HALO: THE SPARTAN COLLECTION (JAZWARES)
In early 2021, after a five year break, I wrote a Halo review…and the proceeded to take a break again. Look, you guys, this is what happens when none of your products are focused on ODSTs. I lose interest. I just can’t help it. But, I’ve got at least one more of these reviews in me, even if it’s not an ODST. No, instead, it’s another Spartan, but this time it’s actually a named one. So, let’s have a look at the only surviving member of Team Noble, Jun-A266!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Jun-A266 is part of the fourth assortment for Jazwares’ Halo: The Spartan Collection. He continues with the line’s overall heavy emphasis on Reach, and is the fourth member of Team Noble to be added to the line. He’s one of the two named Spartans in the assortment, with the other being the Halo 2 version of Chief. The figure stands 7 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. In terms of build and articulation, he’s very similar to the Spartan Mark V I already looked at from the line. He’s a little bit more restricted in terms of movement on a few spots, just due to how the armor is laid out, but beyond that, he’s still pretty posable, with a very solid range of motion for most of his joints. He struggles a little bit getting his rifle held properly, but is otherwise alright. Jun’s sculpt, which appears to be all-new, is again about on par with the Mark V figure. The detailing is generally pretty sharp, and a good match for the in-game models. The legs are still a little bit tube shaped, and there are some spots where the details get a little soft, but it’s an overall decent set-up. He’s still got the cool gimmick with the flip-out panel for mounting his side-arm on his leg, which is still cool. He’s also got some fun, more character specific pieces, which help to dress the armor up just a little bit more. Jun’s color work isn’t bad. The base colors are all molded, and they match well with the in-game stuff. He’s got a little bit of accenting, including some wear and tear, which works well at the scale. He’s also got that really cool chromed visor piece, which is just super slick. It was dropped from a few of the named Spartans, so I’m glad to see it’s still turning up at this point. Jun is packed with his sniper rifle, a Magnum, 7 different hands, and an unhelmeted head. The rifle features moving legs, and is generally just a cool piece, even if he struggles a little bit to hold it properly. The Magnum is the same one seen with the Mark V, and the hands are all pretty similar. While it’s nice to get the unmasked head (especially after McFarlane versions made them wholly separate releases), the sculpt is definitely much softer, and the paint much thicker, making it look somewhat out of place on the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Jun isn’t a character I really have much attachment to, since he’s not an ODST, and, even within the context of his own game, he’s not even Jorge, objectively the best member of Team Noble. But, I can’t really say I dislike Jun, which does at least put him above Carter and Kat, making him sort of this middle ground. Why do I have this figure? Well, my son Matthew really wanted to get me an action figure for my birthday, and he dragged my mom down the action figure aisle at Target to get me something. We’ve been playing a little bit of Halo together, so he jumped on these figures. He knows the ODSTs are my favorite, but without any of them to choose from, he opted to get me Jun, who he felt looked the coolest of the options present. I do have to admit, he certainly makes for a cool figure.