Paul’s Peg > TatTF: The Terminator Flesh Maker


In the early 90s Kenner decided that they needed to cash in on the Terminator franchise the only way they knew how, by making toys based on the sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. I skipped the entire line at the time, because I found the figures massively disappointing overall, but it did have it’s high points. Unarguably the strangest item in the Terminator toy line up, and perhaps in any toy line period, is the Bio-Flesh generator:

The idea of a toy that can make skin is something out a nightmare, but here it is. While it’s certainly in the realm of other toys that involve pouring something gross on action figures like the Masters of the Universe Slime, it occupies a peculiar place in toy history.

Did anyone have this thing? Was the skin even half way realistic? And more importantly was it edible?

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)

fanmode-copy Michael Crawford reviews the Hot Toys Terminator Salvation Endoskeleton T-700 1/6-scale figure. Excerpt: “Hard to believe it, but somehow Hot Toys continues to improve.”

Dave Van Domelen reviews the Hasbro Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe class Autobot Skids, Deep Desert Brawl, Autobot Wheelie and Chromia figures. Excerpt: “… ‘pop a wheelie’ sounds just wrong in the context of the rest of this wave …”

Darren Cilenti reviews the Takara Tomy Transformers Henkei C-16 Dinobot figure from Beast Wars. Excerpt: “A very good update …” (See also.) Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”

Wizard World Philly Roundup


First off, my immense thanks to Doubledumbassonyou for kindly taking some photos of the Four Horsemen’s WWP booth for you to enjoy. Let’s all thank him and, more importantly, click the link and stop by his blog for a spell.

There wasn’t a whole lot of toy news from Mattel or the Four Horsemen, as they’re saving that up for SDCC, but I was able to dig up a few nuggets of information here and there. They also had prototypes of Teela, Webstor, and DCUC Question on display, as well as Egon and Ray from Ghostbusters. (You can find some photos of Teela in the gallery below, and visit Pendragon’s Post for more). Continue reading “Wizard World Philly Roundup”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)

fanmode-copy Monkey Boy reviews the NECA Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-800 (Pescadero Escape) figure. Excerpt: “Despite the dearth of accessories and the lack of mobility below the waist, this really is a fine figure.”

Poe Ghostal reviews the NECA Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-800 (Pescadero Escape) figure. Excerpt: “NECA’s Kyle ‘Tankman’ Windrix once again proves he’s one of the best in the business when it comes to detailed sculpting and high-quality likenesses.”

yo go re reviews the Diamond Select Toys Marvel Minimates Punisher War Zone Punisher and Jigsaw Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive two-pack. Excerpt: “We normally try not to gush in our reviews, but this time, I just can’t help it.” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”

Review > T-800 Pescadero Escape (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

I’m willing to argue with anyone that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the high water mark of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career. Between his performance as the cybernetic villain in the first film and the 1991 sequel, he’d become an international superstar with a string of hits including Commando, Predator, Twins, and Total Recall. After T2, Schwarzenegger would veer between serviceable action flicks (True Lies, Eraser, Terminator 3) and bombs (Last Action Hero, Batman & Robin) before giving up acting for the lesser stress of governing the world’s fifth-largest economy. But none of the post-T2 films came close to matching that same mixture of action, storytelling, and good old fun.

Now, as they have so many times before, NECA has answered my prayers–this time for a true Terminator 2 figure, complete with an Arnold likeness worthy of, dare I say it, Hot Toys themselves. According to the packaging, there are five figures in the line (though I’m not sure they’re all out yet): an Endoskeleton, the “Man or Machine” model with the stripped-off cybernetic arm, the demolished “Final Battle” T-800, the “Cyberdyne Showdown” T-800 carrying the minigun, and the subject of this review, the “Pescadero Escape” T-800. I chose this one for the simple reason that he’s the basic, iconic Terminator. Continue reading “Review > T-800 Pescadero Escape (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)

fanmode-copy Michael Crawford reviews the Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Zodac exclusive figure. Excerpt: “… if Mattel could just produce mass market action figures with this level of build quality.”

Poe Ghostal reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Collect and Connect Giganta figure. Excerpt: “… she’s probably the hottest woman the Horsemen have sculpted so far.”

Poe Ghostal reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Vigilante figure. Excerpt: “He’s one of my favorite figures in my second-favorite DCUC wave this far …” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)

fanmode-copy Jeff Parker reviews the Hot Toys M-Icon Michael Jackson (Billie Jean/History Tour version) 1/6-scale figure. Excerpt: “To me, it’s in many ways a more important figure than any Batman, Terminator or Stormtrooper … because it’s a brave move and represents a popular cultural icon that was a huge part of the landscape …”

Michael Crawford reviews the Cast-A-Way Toys The Phantom FX Show exclusive figure. Excerpt: “Unfortunately, it was the body that caused me the most issues.”

Corey Tincher reviews the Mattel DC Universe Classics Gentleman Ghost figure. Excerpt: “Gentleman Ghost may not be a DC elite or appeal to every little kid out there, but there’s some definite charm coming through this figure.” Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”

He’s back! Terminator 2 by NECA

NECA has posted packaged shots of their upcoming, fully-Arnold-likeness-ized Terminator 2: Judgment Day figures. It pains me that NECA has, as with their Conan the Barbarian figures, eschewed the level of articulation they’ve bestowed upon the likes of Bionic Commando and Resident Evil recently, as that would make these a must-buy for me, instead of just a “I’ll probably get the Pescadero Escape one.” Continue reading “He’s back! Terminator 2 by NECA”

Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)

fanmode-copy Artemis reviews the Diamond Select Toys Star Trek Deep Space Nine Chief Miles O’Brien figure. Excerpt: “This figure could’ve been better – and hopefully someday DS/AA will revisit him with a sleeves-up version, and give the head another try – but it’s good enough.”

Artemis reviews the Playmates Toys Star Trek Warp Collection Cadet Chekov 6-inch figure. Excerpt: “… there’s not a lot that says Star Trek about this figure, and aside from the lack of leg joints, that’s really the biggest weakness it has to deal with.”

Scott Rubin reviews the Playmates Toys Terminator Salvation T-R.I.P 3¾-inch-scale figure. Excerpt: “It’s got the looks and the size, just lacking a little in the articulation and accessory departments.” (See also.) Continue reading “Toy review roundup (via Fanmode)”