Monday, October 25, 2010

Hot Toys T-1000 collectible figure REVIEW III

Continued from the previous post...

In "T2" or "Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)", the T-1000 chases young 10-year-old John Connor (Edward Furlong) through the employee corridors of an arcade and catches up with the boy at the exact same moment as the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Before it can shoot John, the T-800 blasts him with his shotgun. It was the coolest thing when I saw it the first time, the bullets causing impact craters on the T-1000's liquid metal body.

Hot Toys has managed to replicate that with their recently released MMS129 (Movie Masterpiece Series) Collector's Edition T-1000 1/6th scale collectible figure. The bullet impact hits that you see on his LAPD dark blue uniform are held in place with magnets. There are metal plates on the chest and abdomen of the Hot Toys TrueType body underneath the uniform and this allows the magnets to attach even with two layers of clothes (white round neck tee and dark blue shirt with name tag plus police badge). Ingenious solution :)

There are more than enough of these detachable magnetic bullet impact hits - Three (3) small-size, two (2) medium-size and two (2) large-size bullet hits (see my post here) and I don't suggest putting all of them on at once. That would be overkill IMHO

The T-1000 is a more advanced Terminator, composed entirely of a mimetic metal alloy, rendering it capable of rapid shapeshifting, near-perfect mimicry and rapid recovery from damage. Furthermore, it can use its ability to quickly liquify and assume forms in innovative and surprising ways, including fitting through narrow openings, morphing its arms into solid metal tools or bladed weapons, walking through prison bars, and flattening itself on the ground to hide or ambush targets.

Here's the Hot Toys 12-inch Terminator T-1000 figure with its metal-like blade arm. You pop out the hand together with the peg and insert the blade arm. This was how John's foster parent, Todd was terminated, with a single stab to the head.

The other metallic shaped "arms" or weapons that this Hot Toys T-1000 is equipped with include a pair of metal-like hook arms which it used to pry open the lift / elevator door that John, the T-800 and Sarah (Linda Hamilton) had escaped in from Pescadero State Hospital

And here's the alternate 1/6 scale T-1000 head with a split down the middle and showing the "liquid metal" inside. When the T-1000 managed to pry open the lift / elevator John, the T-800 and Sarah Connor are in, the T-800 lets it have one right in the face, causing it to split apart.

The T-1000 doing a "praying mantis" kung-fu move with its hooked "hands"

And finally, the Hot Toys T-1000 with very sharp metal-like right index pointing finger

In the scene at the Pescadero State Hospital, the T-1000 pierces the Hospital guard Lewis' head by quickly extending his finger into a long ice pick-like extension. This after it had confused him by making itself look exactly the same as Lewis. This was actually done without CGI because Lewis the guard (Don Stanton) has a twin brother (Dan Stanton). They had appeared together as government censors in "Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)", alongside Robin Williams. Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton Gearren was also used as a double in scenes involving two "Sarah Connors" (i.e. when the T1000 was imitating her).

The T-1000 morphing effects cost $5.5 million and took 8 months to produce for a mere total 3.5 minutes appearance on the screen. But those were certainly some of the moments that made the film, including the scene at the hospital where the T-1000 flattens himself to the floor before absorbing the template of a guard and then terminating him.

NEXT: The T-1000 takes on the form of a motorcycle cop.


Kin said...

Hi Alex,

Thumbs up for all the T1000 figure.Absolutely gorgeous.


alex teo said...

thanks Kin :)

Asrul "iLham" Sany said...

one of the coolest figure, too bad i'm not a fan of the character (a lame excuse cause i'm too broke to buy him) hahahha

alex teo said...

At the rate Hot Toys are releasing stuff, we all have to pick and choose & I also have to let go some lines but this T2 series is one of my favorites. This T-1000 is almost like a DX version & you almost get 2 figures for the price of 1, good deal me thinks haha CHEERS & happy collecting

Colin said...

Awesome reviews, toyhaven is definitely an inspiration blogsite for me.. i'll be working harder on mine thanks to you peeps!

Am also happy to say i've just bought this and the T-800.. love these so much.. can't wait to go get 'em!

alex teo said...

thanks Colin :) Enjoy your T-800 and T-1000, they are definitely good buys CHEERS

Wilson said...

How did u fit the white shirt into the figure?? i got a T-1000 actual model(naked) with a police uniform(white shirt) and im struggling to put the shirt into the figure

alex teo said...

hey wilson, mine came in the box already clothed and wearing the full LAPD uniform including white T-shirt so I'm not sure what your problem is :(