The 12 Days of Halo Toy Reviews: Day 4; Mattel Spartan Linda

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Spartan Linda from Blue Team

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinged Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Swivel Torso
• Partial Ball Joint hips
• Double Hinge Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Nornfang Sniper Rifle, Magnum
Additional Contents:
• Instruction sheet showing how to put the armor on
• 2 small pins to attach weapons to figure
Cost: $15-18 (US) depending on where you buy it at retail
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Toys R Us, on sale for $12!)

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

This is the first we’ve seen of Linda in action figure form. As with the Master Chief figures I previously reviewed, the box art is good. The large window display on the front of the box shows the figure, armor pieces, and accessories nicely. On the back of the box, you see the rest of the figures in the series as well as the completedn Alpha Crawler. Linda comes with the head of the crawler. Of note, there are TWO other figures in series one Mattel halo figures not pictured.
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A close up shot of the back of the box, showing linda sans-armor.mtl-fig-linda-unarmored

Here is the tray with the figure and pieces. Wow, that Nornfang…mtl-fig-linda-tray

As you can see, the armor is removable. in the pic below, the thigh armor is attached by slipping it around the thigh and having the small peg inserted into the figure’s thigh hole. The buttplate is removable too. Strangely enough, I actually got TWO buttplates with this figure. The second one was already attached.mtl-fig-linda-thigh-armor

The calf armor is in two pieces. You attach it similarly as you would the thigh armor. Be sure to get a good fit and press tight to avoid showing a gap in the armor.mtl-fig-linda-calf-armor

The foot armor slips on like a shoe.mtl-fig-linda-foot-armor

Oh, that beautiful Nornfang! I’m VERY happy this was included. Linda’s personal sniper rifle of choice.mtl-fig-linda-nornfang

The figure can hold the weapon with two hands very well. No droop!mtl-fig-linda-nornfang2

And just look at the detail! A wolf put right into the design of the weapon in-game makes it’s way to the toy! Superb!!mtl-fig-linda-nornfang-detail-r

In the pic, you see the hole between the shoulders. This is meant for a pin to attach to, in which you can attach the sniper to Linda’s back. As well, each thigh armor comes with a hole near the top of it to insert a smaller pin so you can stow the magnum there. The hand design for this figure was well done. It can hold both the sniper and magnum with ease and no funky position, which was unfortunately the case with the previous licensee’s figures some of the time.mtl-fig-linda-magnum

Four views of the standing Linda figures.mtl-fig-linda-ortho-r

Let’s have a look at some of the detail here. The helmet is really nicely sculpted. The torso armor has a good paint application to it and also includes the braille numbers for Linda’s Spartan number, 058.mtl-fig-linda-armor-detail

The crawler head  is a bit large. I haven’t looked that closely to in-game Crawlers to check for accuray though, so the size could be right. As for the color though, I’m not so much a fan of a white cralwer, when all the others ones we’ve seen have been grey/silver. mtl-fig-crawler-head

The crawler’s mouth can open wide. Imagine having your arm snapped at by that! LOLmtl-fig-crawler-head-articulated

Not only can Linda hold the magnum easily, but with two hands nonetheless!mtl-fig-linda-articulation-3

I asm super impressed with the articulation of this figure. This shot makes it look like Linda is looking right down the scope!mtl-fig-linda-articulation-4

Speaking of articualtion, here is what the figures has.mtl-fig-linda-articulation-1

Evaluation
Sculpt: Very well done. The thigh armor pieces do not completely wrap around the thigh, so there is a gap at the inner thigh. 9 of 10 medals.
Articulation: Great articualtion allows for Linda to be posed in some great sniping positions! A SUPER plus for this figure!! 10 of 10 medals.
Paint Application: The paint is good here. The armor does have a little bit of a metallic sheen, so this makes it better than the armor from Mattel’s Master Chief figure. It still looks plastic, but better. And again, it IS a toy! The Nornfang’s paint application is well done. 10 of 10 medals.
Accessories: The Nornfang is outstanding! The added magnum is a nice addition. 10 out of 10 medals
Playability: Standard playability. It can be pose in many positions. Pretty durable, just take care not to lose armor pieces. I suggest glueing them into place. But of course, that is your decision. 10 of 10 medals.
Overall: 49 medals out of a total 50 medals.

Do I recommend this product? YES! For the first series of the Mattel Halo Action Figures, they did an EXCELLENT job making a Spartan Linda figure. 

I was a little concerned about anotehr toy company taking over after McFarlane Toys.
After all, McFarlane had the license for years and made many excellent figures in that time.
I can say with confidence that the license is in good hands with Mattel. They are after all a toy company. Some worries that other people had about the sculpt of the figures, were unfounded. I’m really happy with the sculpting 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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-Sal

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