HALO HEROES (MEGA BLOKS)
“Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
That’s the question that Juliette and all the other Halo 3: ODST fans have been asking ever since we started getting toys based on the game’s titular team. McFarlane held the main license at the time, and one by one gave us each member of the team, mixed in with other assortments. Romeo, the team’s plucky sniper, was slotted to be part of their Halo Universe line, which would be comprised of figures from all of the games, but the line was cancelled rather last-minute, leaving poor Romeo out in the cold. Fortunately, he’s finally made his way to the toy world, courtesy of our friends over at Mega Bloks.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Following the trend started by ODST Buck, ODST Romeo is the resident ODST presence for the second series of Halo Heroes. The figure stands about 2 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. Like Buck before him, Romeo is really just a slight variation on the standard ODST look, and as such is built on the same basic body as both Buck and the Copper ODST from the Drop Pods series. That being said, he’s probably the most unique of the ODSTs we meet in the game, so he gets his fair share of newer pieces. His head has been tweaked to add Romeo’s signature goggles (easily the coolest part of his design), which are comically large, but that’s in keeping with the style of these little guys. He also sports just a single shoulder pad (allowing him to better hold his sniper rifle), which is a different design than the base ODST shoulder armor used on both prior figures (and the ODST Rookie, which I never got around to reviewing). As with all the prior figures, the shoulder, torso, and thigh armor is all removable. The Heroes line is notable for the slightly stepped up paintwork the figures sport. Romeo features mostly basic color work, but it’s all pretty cleanly applied and it matches up with his in game look. It also mostly matches Buck and the Rookie for the shared colors, with the only real difference being the color of the visor, which is a more vibrant blue on Romeo than it was on the others. If I’m honest, I think I like the color they chose for Romeo a bit more, and it’s not like it’s completely implausible that his visor is just a slightly different color than everyone else’s. Romeo is packed with his sniper rifle (with actual paint ops, like the rest of the Heroes weapons), as well as the same three-piece display stand included with the rest of the Series 2 figures. I’m not sure I like the orange as much as the blue for the stand, but that’s minor.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The first series of Halo Heroes snuck up on me, but I knew the second series was coming. While I could take or leave the rest of the assortment, I knew I was getting Romeo. The guy’s probably my favorite member of the team (and that’s saying something, given that he’s on the same team as characters voiced by Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion), and I was really bummed that his McFarlane figure wasn’t released. Seems I wasn’t the only one, as Romeo was pretty consistently the first figure to go from cases of Series 2. I did finally manage to track one down last summer while on vacation with my family, so that was a relief. I quite like this figure, and I’m happy to have another piece of the team!