Halo Toy Review: McFarlane Halo 5 Guardians Action Figure- Spartan Athlon VARIANT

Before I get started with this review, I need to acknowledge someone. A reader, now friend named Bobby (last name held for privacy), bought this for me. He knew that I needed this variant color Athlon figure, found it, bought it and sent it to me. He did this, with no thought of being paid back. Bobby, thank you VERY much! 

McF Toys logo

Technical Specifications:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Chest
• Limited Ball Joint hips
• Hinge Knees
• Limited Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: SMG, Magnum
Additional Contents: REQ Pack sheet (Requisition Pack) This sheet has a code on one side that you can redeem for Halo 5 Guardians in-game content. The content redeemed for varies from code to code.
Cost: $13-17 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: exclusive to Walgreens

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

I keep trying to nail down why I like the Athlon armor so much. I think it’s due to it being somewhat like futuristic football gear.

This variant Blue/White Athlon looks nearly as good as the Black and Yellow one. (I’m partial to Black and Yellow though as I’m a Pittsburgh native and fan of all the sports teams which sport black and yellow as their colors.

McF Athlon V BOX

In the package you get the figure, 2 weapons and a code for a REQ pack in Halo 5 Guardians.McF Athlon V contents

You get a Magnum and SMG to arm your Athlon with.McF Athlon V accessories

Orhogonal views of the figure. It’s symmetric.McF Athlon V ortho

As you can see here, you can attach each weapon to the thigh. This is done by a small pin  that is with the weapon. That pin is removable, by the way.McF Athlon V acc placement

Ah, if only dual wielding were possible in Halo 5 …. Also, this shows the hole where the pin goes on one of the thighs.McF Athlon V action 1

The figure can hold an SMG with two hands nicely.McF Athlon V action 2

Is it time to DISCO??? LOLMcF Athlon V action 3

Sculpt: There is no way I can fault any of the sculpt here. It’s fantastic! 10 of 10 medals!
Articulation: The Athlon has slightly better articulation in the shoulder due to the smaller shoulder armor. The H5G s-1 figs have one drawback with articulation, that being  the hips. Posing, in some natural human poses, can be difficult. (This has remained consistent through the first of the Halo 5 Guardians figures) 8.5 out of 10 medals
Paint Application: The paint here is pretty good. I like the metallic blue. Though the white is a bit dull. 9 of 10 medals.
Accessories: It would be nice to get something other than Magnums and either an AR or BR. But as these are typical loadout weapons it makes sense. 9 out of 10 medals
Playability: I am really enjoying this figure. It can be pose in many positions. 10 of 10 medals.
Overall: 46.5 medals out of a total 50 medals.

This figure really is that good. Have a better White color, or a different color altogether, fix the hip articulation and maybe a power weapon for the variant and this fig would have got a perfect 50 or 50.

Do I recommend this product? Heck yeah!!

Oh, and if you want to see the mass retail Athlon, check out my review of it, HERE!

If you have any questions about this set that I didn’t cover in the review, please feel free to ask me. Either reply below or e-mail me at sal@halofanforlife.com

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