24 December, 2015

A Look At Sandboxr’s 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartans

Fresh from the printer, or more likely UK customs, we scrutinise the quality and accuracy of a Sandboxr custom 3D printed Halo 5 Spartan!

Sandboxr 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartan banner

I’ve never purchase any 3D printed figurines or such, nor have a 3D printer of my own, but has an avid Halo player, the opportunity to have my Spartan Lady rendered into life – albeit static life – seemed too cool to pass up. Accessible through Halo Waypoint’s Spartan customisation screen, the Sandboxr printing service is passed you’re Halo 5 character; their gender, armour, helmet, and colour scheme, including the visor. You select one of several poses, a size, and enter text to be printed on the base, it’s all pretty slick considering. 

Here’s mine, Spartan-113. At 4 – 4.5 inches tall she’s the smallest figure available, costing $29.99.

Sandboxr 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartan anubis venture female

The quality was about what I expected, based off promotional images, though I lack the knowledge of other 3D printing methods to say if it’s truly good or not. Frankly, the figure looks as if it’s been sculpted from cake icing, then left to sweat and bead in the sun.

(Click to enlarge).

Sandboxr 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartan anubis venture female close up
Sandboxr 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartan anubis venture female backSandboxr 3D Printed Halo 5 Spartan anubis venture female top helmet

The arms, legs, and upper chest all look cleaner than the stomach or helmet. The top of the helmet looks a little faded and has a rougher feel. The visor my Halo 5 character wears is gold, Saturnine, but was printed black, this isn’t totally surprising as the Sandboxr interface kept showing it as black when I ordered it.

While the Magnum pistol is skinnier than I would have thought accurate, though the figure as a whole is weighty. Below you’ll find images of my Halo 5 character for reference; wearing the Anubis helmet and Venture armour, all in the darkest grey available.

halo 5 spartan customisation venture armour front
halo 5 spartan customisation venture armour backhalo 5 spartan customisation anubis helmet saturnine visor

The novelty remains strong enough that I’m willing to forgive the varying quality of areas of the figure. It also came with a Supply Req Pack for use in-game, netting me nothing of real value!   

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