Todd McFarlane talks secret Halo 4 characters

343 is "pushing the envelope with the visuals, storytelling and gameplay"

Famed comic creator, McFarlane Toys founder and Kingdoms of Amalur artist Todd McFarlane is designing action figures based on Halo 4. Which means he's had insider access to its characters, guns, levels and storyline. Throw us a bone, Todd. G'wan.

"343 still has some surprises to reveal, so we can't give you all the details just yet," MacFarlane wrote in a release. "But we've seen what they're working on, and Halo 4 will be worth the wait!

"Each new Halo game is a significant entertainment event," he added. "Halo 4 marks the return of the Master Chief and Cortana, plus the introduction of new characters, weapons and locations sure to excite long-time fans.

Even in figurine form, the Chief commands respect.

"We're really excited to be working with the all-star team of 343 Industries. Microsoft has assembled an incredible group of developers to ensure Halo's continued place among the top entertainment franchises. 343 Industries is pushing the envelope with the visuals, storytelling and gameplay, and we can't wait until fans get their hands on Halo 4."

According to a launch calendar posted over at Halo Waypoint, McFarlane will show off three never-before-seen Halo 4 character designs in August and four in November, building up to the game's tentative Christmas 2012 release window.

Halo 4 branded toys are also due to appear at a London event next week.

Check out our lengthy Q&A for everything we currently know about Halo 4. 343's Frank O'Connor feels that "regurgitating" Bungie's battle-proven template isn't wise, but anticipates negative reaction to any changes the studio makes.