Mega Bloks will soon launch their second edition of the Halo Toymation Fest, a community-driven competition in which Halo fans can create and submit their own Mega Bloks Halo toymations (stop motion animations featuring toys) for a chance to win prizes. Fans can visit the the official 2012 Mega Bloks Halo Toymation website to learn more about the different genres of videos they will be allowed to submit, discover the panel of judges and the prizes to be won, and receive details about the voting criteria and tips on stop motion animation.

The winner and runners-up will get the chance to win prizes that include video production hardware and software, a variety of Mega Bloks Collectors building sets, and one-of-a kind Mega Bloks Halo collector items. The panel of judges includes Jessica Shea a.k.a BS Angel; Jason Forthofer, co-owner and co-host of The Brick Show; Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox Live; Jeremy Azevedo, head of original programming for Machinima; Tyler Gregory, winner of the 2011 Halo Toymation Fest; and Andrew Sparkes.

Check out the timeline for entry and voting here:

  • Phase 1 (August 3 to September 17) – Early submissions open September 1, at which point contestants will be invited to enter videos into the following categories: action, comedy, drama, classical, and sports.
  • Phase 2 (September 18 to November 5) – Submissions and voting begin. Fans vote for their favorite toymations. Submissions close October 25.
  • Phase 3 (November 6 to November 26) – Face-Off: The 2012 Mega Bloks Halo Toymation Fest will introduce its “Face Off” stage. At this time, the top two videos in each category will go head-to-head as voters pick the finalists.
  • Phase 4 (December 5) – Unveiling of contest winners: this year, top videos will be ranked per category by Mega’s panel of judges.

For more information on the contest, rules, regulations, and tips on how to produce stop motion videos, visit

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by For more news, visit, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.