To chat about all things Halo Gear in 2020, I'll pass the proverbial microphone to the head of Halo Gear, John Friend!
As we wind down toward holiday breaks and time with friends and family, I’m excited to get a chance to share a few thoughts with all of you!
My most important message is THANK YOU. I feel incredibly grateful to work in this epic and heroic universe, and I have the opportunity to do so because of your support, passion and fandom.
Big picture, 2020 was about a lot of things for us on the Halo Consumer Products team. It was about building on our foundation of success in publishing, construction toys, and costumes. Getting back to basics with high-quality collectibles and statues. Expanding to new categories (have you seen our bedding?), new geographies and providing easy on-ramps for new fans. It was even about fashion and limited drops – the Billionaire Boys Club collection sold out in minutes!
But at the same time, 2020 was also about expanding our “toolkit” and capabilities as a team so we can provide you a broader range of products in more countries and through more outlets than ever before… and continue to offer nimbler, more personal, and unique products and experiences. I won’t say a lot here, but there is a LOT to look forward to in 2021 and beyond.
All that said, let’s take a tour through some of the amazing products that are out there, and available…right now!
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Mega for some absolutely incredible new sets this year. You can now put the Master Chief right on your shelf with the new helmet set, complete with a buildable AI chip that slots right in. The 414-piece set may not be quite big enough to wear yourself, but you can look over and see the Master Chief’s gold visor watching over you anytime.
Mega has also created two of their best sets to date with the replica Energy Sword that’s going to look extra-intimidating on your mantle, as well as a massive new Pelican dropship. The Pelican features poseable wings, a cockpit hatch, working landing gear and comes with three micro-figures of the Master Chief, the Pilot and a Banished Hunter. At over 2000 pieces this set is massive and is nominated for Construction Toy of the Year Award.
And – responding to fan and team demand – we’ve launched an actual Halo ring set. You can finally have a piece of a Forerunner installation in your home, complete with mini trees, rivers and mountains. But what makes this set so perfect is that each ring segment can snap together, and with five sets you can build a full-blown Halo Ring.
Wicked Cool Toys
With the help of one of my favorite new partners, we have a great lineup of action figures for you to check out, collect or share. These are designed to appeal to everyone from collectors to kids… and kid collectors. Or something like that. Scaling from four inches all the way up to a full foot tall, there’s sure to be something perfect for you to recreate the massive battles Halo is known for. Available Wicked Cool Toys figures include Kat-B320, a Brute Chieftan with gravity hammer, a Banished Ghost, Elite Warlord, a Warthog and, of course, the Master Chief himself.
Another personal favorite, and one I have spent literally decades preparing for with my own family… are the Nerf blasters, including the new MA40 and Mangler, both inspired by the weapons in Halo Infinite. The MA40 comes with a 10-dart clip and motorized blaster, while the Mangler boasts a 6-dart drum. Both toys also come with exclusive digital codes which will allow you to get a special in-game add on to use when Halo Infinite launches in 2021. The MA40 is available now, and the Mangler will be released on Jan 1.
Let’s not pretend we don’t need more Funko Pop!s in our lives, because of course we do! We’re scratching that itch with new items featuring both the Master Chief and the Spartan MK VII, with some unique and exclusive variants. In addition to the three standard Funko Pop!s, we’re also offering a Master Chief Hydro Deco variant exclusively at Best Buy, a Master Chief Active Camo variant exclusively at Target, and a Spartan MK VII with shock rifle variant exclusively at GameStop. But why choose one when you can collect them all?
I love this statue of the Master Chief on Zeta Halo – inspired by the beautiful key art for Halo Infinite. This 10.5-inch statue is rich with gorgeous details and is a must-have for any collector. The quality and price of this statue is incredible. Just look at the pose! The burns and scuffs on the armor! The quiet heroism! This work of art is a Best Buy exclusive in the US (visit aka.ms/HaloInfiniteStatueDarkHorse for international availability) and is available now.
Simon & Schuster
Our newest adventure into Halo’s deep and enriching extended universe is Halo: Shadows of Reach. Penned by Troy Denning, Shadows of Reach has become a USA Today bestseller and national bestseller, and was Simon & Schuster’s #1 bestselling audiobook during its launch week.
Join the members of Blue Team after the events of Halo 5, including the Master Chief, who are assigned by the UNSC Infinity to make a covert insertion onto the ravaged planet of Reach. A run in with an unexpected enemy soon transforms a simple retrieval operation into a full-blown crisis. You will not be able to put this book down until the very last page!
2020 has been… a year, to say the least, so hopefully you’re able to find some joy and fun with these great Halo products from our amazing partners. I hope everyone has a great holiday season and we’ll see you in 2021 with even more cool Halo gear!