#58 - Battle Damaged T-800/T-1000
Due to the way Minimate packaging is designed, sometimes you'll be surprised by a figure when you open it. That was definitely the case with the Battle Damaged T-800. He's based on the end of Terminator 2, so you know he's going to be torn to shreds, but it's not until you open the box that you find out just how much.
The coat is new, and the bandolier around it is a separate piece. His hair isn't shared with any of the other Terminators, with the way it's oddly mashed down on the right. His face and chest are painted with the silver robot parts showing through, but that's all stuff yuou could see through the window on the box. No, the surprises are the new left arm, which is just a mas of shredded wires below the elbow, and the legs, which are cast from translucent orange plastic. What the what?! Obviously this is meant to suggest him being lowered into molten steel, but it's still completely hidden until you open him.
Since the T-800 in this set is taken from the Steel Mill fight at the end of the movie, you can guess that that's where the T-1000 comes from, as well. His police uniform has tall boots, since he'd already taken over for the motorcycle cop, and there are golden stripes on the outside of his legs. He gets a new hand, with the finger morphed into a silver spike that's perfect for stabbing through shoulders. The head is also new, because it has a hole running all the way through it! Seriously, they designed a new head and found a way to have the normal neck balljoint not be at all ruined by a hole running right by where the joint usually rests. Too cool!
His accessories include a replacement hand, so he doesn't have a spike at all times; a second head so he doesn't have a hole through his face; and, oh yeah, an entire second torso that's been EXPLODED APART! So cool! It's a big silver mess, but it still has the appropriate joints so the head and arms can move around. The super-surprised look on his face is perfect, too. The only thing we would have changed is to put a second, calmer face on the back of the head, so you could have a completely vanilla cop - at best, you can have a plain cop who looks fundamentally surprised by everything that's going on around him.
Battle Damaged T-800 definitely lives up to his name, but those clear legs are just weird. The T-1000 is the star of this set; all his extra pieces really turn him into something special.
I remember opening this set having the same surprise of the tranny-orange legs, and then I ran through the whole gamut of emotions. Ultimately I've landed on liking them BUT they really, really, really needed to include a new "thumbs up" hand to really justify those legs. It's such an incredibly specific thing that it must have that iconic gesture. Plus, I assume most people, like, got two of this set to have both T-1000 torso's on display, so it'd be a nice way to allow for 'different' T-800 'looks'.
Still though, I do quite like the added color and visual "pop" of the legs, they really help break up the monotony of black, which that display tends to be
"I assume most people, like, got two of this set to have both T-1000 torso's on display, so it'd be a nice way to allow for 'different' T-800 'looks'."
No, that's just you; everybody else understands how toys work.
But you're right about one thing: it was upsetting when I pulled this figure out of the tray and saw his legs, but over time I've come to like them. And yeah, a thumbs-up hand would have been awesome, or maybe Lobo's chain so you could hang him from it...
So his pants... are... on fire.
... I shall call him "The Liar."