| Included in set:
Master Chief, Cortana, Marine, Ghost, Wathog
Not like it didn't take them long enough to do it. Considering
that Halo is still one
of the top-selling titles for the Xbox, it was only a matter
of time before someone got the license to make figures for
the game. Racing Champions Ertl sealed a licensing deal with
Microsoft for the Halo collectibles, which will be
made by Joyride Studios through an alliance between the two
companies. They also have plans for the upcoming Brute
On the alliance, Beth Featherstone, Senior Director of Marketing
at Microsoft Game Studios stated: "Our alliance with JoyRide
Studios gives us a unique opportunity to introduce our major
game characters to broader audiences, as well as reintroduce
them in new ways to our die hard fans. There's no game more
appropriate to launch this new venture with than Halo, the
best-selling game on Xbox."
While no specifics have been finalized yet, near-finalized
versions (with packaging) of Master Chief, Cortana and a Marine
grunt have turned up at the 2003 Toy Fair and all look really
sharp. All are finely detailed and show a great attention
to detail. Also present were two vehicle packs - a Ghost and
Warthog, each with two figures (the Ghost comes with a miniature
From what I've seen, I'll say that I'm pleased with the quality
of this series. The figures and the packaging are well done.
My only complaint would be that the smaller figures for the
vehicles look stiff and unposeable, but this may change before
the line hits the streets. Fans of the videogame should snap
these up right away. A series like this could do Joyride well
as the quality is better than some of their previous offerings.
For more screens of the series at ToyFair 2003, go to Figures.com.