ODST ROOKIE & SPARTAN HAYABUSA
Hey guys! For today’s review, I’ll be doing something just a little bit different. Today marks mine and Super Awesome Girlfriend’s third anniversary, and in honor of the occasion, we’re going to being partnering up for a review! We’ll be looking at something that combines two of our favorite things: Minimates and Halo! The set in question is ODST’s main character Rookie and Halo 3’s Hayabusa armor. I’ll be looking at the Rookie, and Super Awesome Girlfriend will be following up with the Hayabusa.
Ready Super Awesome Girlfriend?
Close enough! Let’s see how this goes!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Rookie and Hayabusa were released as part of the fourth TRU-exclusive series of Halo Minimates. Both of them are exclusive to this particular two-pack (though there was another Hayabusa released later in a different color scheme).
It’s no secret (Seriously, it’s no secret at all, he geeks out about the armor every time he see it!) that I’m quite a fan of the ODST design. Recently (well, several months ago, but within the last year), I played through Halo 3: ODST and it’s probably my favorite game in the series. The only ODST proper to get released as a Minimate was the Rookie. He’s not my favorite member of the ODST squad from the game (I didn’t really care for him either…), but he’s certainly better than nothing (and still plenty cool). The Rookie stands about 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 12 points of articulation (the boots remove the ankle articulation). The figure uses the usual Minimate body as a starting point. He’s got add-ons for his helmet, chestplate/belt, shoulder pads, thigh armor, gloves/wristbands, and boots. It’s also worth noting that he uses the special thin waist piece created specifically for the Halo line in order to keep the belts from making them too tall. The general quality of the sculpted pieces is pretty solid. The helmet is the same one used on the Spartan ODST; I have some minor issues with it, but by-and-large it looks pretty good. The rest of the parts capture the general ODST armor pretty nicely, though they do end up making him a bit bulkier than even the Spartans in this same line. Still, independently he looks pretty awesome, and since scale’s never been totally perfect in ‘mates anyway, I don’t really mind all that much. The paint on the Rookie is rather on the dull side, but that’s actually accurate to his in-game design, so that’s not a knock against him. The application is overly pretty clean. Not the sharpest work ever, but certainly not bad. The Rookie included his signature silenced SMG, which he can hold decently enough, though not two handed as he does in the game. I must say, it’s weird reviewing a ‘mate that predates when clear display stands were standard.
This isn’t the first Hayabusa figure that I’ve received from Ethan. The other figure is a much larger (blah-blah inches tall? It’s about 5 —Ethan) and is the only other Hayabusa figure that I know of (riiiiiiight Ethan? Apart from color variations, yes). Like the figure above, Haya is about 2 1/2 inches tall with a whopping 12 points of articulation. He has the standard Minimate body with the special Halo waist piece, he puts anorexic skinny to shame, see why it’s different in the section above. He’s got add-ons for his helmet, chestplate/belt, shoulder pads, thigh armor, gloves/wristbands, and boots. Haya’s boots and gloves/wristbands are thinner than previous Spartan minimates. His other add-ons are obviously unique, the Hayabusa armor is much different than your standard Spartan design or any other amor variant. I really enjoy the sculpting of this figure, I believe it’s a pretty good replica of the original armor considering the size of the figure. My favorite part of the figure is the helmet, I believe it’s the most difficult piece to make true to the video game design, but they did a fantastic job of it. It’s my favorite part because it looks like the figure is sporting a white Tom Selleck mustache. I know, it’s an odd thing to note about a figure but what can I say, I’m weird that way. The rest of the armor is also pretty cool, makes him look slick and intimidating. Haya’s paint job is a magnificent shade of bright red, much brighter than other Spartan Minimates. The white accents on the helmet and shoulder pads also help to brighten the red and make the figure POP! The only thing that I’m disappointed about with this figure is that he comes with just your standard battle rifle, which is my least favorite weapon. In the Halo games you can unlock a katana to go with the armor, which would have been wonderful to have. Now, I can understand why they wouldn’t include a katana, because it might’ve been to difficult to do. However, the figure doesn’t even come with an energy sword, one that the Elite’s tend to carry, which I believe would’ve added to his badassatude and definitely shows up in many game shots of the armor. Overall, it’s a pretty stellar figure that triggers the nostalgia and the memories of the hours spent over the summer collecting all the damn skulls to unlock that armor. Some of those memories were fonder than other, all of them had cursing or some childish variant if parents were in the room, it was a difficult armor to get.
THE US HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this set from Yesterday’s Fun, while on vacation this year. I’ve got a real soft spot for the ODSTs and I knew Jess really liked the Hayabusa, so the pairing was really quite convenient. I know I was pretty happy wth the final product. How ‘bout you, Super Awesome Girlfriend?
I really do love this figure! Hayabusa is by far my favorite Halo armor. Me and a friend of mine spent the majority of our summer in Middle School trying to get this armor in Halo 3. It took a lot of time, cursing, and Googling to find those skulls. We spent most of our time not in finding the skulls but getting to them without dying, our older siblings and parents had a lot of fun watching us and hearing our outbursts. This armor will always hold a special place in my heart, mostly because of them memories that went with it. As for figures, I have to agree with Ethan and say that I’m happy with the final product, really happy!