Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HT T2 T-800 & HT Battle Damaged T-800

This is really a case of OLD vs NEW. Having reviewed the recently released Hot Toys MMS117 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" ("T2" for short) 1/6th scale T-800 cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) collectible figure in the previous posts and comparing it with the Aoshima die-cast T-800 Endoskeleton in the last post, it's time to put the new T-800 Terminator next to the 2005 released Hot Toys MMS02 (!) Movie Masterpiece Series number TWO (has it been that long?) Battle Damaged T-800 Terminator and see how they stand.

The Hot Toys MMS02 Battle Damaged T-800 is supposed to be from the first film "The Terminator (1984)" but due to reasons best known to themselves, Hot Toys did not produce a Arnold Schwarzenegger look-alike Terminator but rather a battle-damaged version (we can only guess that it is most probably due to copyright issues and the all important money factor since they were able to release the Michael Biehn Kyle Reese figure at the same time when they were given the license)

The Battle Damaged Terminator's attire is what he wore when he (Arnie) goes to the Police Station to look for Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and ended up having a shoot-out with the police officers, killing quite a number of them, including Lieutenant Ed Traxler (Paul Winfield) and Detective Hal Vukovich (Lance Henriksen).

To entice collectors to buy this collectible figure, Hot Toys included the light-up eyes feature for that more menacing appearance. Looking at the two heads, the first released Terminator collectible figure looks like he has a much bigger head on a shorter body.

From these pictures, one can tell how much Hot Toys has improved in the 1/6 scale area in five years - by leaps and bounds actually. The skin tone and paintwork cannot be compared to the realism that can be achieved these days and even the stitching back then looks rather rough compared to what we see nowadays.

The partially exposed Hot Toys 1/6 scale Skynet Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator T-800 endoskeletal robot head with some of the "flesh" covering removed. The flesh-covering that is used on the majority of Terminator models has similar qualities to real human muscle and skin, as well as the ability to sweat, simulate breathing, and produce realistic body odor.

In this side profile shot, you can see that the first released Terminator T-800 figure by Hot Toys is shorter with a larger head. At the time, this figure was considered very good by collectors and there was still a huge demand for them. Good to know standards have gone up quite a number of notches to the exceptional quality we can see today.

You can tell the difference in the quality of the black leather biker jacket between then and now. Strangely, the Terminator always end up being dressed in Bikers' outfits. He sure would fit in well with the Village People. That would make a nice parody :)

Hot Toys pulled out all the stops when it came to weapons, giving us almost every conceivable 1/6 scale weapon the Terminator used in the first film, and then some. There's the AMT Hardballer Longslide with a primitive laserlock sight, IMI Uzi 9mm Carbine, the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun and the Handheld GE M134 Minigun with ammo bag (this weapon was only seen in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" but thrown in for good measure)

That's three T-800s covered so far. These two and the Aoshima die-cast T-800 Endoskeleton in the last post.

Other related posts:
Review I - Hot Toys T2 T-800 packaging box and contents with its amazing detailing and accuracy.
Review II reveals Hot Toys T-800 equipped with all his weapons.

"The Terminator (1984)" post with pictures of Hot Toys Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), Battle Damaged Terminator and Die-cast T-800 Terminator Endoskeleton.
"I'll be back!" - a full review with lots of pictures of the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Battle Damaged T-800 with light-up eyes.
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)" post with pictures of Sideshow Collectibles Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), Universal Studios Hasbro Kenner T2 3D T-800 figure and Ultimate Terminator with battle noises and light-up eyes.
"Hasta La Vista, baby!" featuring Popsalute Terminator action figure
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)" Terminator T-850 figure with coffin of weapons
"Judgment Day is inevitable!" post of Popsalute Terminator figure with battle damaged head.
Hot Toys "Terminator Salvation" John Connor (Christian Bale) reviews HERE and HERE


deSMOnd said...

Alex, thanks for your pictures and reviews on the first T-800 and 2010 T-800. A lot of differences in term of quality of the outfit, portrait sculpting and paint work :)

alex teo said...

U R most welcome deSMOnd :) just sharing the passion with my fellow 1/6 collectors

LEon said...

The old T-800 face look like Freddy! The head seems like too big for him. Standing beside the new T-800, really make the old one look like a kiddish toy IMHO.

alex teo said...

I think Freddy actually looks better LOL. It's good to know that the quality of the headsculpts and standards have improved since the T1 T-800 was released five years ago in 2005.

LEon said...

ya and the price of the toy also went up significantly too all thanks to that.

alex teo said...

There is always a price to pay for art and Hot Toys' articulated art pieces still cannot be compared to the exorbitant prices companies charge for stone statues that do not move, have no detailed costumes, accessories or weapons. Statues can hold only one pose and nothing else. The possibilities are endless with Hot Toys' masterpieces ;)

Anonymous said...

I think the reason why the old Hot Toys Terminator has a damaged face is because Arnold Schwarzenegger owns the likeness rights to the Terminator character, so to make a figure like the new Hot Toys version you'd have to buy the rights from the owners of the Terminator franchise AND also from Arnold.