ships from Halo Wars 2 to their growing Halo armadas,” said John Friend, Director of Consumer Products at 343 Industries.

To date, Dark Horse and 343 Industries have produced six Halo replica ships, with more on the way, including a PAX-exclusive five-inch Halo Covenant Banshee Ultra replica, Halo 5: Guardians’ UNSC Prowler, the UNSC Pelican Dropship, the UNSC Infinity, the Covenant Truth and Reconciliation, and the UNSC Pillar of Autumn.

Dark Horse and 343 Industries have also produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical story lines written by writers from the video game franchise, Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation, and released the graphic novels Halo: Fall of Reach and Halo: Tales from Slipspace in 2016.

Dark Horse Reveals SDCC Exclusive Comics, Toys and More

SDCC 2016 logoDark Horse comics have revealed their slate of 2016 SDCC exclusives. All of the below products will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#2615) for the entire show, with a fixed number (at least) available for each day of the show. See below for the details including price and daily limits.

  • Hellboy in Hell Volume 2: The Death Card SDCC Exclusive Hardcover – $40, limited to 1400, 2 per person per day
  • Black Hammer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant – $5, limited to 500, 5 per person per day
  • Conan the Slayer #1 SDCC Wraparound Variant – $5, limited to 500, 5 per person per day
  • B.P.R.D. Zippo Lighter – $40, limited to 500, 5 per person per day
  • B.P.R.D. Flask – $35, limited to 275, 5 per person per day
  • Game of Thrones The Night King Bust Silver Edition – 8.5″ silver bust, $150, limited to 200, 1 per person per day
  • Halo Covenant Banshee Ship Replica Gold Edition – 5″ gold ship replica, included Halo 5: Guardians REQ Pack Download card, $50, limited to 300, 1 per person per day
  • Snoopy Qee Mystery Figure Gold Edition – $8, limited edition of 550, 2 per person per day
  • Frank Frazetta ‘The Destroyer’ Lithograph – $100, 16″ x 20″, signed by Frank Frazetta Jr., limited to 100, 1 per person per day

Toy Fair 2016 – Dark Horse

tf2016Today was the last day of New York Toy Fair, but I still have a few things to get posted from the show. Among the booths I visited was Dark Horse. Their display features products from their Game of Thrones license (statues, figures and Dragon egg bookends), scale ships from Halo, staues and figures from the video game The Witcher, as well as product from Legnd of Korra and Avatar the Last Airbender.

One new property that I want to highlight is their upcoming Snoopy product. Two different Snoopy items were shown – larger flocked vinyl Snoopys and a series of blindboxed Snoopy Qee figures. Long time readers may remember a very similar product from 2011’s SDCC – I did and I’m thrilled these are seeing the light of day!

Check out all the product from the Dark Horse booth at Toy Fair in the gallery below.

Toy Fair 2016 – McFarlane Toys

tf2016McFaralane Toys revealed several new items in their toy fair display, but the biggest news was a change in scale for their Walking Dead figures – moving to a ~7″ size. A few remaining 5″ figures were shown, but the new larger figures were also sharing space in the display case.

Based on some concept art on display it also seems like Assassin’s Creed will be moving to that 7″ scale.

There also severaly not yet released Walking Dead construction sets on display. These continue to be as highly detailed and impressive looking as previous sets.

See all the McFarlane Toys from their booth (including a very impressive Spawn figure) at Toy Fair in the gallery below.

Dark Horse and 343 Industries Unveil Latest In “Halo 5: Guardians” Collectibles

tf2016At Toy Fair 2016, 343 Industries and Dark Horse Deluxe are set to release a new set of replica ships based on Halo 5: Guardians.

A detailed polyresin six-inch replica of the stealth UNSC Prowler is the first release in the line of ship replicas from Halo 5: Guardians, followed by the beautifully crafted Covenant Banshee and the first Forerunner vehicle in the line, the Phaeton. All are slated for summer 2016 releases.

“With the success of our previous Halo ship replica offerings, we are really excited to dive into the Halo 5: Guardians universe!” Dark Horse Product Development manager Chris Gaslin said.

To date, 343 Industries and Dark Horse have produced three Halo replica ships with a fourth on the way, including the UNSC Pelican Dropship, the UNSC Infinity, the Covenant Truth and Reconciliation, and the forthcoming UNSC Pillar of Autumn, which will be released in May 2016.

343 Industries and Dark Horse have also produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical story lines written by writers from the video game franchise, Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation, and will release the graphic novel Halo: Fall of Reach in spring 2016.

“Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with spaceship models. The more detailed, the better. There was something so visceral about holding a ship in your hands, feeling the weight and heft of it, and if I’m honest, swooping them low and tight above a hedge or a lawn and pretending I was making a bombing run on Endor. The Dark Horse replica Halo ships are exquisitely crafted, and now have pride of place in my Halocollection, and adding Forerunner, UNSC, and Covenant craft to my collection is a selfish and guilty pleasure. Nowadays I may not make those bombing runs, but I confess, I’ll still voice my own sound effects as I swoop them from the couch to the mantle,” said Frank O’Connor, franchise development director of 343 Industries.

Additional products will be included in the Halo program, so fans and retailers are encouraged to keep an eye on the news in the coming months for more information!

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JAKKS Pacific Introduces Halo BIG FIGS with 31″ Master Chief

jakkslogoJAKKS Pacific’s line of 31″ BIG FIGS just got a little bigger with the introduction of Halo’s Master Chief. Looking like he stepped right out of Halo 5: Guardians, Master Chief has 7 points of articulation in his neck, shoulders, wrists, waist and special bicep articulation points allowing him to be displayed in an iconic two-handed rifle wielding pose. Designed for both kids and video game enthusiasts, the figure features authentic details including Master Chief’s MJOLNIR combat armor and his MA5 rifle.

This 31″ scale figure will be in stores everywhere. Check it out below.

 

MattyCollector Adds 2 Halo SDCC Items

cc15 tnMattyCollector has added two Halo items to their slate of SDCC exclusives. Both of these items are available in their voucher sale going on now, and will be part of their SDCC after sale.  Keep reading for all the details.
Mega Bloks® Halo® Icons Character Pack
Celebrate the upcoming release of Halo 5: Guardians with this limited edition micro figure 3-pack, brought to you by Mega Bloks®. You won’t want to miss out on this exclusive, which includes highly-decorated, articulated figures of three of the most prominent characters from the highly anticipated video game.

  • Spartan Jameson Locke loads his Battle Rifle as he prepares to track down his latest quarry.
  • Master Chief slings his Assault Rifle and prepares to save the Earth once again.
  • The Arbiter grips his Energy Sword as he seizes a new destiny among the stars.

Each figure comes equipped with detailed battle armor and game-accurate weapons to re-create pivotal events in the Halo universe. Also included is a buildable display stand and Halo 5: Guardians name plate. This commemorative set features elite, foldable packaging (inspired by Forerunner technology) that opens to reveal all three figures displayed in a window, ready to determine the fate of the galaxy!
BOOMco.™ HALO® UNSC/Covenant Battle Pack
Get stuck in the action with the HALO® powered by BOOMco.™ UNSC/Covenant Battle Pack! Compete as a heroic Spartan armed with the UNSC M6 Blaster, or as an elite Covenant operative with the Plasma Overcharge Blaster! These two blasters feature authentic HALO® features, sleek designs and crazy-fast firing power with epic accuracy at distances up to 70 feet! Plus, the Battle Pack includes 16 Smart Stick™ Darts and a HALO®-themed Smart Stick™ target, so you can practice your aim or set up a multiplayer challenge and see where you nailed it!

Get the competitive edge on the HALO® battlefield and Blast Better™ with BOOMco.™! Firing distances are approximations only. For San Diego Comic-Con only, blasters come in an exclusive, collectible HALO® case inspired by in-game UNSC supply crates. Limited supply will be sold at the Mattel retail booth at SDCC and on www.toysrus.com following Comic-Con.

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Halo Ship and Vehicle Replicas on the Way from Dark Horse

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It was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s Comic Con International that Dark Horse would be working with 343 Industries to develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, “Halo”. This movie continues the relationship which has most recently resulted in ship and vehicle replicas from Bioware’s “Mass Effect”.

“We are excited to be working with the team at 343 Industries,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy said. “We have already had some fruitful planning meetings. We are discovering we have a similar vision toward crafting a well thought-out program of ship and vehicle replicas that will resonate with the Halo community.”

“Dark Horse is already doing an amazing job bringing the Halo universe to life with us in the comics and we’re excited to partner with them in a brand new way to keep the surprises coming for fans,” said Kevin Grace, Halo Franchise Manager at 343 Industries.

Neither 343 Industries or Dark Horse are ready to discuss which ships they’ll be making, but stay tuned for more details.

The Latest and Greatest from Kotobukiya – Jason Bishoujo, Green Arrow, Master Chief and Eren Yeager

Kotobukiya-LogoKotobukiya has sent over images and descriptions of their most recent product announcements, the Jason Voorhees Bishoujo statue, the Green Arrow ArtFX+ Statue, the Halo Master Chief ArtFX Statue and the Attack on Titan Eren Yeager ArtFX Statue. Each of these products is slated for a November 2014 release, and are available for pre-order at fine retailers everywhere.

Since pictures are worth 1000 words below you’ll find a gallery with pictures of these gorgeous pieces (Master Chief is particularly impressive) and complete descriptions after the jump.

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Toy Fair 2014 – McFarlane Toys

tf14 tnRabbids were a huge focus of the McFarlane Toys booth, which the toys and figures from the video game property front and center – and for good reason, they’re prety darn cute. Also on display (albeit less cute) were the newest and upcoming Walking Dead Figures, several new Halo and Assassin’s Creed figures and a few new Sports Picks figures.

Mega Bloks’ Halo UNSC Night Ops Gausshog Review

megalogoA few weeks ago a few MegaBloks sets were sent to the AwesomeToyBlog HQ for me to review, and since it is a holiday here in the U.S., I thought today would be a perfect day to check one of them out. Today’s selection is the UNSC Night Ops Gausshog from their Halo line. This set features the vehicle, complete with its 360° rotating Gauss Canon, working suspension, lights and sounds and 3 articulated Halo minifigures.

The set, with 239 pieces, took just about an hour to assemble. The directions were clear, making the build pretty frustration free. Assembled, the vehicles looks great – and I didn’t even put the stickers on! One of the things that I really like about Mega Bloks are the pieces that are two colors swirled together, these pieces give an assembled kit some great variations in color. They really keep a set from looking flat and add some realism to the build. The swirls of black in the browns give the vehicle the look of being a bit battle worn, or at least dirty. Both of which are appropriate! Another highlight of any Mega Bloks set are the minifigures – and while Halo minifigs are not new, they continue to impress. Each soldier sports 12 points of articulation, a great scupt, a great deco and a huge gun.

The Halo UNSC Night Ops Gausshog is available now at stores everywhere. If you’re a fan of construction toys and a fan of the Halo series, this is something you should look into. The set looks great assembled, and you’ll find yourself futzing with the figures.

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Mega Bloks’ Halo Promethian Knight Revealed

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If you’re not at SDCC for preview night tonight, you shouldn’t miss out on all the fun. Here’s a sneak preview of Mega Blok’s huge Halo Promethian Knight build. If you’re at the show, you’ll be able to see this in person at the Mega Bloks booth. Check it out!

Mega Bloks’ SDCC Plans – Exclusive Halo figure

SDCC 2013 logoMega Bloks have provided details of their special events planned for SDCC. Starting with the freebie, Mega will be giving away 1000 exclusive Mega Bloks Halo figures daily. On display will be a huge Mega Bloks Halo Promethean Knight build (see a preview here), and along with the display there’s a contest. They are holding a piece-count contest – if you’re the closest you win all 4 Mega Bloks Halo “lights and sounds” sets from the fall line-up. If you guess within 5 pieces, you’ll win the entire line-up.

In addition to the exclusive Halo figure, they’ll also be giving out hundreds of Mega Bloks Power Rangers, World of Warcraft and Hot Wheels micro action figures daily.

Be sure to follow @MegaBloks and #MegaBloksSDCC on Twitter, MegaBloks TV on YouTube and Facebook.com/halomegabloks for even more news as the convention goes on.

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