Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 6 inch figure Series 2 Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Neck
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Double Jointed Elbows
• Ball Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint Torso
• Swivel Joint Hips
• Swivel Joint Thighs
• Double Jointed Knees
• Ball Joint Ankles
Accessories: Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword, X2 plastic pins, Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure Arms
Additional Contents: Instruction Manual
Cost: $20 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Amazon.com)

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

The box displays the Arbiter nicely through a window on the front of the box. The back shows all of the contents as well as the other figures in Series 2. As well it shows the corresponding parts for the Imperial Build-A-Figure Imperial Grunt.

Here we see the full plastic tray with the figure, armor parts and accessories along with the instruction manual.

These are all of the removable armor parts for the Arbiter. Mattel has definitely improved from series 1. The detail is great. It’s the paint application of the armor where this figure shines, both literally and figuratively. Highlights and shadows as well as other detailed markings really help to bring this figure to life.

The articulation of this figure is fantastic. With so much articulation, you have the option to pose the figure in multiple action shots! 

Below are the accessories you get with the figure. In the middle is the Prophet’s Bane Energy Sword. Flanking the sword are the arms for the Imperial Grunt Build-A-Figure. Each figure from series 2 includes different parts for the Grunt. If you buy at least one of each figures from the series, you will be able to build the grunt. I’ll have the review of that figure after I’ve reviewed all the other figures from this series. Lastly for accessories are the two plastic pins (as seen in the small plastic bag here. These are used to either secure the sword to the Arbiter’s back or thigh. Each figure has these pins for similar usage.

And finally, the Arbiter in orthographic views. Be sure to click on this pic to see a larger size of it to see the detail.

Evaluation
Sculpt: Excellent 10 of 10 medals!
Articulation: This figure has articulation that now fairly standard for Mattel Halo figures. 10 out of 10 medals
Paint Application: The paint is fantastic! There is a marked improvement from series 1 to series 2 Mattel Halo action figures. Series 2 looks more realistic than toy, which I find to be a GREAT thing! 10 of 10 medals
Accessories: The Prophet’s Bane is well done. The only minor thing here is that I wish the blade was completely translucent yellow, instead of a milky translucency. 9 out of 10 medals
Playability: Lots of posing possibilities allow for great play and display options. 10 of 10 medals
Overall: 49 medals out of a total 50 medals.

This is THE definitive Halo 5 Arbiter! If you have any inclination to own it, DO IT!

Do I recommend this product? YES! This figure is one of the gems from Mattel’s series 2 figures! Paint and articulation make the figure look and display realistically.

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

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-Sal

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