McFarlane Toys/Halo 3 Series 1

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McFarlane Toys Halo 3 Series 1 action figures were released in March 2008. The line was available through notable retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us, Gamestop, FYE, and Spencer Gifts.[1]

Campaign[edit]

Master Chief[edit]

The Master Chief action figure features game-accurate MJOLNIR Mark VI Battle Armor and an MA5C ICWS Assault Rifle. It is five inches tall, and has 18 points of articulation. The Master Chief sculpt differs from that of the other Spartans in this series due to the fact that it features no removable armor. The MA5C can also be attached to the figure's back via a peg which was included with the figure. The right hand on this figure is designed specifically to hold the Assault Rifle and differs from later releases.

While the packaging specs indicate that this figure was supposed to come with a fragmentation grenade, this is an error as the inner-bubble contains no slot for the grenade to have been included.

This figure is worth 10 Halo Points.

Brute Chieftain[edit]

The Brute Chieftain action figure features the Chieftain's updated ‘’Halo 3’’ armor and comes with a Gravity Hammer. It stands seven inches tall, and has 15 points of articulation. It is the largest figure in the series. The bottom portion of the hammer is removable, which permits the Chieftain to wield it. The Chieftain's had forms a closed fist, so the only way to get the weapon in is to slide it through the top. This also means that the Chieftain cannot hold any other weapon.

The hammer lacks the hand guard present towards the bottom of the handle. The helmet on this figure is not removable and the face sculpt lacks a beard.

This figure is worth 20 Halo Points.

Jackal Sniper[edit]

The Jackal Sniper action figure features the updated Halo 3 character design and comes with a Beam Rifle that may be stored on the figure’s back via the included peg. This figure stands 4¾ inches tall and has 16 points of articulation.

It is one of the few McFarlane Halo figures in this scale that includes peg holes in each of the feet which can be used with a standard sized disk base to aid the figure in standing. However, no base was included with the figure.

It is worth 20 Halo Points.

Cortana[edit]

The Cortana action figure stands roughly four inches tall without base but nearly five inch tall with base. This figure is made of translucent plastic and features no points of articulation. The base is designed to mimic a holographic projection pad. Three blue LEDs built into the front of the base help to provide Cortana with a glowing appearance when lit. Batteries were not included. This figure was re-released in the Anniversary Series.

Currently, this is the only McFarlane Halo figure to feature any working electronics.

This figure is worth 35 Halo Points.

Grunt[edit]

The Grunt action figure came in two versions, the orange Minor and the green Heavy Grunt. Each stands at around 3¾ inches tall, has 14 points of articulation, and features a removable methane tank and mask, and comes with a Needler and Plasma Pistol as well as a peg for each weapon.

The inner bubble for each Grunt was unique and had the figure at a different angle with a different weapon placement. The pegs included with this figure were not intended for use with the Grunt itself, but with other figures such as the Master Chief or other Spartans which could support storing the weapon on the leg.

The Grunt is a confirmed short pack at one per case with the color chosen at random. Steve Hamady of McFarlane Toys verified that they were produced in equal numbers and that the original solicitation used by retailers to generate pre-orders for a Grunt Two-Pack was incorrect.[verification needed] This was due to the weight of an individual Grunt being on par with a regular figure while two Grunts would have required special packaging and been too heavy to be cost effective. Thus they were released individually.

This figure is worth 35 Halo Points.

Matchmaking[edit]

Spartan Mark VI[edit]

The Spartan Mark VI figures come in three colors, each standing five inches tall and featuring 18 points of articulation. They come with an MA5C ICWS Assault Rifle and a fragmentation grenade, plus two pegs.

Each Spartan featured removable shoulder armor, chest armor and helmets that enables the Multiplayer Spartans to be customized. Additionally, they featured game accurate detail stripes on the right thigh and bicep with a "VI" stamped in the middle. All Series 1 Mark VI figures had yellow stripes.

  • The Red Mark VI is the mass release version of the figure and was available to all retailers. There is a variant for the Red VI on the initial production run which features a thin stripe on the bicep and thigh with no stamp.
  • The White Mark VI is the specialty release version of the figure and was available only to specialty shops such as online retailers, comic book shops and stores such Spencer's Gifts. Like the red version, it also features a thin stripe variant, however, there were additional variants that had Steel colored shoulder armor rather than white.
  • The Blue Mark VI is a Wal-Mart exclusive version. There are no known stripe variants.

Each Mark VI Spartan is worth 10 Halo Points.

Spartan CQB[edit]

The Blue and Steel CQB Spartan-II action figures features the same interchangeable armor system and peg system for accessories as the other Multiplayer Spartans. They come with an Assault Rifle and a Fragmentation Grenade and have 18 points of articulation.

  • The Blue CQB is a Wal-Mart exclusive version and features white detail stripes.
  • The Steel CQB is a Gamestop exclusive version and features white detail stripes.

The CQB armor is the only Spartan Armor in Series 1 to not have a mass release version, and to date the only versions to feature white detail stripes.

Each CQB Spartan is worth 10 Halo Points.

Spartan EVA[edit]

The Red EVA Spartan-II action figure features the same interchangeable armor system and peg system for accessories as the other Multiplayer Spartans. It comes with an Assault Rifle and a Fragmentation Grenade and has 18 points of articulation.

The Red EVA is a mass release figure that was available at all retailers. There were no other versions of the EVA armor in this series.

This figure's helmet has been noted as being too small, however this was not discovered until after release. Future EVA figures featured the revised helmet, which is significantly larger.

The Red EVA is worth 10 Halo Points.

Vehicles[edit]

UNSC Warthog[edit]

The Warthog figurine is based off the UNSC M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle. The Warthog measures 4 inches front to back, and 2 inches side to side. It features rolling wheels, a rotating turret, and a swiveling balljoint. It stands on a 4-inch by 2-inch base.

Covenant Brute Chopper[edit]

The Brute Chopper replica is based off the Covenant Type-25 Rapid Assault Vehicle. The Chopper measures 4 inches from front to back, and 2 inches side to side. It features a swiveling balljoint and stands on a 4-inch by 2-inch base.

Covenant Ghost[edit]

The Ghost replica is from the Covenant Type-32 Rapid Assault Vehicle. The Ghost measures 4 ¼ inches from front to back, and 3 5/8 inches side to side. It features a swiveling balljoint and stands on a 4-inch by 2-inch base.

Trivia[edit]

  • This series along with the first series of vehicles were the only McFarlane Halo series to date that utilized a clamshell package design.
  • The Master Chief and Brute Chieftain from this series were re-released in the Fred Meyer Exclusive Master Chief vs. Brute Chieftain Boxed Set.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Spawn.com