Closer Look: Jazwares: The Spartan Collection; Deluxe Wave 1- Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam


August 6, 2022

Reviewed by:Atsuma

The Arbiter is a title given by the Beings of Sanghelios to an Elite that is meant to carry the torch for the Sanghelios Elites to lead their nation to great glory; however, this title would soon get destroyed by the Prophets, and their Covenant, as this title was used to give an Elite to represent “Failure” and this Elite would be tasked to go on Suicidal Missions. These Prophets are seen in the eyes of the Covenant as great, but in reality they are merely corrupted hypocrites that just love to create lies and lead their troops to death with their “Great Journey”.

In Halo 2, Thel ‘Vadam was not so fortunate to be chosen as the next Arbiter, after his failed attempt to stop John 117, or Master Chief, from blowing up Installation 04. The Prophets branded him a heretic for this failure, and was tortured. He then would inherit this old generation armor of Arbiter gear, and sent out on Suicidal Missions. Throughout these missions Thel Vadam, or you the player, would begin to realize what the Covenant was really doing and began to make a stand for this; however, this stand and somewhat of a massive rebellion only grew as the Prophets decided to humiliate, degrade, and demote the Elites. While the Brutes, were now all promoted and given the roles of protecting the Prophets, but this would soon backfire. As these brutes, would begin to carry out these missions and they began to grow corrupt with their promotions. At the end, with UNSC Sgt Johnson’s help… You were able to stop,Tartarus the leader of the Brutes, from activating the Ring. Foiling the Covenants plans once again.

In Halo 3, Thel ‘Vadam would be Master Chief’s ally throughout his journey upon another ring, and was also the 2nd Player’s character if you played the Co-op Campaign. This duo, would go up against the Covenant forces, the Flood, and many more enemies along the way. It would not be until the end; where it is assumed that Master Chief was dead, that the Arbiter sets out on his own quests with this Elites to go rebuild Sanghelios and continued battling the Covenant.

In Halo 5, Thel ‘Vadam is given a whole new look with new armor and so forth, but he plays no significant role within this game. Since Agent Locke meets up with him in hopes that he would possibly try helping in the aid of finding Master Chief.

That is a bit of background history on the Arbiter, Thel ‘Vadam. For this review, I will be focusing mainly on Halo 5’s version of the Arbiter.

Shall we get into it?

Sculpt, Articulation, and Paint Application

The sculpt of the figure overall is pretty decent, with it basically matching up exactly how Arbiter looked in the game. Plus with the sculpt’s huge size, since Elites are pretty tall and usually bulky looking, it is definitely a plus and adds to that this figure is one of a kind. Since this is a brand new sculpt, and not just another Spartan Sculpt. This is a custom Elite Sculpt and its awesome; and the special Energy Sword too. Since this is no regular Energy Sword that one can pick up in the game. This is Arbiter’s special Energy Sword, and they gave it a special sculpt too along with the rubbery translucent plastic they used. This helps gives the effect of plasma, that the Sword portion is made out of.


The overall articulation is awesome; however, the only bad thing with the articulation is that you can only spin the head around. There is no ball joint or neck joints to make the figure look in different directions. Besides that it is like the typical Spartan with the wrists, arm, legs, torso, knees, elbows, and etc. types of articulation.

Paint Application
Overall, the paint application is nice. Since I think 343 decided to keep the color of Halo 3’s Arbiter, when he returned in Halo 5. This makes the overall figure that Jazwares make much better, as they painted it like so. With the mixtures of gold, yellows, and browns together to get this copper colored armor. Even the little painted details from the white stripes on the legs, red strips upon the wrist guards and some scuff marks here and there. Makes it even better of a figure. They even detailed a bit of the Elite’s skin with grays and blacks upon the brownish skin tone. They missed a grand opportunity to fully paint the mouth portion of the figure, along with making his eyes a bit better instead of white dots. Another worthy mention, is the individually painted hands and the Storm Rifle the figure came with. Since each, just from staring at the figure you can tell they took their time getting details on each accessory bit.

Features and Accessories


  • Terrible Head Joint
  • Arm and Leg joints
  • Elbows and Knees joints
  • Wrist and Ankle Joints
  • Slight Torso joint
  • Interchangeable hands


  • 1x Arbiter Thel ‘Vadam Figure
  • 1x Prophets Bane (Energy Sword)
  • 1x Storm Rifle
  • 5x Interchangeable hands

The overall quality taking everything into the consideration. This figure is a good 9.9/10 in quality. The overall figure is different, and there is nothing really to compare it to, but it is their first massive Elite figure. They kept the details. made special pieces, and even a custom molds for this figure.

The only reason why its a 9.9, is because there is no good neck or head articulation, making it that you can only spin the head in circles.


This figure’s value should have been more. Finding this figure anywhere for the price range of 39.99 – 46, would be a great find and a great price.

Overall: $42.00

Overall Score



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