Terminator 2: Judgement Day was the block-buster sequel to the original Terminator movie. Where not one, but two Terminators are sent back in time: one to protect a young John Connor and one to terminate him. Robert Patrick played the shape-shifting “liquid metal” Terminator targeting John Connor, in one of the most iconic Sci-Fi/Action movies of the 1990s, if not all time.
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 129
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Price: Then: $260. Now: Average $400 MISB Minimum.
Accessories: Various hands and weapons as well as figure base with T-1000 nameplate and Terminator logo.
Hot Toys have brought us a number of Terminator figures over the years and have just announced recently they will be making figures from the upcoming Terminator Genesis movie. The T-1000 was released a few years ago (2010 believe it or not), that almost makes it a retro review in book.
Being a Terminator fan, of course I bought this figure when it first came out; in fact I bought two and some loose parts to make at least three different versions of the T-1000 from T2.
Then I sold one and had only one T-1000 on display. Jump forward to 2014 and I decided I wanted all the different versions from T2 for the T-1000 for my Terminator display. (Yes, I wanted to get that nuts)
I decided to play it smart and hunt down the T-1000 in Japan as I was sure I would get one or two for a good price – and I did! I found two T-1000s MISB for $200 AUD and $300 AUD respectively. (Far below eBay and Facebook group prices) But I really had to crawl through a lot of stores and Otaku areas to find them. But, the hunt was worth it! (one plus is that over the years I have seen a lot of stores start heavily pushing Hot Toys in Japan, where as when you walk into the store it’s the first thing you see or at least has a very prominent display in said store!)
I also managed to pick up the so called “donut head” from a mate of mine for about $90 AUD.
Now I had all the different versions of the T-1000: the normal police officer (first half of the film), the highway patrol officer (second half of the film) and combination normal police officer shirt and highway patrol officer pants and boots (final act) and even a variant of that version with the donut head. So in total I now have five T-1000s which I’m sure in anyone’s book comes across as a bit obsessive. (Expect for the most hardcore Hot Toys Terminator collectors of course!)
So after this long and winding road I have now decided to get around reviewing the T-1000 from Hot Toys. I’ve had this particular figure in my collection for a long time and rightfully so, considering how much of a Terminator fan I am.
LIST OF PARTS
Inside the box you get the following items:
One T-1000Terminator figure
Ten interchangeable hands
Two head sculpts
One police uniform
One black Highway Patrol officer jacket
One navy blue Highway Patrol officer pants
One submachine gun
One Police belt
One pair of black boots
One pair of hook arm attachments
One blade arm attachment
One black belt
One hand cuffs
Two pistol magazines
One walkie Talkie
Nine magnetic bullet hits
One display stand
The head sculpt for any Hot Toys figure is always going to be a critical component to how good the figure overall will be. Usually about 90% of the time Hot Toys will nail the likeness of the actor, that other 10% of the time, it’s still a good sculpt, but the likeness is just not there. I feel the T-1000 looks great, but it’s not 100% Robert Patrick to me, something is missing. Something about the shape of the head just isn’t right to me – and I’m a very passionate Hot Toys fan too. The head has a very fine skin texture on it as well, something we don’t see as much with newer releases, I think they really tone that down a bit with new offerings. The second head which has been split in half by the T-800’s shotgun blast is great too the liquid metal healing effect looks awsome. Comparing it to Enterbay’s offering in ¼ scale, Enterbay did the better job. It’s still a very good head and great expression for the character.
Hot Toys always do a great job with their paint application, especially with their head sculpts. Even though Hot Toys have continually pushed the limits with each release, the T-1000 still holds up well today with their newer releases. There isn’t any slop or blemishes to be seen (and I have a number of heads to compare over). From the head sculpt to the hands and even the accessories the paint is exceptional.
The T-1000 comes with the standard Hot Toys true type body. But this one has the difference of slim forearms to match Robert Patricks build a bit more. You get all the useful articulation you would expect from a Hot Toys figure: ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders double jointed arms, swivel/hinge wrist, ball jointed chest, ball jointed waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles. You can pretty much pose the T-1000 any way you want, but still in a natural way – the Truetype body moves the same way as a normal human body does.
Hot Toys have given us at least two outfits here – normal police officer and highway patrol officer. Both these outfits are tailored to snugly fit the Truetype body and can be a little restrictive (the police shirt at least!) when posing. However it’s still overall great work, there are a few threads that need tidying up here and there, but besides that its still Hot Toys great standard for outfits.
The T-1000 is absolutely loaded with accessories! The options are almost endless. As stated before, you can cover almost every version or look for the T-1000 from Terminator 2 with little to no trouble. I don’t think Hot Toys have missed anything for the T-1000 he’s got everything he needs. The only problem you might have is deciding which version you want to display if space is limited (if I had no space I would definitely go with the highway patrol officer) as expected all the accessories are well made and crafted almost perfectly to match the source material.
There are only a couple of minor issues to watch out for with the T-1000 that I found, those little sliver dots on the police belt sometimes come off (at least now days Hot Toys give us spares!) and you have to watch out for the black or blue clothes leaving stains (at least one T-1000 I bought recently had stains on the plastic legs from his socks, I was more worried about the hands, but they were fine, thankfully!) Also the leather belt that comes with the T-1000 for the steel mill battle can flake a bit in you aren’t careful when trying to get it through the belt loops ( I had to buy at least one replacement one unfortunately). Otherwise this is a solid release from Hot Toys.
For all the T-1000s I bought I paid great prices for them, when they were first released and even after it has been released for years now, I still found a couple in excellent condition for a great price. So in short, if you have the patience and know where to look, you have a good chance of finding one for a great price, don’t give in to those eBay prices if you can avoid them, you should!
Even though Hot Toys’ T-1000 figure has a few flaws, it’s still an excellent figure and still overall the better release in any scale – main reason being all the accessories and clothing choices you have with the figure that really make it stand out to me. I’ve had this figure a long time and it’s remained one of my favourites with good reason: it’s a bench mark for the sheer amount of display options. If you have the MMS T-800, DX10 or DX13 you need this figure to go with him. If you’re a Terminator fan, you need this figure. It’s that simple.
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