Packaging - ****
They continue with the cool machined
metal look to the foam packages. Not only does every package have it's
own personalized slip cover, but the name of the character is laser cut
into the foam box as well.
Inside, the figure, accessories
and coats are packed safely and in a completely collector friendly
manner. The coats are even hung on mannequin type half torsos, similar
to what the old Captain Action sets used back in the day. This keeps
them from getting too crushed or wrinkled prior to being put on the
Sculpting - ***1/2
The problem with Marcus
and the actor that plays him, Sam Worthington, is that he's like every
other good looking guy - there's nothing to set his face apart. All the
features are evenly spaced, properly sized, without a blemish, scar or
big nose to be seen.
means that I'll get a bunch of emails telling me this sculpt looks like
at least 10 different actors. And it does. Leading men, like beautiful
actresses, tend to look very similar.
That being said, I think HT
did a great job getting enough Sam in there to make him recognizable.
Of course, the hair cut helps a whole lot, and the fine
work on the strands is a highlight. It also helps that the skin texture
is crazy good, and when you add in the texturing for the lips, stubble
and eyebrows, you get an exceptionally life-like sculpt.
a few minor quibbles. The nose actually looks too large for Sam or
Marcus, and I think the chin is a little long. But these are very, very
minor nits I'm picking at now.
The alternate head is battle
damaged, with exposed Terminator bits. The damage is fairly extensive,
revealing quite a bit of the underlying mechanical misfit. Again, the
sculpt of the facial features is excellent, but there are minor
problems with the appearance of the damage. The chin, which was already
big in the normal sculpt, seems even larger here due to the amount of
exposed metal. And unlike the prototype version, the damaged head is a
bit flat on the metal side, appearing as though not just skin was
ripped off, but a hunk of skull is missing too. That doesn't look quite
right to me, since there is no skull to be missing.
While the issues
are very minor - and may not bother you in the least - I was surprised
that the damaged head didn't do much for me. I assumed prior to opening
the package that the exposed head was the one I'd prefer for display -
now I'm not so sure.
heads suffer a bit from the dreaded giraffe neck syndrome, but it's a
trade off. Hot Toys knows that nothing looks worse - or makes a sixth
scale figure look less real - than a stumpy neck inside a suit or
jacket. And if you scale the neck of the figure to look right without
the clothing (like they would have to do for Marcus in just the
t-shirt), then you end up with a no-neck figure in the leather jacket
or long coat. The
trade off is that the neck is going to look a little too long without
the coat. It's one of those Catch-22 situations, but if you're like me
and plan on displaying this guy wearing the outer garments, then you'll
be happy he has the extra length.
The hands he's wearing in the
box are sculpted in a relaxed pose, with cloth wrappings glued in
place. They tend to come unglued since you have to handle them so much,
but re-gluing them (or just wrapping the end under, which I did) is
wearing soft rubber 'skin' sleeves on both arms, and the right has
additional sculpted damage. The forearm has been cut open, as has the
back of the upper arm. The underlying sculpted mechanical features look
good, and the rough, jagged edge of the sliced skin has a nice,
He stands great on his own, as
you'd expect, and fits in nicely scale-wise with the rest of the line.
Paint - ***1/2
We get more and more spoiled in every category by Hot Toys, but
sometimes they become their own worst enemy.
work on the glossy eyes, stubble, eyebrows and hair is like a graduate
course in production paint ops. In fact, they could turn it into an
entire curriculum, with Eyes 101 a prerequisite for Eyebrows 102.
If you don't believe me, just
take a gander at that hair line. Even with the finely sculpted edge,
there's no paint slop at all.
painted metal pieces look terrific as well, but there are some issues
with the red, bloody edges. They look too fake, too much like bad
theatrics. They're almost too clean, and there's not a smooth enough
transition from blood to skin. It tends to end abruptly, making the
blood look even more like paint that's dabbed on rather than flowing
While all this work would be
outstanding for most
companies, Hot Toys has set the bar very high for others...and for
themselves. Getting a perfect score from me in this category has gotten
much tougher for any company in the sixth scale market, and Hot Toys
has no one to blame but themselves.
Articulation - ***1/2
Marcus employs the TrueType body of course, and it's still the best
body on the market.
of the rubber sleeves from the shoulder down, the elbow articulation is
restricted a bit. They even included the little instruction pamphlet to
remind you that bending the elbows too far can tear the rubber skin.
That's particularly true on the damaged right arm, where there are some
very small, thin skin pieces between the upper and lower arms that will
tear from too much elbow exercise.
rest of the joints work well, and I didn't have any problems with the
wrists. Remember when I mentioned awhile back that Hot Toys needed to
just start including extra wrist pegs with figures? There's two extra
included with Marcus, which automatically means they won't break. It's
just the way the universe works.
Accessories - ***1/2
There's not a ton of extras with Marcus, certainly nothing like what we
have with John Connor.
But what's here is well done, and critical for
up is the aforementioned extra head. I've already pretty much covered
my feelings about the sculpt and paint, but it does greatly improve the
score in this category simply by it's inclusion.
was a bit tricky, since the o-ring inside the neck is a very tight fit
on the post. The entire neck pops out because of it, and they you have
to pry the post out carefully, pop the other head on the post, and pop
the post back in on the smaller connector on the body. It's not
impossible, just a bit more difficult than some.
He also has two
more sets of hands. One set is cloth wrapped, just like the set he
comes wearing, and they are both rights. One is to properly hold the
shotgun with the finger on the trigger, and the other is designed
perfectly to hold the knife. That's a huge plus, since most of the time
the Hot Toys hands can't grip the smaller accessories at all, let alone
other two hands are a set, right and left, both without wrappings and
both in solid fists. These look right only when he's wearing the
jackets, which cover up the small cloth 'cuffs' that are glued to each
wrist. More on that in the next section.
He does have two
weapons, his knife and a shotgun. Both sculpts are great, and the paint
work is top notch. The knife fits in the sheath up on his chest,
although you will have a tough time getting the handle inside the
intended pleather wrap. The sheath tends to hug his body, while the
hard plastic knife will not. I did put the coat on over the knife and
it fit fine, but I preferred removing it, since it did make a small
The shotgun's pump action does
move, but there's no
spring. The shells attached to the gun on the side opposite of the
ejector are not removable, either from the gun or from the holder.
Finally, there's the usual
display stand. You won't have to use it if you don't want to, but
including it is always a good idea.
really needed a few more extras, something that we could add to the
loops on the leather pants. Perhaps some additional shotgun shells for
the right thigh...something.
Outfit - ****
that one of the two reasons I bought this figure was the cool coat, so
you can imagine how critical this category was to me.
package, Marcus is wearing his t-shirt, leather pants and boots. Both
the shirt and pants are very well tailored, and the boot sculpt is
The shirt appears to be glued at
keeping it down over the edge of the fake skin. This isn't a figure
that they expected you to strip all the way down, but it's still
possible with a little care.
The pants have working zippers,
belts and buckles. The boot-top leather coverings look great as well,
and I'm surprised that the fit is as good as it is overall. Action
figures tend to have no butt, making pants like these sag. That's not
the case here, although Marcus still has no butt.
t-shirt, Marcus comes wearing a harness that holds a knife sheath. The
harness is a bit stretchy, allowing you to reposition it.
mentioned the 'cuffs' a couple times now, and they are glued lightly in
place. These are intended to line up with the wraps on the hands, so it
looks like a complete glove. The wraps on the hands are cloth as well,
and glued in place. I did find that the glue came apart with handling,
but re-gluing it was pretty simple.
Over this basic outfit,
Marcus can wear one of two different jackets. The first is his leather
jacket, complete with patches, stripes and rivets. There's a small
strap around the neck that can be closed tight, as well as a working
zipper in front that's actually in scale. At least I think the zipper
will work - it's way too small for my clumsy fingers to use. It looks
great though, and I have no interest in closing the front of the jacket.
to prove they know how to do detailing, Hot Toys has also included the
damage to the leather jacket on the back of the arm, where it lines up
with damage to the skin. It's not obvious
in most photos, but from the right angle it looks terrific.
Finally, there's the longer
coat. The fit isn't quite as good as the prototype photos made it
appear, but it still hangs on his body fairly well. The stitching and
material are great - the soft, slightly fuzzy cloth is an excellent
reproduction of the screen
of the best features of the coat is the fake wear and damage at the
bottom. An older long coat like this always has a worn bottom, and
strings hang loose. They've replicated that look here, but haven't
actually ruined the lower seam! These hanging threads are added to the
coat to mimic the damage without actually damaging it - very
Fun Factor - ***
Don't buy this for an eight year old - it won't last. But slightly
older kids that love the franchise (and they'd have to be slightly
older, wouldn't they?) who know how to take care of stuff could have a
lot of fun with him. There's nothing here that's particularly fragile,
although swapping the hands may require some adult help.
is the little matter of the price tag, so I wouldn't recommend this as
a sand box toy. But even as a collectible, it remembers it's roots -
always a plus in my book.
Value - **
While the figure is nice - particularly with two head sculpts - I still
think you're slightly overpaying at $150. Not a lot, and you can add
another half star here if you pick up Marcus around $130 - $135.
Things to Watch Out For -
might want to be careful with the little 'cuffs' for the wrapped
gloves, since you can tear them up a bit taking the coats on and off.
Or you might just carefully pull them loose, like I eventually did, if
you plan on displaying him wearing one of the coats most of the time. I
figured I could always re-glue them later.
Overall - ***1/2
Marcus Wright is not a critical character for your Terminator
collection, but Hot Toys has done a nice job reproducing his on screen
persona in action figure form. Giving you both heads allows you to
choose how you'd like him displayed, and in fact, with the addition of
the two coats and extra hands, you could come up with an alternate
outfit that would allow you to display both versions at the
He's a bit expensive for what
you're getting, even with the additional portrait. Had there been a few
more accessories, or had I been a bit more pleased with the final look
of the damaged head, he might have managed that extra half star overall.
I think I'm going to be going
with the undamaged head, wearing the long coat for my display. Almost
all the photos I used were that way, and that was completely by
accident. I shot photos with all three outfits in the damaged head and
with the normal head, but when it came time to choose in the editing
process, I subconsciously picked the normal head almost every time. I
didn't notice it until later, when I was reviewing the whole layout.
We should see the skin wearing
T-600 any day now, and pre-orders are already up for the beat up
Connor. I'm hoping that Hot Toys tackles some of the older characters
next, particularly an Arnie T-800 - I really need a replacement on the
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ****
Accessories - ***1/2
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include:
Alter Ego Comics
has him for $135.
- Sideshow had him at $150, but
is sold out. You can still get on the waiting list, however.
has him at $160.
- or you can search ebay.
Other reviews on the Hot Toys TS figures include:
- I've covered John Connor and the T-600,
as well as the T-700
and T-700 Diorama.
They also have a T-800
- and if you're looking for
other sixth scale Terminator product, check out Sideshow's Sarah Conner .
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