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Master Chief is now forever enshrined in Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Las Vegas. Other such wax statues have been made of the likes of Elvis, Princess Diana, and Britney Spears.

For those of you who are lame to the point that you don't know who Master Chief is, he's the plasma-ray packing protagonist in Microsoft's forthcoming Halo 3 videogame.

The "life-sized" figure of Master Chief was unveiled at a ceremony at the famed museum on the Strip last week. The wax version of the futuristic soldier stands an impressive 7-foot, 2-inches tall. That beats by an inch what was until now the museum's tallest resident -- a statue of NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.

There's just something about a Shaq-dwarfing sized statue of Master Chief that comes off as completely badass to me.

Not only is Master Chief the biggest bastard in the museum, he's also the first videogame character to be enshrined in a wax museum, according to Tussauds officials.

The event is the latest indication that Halo 3, set to debut on September 25th for the Xbox 360 console, will smash sales records for game discs. Internet retailers such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and BestBuy.com have taken more than a million pre-orders for the first person shooter.

Master Chief is a biologically enhanced soldier who has to blast his way through a futuristic, 3-D landscape to survive and accomplish missions. Version 3 of the game, developed by Bungie Studios and published by Microsoft, features a host of new levels, weapons, vehicles, and level types.

Most retailers are selling the title for around $60. A special "Legendary Edition" sells for about $130 and includes a helmet-style case, bonus discs, and collector's art.

Psh, $70 extra basically for a helmet that can't actually be put on? MAYBE if the helmet could be worn, not in public mind you... definitely..not in public... MAYBE then I would shell out a little extra cash for the collector's edition. I sure as hell wouldn't pay $70 for it though. For $70 they better throw in a 7'2 wax Master Chief statue.

Microsoft is also planning to introduce a special Halo 3 version of the Xbox 360 that's emblazoned in the same green and gold colors sported by Master Chief.

The special Halo 3 xbox 360 is a cool idea... cool and ugly as hell all at once. Maybe it's just me but the colors just don't work well together on a console. But then again people went crazy over other ugly consoles like the pokemon n64... the thought alone makes me shudder.

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