Monday, July 20, 2015

Halo 4 Jul 'Mdama Action Figure

Created by McFarlane Toys shortly after the release of Halo 4, Jul 'Mdama is the antagonist of that game, as well as a central character in Karen Traviss' Kilo-Five trilogy of novels. In this incarnation he is shown specifically wearing his 'Storm Covenant' armor as he appears in Halo 4 and especially the multiplayer 'Chapters.'

As expected of McFarlane quality, Jul 'Mdama is exquisitely detailed in both sculpting and painting. This is, to my knowledge, the first Sanghieli figure to have exposed skin on the arms in this scale. The elite's musculature and skin are fairly highly detailed, with muscles and veins sculpted at the right places.

It's not all sunshine and lollipops with Jul, however. There are a few nagging problems which keep this figure from being truly perfect. One is that his helmet does a poor job of staying in place. It looks good, both on and off, though it is fitted poorly and tends to slide off given the slightest excuse. A second is that Jul has a very difficult time holding his energy sword. Lastly, the figure is difficult to stand. This is doubly frustrating for long time collectors of the series, as the elite figures of previous waves stood very well.

The new, reduced profile McFarlane package manages to present a large figure efficiently, without taking an obnoxious amount of shelf space, the way the old Halo figures did. Unfortunately, with Jul, his energy sword is packaged so that it is likely to come slightly bent.

He is a tall and heavy figure, and while his knees have the 'click' articulation that is part of why the line is so successful, his weight and top-heaviness make him very difficult to stand.

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