TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (HOT TOYS)
Oooeeee, look at that. 1400 reviews. Another hundred down. Seeming like less of a milestone these days, but I’m noting it nonetheless. I’m noting it the usual way, with a deluxe review of one of my higher-end figures. Today, I turn back to the film that kicked off the milestone reviews, Terminator 2. So far, I’ve looked at both the terminator and the protector from the film, but I haven’t yet looked at one of the franchise’s central characters, Sarah Connor. So, uhh, come with me if you want to…read this review? …Doesn’t have the same ring, does it?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sarah was released as figure 119 in Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series, placing her between Inglorious Basterds’ Aldo Raine and Iron Man 2’s War Machine numerically. Not as themed as other releases, but the T2 figures were all pretty scattered. This figure is based on Sarah’s “terminator” look from around the film’s mid-point, when she goes to kill Miles Dyson. It’s really her most distinct look, and definitely my favorite. Sarah stands roughly 11 inches tall and she’s got 28 points of articulation.
Let’s start things off by looking at Sarah’s head sculpt. While heads are usually one of HT’s stronger suits, this one’s not one of their best offerings. The prototype actually looked pretty good, but it seems something was lost in the manufacturing process. It’s far from a terrible sculpt, of course. The resemblance to Linda Hamilton is passing; it’s not spot-on, but it’s decent enough that you can tell who it is. I think it’s the hair that’s throwing it off. While I’m definitely a fan of the hair being sculpted, rather than rooted, and the overall shaping and detailing is pretty solid. The biggest issue is with the bangs, which are just a little too short; they really should be getting closer to her eyes, and I think that throws off the likeness. The bangs actually swap out, and there’s another pair that’s parted and closer to the head. It doesn’t really improve the likeness, but it does allow for the addition of the included hat. The paintwork on the head is generally up to the usual HT quality. The only real flaw is the color of the hair, which is a touch too dark for Hamilton. It’s not that far off, though, so it’s pretty minor, all things considered.
Sarah’s costume is made up of four main pieces. She’s got a shirt, pants, a tactical vest, and a belt. All of the pieces are very well tailored to the figure. The vest in particular is really cool. All of the pockets open and the the clasps all work like they’re supposed to. There’s also a pair of sculpted boots, which are very nicely sculpted, and well scaled to the figure. She’s also got a watch and a wristband, which are mostly there to hide the wrist joints on the arms. They do that job well, and add some extra character to the figure as well.
The underlying body is largely unique to Sarah. The arms in particular are unique; they’re armatures with a rubber coating over them. They actually look quite a bit like Hamilton’s arms from the film, and she’s even got her scar on the left shoulder. The rest of the body is decent, but could be a little more tailored to the figure. The shoulder’s are definitely too narrow, and the neck is a little thin, which makes the head look really large comparatively. Once again, nothing too terrible, but it’s definitely a little off.
Sarah’s accessories are definitely this figure’s strongest suit. She includes:
- 6 hands
- Assault Rifle
- Display stand
She’s got the basic relaxed hands, as well as a right trigger finger hand, a left gripping hand, a a right cigarette holding hand (with removable cigarette!), and a right hand for holding her knife. They’re all very nicely sculpted and quite realistic looking. They’re a little hard to swap the first time, but once you swap them a few times, they go alright.
The hat works in conjunction with the alternate bangs piece. It’s cloth, and a little oversized, but it’s generally a pretty nice piece. Just, whatever you do, don’t leave it on for long periods of time. It’ll stain her forehead!
The sunglasses are very definitely my favorite piece. They’re just amazingly detailed, perfectly scaled, and sit amazingly well on the figure’s face. I wish I looked this good in sunglasses.
The shotgun, assault rifle, and handgun are close runners up to the glasses. They all have a number of moving pieces and all of the details that you’d see on the full scale weapons. The shotgun has a folding stock, as well as five removable rounds. The assault rifle includes a removable scope, rail, and silencer, allowing for a few different looks. The handgun has a removable clip, and the clip even has a removable bullet at the very top, which seems like it’s asking to be lost.
The knife is a key piece to the film, so it’s great that it was included here. Like the other weapons, it’s very well scaled and detailed. It includes a sheath, which feels a little cheap and quick by comparison, but it’s nice to have the option of putting the knife away, I guess.
Lastly, there’s the display stand. It’s the same basic oval stand we’ve seen a number of times before. It gets the job done, and it looks pretty decent, so that’s good.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Sarah is a very early Hot Toys figure for me. I believe she was my third. She’s also got the notoriety of being the very first Hot Toys figure I bought for myself. I ordered her off of Amazon, in anticipation of getting the T-1000 figure later that year. She’s not a perfect figure, and is definitely the weakest of my three T2 figures, but she’s still a pretty darn fun figure in her own right, and she completes one of my favorite sets of HT figures.