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About this project
I was very lucky to find only one Infinite set in my Target, and - after seeing the lack of documentation on it - had to get it for a review here. Speaking of the review, here it is:
Mega Construx Halo: Defense Point Showdown
Price: $60.00? (I paid $80 due to price mix-up).
Price-to-Part Ratio: $0.08 per part
The flagship Banished set of the wave, the set provides Halo fans with not only a relatively large anti-air turret but a UNSC mongoose to establish a nice conflict-in-a-box scenario - rarely seen in the line - where both sides get some sort of vehicle/structure.
Builds first, the mongoose is an excellent complement to the turret. The new chassis piece creates an extremely fun turning action that makes the mongoose irresistible to play -- while looking really good. A vehicle like this allows for more figure-interaction than a small terrain piece.
On the other hand, the $45 turret just almost lives up to the mongoose. The designers tried packing the build with as many features as possible, which include:
-Simulating explosions by flicking hinges to launch power cells(?).
-360 degrees swivel for the turret.
-Up movement in the turret (it can't look down on the ground) via two ball-joints.
-Being able to shoot out 2 missiles.
Minus the exposed studs on the barrel, the AA turret is appealing looks-wise. However, my biggest problem is that the only space you get for figures includes space for one next to each power cell and two on the side vents(?). Although this may be game-accurate, it still leaves a lot to be desired.
What does make up for that are the figures. The first-time mud-covered Chief is an awesome variant. The always welcome marine is decked out in accessories. The grunt is in a exclusive color to this set. And, the star himself, Hyperius has so much extra paint, spoilers, & exclusive molds that he is a Halo Heroes level figure.
At $60, it's a mediocre set: while the turret ends up almost as a static background piece, it's good for army building and the figures plus mongoose redeem its bad qualities -- get this as long as you're not looking for a potential Banished base.