T-800 & ENDOSKELETON
TERMINATOR 2 MINIMATES
In the summer of 2009, DST was really starting to hit it in stride with Minimates. Just two years prior, the brand looked to be at death’s door. The DC brand swept in and reinvigorated things a bit, but its quick exit definitely left some question marks about the future. Fortunately, DST was quick to add some new things to their plate, as well as partnering up with Toys R Us to give those lines a jumpstart. One of the new lines they added was Terminator 2. Interestingly, today’s set isn’t based on the sequel, but instead the first film.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The T-800 and Endoskeleton were one of the two Series 1 sets available at both specialty and Toys R Us. When the specialty set was first solicited, the T-800 was supposed to be the three-per-case figure, with Kyle Reese swapping out as his variant, but Kyle was shifted elsewhere, and this set wound up as the heaviest packed.
This figure depicts the original film’s villainous terminator, specifically in his iconic Police station storming get-up. It’s the look that would influence all future Terminators, and definitely the more definitive of the two looks from the movie. The figure is built on the usual body, so he’s about 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He has three add-on pieces, for his hair/glasses, jacket, and pelvis piece. The hair piece was new, and remains unique to this figure. It does a solid job of recreating his singed hair and distinctive Gargoyle shades. The jacket is a re-used piece, first showing up on the disguised Marty from the second BTTF set, and, though not quite a perfect match, its pretty darn close. The paintwork on the figure is mostly pretty straightforward, matching up well with the source material. The Schwarzenegger likeness is pretty spot-on, and they’ve even gone the extra mile and included his exposed endo eye. He also includes a spair hair piece without the glasses, as well as a SPAS-12 shotgun and an AR-18 rifle.
This Endo was initially released in the single-packs case of figures that launched this line, before being re-packed here. He’s largely the same as the previously reviewed scorched Endo, just with a cleaner silver finish. As I noted in the earlier review, I have mixed opinions on some of the design choices here. Nevertheless, I do still like the figure overall, and I think the cleaner silver works better for the overall design. Like the scorched variant, this one includes the plasma rifle, which he still has trouble holding.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed this set back when it was new. They hit TRU first, so that’s where I got mine. Of all the sets in this assortment, this one was the least exciting for me, but I think it’s still a competently put together pair, and this T-800 is definitely worth tracking down.