Maniacs 5 Sarah Conner
This is the first review from a new guest
reviewer - Scott Turnbull. Not only did he do a nice job on the write
up, he did a marvelous job on the photos. Take it away, Scott!
This is my first offering as a guest reviewer at Michael's place, though I
have done informal online reviews via various newsgroups and discussion
I'm a 40-something engineer, and have been fascinated by technology in
popular media ever since Star Trek was doing its initial broadcasts. This
extended at an early age into techie-type toys of all sorts. I remain a
collector of eclectic techie toys, with major themes in space and science
fiction. With a particular interest in robotics, the Movie Maniacs 5
Terminator Figures were a "must have" for me. The T-800
already been reviewed here, but not the counterpart figure, Sarah Connor. I
present to you McFarlane's Movie Maniacs Series 5 Sarah Connor from
Terminator 2, Judgment Day.
Packaging - **
I'm a take 'em out and move 'em about kind of toy fan, so packaging is a bit
of a necessary evil for me. This figure is in the typical plastic clamshell
with heat bonded edges. Virtually impenetrable by mere mortals. It's an
attractive enough package for those who like things in the box. There are
stylized images of the figure on the front and back, though no images
directly from the source material. Is this to discourage comparisons of the
figure with the actress? The rear image, in particular, looks most like the
actress, and least like the figure. I razor knifed the back edges of the
package to fold back the section and remove the interior carrier. Sarah is
securely twistied to that carrier with no less than 5 wires. Other
accessories are taped into their respective cubby holes. Work work
work. McFarlane is making me earn my bits of fun.
Sculpting - ***1/2
I like the sculpt on this figure. From certain angles, and given the right
light, it strongly reminds me of Linda Hamilton in T2: Judgment Day. The
figure has that slightly numbed by it all expression that the Sara Connor
character had in several scenes. The bare arms are well muscled and detailed
with tendons and veins. This is slightly overdone when compared with the
very buff movie character. The wispy bangs and flowing pony tail are also
reminiscent of Sarah in the desert picnic table scene. The bangs and pony
tail are a rubbery plastic that can be moved, but they don't hold any
position other than their original one. The sunglasses help conjure up the
image of Sarah Connor in the desert, so I suspect there's something about
the eyes that keeps me from saying "That's Linda" when looking at
the figure without the glasses. The sculpted folds and wrinkles in the
clothes hide the cut joints in the legs so well that I didn't initially
realize they were
there. One nice feature is that this figure stands a good head shorter than
the companion T-800 Endoskeleton. This is in keeping with the relative sizes
of the characters in the movie.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint appears well executed. Details like silver hardware on the black
pants and vest fully fill the molded detail, without straying outside the
lines. The flesh of the arms, torso, and head match, and have a slightly
rough texture. This helps minimize the plastic "shine" and helps
impression of slightly grimy skin present in the movie. If I have one complaint,
it is that the surface is a bit too gritty in places. Under
extreme closeup (thanks to a 3MPixel Macro image) there is some clumping on
the surface. This is barely noticeable with the naked (40 something) eye.
Accessories - ***1/2
There's a collection of accessories that accompanies Sarah. She's got a
slide action handgun (with an overly long barrel), a sniper rifle with
scope, silencer, and rubbery sling, a combat knife, and her trademark round
sunglasses. I find the rifle to be a bit spindly looking, but perhaps I'm
just used to looking at the oversized ones packaged with 1:6 figures.
The vest she's wearing in the package is highly detailed,
rubbery and removable. The cartridge belt is loose, too, and can move up her
down on her hips. I didn't try to find a place to open up the belt for
removal. The belt comes with a knife sheath and pistol holster, to free
Sarah's hands for handling the rifle. Sarah also comes with a spare right
arm with alternate pose, and a spare left hand with alternate grip. More
about those later.
The final accessories are the two part movie poster stand
and printed card mini-movie-poster. My stand went together only after
applying a lot of pressure. I suspect it would never come apart again. The
mini poster is taped to the inside of the product packaging, and some card
backing was lost when peeling off the tape. The poster does display well in
I'd like to note that there appears to be a variation on this figure that
includes a ball cap instead of the flowing hair. I don't know whether that
cap is removable, or not, as I didn't pick up that figure at the Spencer's
store that I saw it in.
EDITOR'S NOTE - there are three Sarah versions - pony tail
with hat, pony tail without hat, and long hair.
Articulation - ***1/2
The articulation on this figure consists of neck swivel, shoulder
cuts, bicep cuts, wrist cuts, waist cut, thigh cuts, and ankle cuts. That's
12 joints by my count. There's a alternately posed spare left hand and right
arm, so that ought to up the score somehow. The bicep cut joints are in a
portion of the arm that doesn't have a circular cross section, so the joint
is fairly obvious when rotated from the neutral position. The extended right
arm doesn't have a biceps cut joint. The right hand is well sculpted to hold
the pistol, but the left hand variation with the circular grip doesn't seem
to match any of the accessories. Unless she's holding the barrel of the
pistol, which would be an odd thing to grab hold of. The combination of
waist, thigh, and ankle cut angles allows the figure to be posed with feet
close together or splayed apart. This figure would need a hip and knee
joints to allow a kneeling position to rate a "4" for me.
Value - ****
I feel this figure is a nice blend of articulation, sculpt, and accessories,
and displays well along with the companion T-800 Endoskeleton figure. I
particularly like the detail on the vest, though the figure also displays
well with just the underlying tank top. Without a doubt, the best accessory
for this figure is the companion T-800 Endoskeleton figure, available as a
Overall - ***1/2
I feel this figure is a nice blend of articulation, sculpt, and
accessories, and displays well along with the companion T-800 Endoskeleton
figure. I particularly like the detail on the vest, though the figure also
displays well with just the underlying tank top. Without a doubt, the best
accessory for this figure is the companion T-800 Endoskeleton figure,
available as a separate purchase.
Where to Buy -
These are showing up at lots of retail locations including Kaybee,
Suncoast and Media Play, Spencers, and Sam Goody. On-line:
Figure Express has a great deal by the case at $90 plus shipping.
That's only $7.50 each plus shipping! Just search for 'movie maniacs'.
Earth has a case of 12 for $115, which is just $9.58 (plus shipping).
Only problem is findind someone to take the extras off your hands! (MROTW
About the Author:
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.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.