Good morning from All Things Fett this fine Sunday! I hope everyone is having as good a weekend as I am. This is the third and final installment of my review trilogy of the Noble Six figure from the Reach wave of Halo toys. In this edition, we put him up against his fellow protagonists, the armor variations seen in other Halo titles.
Second from left is the Mark V. This was a Target exclusive. This paint scheme has not appeared in any of the games, of course, but this was the only Mark V I have ever come across so no worries. This is the first Mark of Mjolnir to incorporate energy shields reverse engineered from Covenant technology. Master Chief wore an olive drab Mark V in Halo: Combat Evolved.
Next is the Mark V[B] as worn by Noble Six in Halo: Reach. I am unclear whether this was an upgrade mark between the V and VI or merely a substitute standard implemented until the Mark VI could be implemented in quantity. It seems to include most of the improvements of the Mark VI, but retains the more bulky armor design of the Mark V.
Far right is Master Chief in the Mark VI as appears in Halo 2 & 3. This is the damaged Halo 3 version of course (I really wish I had bought the 2 version when I had the chance! %&$^#&!). This is the known pinnacle of the Mjolnir system. Plus, it looks awesome.
First impressions after seeing them next to each other like this are that I am very displeased that they made Noble 6 out of scale with the Halo 3 and Halo Wars figures. The Mark V and VI are nearly identical as they are built largely off of the same molds. The Mark IV is an all new cast, as is supposed to look bulkier than the subsequent models, so I don't mind that he looks a little chunkier. Noble Six is an all new sculpt as well, but he should be ballpark in the same size range as the other Mark V. Whatever. Maybe Noble 6 is just a big guy. That would make Jorge a moose.
The actual sculpting and paint applications on Noble 6 seem superior to the previous waves, so I guess I can overlook the size discrepancy. This throws him out of scale to be used with GI Joes, sadly. The master Chief figure, as he is small for a Spartans actual size for the 5" figure scale, puts him about right for being a little larger than the latest waves of (large for scale) 3.75" GI Joes.