this is the second in my weekly series of reviews, and this one is one of the rarest to find.
This set was released in 2010 and came with one drop pod painted to look like it was in mid-drop, one red ODST minifigure, and 3 accessories. It retailed for $11.99 US and came with 27 pieces.
The figure and the drop pod:
The back of the drop pod:
The drop pod with the door open:
Weapons and accessories include a black backpack (removable), a painted SMG, and a painted rocket launche:
The front of the red ODST:
The back of the red ODST:
The figure's articulation:
Each drop pod has an ODST that seems to correlate to one of the Alpha Nine Characters from Halo 3 ODST. This one is obviously Mickey:
Some photos showing the drop pod and the ODST in landing scenes:
While a nice set that was worth it's original $11.99 MSRP, this set is not worth what it goes for now. Like with the Close Quarters Specialist, I would not recommend buying this for over 25 dollars. The main draws for the set are its rarity and stop-motion use (the burning pod is perfect for entry scenes in stop motions. The problem is that the set is just too expensive. Would I recommend this set for under $25 US? Absolutely. Over $25, just use the money to buy something else. Another common problem with the older Drop pods is that they are rather flimsy. If you buy one, please take good care of the parts, the plastic is very brittle. Also, The joints on the figures start to stick after several years in the box, these will easily snap when first trying to pose the figure. I recommend microwaving (for like 15-25 seconds), using a blowdryer, or putting the figure in a hot car parked in the sun in the middle of summer to heat the plastic and make the joints soft before attempting to move the joints around. Better safe than sorry. If you do have a figure break, however, Mega Construx will still help with older sets if the parts are still in a warehouse somehwere.
*Over $25 US: don't buy it.
*Under $25 US: Only buy it if you want it
*The plastic is brittle so be careful playing with or posing it (this is the problem with all 11 of the original drop pods)
Tune in next week (hooray for tv cliches!) for the next review:
Halo Mega Bloks 96861 ODST Sniper