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Long time readers of my blog will know I’m a pretty big Terminator fan and have plenty of Hot Toys’ figures from Terminator 1 and Terminator 2. What I also like to do is kit-bash my own Terminator figures from time to time and have made plenty of my own interpretations of the character mainly based on 2029 ‘Future War’ setting. Although I really like the all leather look from T2 I’m not crazy about the leather jacket Arnold wears in T2, plus I preferred it when he was the villain, not the hero.

With that in mind, I decided to create a leather-clad version of the T-800 I would be happy with that used parts from many of Hot Toys’ Terminator figures.


I ended up using the original MMS head from the first Terminator 2 figure that Hot Toys released as it is one of their better Arnold heads, even if it was shunned by most collectors when the DX10 was first announced and released, I feel it is still the better look to match Arnold from the film as it looks a little older and compliments the Terminator 1 MMS Tech Noir release.

One thing to note is, this head is from the second batch of T2 MMS Terminators Hot Toys made, I know a lot of fans were in up roar when Hot Toys announced they were doing a second run of Han and Chewie and Obi-wan.  But it’s not the first time Hot Toys have done this, the Appleseed Saga figures (MMS 51 and MMS 52) had two runs as did the Terminator 2 T-800 (MMS 117)  figures that I know of and there could have been more instances of this. Being a second batch, the detail on the head has been increased, especially the skin texture.


I also made up a custom body, using parts from the DX10 (arms), T1 Battle Damaged (chest) and even Tech Noir (neck connector) to get the desired look for the body. This may seem like a touch overkill, but I wanted the right look and even if I had to Dremel the head to get it to fit on the new neck, it was worth it.


Next was putting the clothes together, nothing too hard here, just T1 Battle damaged jacket, DX10 pants and gloves, MMS boots and a black shirt, from, I’m assuming, Joe Colton as the MMS black shirt, the neck fits too loose. To top it off DX10 sunglasses which are much superior to the MMS release in size and shape. Throw in a variety of weapons and this Terminator custom is good to go. Looks a lot more sinister and intimidating than the MMS or DX10, almost how Arnold should have looked in T3.


I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking, but I’m very happy with this kit-bash, only thing left is to team him up with Robocop, perhaps…









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The Terminator is one of my all time favorite films and I always loved the idea of the battle against man and machine set in the post-apocalyptic future of 2029. The infiltration unit has always captured my imagination, even though we don’t see much of this character in the original movie, it was still a very cool scene where it attacks the resistance fighter’s underground bunker .

Last year I kit-bashed a Terminator figure based on how the character looked in the video game Terminator The Redemption and I have also created my own take on the T-800 as an infiltration unit, in 2029.

I’m expanding upon that concept some more by creating an infiltration unit that combines elements from both these kit-bashes, only this one has seen a lot more action then the other two and is pretty much covered in extreme battle damage. It uses the battle damaged head that comes with the recently released T-800 Battle Damaged version – easily one of my favorite Terminator head sculpts and the DX13 body, with a custom endoskeleton arm, modified by me.












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The Predator is one of my favorite movie monster designs. I really love the original design by Stan Winston from Predator and to a lessor extent Predator 2. I always liked the end scene in Predator 2 when Danny Glover’s character Mike Harrigan is surrounded by the other Predators from that clan after killing the City Hunter Predator. The uniqueness of each Predator’s design I feel inspires me to try to make my own Predator figures.

NECA has made a lot of predator figures by now and that makes it a little easier to put together a custom one. This is my first custom NECA Predator which I’ve nicknamed ‘Gremlin Predator’ mainly due to the green skin pattern and mask design. I’ve got at least one more custom Predator in the works, which I’ll post when it’s finished

This custom uses parts from a couple of Predators: Guardian/Gort, P1 and Borg/Lost. I repainted the armour brown with a metallic dry-brush to bring out the details. I’ve quite happy with the results.

NOTE: since taking the photos I’ve also added the Predator 1 bone necklaces to help add a little bit more character to the figure.











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I’m slowly growing a small NECA Predator collection. After buying the Lava Planet Predator I picked up a few more. But top of my list was the original Predator. Unfortunately no perfect version existed, as the only version I could find, made in that translucent plastic, was the version that came with dutch in a two pack and it was “battle damaged” so after replacing the armour needed and a little bit of repainting on the actual figure, I just needed a new head.

I managed to snag a classic predator with open mouth off eBay (Thankfuly not a cheap knock off from china as eBay is swamped with them!) and after a few washes, paint touch up, dry brushing and a clear gloss coat, it matches the new body almost perfectly. Just goes to show the power of good paint application!











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I was really looking forward to the new Wolverine figure from Hot Toys after seeing the latest movie. I was hoping Hot Toys would really hit it out of the park with their 1/6 scale figure and to an extent they did, but the figure has one problem, a horrible painted mustache were there  should be only stubble. This isn’t the first time they have done this, Aliens Mark Drake comes to mind about now, another figure that needed fixing. I had really hoped by now Hot Toys would have gotten their act together in terms of actors approval, especially for the Wolverine at least!  Not one to sit on their hands and just accept the card dealt to me, I took it upon myself to fix the error.

Although I’m still waiting on my actual order from Animarket, I went and bought the head loose (just in case my painting skills had by the off chance deteriorated, thankfully not!) so looks like I’ll be also repainting the second head I get too and seeing I couldn’t just leave the newly fixed head bodiless, I also purchased the body and hands for the Wolverine too. It’s a make shift kit-bash with HT Origins Wolverine singlet, James Dean Red Jacket Ver boots and jeans to complete the look for now.

Please note, I have painted stubble on wolverines upper lip, not a flesh tone, as this suits the characters look in the movie perfectly. The Sculpting of the head is perfect and now I’ve fixed the head, it’s 100% Hugh Jackman to me.








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The Terminator is one of my all time favorite movies, along with Terminator 2 they are movies I could watch again and again and never get bored. To me, they just have that cool factor about them. This is a kit-bash I made a long time ago right around the time Hot Toys T1 figure was released.

I based my kit-bash off the scene in The Terminator where a Terminator infiltration unit, played by Franco Columbo, assaults a resistance base. I used the Arnold Schwarzenegger T1 head, as it’s one of my favorite Hot Toys head sculpts. I wanted to envision what that character might look like if it was infiltrating resistance bases in the future. I like what I came up with, I think it captures the feel of the movie quite well and looks pretty cool. The T-800 even has a Phased-plasma rifle in the 40 watt range too!







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