The Halo line of action figures began in 2003, made by Joyride Studios, who produced the Halo: Combat Evolved and most Halo 2 lines. In March 2008, the Todd McFarlane company began producing the Halo 3 action figure sets. Eventually, they began making the Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach series figures, with the occasional Halo 2 figure. It was revealed at the Comic Con 2010 that Square Enix would be producing figures from Halo: Reach.
- Main article: Joyride Studios
Joyride Studios produced both the Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 action figures. The Joyride figures were released in more series, but each series had only four-five figures.
Joyride included a serial number on each figure designating when it was created. This date code has four numbers followed by 'SS' stamped or embossed in the cardboard packaging. The first three digits represent the date the product was made, and the fourth digit is the year. For example: 2653SS means the product was manufactured on the 265th day of 2003 (9/23/2003).
- Main article: McFarlane Toys
The Halo 3, Halo Wars, and Halo 3: ODST action figures are produced exclusively by McFarlane Toys. They had also announced that they will be making figures from Halo: Reach, with preorders shipping in September 2010.
Additionally, McFarlane has also released a few figures from Halo 2.
These figures include new features such as Halo Points, which allowed owners to trade the points for other Halo items. However, the program ended on December 1, 2009, and is now unavailable.
They also have considerable differences from the toys produced by Joyride studios; they are considerably smaller, molded in a "6-inch" scale, and have more detailed sculpts, which is McFarlane's hallmark. They were released in fewer waves than the Joyride products, but each series included more figures.
Another feature these figures have is that the multiplayer figurines have removable head, shoulder, and chest armor, which allows them to interchange armor and create customizable figures.
- Main article: Square Enix
Square Enix will be producing figures of Noble Team from Halo: Reach, with the first set in stores in fall of this year, and the second set in 2011. Their figures are notable for being highly detailed, while still being articulated.