Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton
With the recent release of the new Terminator movie “Terminator Salvation”, there have been a few new terminator toys popping up in the stores. One of which is the NECA release “Terminator 2: Judgement day” T-800 action figure.
In the fictional Terminator universe, the T-800 terminator is a terrifying robotic soldier that carries out human assassination missions. Designed and controlled by Skynet (Military supercomputer with artificial intelligence that is on a mission to exterminate the human race), they are sent to infiltrate what’s left of the human colonies.
The T-800 have appeared in 4 films since 1984, the first film as the villain, sent back to assassinate Sarah Conner (mother of future human resistance leader John Conner), and later in “Terminator 2: Judgment day” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” as the good guy, reprogrammed by future humans and sent back to protect John. The figure in the review today appears to be one of the terminator soldiers in the future with no living tissue cover, as he comes with a plasma rifle as seen in the battlefield.
Name: T-800 Endoskeleton
Line: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Series 1
Price: $30AUD / $24.99USD
Height: 180mm / 7inches
The T-800 action figure comes in a heat sealed clamshell packaging and the figure is kept in place with an inner liner and 5 twisty wires – a few too many in my opinion, 2 would have sufficed. There are nice graphics of Arnie from the T2 movie at the front and description of the T-800 endoskeleton at the back along with the product range photos. The packaging could have been smaller to save space and material, the area where Arnie’s photo is doesn’t really do anything useful. The packaging is not reseal-able.
The T-800 doesn’t come with much, just a spare right hand to hold the plasma rifle, not much but better than nothing. The plasma rifle is badly painted, there are lots of paint splatter and overspray, should have just painted the whole thing silver or black. Another thing to note is that the hand holding the rifle is quite loose, so you need to lean the rifle against the figure to prevent it from turning upside down.
As far as I can tell, the 2009 T2 release of this figure looks identical to the 2006 Cult Classics figure also released by NECA, except that it does not come with a display base which is alright as the 2009 release is slightly cheaper.
Sculpt is good, great overall detail and certainly more movie accurate than the recent Playmate releases. A good mix of soft and hard plastics used in the figure, gives a bit more flexibility in articulation by using soft plastics for hoses and wires etc.
Articulation is not a strong point in this figure however, rather it focuses on detail and design accuracy such as the movable hydraulic pistons etc, and there are quite a few of them on this toy. There are about 15 points of articulation, but the range of movement is very limited. I was surprised that the T-800 was able to kneel and bend its knees more than 90 degrees, which is of course a good thing. It did lack some key joints, such as the ankles and the wrists, the elbow joints although present was very restricted due to the forceps and biceps pistons (unable to even bend 90 degrees). One thing to look out for is that some of the piston joints are not very strong, and one of the pistons on my figure actually broke during the review, the rear left thigh piston.
Basically there are only 2 colours on the T-800, silver body and the red of the eyes. The silver is evenly applied, good black wash all over the figure and consistent throughout. The eyes have slight overspray and not very thick, so there is definitely room for improvement. I do like how they’ve tried to paint the teeth too, but again, not very well painted and could be improved on as well. The injection point is also visible at the back of the pelvis which the paint couldn’t hide, but at least that’s at the back.
There is heaps of detail on this figure, all the pistons work, lots of little pipe details and the jaws can be opened. The design is very true to the movie but articulation has been sacrificed, this is probably the only bad thing about this figure.
This is a good T-800 figure, the details are accurate and sharp for a toy at this price point, nice to display and worthwhile getting if you want a terminator figure in your collection that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Thanks for reading my toy review!