McFarlane Toys Announces Halo Reach Series 2

With the first Series of Halo: Reach figures beginning to drop in at retailers, McFarlane Toys thought it would be a good idea to announce who and what Spartan variants made the cut for Series 2. There are no photos of any of the prototypes, but there is a comprehensive list of all eight single figures and two 2-packs. Series 2 will have the introduction of Noble Team's Carter and Kat, the brand new Skirmisher enemy, and jetpacks. Yay, jetpacks! Series 2 will be in stores in January 2011.

Carter: Noble One, Spartan-259, is the leader of Noble Team, the veteran Spartan unit players join in Halo: Reach. This action figure features every detail of his custom armor livery -- from his Commando helmet, shoulder, and chest to the Tactical/Tacpad accessory on his forearm. Figure includes Designated Marksman Rifle and Frag Grenade.

Kat: Noble Two, Spartan-320, is the second-in-command of Noble Team and its only other original member. Our first female Spartan figure features Kat's custom armor livery --- from her Air Assault helmet and FJ/Para shoulders to her distinctive robotic arm. Figure includes her signature weapon, the Magnum, and a Frag Grenade.

The figure of tiny robot arm girl Kat will look like this, just more action-figurey.

Elite Officer: Series Two brings a new Elite to the battle. This Covenant alien invader features the debut of the Officer armor and a menacing red-orange paint scheme. Figure includes an all-new weapon introduced in Halo: Reach, the Concussion Rifle, and a Plasma Grenade.

Grunt Minor: This classic version of the Grunt enemy features the familiar conical methane tank and orange armor fans remember from the Halo trilogy, ODST, Halo Wars, and now Halo: Reach. Figure includes removable backpack and gas mask and comes with Needler and Plasma Grenade weapons.

Skirmisher Minor: An all-new enemy type introduced in Halo: Reach, the Skirmishers are vicious pack hunters and a dangerous new threat to the human defenders. The Minor rank of Skirmisher is represented in its dark gray armor and comes with the wicked new Needle Rifle weapon and a Plasma Grenade.

Spartan CQC custom (male) (team red/team red): This heavily customized male Spartan features a well-rounded armor selection including CQC base helmet with UA/Multi-Threat shoulders and chest. This figure is ready for team-based multiplayer with his all-red color scheme and includes Shotgun and Frag Grenade.

Spartan CQC custom (male) (white/white): This heavily customized male Spartan features a well-rounded armor selection including CQC base helmet with UA/Multi-Threat shoulders and chest. This figure is ready for solo multiplayer with his all-white color scheme and includes Assault Rifle and Frag Grenade.

Spartan CQC custom (male) (steel/steel): This heavily customized male Spartan features a well-rounded armor selection including CQC base helmet with UA/Multi-Threat shoulders and chest. This figure is ready for solo multiplayer with his all-steel color scheme and includes Magnum and Frag Grenade. Exclusive to GameStop stores.

Invasion Slayer 2-Pack: The "Invasion Slayer" mode introduced in Halo: Reach fuses the Spartan vs. Elite action of the all-new Invasion gametype with the classic Slayer competition of previous Halo games. This two-pack includes a UNSC Spartan in standard military green and an invading Elite in standard Covenant purple. Spartan features CQC helmet with UA/Multi-Threat chest and shoulders and comes with a DMR and Frag Grenade. Elite features Minor-level armor and comes with the all-new Needle Rifle and Plasma Grenade.

UNSC Airborne 2-Pack: The biggest addition to online multiplayer in Halo: Reach is the addition of "armor abilities," and the most exciting ability can be found as part of the "Airborne" loadout. Take the fight to the skies with the all-new Spartan Jetpacks! This two-pack includes a two-tone male Spartan HAZOP custom in cyan and white with a UNSC Jetpack and Assault Rifle. Rejoining the fight is the male Spartan Mark V [B] in gold and steel, previously only available in limited quantities in Halo: Reach Series 1. The Mark V [B] includes a second UNSC Jetpack and an Assault Rifle. These jetpacks are ready for launch, with thrusters out, and are only available in this special boxed two-pack.

- Shawn - 8/15/10