Last year I was fairly confident that we would get a good number of Halo 4 figures from McFarlane Toys, but 2013 came and went with no sign of Series 2 actually hitting stores.
I am not sure about the reasoning behind the new naming convention for these Spartans but luckily, that has really nothing to do with how this figure turned out.
As you’d expect, construction is based off that for the game’s main character, the Master Chief, but these figures don’t share a lot of pieces. The overall outline is very similar, but the placement and shape of the armor plates is completely different, to the point that apparently the only pieces re-used in these guys are the joints and the hand molds.
The level of detail on the Spartan Warrior is quite nice, with deeply recessed panels and heavily textured surfaces. The helmet has a narrower visor and extra armor that lends the appearance of a snout, but the design is still easily identifiable as a UNSC Spartan.
• Barbell jointed neck.
• Pegged hinge shoulders
• Hinged elbows with swivels above and below the joint.
• Hinged wrists with swivels above and below the joint.
• Barbell mounted torso.
• Barbell mounted hips.
• Pegged hinge knees.
• Hinged ankles with swivels above and below the joint.
• Ball jointed toes.
The hip joints are not quite as versatile as they used to be in the Halo: Reach figures, but the Spartan Warrior gets enough range to adopt dynamic poses with little trouble.
The paintjob on this Warrior is deceptively simple. The armor was painted in red with a black under suit, but all the hard armor plates show some very effective weathering, as well as tiny painted accents in silver and black. The helmet is painted similarly, but with a nice golden color applied to the visor.
As far as accessories, the Spartan Warrior comes armed only with a sniper rifle. This is a newly sculpted piece made in the appropriate scale for these figures, and it has a painted scope screen. It also features a peg used to secure the weapon to the Warrior’s back.
Overall, the Series 1 Spartan Warrior is every bit as good as I expected. It feels solid; it is reasonably well articulated and looks really nice among my Halo figures.