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

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…?

Mattel Halo Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure ReviewThe Right:

Seeing as how there has never been a Halo Build-A-Figure before ever–and certainly not a non-humanoid one–I really did not know what to expect from this Halo 5 Alpha Crawler figure.

With it basically being a “free” figure, would the first Halo Promethean 6″ figure have cheap paint deco or lacking articulation…? Turns out I need not have worried–the paint applications and articulation on this figure are just as strong–if not stronger–than every other figure in Mattel Halo Series 1.

Alpha Crawler Mattel Halo Figure in Sitting Dog PoseOn the articulation front, the Promethean Crawler has much more than I was expecting: two hinged jaws, a ball-jointed head, a ball-jointed waist, four ball-hinge hips, two ball-hinge front knees, two hinged back knees and four hinged feet.

Halo Alpha Crawler Action Figure Mattel 2016I had been fearing this figure might have a bare-bones articulation scheme with five points of articulation, so to see Mattel give this Forerunner dog almost every possible point of flexibility is a real treat.

Halo 5 Guardians Mattel Collector Series Alpha CrawlerYou can pose the Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure in a variety of fun ways, with my favorites being posing it in a stalking walk or having him sit up straight like a good doggie.

Side View of Promethean Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure Halo Series 1 BAFThe colors on this figure are also exemplary, with the figure mostly being case in black and sparkly ivory white plastic, with gold and black paint accents for detailing.

Orange Spikes on Crawler Alpha Build A Figure Halo Six InchBest of all, though, is the gradient of orange paint on the spikes on the Alpha Crawler’s back! These look way too cool and are the most eye-grabbing part of any figure in Mattel Halo Wave 1.

Halo Alpha Crawler Figure with Mouth OpenThe bright orange paint also appears inside the Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure’s mouth, where it looks quite haunting and terrifying when the Crawler’s mouth is fully opened.

Mattel Halo 6" Figures Alpha Crawler vs. Master ChiefI have a hard time judging exactly how big these Promethean Crawler’s are in-game, but the size of this figure seems just right. In a standard crawling pose, the Alpha Crawler figure is around 6″ tall and seems about as large as the Spartans do (although oriented differently, obviously).

Again, I’m not sure if Mattel has nailed the scale on this Promethean here or not, but there’s no denying that the BAF looks amazing at this size.

Overhead View of Promethean Alpha Crawler Mattel FigureThe Wrong:

I’m mostly immensely impressed and pleased with the quality of this Halo Build-A-Figure Alpha Crawler overall, but there are just a few tiny areas where I think there’s some room for improvement. For one, I would have liked it if there was some sort of snap-on effects piece you could attach to the Crawler’s open mouth to simulate it “firing” at unsuspecting Spartans.

In addition, while the articulation on the Alpha Crawler action figure is very solid overall, the head is on a ball-joint with no hinge and a slightly limited range of motion. It’s not a crushing loss, and you can still get the Crawler looking in many directions, but it is disappointing that the Alpha Crawler is doomed to never be able to look up or down freely.

Mattel Halo Master Chief vs Alpha Crawler FiguresThe back knees also have restricted articulation, but this isn’t too much of a problem in most scenarios. I’ve rotated the legs around to achieve desired poses in some of these photos, those this is obviously not an accurate, canonical look for the Crawler.

Halo Series 1 Build-A-Figure Forerunner Alpha Crawler ReviewOverall: While I would have enjoyed some sort of energy blast effects piece and a little bit more articulation in the head, the Mattel Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure is an excellent figure overall–especially as a totally unexpected free bonus figure that we didn’t even know would be included until a few weeks ago! The Halo Promethean Alpha Crawler figure is a healthy size, has more paint apps than any other figure in the wave, and is a ton of fun to pose and play with. I hope we get other iterations of the Crawlers as mass-release figures later on, but for now, I think it was worth buying the entire Mattel Halo Series 1 figures wave to build this Alpha Crawler BAF. Excellent.



Mattel Halo Alpha Crawler Build-A-Figure Review & Photos! — 10 Comments

  1. I actually really enjoy this figure as well. The only thing that bugs me is that’s it’s white while in game is actually metallic grey as they are made of metal.

  2. I cant wait to get all the figures and build this guy. So far I’m just putting all the pieces I have together and it looks like some robotic abomination.

    My friend found the figure at TRU but said there was no multiplayer spartans, I hope Mattel isn’t being derp and not releasing every figure in a case to brick and mortar stores. There have been some people that have said Mattel has done this in the past which just sounds like they want to fail. I have yet to find these at any other store, hopefully they will start popping up soon for those of us that dont want to pay shipping prices. (or dont have prime)

    • As far as I can tell, I found a full case of 8 at TRU the first time I found these guys, and there was every figure in the wave (plus a doublepacked Chief and Locke), so I don’t think Mattel’s that foolish/evil.

  3. I honestly can’t wait for a series 2 announcement. I actually love these new figures and am excited to be continuing my collection further. I assume the announcement will be at SDCC or at least a glimpse at the next wave. Now I have to figure out how to get the exclusive helioskrull without being ripped off. I hope that in future waves we get some of the more exciting armors like fotus and the like. I’m also hope for more forerunner troops.

    • I’m looking forward to Series 2 as well; as far as named characters go, I’m hoping for Vale at absolute minimum (since, like Linda, McFarlane wasn’t able to get to her). Fotus sounds good; I’d personally also like to see Security and/or Wetwork.

  4. Looks pretty good, only planning on getting linda, probably chief and maybe the helioskrill so unfortunately i wont get it though. On that note does anyone know anything about an australian release of these figures? or am i going to have to buy them off amazon.