I’m a HUGE Mega Bloks fan. (Check my blog for tons of reviews on their toy line- halofanforlife.com )
Mega Bloks quality has gotten better and better over the last couple of years. I have no difficulty building the sets and them staying together.
As well, the pricing between Mega Bloks and LEGO is comparable with Mega Bloks being slightly less per piece.
Above all of this, Mega Bloks kicks LEGO’s -Yoink- in the minifigure department. The Mega figs have no less than 12 points of articulation for the majority of the figs, whereas LEGO has 7. Also, just look at the sculpt of the minifigs. LEGO people are all the same generic build with specialty pieces attached or printed graphics on them. Mega Bloks are sculpted. You want a Spartan EVA? You got it, the shoulder pads, chest armor, helmet. You want a Recon Spartan, again, shoulders, chest, and helmet. But they aren’t printed or some extra piece, they are sculpted pieces.
There is a veritable assortment of colors of spartans too. Red Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Purple. You’d be hard pressed to find that sort of diversity in LEGO, but for maybe Clonetroopers in their Star Wars line.
I’ll be honest that when I first heard Mega Bloks got the license I was like “Who?” I hadn’t heard of them before. However, from the first set I picked up, I knew I was hooked! The minifigs just ROCKED! The price was very affordable and the sets looked like versions from the game but with those building “studs” on them.
Also, if you haven’t noticed, Mega Bloks takes care to make very unique pieces for certain sets. The Covenant Anti Aircraft Turret Vs Rockethog set comes to mind. The three “legs” of the AA are big pieces. Ones you won’t be able to find in any other set and likely won’t be included in any future sets. So Mega Bloks takes a chance on those pieces, knowing that they add a bit more realism to the set. LEGO uses mostly “stock” pieces when designing a set and seldom strays from that formula to produce new pieces. That is unless those new pieces can be used in other sets as well.
As far as LEGO not wanting to be associated with a game like Halo, they have a failed policy. They’ve previously stated that they didn’t want to make war type sets with guns, yet Star Wars is all about that. And there are other examples. If anything, LEGO was shortsighted about the popularity of Halo. Video games converted to building block toys is rare. Star Wars doesn’t count as they were made from the movies first.
Anyway, if you haven’t bought a set of Halo Mega Bloks, I HIGHLY recommend them. If you have, then hopefully you agree with me on the quality of the sets as well as the minifigs.