Spotted by the very sharp-eyed brandontyler over at the HBO forums, looks like we'll finally be getting those Halo figurines. Here's the press release. The company, Racing Champions ERTL, has a subsidiary, Joyride Studios that will actually create the models. I thought their current Mechwarrior lineup might be a good example of what to expect from them. It's nice stuff, and I'll judge the quality of the finished product when it finally ships, but I noticed that a different subsidiary, William Britain specializes in military scenarios. Check out their 2002 archives for some pretty cool scenes that could, with a few tweaks, fit right into the Halo Universe.
That's pretty funny, because when I wrote my rant a few weeks ago, I did some quick research to see if such products were feasible, and I'm pretty sure I stumbled unto the William Britain website.
A possible reality check: I know a teeny bit about the process in creating these models, so if in fact they are *just* starting to work on getting these figures out, usually the turnaround time is, in the best situation, 6 months. However, it could very well be that they've been working on them for a while now and we might see them sooner. I might make myself less anxious if I just resign myself to not seeing these until Halo 2 is released. An official ETA would help, of course. We know where Bungie stands on giving release dates, but I wonder if Joyride has a different take on that. :)
Regardless, I'm psyched, aren't you? Let's hope the sales for these figures and the licensing fees MS is charging are in the proper range to keep them coming.Posted by bs at January 20, 2003 11:46 AM