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About this project
I can honestly say that for the longest time, I really couldn't stand this set. As far as Pelicans go, I don't like the 343 design, and my inner aeronautics engineer constantly screams about how this design couldn't actually get airborne whenever I look at it.
The things that really push my childish "that's so cool!" button are as follows:
1. Big stompy anything (robots, Toho monsters, Titanfall Titan Mechs, Jurassic Park Dinos, etc.)
3. Big-ole aircraft
4. Lots of highly articulated, massable figures
5. Caution strips, power tools, and construction equipment (One of the many perks of living on a farm is that you get to use all of this stuff on a nearly daily basis)
6. Astrophysics and space science
It's been like that for years, and the only thing that's changed from when I actually was a child is that "giant fish" used to be on the list.
This set pushes two and a half of those buttons. It's a big air plane by the loosest definition of "plane." Remember, a real 343 Pelican Gunship would fly about as well as a penguin on the Moon. It's got caution strips. It has a few articulated figures, although I wouldn't really army build with them.
This set does, however, have space for you to put a total of eight articulated, massable figures on it (nine if you add a single extra part, which I did so Palmer could stand in the doorway). I didn't need to tweak this set very much to be able to put it in it's final display place, beside my PS4. I needed to add a couple of parts to prop the roof open, a handful of superficial parts to display my Fireteam's weapons, and some sticky tack to make up for the floppy articulation in the landing gear.
Despite my initial distaste and aesthetic dislike of the 343 Pelican (physics breaking flight capabilities not included, those still irk me a bit), this set has grown on me in much the same way that moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone. It doesn't make sense why I like this set, I just do. Both of the other Pelican sets have done what this one tries to accomplish so much better, and I like the other two more. Also, the Bungie era Pelican is actually capable of flight without breaking the laws of reality and physics, so there's that.
Bottom line, I have grown to like this set. It isn't my favorite thing in the world, but it definitely isn't the worst thing in the world either. I'm proud to display it as one of only three Pelicans made by Mega, but if I had to choose, I'd take the '09 Pelican over this one any day.
This set also has a lights and sounds feature. I'll post a video of it later. The sounds are slightly quieter than the sound of a Howitzer firing, so I don't feel like filming it right now. It's a testament to the tiny little speakers that something so small can make so much noise.
The set also included a Promethean Knight Battlewagon. As far as I know, it's the only figure ever released by Mega that has lights built in.
TLDR: I like the set. It has some problems, but the good outweighs the bad. I'd pick the '09 Pelican over it, though, if I had to choose between the two.