Hot Toys Terminator Salvation
T-600 Weathered and Concept Versions
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|With Terminator: Salvation
arriving in U.S. stores today, it seemed only right that we have a Jeff
Parker review of two of the T-600 variations. Take it away, Jeff!
A big thank you to Michael.
I think it’s fair to say that the figure that best sums up the movie
Terminator: Salvation is the T-600… and Hot Toys have done the figure
They kicked off with the plain uncluttered basic version which I
now, if you’re a fan of Endoskeletons in their most basic unencumbered
form, then this was the one for you, as those fully jointed fingers,
engineered feet and indeed the full shebang is fully on show!
However, if you’ve seen the movie then you have to admit the T-600’s
were at their creepiest when badly attempting to disguise themselves as
humans in clothes and masks. But we’re not talking pristine outfits and
shiny new masks, oh no!
This movie is set in a dystopian war ravaged future in which mankind is
quite literally gripping on to existence by its dirty fingernails. So
the remnants of the once new disguises that the T-600’s wear are pretty
threadbare, meaning they consist mainly of rags and the masks are well
worn, filthy and peppered with holes.
The end result is that these hulking guardians of Skynet end up looking
like post apocalyptic robo-zombies… and there’s not much to dislike
about that is there!
Once again the gunmetal Styrofoam case is utilised for these two
figures, it’s the same drill as before, split along the outside edge to
separate into two halves, one side holding the figure, the other his
mammoth gun and other accessories.
Outside, the case shows implied casting and machining in a dull, dark
grey palette and has a full colour printed narrow sleeve to give a
photographic glimpse of what lies within.
I loved these boxes from the moment I saw that first T-700 diorama, and
guess what, I love them just as much now. I admit they are not my
favourite packaging this year, but it’s been such an incredibly strong
year packaging wise, that the competition has been mighty stiff. But
whatever you think of these boxes they certainly get the accolade of
being the most distinctive line by a wide country mile!
I’m sorry to say I’m gonna be a little lazy here… well, not really
lazy, but I can’t see the point of repeating myself when 90 percent of
these figures construction is identical to the basic T-600 I already
reviewed. In fact not just me, Michael went into great depth as well in
his lowdown on the standard T-600, and he’s also covered the weathered
version as well.
So for a detailed description of the body, please revisit these reviews-
and T-700’s, T-600
+ John Connor, T-600
So to sum up, as if you didn’t already know it, the engineered and
robotic elements on these things are sculpted to sheer perfection. But
there are a few different aspects worthy of note here as well. To aid
in their disguise when trying to infiltrate human resistance groups,
they wear tattered gloves and clodhopper booted feet, both of which are
observed beautifully here. At first glance you could be forgiven for
thinking a real pair of 1/6th distressed leather boots and a knackered
old pair of Oakley tactical gloves had been put on the figure, as the
quality of the sculpting and observed details where the implied holes
show the mechanical digits below is nothing short of perfection.
They also wear ‘Michael Ryan’ styled
rubber masks- but without the hair, the two masks differ
quite a bit here, the regular weathered version has a split up the back
and covers the full skull, but for a few strategic holes here and
there. The concept version shows a much more Jekyll and Hyde or perhaps
2 Face appearance, meaning the implied battle damage has blown half of
the masks face away, so it shows half of the Endo-skull beneath, I have
to admit I’m loving this one much more out of the two, as it seems a
crime to cover up all the über cool work done on the skulls detailing.
The material the masks are made from is quite stiff, so I’d advise a
good long blast from a hot hairdryer before attempting to put them on
(and likewise before removing), I found that once they were nice and
pliable they went on pretty easily. Just match the chin up with the
skull then position the rest so the eyes can peer through the eyeholes.
Once everything is lined up they do look pretty darn creepy, then all
that remains is to futz the rest of the clothes and his scarf till you
are happy with the
way it all lays.
Both figures come with impressive figure stands. The concept versions
base looks like a generic bit of debris with layers of deformed steel
and pitted copper, it’s a nice looking piece and far outshines the
regular black stands. But it’s the base from the weathered version that
is most notable, it’s sculpted to mimic a patch of rough earth and
rocks, and is scattered with human skulls. I don’t usually use the
stands, let alone the support bars that attach to the figures, but this
is one case where I will. Why, well because the best pose seems to be
with the T-600 in mid step, about to crush one of those skulls
underfoot, so I’m going against my unwritten rule and displaying him
Faultless, faultless, faultless! One of these days Hot Toys will get it
wrong, maybe even very wrong, but it ain’t happened here. All the
metallic hues come together beautifully to actually make this thing
look like it is made of real metal, but not just one type of metal,
this mimics brushed steel, cast-iron and some smaller areas even have
coppery tones where it looks like rust has taken a grip in the machined
grooves. And of course we have the matte, distressed leather of the
boots, and the dirty tan leather tactical gloves through which we get
glimpses of the steel appendages beneath. The Masks also show a fair
degree of implied dirt and grime, as do the accessories and bases, with
nicely applied sponging and airbrushing to give them just the right
post Armageddon feel. In fact the stand for the weathered version is
worthy of special note again, as the paint app here is just beautiful,
picking out some great paint effects and textures on the earth and
rocks, with special attention being lavished on the dirt and grime
covered old bone skulls.
I can think of very little else to say, apart from what I said at the
These are an absolute master-class in 1/6th engineering, and truly
deserve the highest praises anyone can heap on them. You really need to
hold one of them and play around with all the joints to get an
understanding of how complex and well thought through all these hinges
and pistons are. However we’ve been well over this ground before so for
this section it really is time to direct you to those previous reviews
again. All that needs to be added is that these guys obviously have
different hands and feet meaning you don’t get those cool articulated
fingers. But as these are wearing gloved hands specifically designed to
hold his Vulcan mini-guns and grenade launchers (more on this shortly)
I don’t think you’ll miss them too much. So it’s pretty much an
identical set up in terms of articulation, however his general
poseability is slightly different, as those rags and protective pads do
offer a little resistance to some of his movements. But it’s not enough
to bother their final scores, as you’ll still get just about any kick
ass pose out of these that you could possibly want… well, within
But back to those hands, well, more specifically getting then to hold
the weapons. On the first version you just slotted the rigid ‘O’ ring
on the mini-gun over the hand and secured it to the relevant position
on the fore-arm, but with these gloved characters you’ll struggle to
get that ring over the hand at all… but stop, that’s not how you do
this… I know because I tried.
Then I found the small printed instruction sheet polly-bagged and taped
to the inside box. Basically, both of the hands are removable, they
just pull clean off. I’d still exercise restraint, don’t just yank’em
off. But a firm, strong, pull will get them off easily. Each hand has a
small ball shaped peg that matches up with the main piston. This just
pushes back into place, the slightly trickier part is making sure the
other three piston rods attached to the glove line-up with the holes in
the three piston chambers still attached to the arm, it’s a little
fiddly, but not too stressful. This has to be done twice for the
weathered version as he has to hold his grenade launcher as well.
This guy did not require the services of the Harue Creative team, but
don’t let that make you think it’s any less well observed. I looked
through my Terminator: Salvation companion book and the designers have
created a great little facsimile of the outfit we first see a T-600 in
when it tackles with Marcus and Kyle.
Well, I say outfit, you can tell that this was once a set of BDU’s but
the years and mileage have not been kind to them. However I suppose
when you are a murderous Terminator, going out everyday a shootin and a
killin and a stabbin humanity into extinction, then you can bet those
pesky humans is just gonna keep fightin right back atcha sometimes!
so, although it looks like the T-600 has survived the odd mortar blast
and direct fit from the occasional shotgun, his wardrobe didn’t fair
quite so well.
What we actually have are the very tattered
remains of a pair of combat trousers and what looks like it might once
have been a tactical vest. Over this he wears an assortment of odds and
ends, a knee pad here, an elbow pad there, a laced up webbing belt, an
assortment of rags and bandages wrapped around his wrists and ankles
and lastly a scarf loosely hung around his neck. So not what you’d call
sartorially elegant, but a great job in looking downright sinister, and
Hot Toys have done a great job in actually making this stuff look like
it’s genuinely dirty and genuinely old and knackered, which is quite a
feet at this
scale… I love it!
Weathered ****+, Concept ****
The weathered version comes with a slightly better selection, but the
extras with the Concept version are so cool I don’t feel justified in
marking it down just because the others are better… if that makes
sense.. well, it does to me, so I’ll just give the weathered an extra +!
The concept version comes with a different mask and the specially
designed gun and ammo drum; these are based on the preliminary sketches
and concept art produced by Martin
Laing for the movies production. As with any motion picture
with a multi-million dollar budget, every aspect of its design under
goes numerous revisions and re-thinks, but sometimes it’s cool to see
that early work make it into the collectables market. Sideshow have
been doing it with some of their maquettes, and even Hasbro gave us
McQuarries concept figures from the original Star Wars trilogy.
The way it differs from the screen used weapon is that the gun has a
different mechanical configuration and is held above the arm and hand
rather than beneath, but let’s face it, the weight and recoil ain’t
gonna be bothering this particular MF! The drum on his back is also a
more complex shape and doesn’t need the webbing straps to hold it in
place as it attaches directly to the T-600’s back. I have to admit in
terms of Skynet designing armed, automated, self motivated mobile gun
platforms, this does seem like a far more logical answer to the
‘supposed’ brief than the T-600 having what is in effect a ‘strapped-on’
backpack...but hey, I’m not McG and sometimes I guess good
sense has to make way for what ‘lesser people’ might consider ‘a more
real world feel’, but hey, whadoo’I’know? He also comes with a rubber
mask that shows a little more of the Endo’s skull beneath, and I have
to say this version looks by far the coolest, well to me anyway, as you
get a much better view of the skulls details. He also has a tattered
beanie hat that pulls over the top of the mask, this has damage that
corresponds nicely with the holes in the mask and once in place sets
the whole thing off nicely.
The weathered version has an ammo drum and Vulcan mini-gun that is
exactly the same design as the under-slung configuration of the one we
got with the regular T-600. It does however have the grenade launcher
to be held in the left hand. This too is under-slung, having a ribbed
rubber hose with a posing wire hidden inside. This attaches to the back
of the launcher and winds round to attach to the side of the drum by
means of a small peg. I did find the soft rubbery nature of the peg
meant it was tough… no let me rephrase that… ‘nye on impossible’ to get
into the hole. I did eventually get it to hold well enough for ‘most’
of my photos, but you might find yourself modifying it a little by
trimming the peg or even gluing it in place for long-term displays!
Both also come with cool figure stands, I’ve been over the sculpt and
paint on these above, but what I didn’t mention was that both come with
a bag of around 20 bullets that you can scatter around the base once
your figure is in the pose you want, but take care moving the base once
you have added the shells as they are prone to roll everywhere if you
forget… again, I found out the hard way!
2 very big, fantastically articulated, supremely engineered, heavily
armed, robo-zombies that come with cool display bases. The construction
is reasonably robust, and the freaken eyes light up… did I mention that
before… no, well I will now. THE FREAKIN EYES LIGHT UP! The weathered
version still throws up the same problem as before, i.e. its tricky
getting to the on/off button when the ammo drum is strapped in place,
but I’m glad to report the concept versions is much more accessible. I
kept the lights switched on with mine for quite a while during two
photo sessions and so far they haven’t faded at all!
for money- ****
The concept version was a limited edition, originally only intended for
release as an exclusive at the Hong Kong Ani-Com 2009. I’ve heard it
was to be in an edition size of between 300 to 500 units (though I
can’t say whether this is accurate or not). If you jumped quick when
these first came out then you could have secured one for as little as
$145, but that small edition size has pushed the price up pretty
quickly, with most on eBay now demanding between $195 to $250, one
chancer is even trying for
The weathered version is nowhere near as rare, and was originally
available from Sideshow for $175 for the regular and $185 for the
exclusive, which had an extra
mask. But if you shopped around you could have picked him up
for around $140, and he’s still available on eBay for between $150 to
$170 even now.
So, if I base my value on a price of around $150 each, then I think for
figures that weigh in at a full 14 inches, and that are this complex,
with the amount of R+D that must have gone into them, then that is
definitely good value in my book, but depending on how much you might
end up paying over my $150 guide line, well, then it’s up to you… one
mans ‘extortionate’ is another mans ‘bargain’.
With each passing week it looks less likely that we’d see any more
characters from T: S, Kyle Reese was one of the 4 options in the recent
HT Terminator poll to find the character, fans would most like made
into the next figure. But sadly for Kyle he was up against the Arnie
T-800’s from T1, T2 and the rather sexy TX from T3 (OK, I know most
people would generally like to forget this was ever made… but the TX
design was cool, whatever you think of the movie). The final result
being he trailed in a rather sorry fourth with his tail very much
legs. However, the very fact he made it to the list of
options means I haven’t given up all hope yet, after all he is the
‘daddy’ of the resistance, and as such deserves a little respect!
But enough speculation, I’m here to sum up on these two very impressive
pieces of kit.
Your biggest dilemma will be which one do you get… or should you get
both? I can vouch that having both is obviously the coolest (and most
expensive) option as both have very distinct looks, what with the
different bases, guns and masks. If I had to make the choice then I’d
keep the concept version, as I also have the standard T-600. It’s cool
that the concept has so many different features, and his gun is a
totally different design, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t miss that
fantastic base that comes with the weathered one, or his cool grenade
launcher… so luckily I don’t have to choose, which is good as I think
both are pretty near perfection!
As I said above, the weathered version was available at Sideshow at
prices ranging between $174.99 for the regular and $184.99 for the
exclusive with the extra
However there are still a few options to be had out there.
- Weathered $157.99
Big Bad Toy Store
- Weathered $169.99
Or you can try ebay
where both are available with a wide variety of
This product was purchased for the review by the reviewer.
Photos and text by Jeff Parker.