Halo Toy Review: Mattel Halo 12 inch Spartan Fred

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

On with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)
Each of Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figure is in a tall slender box with the top half of the figure showing through a window. Several of the other figures are shown on the back of the box.
Fred comes with a standard DMR. It’s hard to see through the front panel but, is clearly shown on the back of the box.

Here’s the figure with the weapon. These are all of the contents of the box.

Detail of the Fred’s helmet. I like it. I just can’t help but think how much better these 12 inch figures would look with added paint detail. But read on!

Here is Fred in orthogonal views. The figure is a little stretched height-wise. It’s the only thing I’m disappointed with, regarding Mattel’s 12 inch Halo figs. I’d rather they be bulkier front to back and the limbs not stretched. However, since they are very affordable toys, I can overlook that. (A correctly proportioned 12 inch figure and more detailed paint application would likely make the figures cost $30-40 US each, whereas the slender versions are $8-10. Much more affordable toys!)
The DMR can attach to the back of the figure via a small hole in the back, coupled with a pin attached to the gun (not shown above).

The articulation of the 12 inch Mattel figures in comparison to the 6 inch figures is less. However, the 12 inch figures cost less than half of the 6 inch ones. Due to this, the articulation is acceptable, to me.

Though the 12 inch Mattel Halo figures have less articulation than their 6 inch counterparts, they can still be put into cool poses, as seen below.

Sculpt: Good, though the figure is stretched to fit the box and is compressed at the torso to be thinner than it’s in-game model. 8 of 10 medals!
Articulation: While somewhat limited, there’s enough to get the figure into few cool poses. Articulated ankles would have really helped with this (and all of the other Mattel 12 inch figures). Again, 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: This figure is mostly shark skin blueish-grey with black details and undersuit. 8 of 10 medals
Accessories: The figure comes with a DMR. 8 out of 10 medals
Playability: This is marked 4 years and older. Given the large size of the figure and accessory, I agree with that. However, the nature of the toy itself, being modeled after a mature rated game, is better suited for older children, in my opinion. I suggest 8 years minimum. For kids it definitely makes for a fun toy. If you’re an adult collector, it looks good on display, whether in or out of the box. 8 of 10 medals
Overall: 40 medals out of a total 50 medals. Affordability here is KEY.

Do I recommend this product? Yes. The biggest draw here is that it’s a named character from fabled Blue Team!

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 affordable for these (again I only paid $8.44 for mine from Was Mart).

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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