Mattel SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan Figure!

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!

SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan Figure Mattel

With Mattel having not said a peep about their upcoming Halo 6″ figures line since Toy Fair, I genuinely did not expect a San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Exclusive Halo figure to be announced at all.

But while it looks like there won’t be any Halo Mega Bloks or BoomCo exclusives in 2016, the Collector’s six-inch figure line is in fact getting serviced–with an exclusive Halo Spartan Helioskill figure with a blue visor and special decorations on the Spartan’s armor and Assault Rifle!

Here’s the official write-up for the figure…

SRP: $25 Available: Onsite

Mattel’s new 6” action figure series brings the world of HALO® to life with an iconic line of UNSC Spartans and Covenant forces! This collector’s grade Spartan Helioskrill figure is designed with extreme detail and includes iconic accessories, removable armor, and 30 points of articulation for a highly poseable form.

This figure includes a fully interchangeable, mix-and-match armor suit and 2 accessories so you can customize your figure with others in the full line. For San Diego Comic-Con only, figure comes with exclusive blue visor, exclusive armor decoration, and exclusive legendary MA5 “bracer skin.”

Build your collection and create epic, larger-than-life HALO® battles from the highly-acclaimed franchise from Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries. Authentic, game-inspired designs and details are sure to thrill both casual fans and avid collectors alike! Specially designed packaging, just for Comic-Con. Colors and decorations may vary.

Mattel Halo Spartan Helioskrill Figure Toy Fair 2016If this figure looks a little bit “familiar” to you, that’s because it’s just a minor repaint of the 6″ Spartan Helioskrill Mattel showed at the New York Toy Fair Press Event in February. The version shown at Toy Fair feaured a white skin and green visor, whereas the San Diego Comic-Con 2016 version is sporting a blue skin and blue visor, as well as an exclusive skin on his Assault Rifle.

As far as exclusives go, I have to say: this is pretty lame. You would think Mattel would at least give us a color that they weren’t planning to already release the Helioskrill Spartan in (black, orange, purple… anything), but instead we’re just getting a Series 1 figure with some different-colored details. Alas. I think I speak for us all, though, when I say that I’d rather have a sort of lame Halo exclusive than no exclusive at all.

SDCC 2016 Exclusive Spartan Helioskrill Halo 6 Inch Figure

As this is the very first major release in the new Mattel Halo Collector line, it will be very interesting to see how well-received this is at Comic-Con and to so how quickly (if at all) the figure sells out.

What do you think of the first-ever Mattel Halo 6″ figure exclusive release, Halo collectors? Is this special SDCC Halo Spartan Helioskrill figure a must-have for your collection, or are you content with the slightly different one that will be released at retail? Or for that matter, are you excited for any of the Halo Mattel figures coming up this year at all?


Mattel SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Helioskrill Spartan Figure! — 5 Comments

  1. I’m more interested in the articulation more so than anything else. Judging from the pics it doesn’t look like the spartan has double knee or elbow joints, that’s not good for a $24.00 figure. I’ve seen reviews of the Batman Vs Superman 6 inch figures and it’s not pretty; that hard to find Aquaman figure is meh. Hasbro 6″ Marvel Legends figures are still superior to Mattel’s current 6 inch figures. Three weeks ago I opened a Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Demolitian Man figure from the Red Onslaught wave and I’m still amazed at all the different positions I can get him in; I see why this figure sells out so fast. Mattel needs to really step up their game, because a lot of 6″ figure collectors will be comparing these Halo Spartans to Hasbro’s Marvel Legends and if the articulation isn’t there this line will be DOA.

  2. I’m not sure I’m willing to pay $25 for the cheap plastic look. I have a feeling this line will die pretty quick at these prices. I’ll give one figure a chance but $125 for a five figure “toy” series is pretty crazy.

  3. I picked up the Mattel version of the Ghost and Elite Officer today. I think its a really cool set. This is my first Elite. However I don’t think those who have been collecting for years will be so pleased because the Elites will probably be the same mold just different armor and lacks some articulation. The hand joints are at this weird angle that makes it frustrating to hold a weapon in both hands.

    • When you say “picked up”, do you mean you found this set in a physical store already?