base comes in three pieces. There's
the actual overall base, with the Terminator Salvation logo on the
front. This is given a more machined, smooth metal look. The second
piece is the complete upper section, including the torso and head of
the incomplete robot. Finally, there's a third piece, a clear plastic
rod that the upper piece slides over, and it then inserts into the
base, holding it all together.
The sculpted buttons, lights,
switches, etc, are all very well done and look like something you'd see
in any assembly plant today. The overall piece stands about 15" tall,
giving it a commanding appearance with the other figures.
Paint - ****
Great sculpts deserve great paint. In fact,
bad paint can completely obfuscate a beautiful sculpt, rendering the
work almost moot.
But great paint can save even a
and when you match great paint with a great sculpt, you get perfection.
You thought I was going to say 'great' again, didn't you?
metal paint job on the torso and head is fantastic, and there's even
some wear and damage added around the cheeks, nose and other high
points. The paint work also highlights the fine texture of the
underlying sculpt, bringing out the detail beautifully.
work on the rest of the diorama is intended to give a realistic
appearance to the shop machine, and they've added appropriate grime,
dirt, oil and wear. Sometimes it's not about matching what would
actually be 'real', but about matching our expectations of reality.
Sure, think about it too long and you'd realize a factory run by
machines making machines would probably be so spotless you could eat
off the floor, but this kind of grime is what we come to expect in this
type of situation, so it is perfectly appropriate.
Articulation - ***1/2
While this is a static diorama piece, there's still some pretty cool
Without any arms and legs, you'd
think the Endo would be pretty immobile, but he has the same well
designed neck and the completed version. He also lacks some of the
hoses and attachments that the complete robot includes, giving the neck
even a bit more mobility. The head can tilt in multiple, realistic
ways, and it can even turn a reasonable distance - considering the
pistons on either side - to give you the evil stare.
He also has an articulated jaw,
allowing open and closed mouth poses. Some folks prefer one over the
other, although I think he looks equally good either way.
Accessories - Bupkis
Other than the pieces for the diorama, there's nothing additional. I
won't be deducting anything from overall due to this, since I didn't
expect anything, but I wanted to point it out to set your expectation.
Light Up Feature - ***
The light up feature started out strong, but faded pretty quick.
Press a button on the stand
(below the T-700) and his eyes light up, as well as the six lights
above. Actually, it appears as though there is only one very bright LED
behind the six red and green covers, making it look like there are six
The button works well, the
batteries are well hidden but relatively easy to change as long as you
have a handy small screwdriver, and the batteries are included. When I
first turned it on, it was blindingly bright. But it faded out pretty
quick. You can see in the photos, where the first and last photo shows
how bright it started out, the second photo down on the left shows the
top lights pretty much out but the eyes still pretty bright, and by the
4th photo down, even the eyes are starting to fade.
This is probably due to weak
batteries, and I don't have any additional ones handy right now to test
the theory. It's a minor deduction since it's just the batteries, but
giving me (and presumably charging me for) batteries that don't work is
worse than giving me no batteries at all.
Another annoyance with the
feature is the wires themselves that run from the base to the top and
in between. There isn't a way designed into the piece to hide them or
wrap them up neatly, so you'll have to come up with your own way to
deal with the excess length. For longer term display I plan on wrapping
them around the pole and then twisty tying up the excess behind the
body, but you'll have to come up with something that you like the look
It's not a deduction, but a nice
addition to the lights would have been either a blinking pattern to the
red and green, or the ability to light them separately. That would have
required more than the one LED of course, but it would have been a nice
upgrade to the diorama.
Fun Factor - **
While the figures themselves have plenty of play potential (if your
last name happens to be Trump), this is really designed as a display
item for the collector to add to his shelf. Go in expecting that (like
I did) and it's unlikely to have any effect on your overall impression.
Value - **
Things have certainly gotten more expensive in
the sixth scale world over the last couple years, but sometimes that
extra expense seems truly worth it. Just look at the work involved with
a figure like the Iron Man
Mark I, and you'll see what I mean.
other times, it seems like you're paying more than you really should,
and this is one of those times. Yes, the sculpt and paint are amazing,
but let's remember that this is largely a re-used figure. It's not
identical, since it lacks some of the tubes and wires that were
included in the torso and neck of the full scale size, but that should
even make it cheaper to assemble. It's not outrageously overpriced, but
I think that you need to get it around $60 to get that extra half star
in this category.
Things To Watch Out For
I found that putting the pieces together, particularly sliding them on
to the clear rod, requires a little muscle grease, but I was able to do
it without breaking anything. You might want to put a little water on
the rod to add some extra lubrication.
Overall - ***1/2
I said in the intro, I haven't seen the movie yet and I'm still loving
Hot Toys work on the overall line. I'm just hoping that we get to see
them pick up the older movies, much like they did with the Predator
series where they started largely with the newer Aliens Vs Predator
line, and worked their way backward to the classic. We've already seen
what they can do with Arnie with their Predator Dutch figure - can you
imagine how cool a T-800 would be, complete with alternate battle
damaged head, arm and coat?