One Halo fan favourite vehicle gets a major overhaul and another old school Covenant unit makes a comeback when the Mega Bloks Halo UNSC Hornet vs. Covenant Vampire face off in a battle for air supremacy.
Personally, I’m really excited about this new version of the UNSC Hornet. I’ve been around for each Hornet release for the past five years, and each time we have received a ton of positive feedback from the fans. I’ve read messages and posts about how great it is that a fan favourite vehicle like the Hornet is available to add to their collection, and also interesting recommendations on what they’d like to see in the design for future releases. This version of the Hornet is the culmination of years of hard work, listening to the fans, and even injecting a few new ideas…
The Lights and Sounds version is our sturdiest and most detailed UNSC Hornet design ever. Look at the size of the fuselage, the landing skis, the wings…this Hornet is huge! The two Turbofan engines still pivot a full 360° on the wings, and each rotary cannon is firmly attached and for the first time, can independently target up and down. The landing skis can hold two micro action figures and they each carry the mold of a Class-2 Guided Munition Launch pod underneath.
Of course, the real excitement surrounding this UNSC Hornet is the new Lights and Sounds feature. The action button is located underneath the autocannon on the chin of the aircraft, and a motion-sensitive sound module will actually activate the appropriate sound based on the motions of your hand. Press the button and swoop in with your Hornet and instantly hear the sound of its turbofan engines roaring into action at top speed. Hover over your target and the autocannon will light up and unleash its barrel-spinning sounds to lay down suppressive fire against Covenant targets. Move off to your next target, and the Hornet’s lights and sounds match your movements perfectly.
While not equipped with Lights and Sounds like the Hornet, the new Covenant Vampire it is still a great upgrade from the original. The unique anti-aircraft alien fighter from Halo Wars has been designed with more accurate Covenant colors and is a much more sturdy build. The stasis cannon in the center is much more accurate and detailed with new pieces and stickers. The two medium plasma cannon on the sides are connected on ball joints to mimic the firing arc of the Vampire, and the transparent Needle cannon projectiles sticking out from the cockpit look very cool.
Along with these two amazing vehicles come six Halo micro action figures for you to collect. Each of these micro action figures are based on the models from Halo 4, are highly detailed and come with their own weapon. They all are destined to be great additions for any Halo collector.
UNSC roll call: maroon Spartan Recruit, green Spartan Engineer, and green Spartan Soldier. The Soldier is my favorite of the three, looking big, bad and ready for action – the perfect big-muscle counter for your rookie Recruit and (typically) Engineer pilot. These three troopers come with a SAW light machine gun, sticky detonator, and DMR to add to your armory.
Covenant troops raise your hand when called: copper Elite Storm, copper Grunt Storm and silver Elite Zealot. The level of detail on all three of these guys is incredible, and I know I’ll probably hear from some about this, but I really like the copper Grunt Storm out of the three. You’ll understand what I mean when you hold him and see the level of detail that went into his Methane tank. Also, thanks to Halo 4 this is the first time we get to see Grunt faces, and that’s pretty cool. These three troops come with a Needler, Storm Rifle, Energy Sword and Halo 4 Beam Rifle.
The UNSC Hornet vs. Covenant Vampire is available now across North America. Have you picked one up yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!