Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Promethean Soldier

Technical Specifications:
Articulation:
• Ball Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Hinge/Swivel Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Hands
• Ball Joint Hips
• Hinge Joint Knees
Accessories: Suppressor
Cost: $8-10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail I got mine from Wal Mart for $8.44 US before tax.

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure series showcases each in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. On the back several of the other figures in the series are shown.

The included Suppressor has TONS of detail to it! The peg on the one side (seen at bottom) is to allow for the weapon to be attached to a hole in the back of the figure.

Here’s the Promethean Soldier in orthogonal views, including the suppressor attached to the back. As you can see, the figure is thin from front to back. It’s also a bit stretched height-wise.

The articulation of the 12 inch Mattel figures in comparison to the 6 inch ones is far less. However, I need to point out that the 12 inch figures cost less than half of the 6 inch ones. So it’s acceptable that there is less articulation.

Evaluation
Sculpt: Very good, except that the figure is stretched to fit the box and is a bit thin from front to back. 8.5 of 10 medals!
Articulation: While somewhat limited, there’s enough to get the figure into some cool poses. Articulated ankles would have really helped with this (and all of the other Mattel 12 inch figures). However, I’m keenly aware that the point of these figs is to put affordable toys into the hands of kids and collectors alike. 8 out of 10 medals
Paint Application: Promethean Soldiers in-game are silvery all over. So the mix of blueish silver and dark grey are a little perplexing to me. However, that’s not to say they don’t look good together. I just wish it was more game accurate. 8 of 10 medals
Accessories: The figure comes with one accessory. In this case a Suppressor. It’s well sculpted and has even more detail than most of the soldier itself. 9 out of 10 medals
Playability: The packaging calls for this to be played with those 4 years of age and older. Given the large size of the figure and accessory, I agree with that. However, the nature of the toy itself is better suited for older children. I’d suggest 8 years or older. For kids it definitely makes for a fun toy. If you’re an adult collector, posing is limited, if you’re the open and display type. 8 of 10 medals
Overall: 41.5 medals out of a total 50 medals.

Do I recommend this product? YES. Though the 12 inch Mattel Halo figures are stretched to meet that height and a bit thin front to back, they are still fun toys. They would be great for kids to play with and make for nice display figures for collectors. The cost is very low for these (again I only paid $8.44 for mine from Was Mart), which is a bonus!

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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I’ve got tons of experience with Halo gaming and collecting. I feel I have something to offer to the greater Halo fan community. Posts along the way will be about tips and tricks in the games as well as collecting and many more Halo related things. I’ll also repost interesting articles from the official site, Halowaypoint.com, or from fellow Halo fan sites. As I continue this blog, I hope to help gamers who want advice on the games, as well as any collectors with regards to where to find collectibles as well as deals, coupons and so on. You can also follow me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/#!/HaloFanForLife or Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/halofanforlife11. Welcome to my blog and I hope you’ll come back again and again. -Sal