The Halo line of action figures began in 2003, made by Joyride Studios, who produced the Halo: Combat Evolved and most Halo 2 lines. In March 2008, the Todd McFarlane company began producing the Halo 3 action figure sets. Eventually, they began making the Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach series figures, with the occasional Halo 2 figure. It was revealed at the Comic Con 2010 that Square Enix would be producing figures from Halo: Reach.
- Main article: Joyride Studios
Joyride Studios produced both the Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 action figures. The Joyride figures were released in more series, but each series had only four-five figures.
Joyride included a serial number on each figure designating when it was created. This date code has four numbers followed by 'SS' stamped or embossed in the cardboard packaging. The first three digits represent the date the product was made, and the fourth digit is the year. For example: 2653SS means the product was manufactured on the 265th day of 2003 (9/23/2003).
- Main article: McFarlane Toys
The Halo 3, Halo Wars, and Halo 3: ODST action figures are produced exclusively by McFarlane Toys. They had also announced that they will be making figures from Halo: Reach, with preorders shipping in September 2010.
Additionally, McFarlane has also released a few figures from Halo 2.
After Halo 5 was released, the licence for halo action figures was given to Mattel, stopping future waves from Mcfarlane, ending their Halo 5 figures collection after a record low 2 series.
These figures include new features such as Halo Points, which allowed owners to trade the points for other Halo items. However, the program ended on December 1, 2009, and is now unavailable. Halo 4 figures came with exclusive skins for weapons and armour, which allows for unlocking weapons without spending Spartan Points.
They also have considerable differences from the toys produced by Joyride studios; they are considerably smaller, molded in a variable 5.5~6-inch scale, and have more detailed sculpts, which is McFarlane's hallmark. They also lack the vacc-mettalised visors that Joyride used.
Another feature these figures have is that the multiplayer figurines have removable head, shoulder, and chest armor, which allows them to interchange armor and create customizable figures. this Gimmick would continue on for future licencees.
- Main article: Square Enix
Square Enix will be producing figures of Noble Team from Halo: Reach, with the first set in stores in fall of 2010, and the second set in 2011. Their figures are notable for being highly detailed, while still being articulated. they later released figures of various patterns of MK VI spartans.
Bandai of america produced model kits under thier sprukits, which could be made into articulated action figures based of characters from halo 4.
in 2016, mattel began producing action figures in the much more widely accepted 6", or 1/12th scale. these figures had a gimmick of removable rubberised armor, much like the removable armor that the previous rights holder, Mcfarlane Toys. These only lasted 2 waves before being canceled like the Mcfarlane line before them, they also produced budget 1/6th or 12" figures, are responsable for Halo Mega Construx ever since buying the brand.
During Toyfair 2020, Jazwares toys announced that they were the new holder of the Halo action figure licence, and would be producing 1/18th and 1/12th action figures, starting with the releace of halo infinite. Jazwares were previously known for producing a highly popular line of Fortnite action figures, known as the "Legendary collection". Jazwares are notable for being the first company since Joyride to use vac-metalisation on the visors of SPARTANs.
- ↑ Spawn: MCFARLANE TOYS TO PRODUCE 'HALO: REACH' ACTION FIGURES
- ↑ Game Informer: Halo Play Arts Figures Officially Announced