Packaging - ***
You can't get much more basic than this. A plain white box with black
lettering. Oddly enough, it catches my eye. The blank white space with the
movie title and product name declare "No Nonsense, Not a Toy".
Inside the box is a lightly styled split foam block. There's some
protrusions and a raised T3 logo that lend it the air of something more
substantial than foam.
Inside the foam block is the sculpture, safely cradled and wrapped in a thin
foam sheet. There would have to be some heavy handling of this package to
damage the sculpture inside.
Obviously this is the important category for this item. It's a sculpture, so
it hangs it's worth upon the quality of its sculpting. It is nicely done,
with a beveled pedastal supporting a pair of vertebrae and the robotic
skull. There are nicely defined sculpted protrusions and indentations. There
are also finer scribings on and around the major details. The size is
somewhere between 1:6 and 1:5 scale.
Paint - ***
The paint on this piece primarily consists of a dark chromed base with a
darker wash to bring out recessed details. There are some blue highlights in
the eye sockets and the side rings. This is designed to imply the glowing
portions of the movie character's head. The blue is a pretty subtle effect,
and is only noticeable under bright light. I'd like to see the base color
not quite so dark. This would help keep the sculpt from becoming a dark blob
in ambient light.
Quality - ***
I like the heft of this piece. It has significant weight and feels
substantial. The bottom of the base is covered with felt that has product
information printed on it. There are rubber feet to protect that printing
from shelf scuffing.
Value - **
SideShow is asking $15 for this piece. That seems a bit steep considering I
previously picked up a T2 Endoskull done as a keychain for $6. The heft and
detailing is similar, though the keychain attachment point is a distraction.
I came by mine as a runner up in a SideShow contest. You can't beat free.
Overall - ***
This is a nifty little display piece that reminds me of the malice behind
the mask in T3. I am a collector of many things 1:6, and all things robotic.
This will make an excellent accessory in a 1:6 robotics lab diorama.
Where to Buy:
I've only seen these advertised on SideShow's website.
About the Reviewer:
Scott Turnbull is a computer systems engineer who has been obtaining and
playing with his toys since the mid-60s. Few survived his curiosity and
prying tools, but the memories of toys gone by live on.
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