Wednesday, November 11, 2020


Halo: 12" Action Figures Wave 1 - Spartan Holly Tanaka - Jazwares 2020

There's something about Halo toys that always grab my attention. I rarely play video games, and on the rare occasion when I do, it's never a first-person shooter. But I still feel a thrill when I see the kickass female Spartan Warriors all armored-up and fighting alongside their male counterparts. The only downfall is that the Halo license keeps changing hands. In the past five years the baton has been passed from McFarlane Toys, to Mattel, and now to Jazwares. And of course the scales never line up. But despite the good female representation across those three companies, there have been very few 12" figures. Holly Tanaka is an interesting character choice because out of all the female Spartans, she has the bulkiest and most gender-neutralizing armor, and nowhere on the packaging does it mention her full name or elude to her gender. So if a company is hesitant to take a gamble on an under-selling female character in a testosterone-laden property, Tanaka is pretty perfect compromise. Let's check her out below!

Spartan Tanaka's articulation is pretty good. She has a ball-jointed head, hinge-and-swivel shoulders, elbows, and hips, swivel wrists, and hinge knees.

Tanaka comes with a rifle. It seems to be the standard MO for 12" figures to have no accessories at all, so this is a nice surprise.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Tanaka with the two 12" Halo figures from Mattel: Spartan Vale and Cortana.


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