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Tony Swatton of Man at Arms loves crafting his own personal takes on famous weapons from popular movies, TV shows and video games, and he’s finally done the big one: the energy sword from Halo. I wasn’t exactly sure how he was going to pull it off, but Tony, as expected, didn’t disappoint.

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This unbelievable model of the Halo UNSC Spirit of Fire colony ship measures 7-feet long and took over four years to build. It was put together by Mark Kelso who received the ship’s specifications from designer Heikki Anttila who worked on the original 3D modeling for the ship. It’s got an insane level of detail that included removing all the Lego studs to make the ship look like a real scale model.

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It seems like the characters from some other games are getting a little jealous of Mario and are working together to outsmart him with powers from his game! Watch Master Chief, Lara Croft and Connor Kenway all power-up, and then get smacked down by the crafty plumber.

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This fantastic replica of a Halo Needler was made by Volpin Props as a commissioned piece for Tested. We’ve previously seen other amazing replicas from Volpin like a Futurama Holophonor and a deadly-looking Skyrim Axe so the detail put into this Needler is no surprise. It took 15 molds to cast its 24 individual parts and uses 54 LEDs for the needles and blue accents. The end product weighs in at 10 lbs and even plays three Halo Reach sound effects.

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These gorgeous Halo Reach action figures are the latest offering from Hong Kong toy company 3A Toys. There’s Emile and the Spartan Mk V EVA both in 13.5″ tall figures with removable weapons and fully articulated bodies beneath rubberized suits. There are also fiber optics that illuminate the armor to complete the look.

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This doesn’t just look like a real Halo gun, it actually is a working Beretta M9A1. The grips on the gun were custom-designed made by Derek Smith of DS Grips to feature the UNSC emblem from Halo. He makes all kinds of custom grips, this particular design going to redditor ucfnate. You might think they’re not very sci-fi, but there’s also a ring beneath the grip that glows blue. Bring on the Covenant!

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An 84-year-old grandfather takes the time to sit down with his grandson and play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Halo 4. His reactions to the game are freaking priceless; I love how much he gets into the spirit of playing. It’s hilarious, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the grandson never gets the controller back.

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This amazing Tiffany-style stained glass lamp was made by DeviantArtist mclanesmemories. He built Master Chief’s helmet in 40 hours over the course of two weeks and has put it up for sale at a fairly reasonable $840 (given the work put into it). The lamp features a full-sized helmet shade that measures 9″ tall x 9″ wide and 14″ front to back. I think Master Chief would approve.

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What do you do when you’re 343 Industries and responsible for making the fantastic-ness that is Halo 4? You treat yourselves (and fans) and commission a real life version of the Warthog (not to be confused with the previous Bungie version).

Aria Groups – a company that builds movie props, replicas, and concept cars – got the job. They started with a chassis for a Hummer H1 and made the body of the Warthog match the proportions of the in game version. It has 49 inch tires, it’s more than 8 feet wide and over 17 feet long. Yeah, you can’t drive it just anywhere.

It wasn’t a cheap endeavor, but 343 Industries wanted to create something tangible fans could enjoy. Frank O’Connor, the franchise development direct, told the LA Times:

O’Connor says his team had to persuade the marketing department to approve the idea and the budget. Pat Devereux, the chief executive of Antenna, the L.A.-based marketing company that 343 Industries hired to make the Warthog a reality, says that budget ran “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The team at Aria took six months to create the Warthog body based off the tons of data 343 shared with them. They took care to catch all the details like fake rivets on the body panels and gauges on the interior to match the game. People appeared on the street as soon as the Warthog was parked, so it’s sure to be a hit when it travels to various conventions this year – including San Diego Comic-Con.

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If you can’t get enough of driving a Warthog around the screen in “Halo”, then here’s your opportunity to drive it in real life. Peter Cooper actually built one from an old 4×4 that he pretty much ripped apart and put back together to look just like a Warthog. It actually works, and now Peter is selling it. How much, you ask? He says he’ll consider all reasonable offers so I’ve got about $5 in my wallet and a stick of gum. Yeah, this baby is mine!

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