Toy Review: Wicked Cool Toys 12 inch Spartan Tanaka

I would like to mention first that the 12 inch line of WCT Halo figures follows the recent trend of other toy manufacturers. This is to say that the backs of the figures are flatter and there is not as much articulation as their shorter counterparts. The 12 inch line is most definitely meant for kids, so please consider that, as I did, when reading this reviews and should you decide to buy the figures.

Okay, let’s move on to the review.

Technical Specifications:
• Swivel Joint Head
• Ball Joint Shoulders
• Ball Joint Elbows
• Swivel Joint Wrists
• Ball Joint hips
• Ball Joint Knees
Accessories: DMR
Additional Contents: N/A
Cost: $10 (US)
Availability: Mass Retail (I got mine from Target)

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

The packaging is tall and slim. The figure’s arms are slightly pinned behind the figure to allow for a tighter squeeze into the packaging. The DMR is partially on display at the front bottom of the window. Take care to carefully cut away any plastic holding straps before trying to remove the figure or DMR.

Even with slightly less articulation than it’s smaller counterparts, the 12 inch figures can still hold weapons pretty well.

Here’s a close-up of the DMR. I do wish it was painted, rather than being silver. However, since the price of the toy is only $10, it’s fine as is.

As you can see by the orthogonal views below there is a LOT of detail in the armor. Some good paint application here with the blue lining and emblems, as well as the visor. WCT even made sure to make the undersuit in the appropriate colors.

The hole in the back of the figure is so you can insert the DMR or any other standard weapon with a peg.

As stated the articulation is less than the other lines. But even then, you can still get the 12 inch figures into some cool poses.

Sculpt: As mentioned above, the sculpting is great, even for an inexpensive figure. Of course I’d like to see this figure not be so slim from front to back. But again, as I first noted at the top of the review, I knew that WCT was following trends here. So it was expected. 10 of 10 medals!
Articulation: This figure has a reasonable amount of articulation. It can’t be posed in a lot of ways but should be enough for younger kids. 8 out of 10 medals
Paint Application: For a figure that costs $10, I really wouldn’t expect this much paint application. I think WCT did a good job here. 9 of 10 medals.
Accessories: This figure only comes with one accessory. For the price, I’d say that’s realistic. 9 out of 10 medals
Playability: If you’re looking for as much playability with the 12 inch figures as you will get from the 6 inch or WoH line, you won’t get it. But you will still have enough there for some fun times! 8 of 10 medals.
Overall: 44 medals out of a total 50 medals.

Do I recommend this product? For those of you who are looking for a lot of play value, maybe not. If you’re getting this for younger kids, most definitely. If you just want to collect it to display it, especially in the box? Absolutely.

Again, what you get here for just $10, is a detailed, fairly articulated, and well painted, large action figure. It’s 100% worth the price!

If you have any questions about this figure that I didn’t cover in the review, please feel free to either reply below or e-mail me at [email protected] or on twitter @HaloFanForLife.

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