SDCC Exclusive Halo Spartan Helioskrill Packaged Photos!

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

SDCC Exclusive Spartan Helioskrill Figure Packaged

While Mattel whet our appetities with one press photo of their Comic-Con exclusive Spartan Helioskrill six inch figure last week, I was hoping we’d get to see some better shots of the figure before it became time to line up and fight the convention mobs to claim this limited toy.

And it looks like my wish was MattyCollector’s command, because despite today being a Sunday, Mattel posted over a half-dozen new high-resolution photos of the red Helioskrill Spartan!

SDCC 2016 Helioskrill Spartan Action Figure with Assault RifleAs seen in the preview image, what sets this version of the red Spartan Helioskrill apart from the retail version of the figure is the “Bracer” MA5 Assault Rifle, the blue skin on his armor and the cool blue RECRUIT visor.

Bracer MA5 Assault Rifle with Spartan Helioskrill 6 Inch FigureThe MA5 Bracer skin looks seriously awesome! It’s really sort of a shame that only folks who manage to claim this limited figure are going to get its amazing-looking Assault Rifle.

Back of Mattel SDCC 2016 Exclusive Spartan Helioskrill FigureThe figure also includes a second weapon: a black pistol gun that can be attached to different points on the the Spartan’s armor, including his hip or back.

SDCC 2016 Halo Spartan Helioskrill Spartan Box SlipcoverNot only do we get to see loose images of the con exclusive action figure showing off his weapon and articulation, but we also get a sneak peek at the packaging! The box has a fancy “Halo” slipcover that slides over the box, which is a feature the retail Halo 6″ figures almost certainly won’t have.

I also really appreciate that the box shows the armor removed on the Spartan’s left leg, so buyers get a clear idea of how the removable armor pieces work.

Halo Spartan Helioskrill SDCC 2016 Exclusive 6 Inch Figure

As with all Matty Collector convention exclusive figures, the price on the SDCC Halo Helioskrill Spartan is higher than a standard figure. Whereas the Mattel 6″ Halo figures are expected to retail for $19.99, the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive carries a price-point of $24.99.

Given the limited nature and exclusivity of this Spartan action figure, as well as the extra bells and whistles of the packaging (such as the box’s slipcover), I think the extra $5 surcharge is pretty fair and I won’t really begrudge paying it at all.

Helioskrill Spartan SDCC 2016 Exclusive Halo Figure in BoxMattel should post the leftover stock of the 2016 SDCC Halo exclusive figure after the show, and you can follow the Halo Toy News Twitter or Facebook Pages to have updates sent to your favorite form of social media once the limited amount of remaining figures are put up for sale following Comic-Con. You’ll have to be fast to snag one of these exclusive Spartans online, as I expect that they’ll sell out within a few hours of being posted.

Now that you’ve seen hi-res and packaged photos, how do you like this year’s San Diego Comic Con Halo toy exclusive figure, Halo collectors? Are you willing to put in the time and effort to secure this exclusive blue-visored Spartan, or has Mattel not impressed you enough to earn your dollars?


SDCC Exclusive Halo Spartan Helioskrill Packaged Photos! — 9 Comments

  1. The first time they showed off the new mattel figures a lot of people (myself included) thought they looked a bit ‘toyish’ especially compared to mcfarlane figures but this actually looks really nice and finally we’ll have some halo figures that dont have useless/terrible articulation cough mcfarlane cough.

    • The only consistent articulation issue Mcfarlane had was limited mobility at the spot where the legs connected to the crotch- everything besides that worked out really well.
      And considering the Ghost review already up on this site, this line is meant to be a toy line first and foremost.

  2. Looks nice, but I think I’ll hold off on Mattel spartans until they release some Halo Wars 2 figures.

  3. yeah that definitely is the main point i was thinking of, but it was a bit more than limited mobility, the hips were pretty much useless, and really all the articulation in the legs was bad, the arms i will admit were somewhat good, you could at least get them holding their guns in alright positions.

    Also this is coming across more complainy than i meant, im still fairly happy with the figures i bought of halo 4, though mainly because i got most on sale -15 AUD (10 US) for the cryo pod + master chief set, 28 AUD (20 US) for he 4 pack of elite, grunt, MC and blue spartan. (didnt buy halo 5 as they have never shown up in australian stores, and i played with a friends set and wasn’t all that impressed anyway)

    Also is there any description or photos of what the points of articulation are on these figures, i haven’t seen any but i might have missed it so i thought i’d ask.
    It looks like there is thigh swivel, which should be a good addition.

    • As far as we can tell, it seems similar to Mattel’s other 6-inch scale lines: Ball jointed head (possibly a hinge in addition), ball-jointed/swivel-hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, double elbow, swivel/hinge wrists, unknown torso articulation, ball-jointed/swivel-hinge hips, thigh swivel, double knee, hinge&rocker ankles.

      • Thanks for the answer it seems like a pretty good educated answer/guess, i suppose it would make sense for it to be similar to other figures they do.
        I hope you are right because that sounds pretty damn similar to marvel legends and the couple figures i have of that are great and pose well (spider man and captain america)

  4. So far none of this series has shown up on bbts or EE. What is the likelihood that online retailers such as them will get any extras of this figure after the comic con? I really don’t want to pay $50+ for this guy.