These boxes make me
think of this principal, admittedly they have some
industrial styling to give them some visual interest, but they still
manage to be unfussy and answer the brief of what these figures really
need for their packaging, whilst simultaneously managing to have a
By their very nature all the
Endo’s are fragile, with their working pistons and multiple tiny
working joints, they demand a box that gives them premium protection,
and what could be better that Styrofoam with it’s ability to absorb
high-impact bangs and crashes. So HT have designed a bespoke Styrofoam
case for each individual character that completely surrounds the figure
with all their accessories in a very secure manner, but instead of just
making it out of the usual soft white variety and concealing it within
a cardboard sarcophagus they have designed it to be an intrinsic part
of the packaging.
The outside is constructed to
look like it’s been cast from a solid lump of gun-metal with the
Terminator logo and character name machined into it. Over this is a
full colour sleeve to hold everything shut, this isn’t a full sleeve as
used on the other MMS figures, but is more of a wide band with a larger
panel on the back. This gives HT an area to carry some detailed images
of the contents and more clearly differentiate the figures when on the
shelf, be it in your collection or a shop.
The other aspect I loved about
these was that once opened the empty cases make for a great back-drops
for either photography or display, and as the whole of the T: S range
is carrying the same design, once you’ve built up a few figures in your
collection, you can make a whole wall of the boxes!
Sculpting - ****
I have already sited mine and Michaels earlier T-800 Endoskeleton
reviews, and in all fairness a lot of aspects on the two T-700 figures
are very similar to this. The main difference being the deliberate
rough finish and darker colouring. So I’ll point out where things
differ, but for a good low-down on the T-700’s basic construction I’d
advise reading both mine and
reviews for a more comprehensive understanding of just how detailed
these things are.
So once you’ve read either of those there really isn’t anything to add
to the straight T-700, other than it does have that rough, slightly
pitted texture, making him look like a slightly less finished version
of the T-800, more cast iron as opposed to polished steel, or at least
like it’s due a visit to the chroming and finishing shop.
The basic body parts of the Factory T-700 dio are also lifted straight
from the full figure, but it is basically just the upper torso and
head. These parts are attached to a very industrial looking
manufacturing frame, not dissimilar to the kind of thing you’d find in
a large automated car manufacturing plant (if any are still running).
There is a little simple construction needed on this dio, but you’ll
have it together in the blink of an eye. The model itself is
constructed of two very detailed pieces, being the base which just
mimics the flat steel casing of an industrial machine, whilst the other
part is the top of the rig, it looks like the kind of thing that would
be held on an overhead conveyer belt, hence a third part, which is a
clear Perspex tubular arm that slots into both parts to give the
illusion of the top part just floating in mid air. This is also
disguised by a mass of black wires that join the two sections together.
This top part is a yellow D
shaped rig with a number of spoked arms aiming in towards the half
constructed Endo’s spine, it has rows of buttons and lights that
closely resemble the kinds of controls I remember from the industrial
lathes and drills I used when studying metal engineering at school, it
also has just the right amount of ‘intended’ grime to look well
The half constructed Endo is
mostly from the same moulds as the full figure T-700, but lacks some of
the cables that link it to the head and arms, but as this doesn’t have
any arms, and is part of a production line in an unfinished state, this
all looks just about right.
Chronologically the T-600 is
obviously meant to be an earlier model, so whilst the T-700/800 is
designed to mimic the human skeleton with very human proportions and a
skull that also approximates that of an adult male, the T-600 seems to
have been designed with the raison d'etre of striking fear into those
that see it. So like Mr Potato head he’s packing his angry eyes and a
build that makes Arnie look like a weenie teenager.
From a distance, without too
many points of reference to give away it’s scale, and if it was wearing
one of those ‘Michael
Myers’ style rubber face masks it seems to favour, in
addition to a good covering of oversized clothes, then you might… just
might mistake one of these for a man.
However once you got within
striking distance it would become painfully apparent that this guy is
very far from human. The figure measures a smidge under 14” high,
meaning he’d be about 6’10”ish in the real world. Now I know
plenty of people are this height, but they still tend to draw glances
when strolling down the street. I myself am 6’ 4” and still get kind,
observant people telling me ‘aren’t you tall’ (thank you so much, I had
no idea!). So, what I’m saying is as an infiltration unit, it was
obviously found wanting, and would need a redesign further down the
Once again Hot Toys attention to detail here is just breathtaking,
although this is a bigger more lumbering version of his later, leaner
brethren, he still packs tons of impressive sculpting and articulation.
I would need to write a small novella to fully describe every piston
and joint, but suffice to say it actually manages an even better range
of movement than the T-700/800’s whilst keeping incredibly close to the
detailing seen on screen. This is one of those figures where the
articulation is intrinsically linked to the sculpting, and the sculptor
has to have their mind on that articulation at every stage of its
development, as the engineering is all important and has a huge
influence on what needs to be sculpted and how it should interact with
the pieces it joins to.
I’m glad to say they have pulled
it off like a dream, because this thing is just covered in tons of tiny
detailing, like the castings on his chest-plate, which continue on his
thighs and shins. There’s also some beautifully observed texturing that
changes from panel to panel. The head looks very close to the actual
full size prop, the eye sockets might be a smidge too big, but it’
pretty damn close, in fact his face brings to mind a cross between Iron
Maidens Eddie character
and the old Ray Harryhausen skeletons from Jason
and the Argonauts, the skull shape is squatter and rounder to
the T-800 making him look slightly more Neanderthal, but it still
carries lots of hi-tech detailing .
So, to some up all three are fantastically well observed, and only the
most anal of pedants could find too much to fault!
Paint - T-700 ***1/2 the other
The paint work on all three here is as far as I’m concerned (virtually)
The dio’s D shaped frame is made
of the same base yellow plastic as the stand on the T-700 full figure,
and both have some impressive weathering and grime. Everything else,
and I mean everything is painted in metallic hues, both the T-700’s
have matching dark gun metal paint finishes with steel high lights on
the eye sockets, sides of the head and teeth… well I take it that the
teeth should all be painted, but my T-700 full figure seems to have
eluded the artists brush on his bottom set, I’m sure this is an
aberration but it still merits the loss of half a star.
The T-600 seems to have a much
more involved paint job than the other Endo’s, he still has a major
amount of the gun metal grey on show, but here he has a lot of the
details picked out in steel with a dry brush on the raised areas and
bronzy rust colours in the low-lying areas. His fore-arms and pistons
are given emphasis by being a cleaner steel colour but the whole thing
is tied together with some airbrushed grime and mimicked oil spots… all
very, very nice!
Articulation - T-700
dio**, T-700 ***1/2, T-600 ****
Well, the T-700 dio is little more than a statue, it’s intended as a
background filler, all be it a very impressive one, you can however
position the head and open the jaw, not to mention also being able to
rotate the upper part on the supporting arm, but I think most people
will display it just as intended, motionless, eyes front, awaiting
completion and activation.
The T-700 proper is absolutely
identical in construction to the T-800, so once again for the full 10-4
it’s time to read those older reviews linked above.
Now onto the T-600, he has every
bit of articulation those models had (bar the moving toes) but is a far
more ambitiously engineered figure than either the T-700 or T-800 in
almost every other way.
He can get a much wider stride,
even managing a full sitting position (though it’s hard to imagine one
of these guys kicking back at home on his couch) and he has the ability
to move his hips much more as they are on improved ball joints. His
shoulders also have a far better range of movement as they can shift
forwards, backwards and have the ability to shrug up and down, it’s
also worth some close scrutiny here as the shoulders have some
fantastic details that don’t even become apparent till you start moving
the joints to show how all the mechanics work. The neck and head can
move more freely as well, this is facilitated by the fact that although
it still has the freely moving spring/cables it lacks the rigid long
piston rods that attach the base of the T-700/800’s skull to their
shoulders. I’m also greatly impressed by the spring-loaded ankle
articulation, as it’s a nice tight firm joint but still manages to move
in all directions on three moving pistons… very nice!
The only slight design flaw I
can find is that the T-600 has a large Vulcan cannon hard mounted onto
its right arm, this is chain fed from a large ammunition drum that he
carries strapped to his back. To attach the back-pack you have to pass
a couple of shoulder straps and a belt around the figure to hold it all
in place, it’s a little fiddly, but nothing major. However once in
place it means you can’t actually get to the button situated in the
middle of his back to turn his eye’s on. Now, don’t panic just yet, as
I’m sure most of us will be displaying him without the eyes lit up (at
least not for extended periods), but I did find that if you have a nice
thin palette knife (or a butter knife would do) you can just slide it
up between the back-pack and figure to ‘click’ it on. So, not a
disaster, but a slight oversight it must be said!
This aside though, I’m hugely
impressed with this figure. I did just intend on getting one T-600, but
I’m so smitten I may have to get at least one more, as those rubber
just look too cool to pass up!
Outfit - N/A
Well, the T-600 has some cloth straps and padding for his back-pack,
but none of these guys are suited or booted!
- T-700 dio zilch, T-700 *, T-600 ****
The T-700 dio has nothing, not a bean, now this isn’t such a big deal
as it’s a dio, but the full figure T-700 really feels like he’s lacking
some fire-power, admittedly he comes with a pretty cool stand made to
mimic the factory flooring but…
A- I don’t use stands And B- He needs a gun… NO… HE REALLY NEEDS A GUN!
Now, if you have the earlier
T-800 release you’ll know he came packing some impressive heat, so you
can always borrow one his… if you have it!
If not, it’s time to pick up a
meaty looking assault rifle or mini-gun from you local 1/6th military
supplier. To be fair HT have made this figure markedly cheaper, as it
floats around the $100 mark in most places, which is to be highly
applauded… but he still needs a gun!
The T-600 however does not need
a gun… he has a gun, and it’s a nice big one!
Strapped to his right arm is a
hard-mounted Vulcan mini-gun, it’s supremely detailed and is attached
by means of rigid ring which is mounted towards the rear of the weapon,
this slips over the forearm and once you find the snug position the
handle can fit into the Endo’s hand by wrapping the articulated fingers
‘carefully’ around the grip, there’s also a webbing strap with a
clip-fastening to give it some extra support. Emerging from the side of
the gun is the chain fed ammo supply which sweeps round to fit into a
slot at the top of the back mounted drum. This is pretty simple and
boxy on this standard version, but the drum is attached to a frame,
which in turn has the webbing straps attached. These pass over the
front and fasten by means of 4 tiny plastic clips.
Once in place it looks pretty
hard-core, and makes him an imposing addition to the Endo line up.
Would I like him to have more weapons… does the Pope s**t in the woods,
of course I would, but in the movie this seemed to be the only weapon
of choice for the T-600 so it has to be a full score. He also comes
with a figure stand and on this occasion it is in ‘kit’ form, so it
needs ‘snapping’ together. Like the T-700 it is designed to look like
factory flooring, but this time metallic grey/black instead of yellow.
For those of you who like to use
stands (sadly I am not amongst your number) then it’s a great looking
piece, certainly more attractive than the standard black ones and it’ll
make sure he doesn’t take a shelf dive… which would doubtless be
catastrophic if it were to happen, I did however get mine to stand,
kneel and sit in loads of poses with no need to use it!
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Well, I seem to report virtually the same thing in this section every
time… these are NOT for kids, although they are surprisingly robust
considering how finely observed and intricate they are, there is no
getting away from the fact that they are supremely fragile… or at least
they would be in the wrong hands… i.e. the hands of a child or clumsy
But, if you are an Endo loving adult collector with a good control of
his/her basic motor functions then it’s all good!
The T-700 dio offers little actual ‘play value’ but as none of these
are really meant to be played with in the first place, that’s almost a
The T-700 has a lot more
potential for ‘play’ and would have got a full score… but where’s that
However the T-600 has everything
he needs to get you lying flat on your belly on your lounge carpet
making your best machine gun noises and screaming ‘DIE JOHN CONNOR DIE,
DIE!’… Well I did say they are not ‘meant, to be played with… I didn’t
say you couldn’t!
Value - ***
All three of these were available from Sideshow with an RRP of-
T-700 dio- $79.99
T-700 figure- $119.99
T-600 figure- $169.99
Or an exclusive T-600 version
with a rather suspect ‘environment’ base/stand for $179.99.
Now these are the ‘official’
prices, but with a little detective work you should find them for a bit
less. I did ponder this score for a while, but was pretty happy that
one size fitted all.
Why? Well the dio has some
re-use but is still a largely unique piece with some cool light up
features. The T-700 is virtually faultless… (Except for the paint on
the lower teeth on mine), and… WHERE’S THAT GUN?
And lastly the T-600, I love
this figure far more than I expected, the sculpting and engineering
combine to make a fantastically articulated figure that’s a bit like
the IRON MAN MK1 in so much as it can’t be fully appreciated until you
actually have it in hand, he also come with a kick ass gun… but there
is no getting away from the fact that $170 is a lot of moolah to lay
down, what ever language you speak. However, like the MK 1 there is so
much fantastic engineering and detail here that it only merits losing
one star, well for me anyway, and at this price that’s saying something!
Light up Feature - ****
The dio has a row of 6 lights on the top rig and of course his eyes,
the two full figures also have the light up eyes. All are bright, and
so far my batteries are holding out well. I don’t know how expensive
replacement batteries are in the US but here in the UK every ‘pound
shop’ or ‘pound stretcher’ seems to sell large multi packs with a good
selection for… you guessed it £1.
The dio has a button on the
front below the torso while the two full figs have them on their backs.
As I said above this can prove tricky to activate on the T-600 when he
has the ammo drum strapped to his back… tricky, but far from impossible!
These are three fantastic
representations of the Endoskeletons seen in the movie. All are highly
detailed, well painted with two of them having some fantastic
articulation, and for the prices they are selling for they seem very
fair… well fair in the greater scheme of things, taking into account
how much other hi-end figures cost these days. The dio really is more
for your hard core fans and collectors, making a nice addition for your
display, whilst the T-700 Endo is a fantastic representation, it also
seems to serve as a way of letting people who missed out on the
original T-800 to finally get their hands on the next best thing.
But the T-600 is a totally new creation, and HT are set to release it
in a number of variations, but looking at the amount of R&D
that went into him, I can’t blame them at all!
So what’s holding these back from a full score, well nothing huge, the
dio lacks that fun element, the T-700… NEEDS A GUN and the T-600 is a
bit on the expensive side, but as I said above, looking at how well
it’s been engineered and produced it’s certainly not extortionate, and
all three are ‘near’ perfect.
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - T-700 ***1/2 the other two****
Articulation - T-700 dio**, T-700 ***1/2, T-600 ****
Accessories - T-700 dio zilch, T-700 *, T-600 ****
Outfit - N/A
Fun Factor - T-700 dio **1/2, T-700 ***1/2, T-600 ****
Value - ***
Light up Feature - ****
Overall - ***1/2
to Buy -
As I said above Sideshow did stock these at the prices listed, but all
have sold out… but all is not lost, there’s still eBay or you can try
some of Michael’s sponsors below:
Alter Ego Comics
Has the T-600 for $152.99
Has the T-600 for $179.99 and the signature edition, concept T-600 for
Or you might even find a bargain on eBay.