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In The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is an unstoppable cyborg killing machine sent back in time from the year 2029 by the artificial intelligence network, Skynet to terminate Sarah Connor, the woman who will give birth to the future’s Resistance movement leader, John Connor

The original terminator movie was released in 1984 and is considered one of the best sci-fi films ever made, It featured terrific action sequences, a well written story and incredible special effects for it’s time.

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Name: T-800
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 136
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2010
Price: $180 to $260 MIB
Scale: 1:6
Accessories: Figure base with T-800 nameplate and the movie logo

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LIST OF PARTS
Inside the box you get the following items:

One T-800 figure
One interchangeable Alternate battle damaged head
Seven pieces of interchangeable palms including:
One pair of relaxed palms
One pair of gloved fists
One pair for holding gun
One damaged right arm
One dark grey jacket with metal chain on left shoulder
One black patterned under shirt
One pair of khaki pants
One pair of black boots with chain on left side
One long slide pistol
One machine gun
One long shotgun
One medical pincer
One medical knife
Four pairs of medical scissors
One figure base with T-800 nameplate and the movie logo
One set of instructions

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SCULPTING

The head sculpt, for me, is always the focal point on any figure.  With this figure you get two, one undamaged version and a wounded, burnt, blood covered version. Both head sculpts are instantly recognizable as Arnold Schwarzenegger, I tend to like the un-damaged version the best out of the two. It has that determined, angry look which suits it quite well. Whereas the wounded/burnt version looks great, with its missing eye brows and closed up eye. The body is the same type that comes with the Terminator 2 T-800 with a slight improvement, namely being that the ends of the neck/chest section now extends over/up to the arms, making it look much more realistic in my eyes. The body features plenty of muscle detail and is a very good representation of Schwarzenegger’s body from the film. The gloves are also nicely done as are the boots. The only other sculpted items are the weapons which are excellent and appear to be scaled quite well with the figure.

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PAINT

Time and time again Hot Toys’ paint applications are always done incredibly well and almost make the figures look alive. The main application of paint is on the face, on both heads there is no slop at all and the paint work is very neat; the eyes, lips, skin tone and hair line are all done exceptionally well. Also the gloves are painted and the work on the wounded extra arm and head is great too.

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ARTICULATION

Articulation for the T-800 is as follows: double ball jointed neck, swivel/hinged shoulders, hinged arms (up to 90 degrees motion) swivel/hinged wrist, chest pivot, swivel waist, swivel/hinged thighs, double joined knees, and double ball jointed ankles. This is similar to  Royce’s (Wolverine)  muscle body, if not exactly the same. You can achieve pretty much any pose the human body can and you can get it to “hang” in a very realistic way. However some poses are restricted by the body for example the neck/chest region does lack poseability and that the elbows only move up to 90 degrees motion does affect some poses. I really like the direction Hot Toys are taking this particular body type in; it has become a very good balance of possibility and aesthetic appearance, there will be small trade offs here and there but overall the articulation is great.

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ACCESSORIES

The T-800’s Outfit consists of a number of gloved hands, grey punk jacket, khaki cargo/climbing pants, black tank top undershirt and boots. As with all Hot Toys figures the clothing is tailored exceptionally and fits well on the T-800. The grey punk jacket is the stand out for me with black leather sections with studs and the chain on the left shoulder making it very detailed. You might find a stray thread, but it’s quite rare. The boots and gloves/hands are sculpted, however they still look great; I feel the boots could be slightly smaller, but they do have to support the large bulky frame of the Terminator’s muscled body. The gloved hands look great with studs sculpted on the gloves among other details, I’ve found the end of the gloves where the glove meets the wrist peg does restrict it partly, still, there is a good range of motion and many nice poses can still be achieved. The weapons the T-800 comes with are: Long Slide Pistol, Shotgun and Uzi 9mm. All these weapons are used by the Terminator in the first part of the film and all look great, once again this are well made and up to the standard you expect from Hot Toys, with removable ammo clips moving parts etc.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

One potential problem can be damage to the neck of the T-800 muscle body; make sure you carefully turn and pose the head/neck according to the included instructions, as you can tear the softer rubber/pvc material which makes up the chest and neck of the body. I haven’t heard any stories of damage to this area, but I wouldn’t want to find out the hard way! Besides the possibility of breaking the wrist pegs  there are some parts that can be a little brittle or delicate, such as the chain attached to the jacket or the medical scissors, but otherwise they are minimal as long as you handle the figure with care after all you’ve paid a fair amount of hard earned money for these high end figures and of course ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the figure first before anything else.

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PRICE

I paid $180 AUD for the T-800 and that’s right to my front door. Of course shipping cost is always something to take into account as it does tend to affect the overall price you pay. But, there are always bargains to be had on eBay, I try to always shop around and find the best price. With all Hot Toys figures, its best to try and purchase them around the time of release, as the price for most figures tends to sky rocket pretty quickly!

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OVERALL

I’m not going to lie, this version of the Terminator, is without a doubt my favorite, so that makes this review ever so slightly biased. However something tells me Hot Toys have to be a fan of the Terminator too, after all their first movie masterpiece figures were from the same Terminator movie! Finally, having a quality Terminator figure, from the original movie, is a dream come true as far as I’m concerned. I’ve studied enough screen shots from the movie to be able to tell that this figure is a very faithful to the source material. I would really like to see a second Terminator figure and at least a new version of Kyle Reese. Only time will tell if we get to see these figures made If you are a fan of the original Terminator movie or the Terminator in general, I highly recommend this figure, it would make an excellent addition to any Terminator fan’s collection.

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Royce is the main character in the newest movie in the Predator franchise, Predators, in this movie Adrian Brody plays Royce, a mercenary and former CIA agent who is captured while on a mission
He reluctantly assumes leadership of the group of captured humans he is with on the Predator’s game reserve planet. His character comes across as very brooding and Royce keeps to himself at first, but eventually works with his fellow captives to try and defeat the Predator foes.
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Name: Royce
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 131
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2010
Price: $133 to $250 MIB
Scale: 1:6
Accessories: Figure base with Royce nameplate and the movie logo

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List of Parts

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Royce figure
One pair of gloved palms for holding gun
One gloved relaxed left palm
One gloved right palm for holding knife
One light brown colour shirt
One white colour undervest
One brown and yellow colour scarf
One pair of blue-black colour pants with pouches
One tactical vest with belt, pouches, gun holster, magazine pouch
Two packs of a total of sixteen bullets
One pair of black colour boots
One pistol
One Assault Shotgun
One machete with sheath
One combat knife
One axe
One watch
One figure base with Royce nameplate and the movie logo
One set of instructions

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Sculpting
The head sculpt, for me, is always the focal point on any figure. Hot Toys have come quite a long way as far as character/actor likenesses go, however they still keep getting better and better and are always at a very high standard. I’d say Hot Toys don’t really release a poor sculpt anymore, in terms of quality and realism, the only thing that can affect the sculpt, will be how closely they have come to capturing the character/actor likeness, which in many cases is never an easy thing. In this case, however, they have done a brilliant job, in not only capturing the character of Royce, but the likeness of Adrian Brody as well. When looking at the figure, it is quite obvious to see it is a miniature Adrian Brody staring back at you. There aren’t too many companies out there that can match this level of detail.
The body is the same type that comes with Wolverine and features plenty of muscle detail as well as fine hair sculpted on the chest and arms. The gloves are also nicely done and are very textured and look quite realistic. The only other sculpted items are the weapons which are excellent and appear to be scaled quite well with the figure. Hot Toys’ attention to detail is always astounding.

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Paint
Hot Toys’ paint applications are always done incredibly well and almost make the figures look alive. How they manage to consistently do so, on a limited, yet mass-produced scale seems like a bit of a mystery sometimes. The paint application on Royce has no slop at all and is very neat; the eyes, lips, skin tone and hair line are all done exceptionally well. From the price point, this figure is what you would want – the best, and that’s what you get here, exceptional work.

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Articulation

Articulation for Royce is as follows: double ball jointed neck, swivel/hinged shoulders, hinged arms (up to 90 degrees motion) swivel/hinged wrist, chest pivot, swivel waist, swivel/hinged thighs, double joined knees, and double ball jointed ankles. I might have left something out, but the point is, you can achieve pretty much any pose the human body can, not only this but it will “hang” in a very realistic way. If you ever had the pleasure of posing or “playing” with a Hot Toys body you will know what I mean. Hot Toys muscle bodies have come a long way, since the very first ones, I personally really like the direction Hot toys are taking them in; It has become a very good balance of possibility and aesthetic appearance.

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Accessories

Royce’s Outfit is very well made and consists of tactical vest, pants, shirt, undershirt, scarf and boots. The clothing is tailored exceptionally and fits perfectly on Royce.  The boots are sculpted however, but have a good range of motion. I have read myself that some people tend to have issues with the scarf that is included; I followed Hot Toys instructions and found no issue with getting the scarf to not only sit right but into the collar to begin with. I’ve got to admit though; if it wasn’t working I would have stuck at it until it looked good. The weapons Royce comes with are: Assault Shotgun, machete, combat knife and axe. All these weapons are well made and up to the standard you expect from Hot Toys, in other words, removable ammo clips moving parts etc. As stated before the attention to detail is mind-blowing. Also what I love about their weapons is they don’t have that cheap quality other companies in the same market have.

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Potential Problems
Besides the possibility of breaking the wrist pegs, there are some parts that can be a little brittle or delicate, but otherwise fairly few as long as you handle the figure with care and ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the figure first before anything else.

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Price
I paid $170 AUD for Royce, Delivered. Shipping cost is always something to take into account as it does tend to affect the overall price you pay. There are always bargains to be had on eBay, but shop around and try to find the best price possible for this figure.

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Overall
I really liked the character of Royce in the Predators movie, not only did he look cool, but I feel the character was well written for an action sci-fi movie. When Hot Toys announced they had the Predators license, you knew at least one thing; you were going to get some awesome figures from, hopefully, an awesome movie. Opinions on the movie aside, at least we have awesome figures. I for one could not wait for the prototype pictures of Royce to be released, I was really looking forward to this figure and now after having it in hand I can say, it was not only worth the money, but worth the wait! As usual Hot Toys have given us a highly detailed, movie accurate figure. If you are a fan of Royce I highly recommend purchasing this figure while he is still easy to come by or if you have either one of the Predator figures, he makes a great companion piece.

This page copyright 2011 Mike’s Toy Blog. All rights reversed.