I think McFarlane has done this line long enough that we all know what we can expect to see from them in regards to articulation, paint apps and quality. I guess it is interesting to see the new alien designs, but this line has long since become fairly boring for me.
I can't imagine there will be must disappointment for those who still collect this line though. The only thing that stands out as a major "WTF" for me is the joint below Cortana's boobs. It really breaks up the streamline look of the character and it seems like a worthless joint anyway. I mean, if you twist her there, you end up with a Cortana where her ribs are cut directly in half and stick out in a totally ridiculous, unrealisitic and ugly way, so why put that joint there if it's only purpose is to make the figure look bad whether you're using it or not?
Spartan Soldier (blue)
5-Figure Boxed Set (w/orange Spartan)
They should be in stores any day now at the usual price point.