One vehicle that had to be included in Jada Toys’ lineup for the Halo 4 line is the Warthog. Jada produced this vehicle in a couple different scales, both in the Combat Edition and High Gloss finish.
The one I picked up was the 1/40 scale Combat Edition Warthog, because I prefer the matte finish to the glossy one for my military vehicles. The overall appearance is still rather clean, as if the vehicle had just been pulled out of a UNSC production facility.
The chassis is a mixture of metal and plastic pieces, and the detail is what one would expect from higher end collectible die cast vehicles.
The Warthog sports hard rubber tires, which adds a nice amount of weight to the piece and requires minimal assembly to attach the machine gun assembly to the rear platform. The gun turret swivels freely all around, but not up and down because the ammo belt that connects the weapon to the arm is fairly rigid and keeps it fixed in one position.
The Halo 4 Warthog seems to be larger, relatively to the occupants, and it has a good deal of extra details, like the fuel canisters hanging from the rear panel and the railing all around the hull.
The inside of the vehicle is also very detailed, with a colorful sticker representing the dashboard lights, stamped-metal textures on the floor and assorted buttons and panels sculpted on the console.
The Jada Warthog comes with two mini figures, one is a UNSC Marine and the Master Chief himself in his new suit of armor. Both figures are articulated the same with:
• Pegged hinge shoulders.
• Swivel waist.
• Pegged hinge hips.
• Pegged hinge knees.
This is rather simple articulation, but for figures that are about 2 inches tall, it is more than enough. the joints are fairly tight and need to be freed carefully to avoid snapping them, so caution is advised.
The Marine looks a little bit more detailed than the Chief though, possibly because his color scheme shows off better the tiny details sculpted on him, while the Chief is painted solid green with a few black paint applied to his under suit.
The visor on the Chief is painted in a warm yellow hue and lacks the sculpted lines found in the larger McFarlane versions, but then again, these guys are so small that you have to go looking for the lines to notice they are not there.
The Chief fits great anywhere on the vehicle, from the two front seats to the gun emplacement. The Marine, however, is only really fit to go on the machine gun, because one of the supply packs sculpted onto his right leg prevents him from sitting properly.
Be warned that this Warthog is more a display piece than a toy (as most similarly scaled die cast cars are), but I really like what Jada Toys is doing with the license.
Errex Score: 97/100
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About the Author (Author Profile)I've been collecting action figures since the original Kenner Star Wars days. Although I mostly favor the 1:18 scale, it is not unusual for me to go for figures made in different sizes, ranging from 5 mm. static, army-men style characters up to the 1:6 scale.
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