Hi Waypoint. I’m coming to post this because I got my 3A Halo 4 Master Chief figure in the mail yesterday. Some facts about this figure: I paid $240 for it. There are pictures and a detailed description of the figure’s features here. As you can see, they’ve got a variety of pictures showcasing the figure wielding weapons in action poses, using its articulation to appear dynamic and exciting, even with its weapon accessories magnetically mounted to its back! The figure was supposed to be the Master Chief figure from Halo 4. At its price and how it looked, it was shaping up to be that way. Here is the list of the figure’s features, pulled straight from that official store.
> - Figure Stands 13.5-Inches (34.3cm) Tall
> - Over 35 Points of Articulation Featuring Fully Articulated Fingers
> - All Rifles Magnetically Attach to Shoulder Armor
> - Illuminated Helmet Featuring 4 LED Lights
> - Highly-Detailed Sculpt and Paint Application
> WEAPON LOADOUT
> - Z-250 LightRifle with light-up feature [Bambaland Exclusive Weapon]
> - ARC-920 Railgun
> - MA5D Assault Rifle
> - M11 Combat Knife
> BATTERY REQUIREMENTS [Batteries Not Included]
> - AG1 x 3 Button Cell Batteries
> - CR2032H x 1 Battery for Z-250 LightRifle
As you can see, with a huge loadout, such dynamic articulation, magnetic weapon mounts, and functioning LED lights, this figure was a reason to get excited! However, as I said, I received mine yesterday and was shocked to take it out of the box and see it was a piece of crap. I did some digging on some collector forums external to these ones and found I wasn’t the only one having these issues. Literally everybody who has received this figure is having a number of common issues:
- Figure’s finger articulation is too weak to hold its weapons - The figure’s fingers are actually too thick to fit into the trigger guards of some of its weapons - The elbow articulation is so tight that it can’t even bend to a ninety degree angle - The figure’s shoulder articulation is even worse, featuring unratcheted joints which slide around in their sockets according to gravity; the figure cannot hold its arms out by itself - Because of all the articulation issues in its arms, the figure cannot hold any of its weapons, despite the promotional pictures featuring the figure holding all of its weapons - Despite what was advertised, the figure features no articulation in its hips or thighs, meaning it can’t actually take any of the dynamic stances in its promotional pictures - The advertised magnets mounted in the figure’s weapons and shoulders that would allow him to holster his accessories magnetically are too weak to attach the weapon to the character’s back; the feature is literally broken - The figure’s rubber suit is too loose, obstructing whatever articulation does workThe figure is basically only good as a “museum” piece - that is, something that will stand straight vertically up without any of its accessories on a shelf somewhere. It can’t be posed dynamically and very few of its advertised features actually work. The reason this is a big deal is because this isn’t the figure they hyped. Their promotional pictures, still available to view, show a figure exploding with stable articulation which can wield its weapons, stick them to its back, or strike a dynamic wide-legged action stance stably.
Unfortunately, it’s not just that my figure is defective. I did some digging on around the internet and found a collector forum where a bunch of users received this figure and have been ranting about it for the past two days. Here is a link to where the discussion starts, if you want to see feedback outside of my own. You can see the discussion begins positively, but it doesn’t take long for it to sour as people begin to play with the figure and realize this isn’t the same figure they advertised to us in those pre-orders. I’ll post a few of the other opinions here in quote blocks:
> The easiest weapon to hold for him is the railgun but he can’t hold it straight with one arm and he can’t maneuver it to let his other hand support it. The worst part is there’s no one to blame but ourselves for continuing to pay 3a to -Yoink- lines they don’t care about. You can tell they gave zero consideration to the previous figures because chief can’t hold any of their weapons either. Thankfully Emile and Carter have thin fingers, heck I’ve got Emile dual wielding the shotgun and battle rifle and he can actually hold the rifle straight out without slipping. Mind boggling.
> *LOL the feet themselves have AMAZING strong articulation but the waist and thighs STILL DON’T making it a wasted feature. As someone who spends a great deal of time half-assing stuff I recognize a master at work.
> **I WILL say this, the accuracy and detail is really amazing. Perfectly accurate and the figure itself looks and feels fantastic. Just need those pistols from the recruit/thorne or custom made guns
> ***Main hand issue is the fingers can’t grasp stuff because the thick palm is in the way. Probably screen accurate but can’t grip stuff except with the thumb and index. Meaning the knife looks odd in hand too.
> I got home and found my figure waiting for me and it kills me to say this but the figure is HUGELY disappointing.
> It feels like a barbie doll and the rubber suit looks ridiculous. I don’t understand why it isn’t just a hard plastic. The figure can’t hold any weapon and the articulation is terrible. Elbow joint won’t even go 90 degrees and if he holds any weapon it pulls his arm down so he can’t raise it. His arms can’t cross over his chest at all so I haven’t found a way to have him hold any weapon in both hands.
> The materials feel cheap and crappy and I have trouble standing him without a base. Batteries weren’t even included. At MOST this figure should have been $120. If you’re on the fence, don’t buy! And this is coming from a massive Halo fan.
> EDIT: Sorry, adding more rant as I play around with the figure. I also can’t get the weapons to stick to his back. Unless I’m doing completely wrong - the magnets are super weak. Just checked to see if Bambaland does returns. Nope. Seriously, $240 for this?!? Ugh.
> this figure seriously disapointed me. it was my first jump into their halo line after reservations about their previous releases. and it seems i was right to be dubious. i opened the box and was blown away. the details and weathering are unbelievable. then i tried posing him…err…did they forget to put articulation in this thing? or maybe they put it all in his fingers? his shoulders have really good ratcheted outwards joints. they click into place and feel solid. but his swinging arm articulation is awful. lift his arm up and it just droops back down. and then you move south and it just gets worse and worse. not even 90 degree elbow range of movement. practically non-existent waist and hip articulation (you can hear and feel VERY weak ratchets but they’re worthless) seriously, from the shoulders down the figure may as well be a dogs hollow rubber chew toy. and then on top of that he can’t hold weapons to save his life.
343 Industries: As you can see, this figure was a failure on the level of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. I remind you, it was $240! You’ve got to ensure better quality control on these licenses. You better not let 3A do any more figures, either.