McFarlane Toys Announces New ‘HALO’ Exclusives for Summer 2009
April 16, 2009


TEMPE, Ariz. – April 16, 2009 – McFarlane Toys has ‘HALO’ collectors and  fans covered this summer with two exclusive figure releases.

McFarlane Toys will be offering a Toys "R" Us GRIFBALL SPARTAN to be sold during San Diego Comic-Con 2009. This Spartan features the highly coveted Recon armor, plus a Bomb, Gravity Hammer and Sword Hilt.  The Grifball Spartan is limited to 6,000 pieces and will sell for $15 by Toys “R” Us.

The McFarlane Toys Grifball Spartan marks the first time an action figure has been created based on the Grifball game. Created by Rooster Teeth, Grifball is an intense, fast-paced sport video game that’s played on an open court between two teams of four players. The object is to take the ball in the middle of the court and put it in the other team’s goal. Learn all about it at the official grifball site

TheHALO MARK VI DELUXE ARMOR PACK will hit select retailers in July.  This exclusive teal colored armor pack includes: Mark VI base body with interchangeable Security, EOD and CQB armor, plus an Assault Rifle, dual SMGs, Shotgun and Frag Grenade and will  be available exclusively atToys‘R’ Us stores and  comic book specialty retailers through Diamond Comic Distribution. Approximate Retail Price:$22.99




Visit for everything you ever wanted to know about McFarlane’s extensive line of Halo action figures and toys.

Did you know you can collect Halo Points from McFarlane Toys Halo products packaging and redeem them for exclusive free Halo merchandise? Visit halopoints


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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