What can be said of Master Chief that hasnít
already been said? His first game out and he snags his own action figure. On his
second outing he gets another action
figure, this time a more athletic figure that
echoes his new look in Halo 2.
Joyride does a good job sticking to the source material here Ė thereís no
mistaking Master Chief. But thereís one aspect that isnít quite right. He looks
slightly like a toddler wearing shoulder pads, like the suit just doesnít quite
fit. After some
and elaborate research (i.e. playing Halo 2 to the end) Iíve finally put my
finger on it. His upper body isnít bulky enough. Itís kind of like those 1977
Star Wars figures that lacked any body definition. Itís not as pronounced with
Master Chief but if you get the feeling thereís something not quite right,
thatís probably what it is.
Nearly everything else is perfect. I say nearly because his knees are so loose
he constantly falls over if heís not propped on something or posed in a crouch.
Maybe the problem is restricted to the review figure but I doubt it.
Master Chief has 20 points of articulation. This is great for putting him in all
sorts of poses. The elbow joints are double and he has a seam joint at the waist
and ball-jointed torso. He doesnít just look more athletic he is more athletic.
Besides all that he even comes with a spare left hand so he can be posed holding
both SMGs to mimic Halo 2ís dual firing feature.
The sculpt of the figure does justice to the license however there is still room
for improvement. The armor detail has been smoothed over, showing no battle
damage whatsoever and a rather ďplasticĒ look. (Yes, I know itís an action
figure!) The visor Ė definitely the focal point of the original figure Ė is
eye-catching and not just because it makes Master Chief look a little like a
Master Chief is an extremely playable figure. He is a good size to match up
against other figures and the super-poseable nature of Master Chief means hours
of playtime. The interchangeable left hand could be lost if youíre not paying
attention and the SMGs are on the small side but Master Chief himself hold ups
pretty well. He spent two days fighting with the eclectic items in my work bag
and he escaped without a scratch. Heís compatible with the previous Halo toys
and can even hold most of the Covenant weapons, though he looks most bad-ass
holding the Battle Rifle.
Playable and looking good, Joyride scores again (though it could have gone off
someoneís skate Ė still room for improvement).