Packaging - **
The packaging is simple enough,
a glossy black cardboard box, with a large simple T2 written on the
front. The contents are a two part polystyrene package, which splits in
two, with the stand base, the plastic casing, and the mini Endo skull.
Batteries are also included for the evil red eyes. The outer box could
have displayed some imagery, but as it, it's not that bad looking. The
endo skull itself is firmly packaged with a soft tissues wrapping and
lining to protect it.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpting of the mini endo skull is quite impressive. It has a
solid look and feel, and a heavy weight to it. It is chrome plated to
give that genuine look and appeal. You get that realistic impression
when looking at it. It's basically a miniature version of the Sideshow
1:1 bust, but with a slight less amount of efficient detail. Don't get
me wrong, it's an amazing miniature bust, but when scaling a T-800
skull down to this size, the detail is hard to pick up on without
holding it up to your face for a close examine.
The chrome plating is done amazingly well, and there are slight "battle
damage" areas, very similar to the 'Sideshow' battle damaged 1:1 bust.
The underneath of the base of the bust has a nice soft felt coating,
with 3 small rubber pads, so you won't have to worry about it
scratching anything if your not keeping it in it's display casing.
The only downside to the sculpting I could spot, was some area's don’t'
look balanced, and slightly crooked. The neck cables where slightly
different on each side, and the skull itself is slightly askew, but
these are minor things, and although I'm not sure if it was intended to
be this way, don't affect the overall look to the endo.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint job achieves a very distinct look. The entire skull and base
are chrome plated, and have a really great reflective look to it, while
still holding much depth. The teeth have that typical T-800 crookedness
to them, and are cleanly painted white, to give it that human like
grin, while still holding the evilness overall. There are small areas
of battle damage around the skull, particularly the jaw lines, but
overall you can barley notice them until closer observation. The eye
areas would be the only downside to the paint job in my opinion. They
are very dark, almost black, and don't give off to much detail to the
surrounding eyeball socket areas, although once you turn on the LED eye
globes, they stand out very distinctly.
Light Up Eyes - ***
A simple feature that seems to make it's way into all T-800 models and
busts. The underneath of the base of the skull contains an easy to open
battery cover that takes 3 watch-sized batteries. The button is on the
back of the base and is a simple push in and out to turn on or off. The
eyes themselves have a great rich redness to them and give off that
menacing evil feeling when turned on. The only downside, being
something of this size scale, is that simple LED's have been used, and
lack any detail. However, being this scale of size, this is a feature
that is barley noticeable.
Value - **
At $59 USD, and only
available through Amazon (for now at least), this is a slightly over
priced mini bust. From what I could gather from the Amazon details, I
thought it would be a lot larger than what it is, and was slightly
disappointed when taking it from it's box. However, this is a great
collectable, making an awesome desk feature to show off in the office,
or to simply place amongst your other collectables. Mine sits happily
next to my PC monitor on my desk.
Things to Watch out For -
Being a very solid, and heavy mini-bust, with no articulation, there
isn't too much to worry about. I guess the neck cables could be snapped
off if it dropped hard enough, but there isn't too much to worry about.
However, the base and casing have no attaching features, so when
assembled, there is nothing to keep them mounted and solid. The skull
simply sits on the small black base, and then the casing simply stands
on top, in a slight groove to keep it sturdy.
Being the small scaled mini
bust that it is, there isn't a whole lot of depth to it, but to the
trained eye, it packs an immense amount of details, and holds all the
characteristics of that menacing T-800 grin. You'll find yourself
picking it up to take closer looks for the first few days, and
struggling to find a play to display it where it can still stand out
well being the size it is. My only personal issues with it were it's
size, but this was mainly due to the lack of details to it's
advertising. But I still would have purchased it if I had of known.
Hopefully this review and pics can help others get a better idea of
It's an impressive mini-bust, and if your a diehard Terminator fan,
it's pretty much a must have for your collection.
Packaging - **
Sculpt - ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Light up eyes - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***
to buy -
Amazon is the place, or you can search ebay.