REVIEW: Halo Spartan Collection Kat 6” Figure (Wicked Cool Toys 2020)

Kat Spartan Jazwares 2020 Halo Action Figure Review

It has been literally years since I reviewed a Halo action figure, and I really didn’t anticipate that I would ever be interested enough to review one again. But Wicked Cool Toys (now owned by Jazwares) had a surprise showing of Halo action figures at New York Toy Fair 2020 that caught my eye, and when I heard about the new figures hitting stores, the fever overcame me and I ended up scooping up most of the first wave. Here’s my review of the 6” Halo The Spartan Collection Kat figure from Halo: Reach…

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Favorite Last Post Ever! Halo Toy News Moving to Gamer Toy News!

When I started Halo Toy News in 2012, we were still in the midst of a golden age for Halo toys, figures and collectibles. Five years later, that is unquestionably no longer the case. Licensors like Kotobukiya, Weta, Sideshow Collectibles, Diamond Select Toys, Square-Enix, McFarlane Toys, ThreeA Toys and NECA have all left Halo behind and moved on. I, on the other hand, am not.

I’ve moved to two new states and launched several new blogs in the past five years, and in that time, as the number of new Halo toys being released each year has slowed to a crawl, so has my interest in running a solely Halo-focused website. I like to talk–a lot–and it’s just not fun or interesting to me to have a website that realistically only needs to be updated a handful of times each year.

gamer-toy-news-headerAnd so, just as the beloved, long-running Halo Mega Bloks toy line has been rebranded into Halo Mega Construx this winter, I’ve made the difficult decision to rebrand Halo Toy News into Gamer Toy News.

From today onward, all of my news and reviews of current and future Halo toys and collectibles will be featured over at, where I’ve already begun Halo coverage with my review of the Mattel Halo Fred 6″ figure and discussion of the first Mega Construx Halo Customizer Packs.

New York Toy Fair 2016 Dabid Meets Todd McFarlaneAs I’ve made hundreds of posts and reviews and uploaded thousands of photos onto Halo Toy News over the years, I’ve decided to leave this site up for the time being as an archive of some of the best years that there are likely to ever be in Halo collecting history. So if you feel the need to take a trip down memory lane and read about some Halo Minimates or the last waves of McFarlane Halo Reach figures or even the short-lived Micro Ops, all that content will still be here for you.

In addition, the Halo Toy News Facebook Page will remain active, and I’ll still post links to interesting sales and content, including mirrored articles from over on Gamer Toy News.

Loot Crate Halo Hooded T-Shirt on DabidBut if it’s news about future Mega Construx figures (plus blind bag series code number lists!) that you’re looking for or photos of upcoming Mattel Halo Collector’s figures or even new BoomCo guns, it’s Gamer Toy News where you’ll find those things from now on (along with expanded coverage of Street Fighter, First 4 Figures, World of Nintendo and more). Getting the first followers for a new site is always the hardest, so if you want to follow the Gamer Toy News Facebook Page, I’ll be eternally grateful for it.

Thanks for reading and for a great five years. It’s because of all of you that I’m still rambling about some manner of toys each and every day of my life–basically, my dream come true. Hope to see comments and old friends over on the new site as well, but if not, thanks so much for the good times.

This is Dabid, signing out for the last time ever on Halo Toy News. [/End Transmission]

Loot Halo Legendary Crate Review Unboxing Photos Spoilers!

Loot Halo Legendary Crate Review Unboxing Spoilers

Ever since it was announced, Halo fans have anticipated the very first Loot Halo Legendary Crate subscription box. I signed up well before the first box was scheduled to ship out, and finally, after months of waiting, it has arrived! Does the Spartan-IV Initiation box meet my expectations…? If you don’t want to know what’s in the box, don’t read on, because complete spoilers and unboxing photos follow…

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Mattel Halo Master Chief 6″ Figure Review & Photos

Mattel Halo 5 Master Chief Figure Review

Mattel’s Halo toy line is off to a hot start with summer, but despite the buzz being generated by first-time characters like Spartan Linda, the Alpha Crawler and the Helioskrill Spartan, the best-selling figure in the brand is still the franchise himself: the Master Chief. The Mattel Halo Master Chief 6″ figure is available online now despite selling out fast in stores thus far–is it worth starting off your Halo Mattel collection with this worldwide icon?

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Mattel Halo Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure Review & Photos!

Mattel Halo Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure Review

Mattel Halo Series 1 took the Halo collecting world by storm last month, and while I’m behind on my reviews for the first wave of 6″ action figures, I’m hard at work completing the reviews for the entire wave. And tonight, I want to focus on a figure that can only be built by those who purchase all six figures in Halo Series 1: the unexpected Build-A-Figure of the wave, the Promethean Alpha Crawler! Building this Crawler will be expensive, but is it worth it…?

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Mega Bloks Halo Cobra Clash Summer 2016 Set Released!

Toys R Us Exclusive Mega Bloks Halo Cobra Clash Set Box

It’s been a long, long time since Halo Mega Bloks had to take a backseat in coverage to any other Halo toy line, but with the advent of the Mattel Halo Collectors Series, that time has come. But don’t worry, Mega Bloks fans! There’s plenty of exciting new sets left to talk about this year–including a Toys R Us store exclusive set that wasn’t even announced at Toy Fair 2016: the Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Cobra Clash set!

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Mattel Halo Air Assault Spartan 6″ Figure Review & Photos

Mattel Halo Air Assault Spartan Figure Review

Of all the figures in the Mattel Halo Series 1 6″ Figures lineup, the blue Air Assault Spartan was the one I had the least interest in. We’ve had plenty of blue Spartans and Air Assault armor figures over the years, right? Thankfully, I had to order the 6″ Spartan Air Assault figure with the rest of the set to get all the parts for the Promethean Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure.

And I’m glad I did–this turns out to be one of my favorite generic Spartan action figures in years…

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Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2016 Cyclops Sets Up for Order!

Mega Bloks Halo Wars 2 Incinerator Cyclops Set Box

Mattel may not be the favorite toy company of every Halo fan out there, but there’s absolutely no denying that they’ve made collecting Halo toys more interesting right now than it has been in years!

And not only have the Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2016 sets just been restocked online, but the previously-released sets have company in the form of a new pair of sets: the Halo Wars 2 Cyclops sets are now available for order!

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Mattel Halo 6″ Figures Series 1 Up for Order on Amazon!

Mattel Halo Master Chief Figure Packaged

Ever since the first sightings of the Mattel Halo Collector Series 1 6″ figures occurred last week, I’ve been stalking all the usual sites online like a madman, waiting for my chance to snag the figures for retail price.

And after what seems like eternity (but was actually only a week), finally they have arrived: all six figures Halo Series 1 Mattel figures are now available on Amazon with free shipping!

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Mattel Halo Series 1 6″ Figures Released! Alpha Crawler BAF!

Mattel Halo Series 1 6 Inch Figures Packaged

With the other Mattel Halo toys beginning to pop up online over the course of the last two weeks, it was only a matter of time until the main event arrived–and that time is now! The Mattel Halo Series 1 6″ figures have now been spotted for the very first time on eBay with a major surprise: a Promethean Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure can be built by buying the whole first wave!

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Halo Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Exclusive Set Photos!

Halo Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit Drop Ship

Let’s be honest: the fact that this year’s Mega Bloks Halo Signature Series set was going to be the Covenant Spirit wasn’t exactly a secret. In fact, we’ve been seeing prototypes and speculating about the Mega Bloks Spirit for years now, and MEGA Brands even confirmed the Signature Series Covenant Spirit in 2015. But today, things just got real: the Halo Mega Bloks Covenant Spirit set was officially announced today!

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SDCC Exclusive Halo Spartan Helioskrill Packaged Photos!

SDCC Exclusive Spartan Helioskrill Figure Packaged

This past week has been among the most thrilling for Halo collectors in years, with both Mattel’s new and continuing Halo toy lines rolling out loads of news and fresh products. And the hits keep right on coming today, as Mattel has now posted a number of loose and packaged photos of the SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan announced last week. And while I don’t have one in-hand to review just yet, I have to say that both the Spartan Helioskrill and his box look absolutely killer

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Mattel Halo Promethean Soldier 12″ Figure Review

Mattel Promethean Soldier 12" Figure Review

With the new Mattel Halo toys finally beginning to deploy this month, I am officially more hyped about Halo collecting than I have been in a long, long time. And that means that I’m buying stuff I otherwise might not–stuff like the new Halo 12″ figures series! While I certainly have my reservations about this kid-oriented line, there was no way I could resist ordering the Halo 12″ Promethean Soldier figure. Am I happy with my purchase? The surprising answer is… yes!

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Mattel Halo Ghost Vehicle & Elite Officer Review & Photos

Mattel Halo Ghost & Elite Officer Review

Less than four months after the mega-ton announcement that Mattel had secured the master license for producing Halo action figures, the very first Mattel Halo vehicle set has now arrived–and hey, we even get an all-new Elite action figure packed-in with it! I paid scalper prices and ordered my boxed set last week, so I got it today, but the joke’s on me, as Amazon has the Covenant Ghost w/ Elite Officer for 13 bucks less than I paid last week. Alas. On the bright side, I’ve got the vehicle and figure a day earlier than folks who ordered from Amazon–was it worth it? Read on for my full review…

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Mattel Halo 12″ Figures & Warthog Up for Order Online!

Mattel Halo Warthog with 12 Inch Master Chief Figure

While the most prominent Halo toy released by Mattel today is the Collector Series Ghost Vehicle with Elite Officer 6″ figure, there’s 7 other toys released that are much bigger size-wise. In fact, one of the items released today is among the biggest Halo toys ever: the 21″ Mattel Halo Warthog with 12″ Master Chief is now up for order! And in case the Chief needs backup, there’s five other Halo 12″ figures too…

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Mattel Halo Ghost w/ Elite Officer 6″ Figure Up for Order!

Halo Collector's Line Covenant Ghost with Elite Officer Figure

Collectors hoped for transparency when the master license for Halo toys went to Mattel, but thus far they’ve been more opaque about their plans for Halo figures than even McFarlane Toys. But after hearing nothing since Toy Fair, we finally know when the Halo 6″ Collector line will be released–because the first item in the line already has been! The Mattel Halo Covenant Ghost with 6″ Elite Officer figure is now only up for order, and in-stock and shipping!

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Mattel SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan Figure!

SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan Figure Mattel

2016 has been a rough year to be a Halo collector, with the long-running McFarlane Halo line canned and the Kotobukiya and ThreeA lines unceremoniously in their death throes. Even new master license-holder Mattel has been eerily quiet about Halo since announcing the acquisition of the license at New York Toy Fair 2016–but no longer!

The first Mattel Halo Spartan figure has been officially announced for release next month: the SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan!

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Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2016 Sets Up for Order on Amazon!

Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Kodiak Siege Set

The Halo toy collecting world was shocked last month, when five of the Summer 2016 Halo Mega Bloks sets–including several sets never-before-seen–turned up for sale online at scalper prices! But patience has paid off (for those who were patient, anyway), as the Halo Mega Bloks Summer 2016 Sets are now available on Amazon with free shipping! But while the Kodiak Siege Cannon is finally available for order, a certain Spartan Red Leader has mysteriously disappeared…

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Halo 5 Series 2 Up on Amazon! Final McFarlane Figures!

McFarlane Halo 5 Buck Spartan Figure

The era… is over! The final wave of McFarlane Toys Halo figures started appearing at some retail stores such as Walgreens a few weeks ago, and now the series has finally reached the world’s largest internet retailer.

If you’ve been waiting to order your Halo 5 Series 2 figures from Amazon, now is your time: Spartan Buck and the rest of the last-ever McFarlane Halo figures are now in-stock!

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Mega Bloks Halo Wars 2 UNSC Jackrabbit Blitz Review

2016 Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Jackrabbit Blitz Photos

I didn’t do much (okay, any) Halo Mega Bloks New York Toy Fair 2016 coverage, because I was hugely disappointed by nothing that hadn’t been previously shown being on display at the actual event. But while the 2016 Toy Fair was a bummer, getting never-before-seen Summer 2016 Halo Mega Bloks sets out of nowhere definitely made up for the disappointment! And the first set I’m going to review corresponds to my inevitable favorite game of 2016: the Mega Bloks Halo Wars 2 UNSC Jackrabbit Blitz set!

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