Ok, so I got my Steel Spartan ODST's from Gamestop and here's the scoop.
Basically a Mark VI armor with a slightly modified ODST helmet, the Spartan ODST is one of the cooler looking figure in my opinion. There's just something about that helmet. My Spartan uses this helmet along with a Hayabusa chestplate and Security armor shoulderpads. All steel, all the time.
The figure sports all the same great articulation as the ones from the first wave. This time around, it's a little smoother. That means that it's not as tight, but so far it hasn't seemed like it will get much looser. The paint applications on this series are far superior to the prior ones. The steel color is smoother and has less blackwash and slop. That's nice, very nice.
The Spartan ODST also comes with the Halo 3's version of the BR55 Battle Rifle. And it's nice an accurate for this scale with some impressively clean paint applications that have me looking back at the Assault Rifle from Series 1 and shaking my head with how superior the paint is on this bad boy. It looks good, but I worry that it will be fragile give than it's made of a strudy, stiff plastic with very little give. There is no hole for a finger to place on the trigger and inside the trigger guard but it's a minor nitpick since the hand isn't designed for the finger to fit into it anyway. He also comes with grenade, which is good because I need more. I wish it was a Plasma Grenade, but it's the standard frag that we've already seen in the previous series. (Note: the pegs are already attached to the weapons, and are removeable. They may stick a bit, so be carefuly when removing them from the Battle Rifle but feel free to use a pair of pliers to get a grip)
The poseability is just as solid as before and I have to say, I'm loving this figure. I'm not going to rate it on a 1-5 scale since I don't think that does it justice, but I will say that if you're a Halo fan you're going to need at least 1 of these in your collection. And if you're not a Halo fan, this is probably a good figure to start with.