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Just kidding, it's exactly 50/50. here's how each contestant stacks up.
ODST Drop Pods:
Winner: Mega Bloks/Construx. McFarlane only released one Drop Pod, which despite being more accurate to the game, is absolutely dwarfed by the lineup of three generations or over twenty unique Drop Pods released by Mega (with the original sniper specialist being re-released). Also, while both the McFarlane and Mega Drop Pods have deployable drag chutes, only the Mega drop pods can have their chutes fully deployed without the addition of sticky tack. Add that to the fact that two generations of Mega Drop Pods have functional weapon weapon storage (unlike the McFarlane Drop Pod's setup, which won't hold anything but a Halo Reach Spartan Laser), and Mega has a definite edge.
Halo 3 Generic ODST:
Winner: McFarlane by default. Mega hasn't made this figure yet. The figure shown is entirely custom.
Winner: Mega Bloks/Construx by default. McFarlane never released Romeo to the public, despite announcing his place in the third wave of Halo Anniversary figures.
Winner: McFarlane. With over four unique variants of the Rookie figure to date including a VISR mode Rookie compared to Mega's two, McFarlane should get the edge based on that. Unfortunately, only one of the ODST Rookie figures released to date do NOT suffer from cripplingly poor QC, with many of the first three versions of the figure being broken in the box before even being put on store shelves. However, McFarlane released one final version of Rookie with the Drop Pod, and this figure both doesn't suffer from the QC issues and looks better than the Mega version to boot. McFarlane barely ekes out a victory with this figure.
Winner: McFarlane. The Mickey figure from McFarlane is better than the Mega Version in three aspects. One: he just looks better. Two: He had a considerably cheaper MSRP to get new (10 bucks versus a 140 dollar set, although both figures sell for around the same double digit price used and by themselves of between 30 and 80 bucks USD). Three, and this is a big issue for me: The McFarlane Mickey actually came with his backpack. You didn't have to buy a completely separate figure to get his backpack. Mega on the other hand, released his backpack with the Challenger Series ODST instead of including it with the figure in the 140 dollar set, which I never managed to track down. McFarlane is also guilty of doing something similar, but that's another figure on this list.
Winner: Mega Bloks/Construx. In addition to releasing more versions of this figure than McFarlanem Mega also has the edge in another crucial aspect. All of the accessories included with both Mega versions of this figure can actually be used by the figure; not to mention the fact that the accessories that Mega included are accurate to the figure. The McFarlane Dutch figure came with a Halo CE grenade, an error that was never caught or fixed in any of the production batches that were made. Worse than that, however, was the fact that Dutch can barely hold his Spartan Laser and his grenade can neither be held nor stored on the figure. Mega Bloks/Construx definitely has the edge.
Winner McFarlane. McFarlane wins here for one simple reason. You can take Buck's helmet off to reveal Nathan Fillion's face (the guy who voices Buck. Buck's in game face is a direct digitization of Nathan Fillion's face.) Mega has yet to make an unhelmeted Buck figure, and the closes we have come to a Nathan Fillion lookalike figure is the official Fox Mulder (who is played by a different actor with a similar hair color) figure. McFarlane has the edge here.
Winner: Mega Bloks/Construx by a landslide. Another figure who wins for a simple reason: You didn't have to go to two stores and buy two figures to have a complete Mega Bloks Veronica Dare figure with all of her accessories. Mega released both a helmet and an unhelmeted head with the same figure, whereas McFarlane released a helmeted figure and an unhelmeted store exclusive figure. Both figures were exactly the same except for the helmet/lack of helmet. If you bought both figures, you ended up with a helmet for the exclusive figure and a completely useless ODST figure that was missing her helmet. I can't stress enough how awesome it was for Mega to do something as simple as release both interchangeable heads with the same figure. Mega Bloks/Construx wins by a landslide.
What do you think? Which version of each character do you like the best. Would you have changed any of the figures I picked to be winners?