Halo Anniversary Will Re-Drop Previous Figures Along With New Build-a-Plaque

BigBadToyStore has preview images of some of McFarlane Toys yet-unannounced Halo figures. In particular, the Halo: Reach Anniversary figures... wait, how can Halo: Reach be having an Anniversary? Are we foolishly celebrating its one year anniversary this September? I have a feeling that these figures will actually be called the Halo Anniversary figures because a one-year Reach Anniversary would just be silly. That and this September will be the 10th Anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved so these figures tying into the original Halo's anniversary makes more sense.

The set includes the new and awesomely polygonal Master Chief from Halo 1, a grunt in new black armor (cool!), Cortana, The Arbiter, and Dutch from ODST. We can easily see what's different about the Master Chief and the Grunt figures, but I don't know what, if anything, will be different about the Cortana, Arbiter, and Dutch figures. If nothing is different with the latter three then re-buying them will suck. Why would you want to buy them again? Because each figure includes a piece of a build-a-figure, or build-a-plaque, of sorts. Each piece is a part of the difficulty plaque in the various Halo games. Once you get all five pieces you can have your very own 3.5" Legendary plaque which includes attachments so it can be hung on a wall or displayed on a desk. I was wondering what that Legendary plaque was doing in a few photos at Toy Fair 2011.

I can already see many incomplete build-a-plaques due to people buying up the Grunts for the Elite head.

BigBadToyStore also has listings for two Anniversary three-packs of Master Chief in his Halo 1, 2, and 3 armors, and another three pack of Forge, Buck, and Carter. Again, I don't know what may be different about these figures versus the single-packed ones. I guess if you never bought any of these then they'd be good to get. There are also listings new mongoose vehicle packs with one in red and one in standard green with Noble Six and Cortana's transport tube. I'm guessing that will be the only way to get Cortana's transport tube so completists will have to buy yet another Mongoose.

- Shawn - 3/12/11