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Sarah Connor

Terminator: Dark Fate
by yo go re

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try again.

Dani Ramos is living a simple life in Mexico City with her brother and father when a highly advanced and deadly new Rev-9 Terminator travels back through time to hunt and kill her. Dani's survival depends on her joining forces with two warriors: Grace, an enhanced super-soldier from the future, and a battle-hardened Sarah Connor.

They say there are no roles for women over 30 in Hollywood, but in the past few years, both Halloween and Terminator: Dark Fate have proven that wrong. It's super easy [barely an inconvenience --ed.] for an older actress to land a lead role in a major movie: all you have to do is star in a nerdy, genre-defying mega hit when you're a teenager, watch as the property goes through several failed reboots you had no interest in participating in, and then come back for the newest version as a badass grandma. Couldn't be simpler! Now we all just have to sit back and wait for the year 2043, when Megan Fox makes her triumphant return to save the Transformers franchise!

The big draw of Dark Fate was obviously the return of Linda Hamilton - well, her and James Cameron, but that was less of a direct involvement. Sarah Connor has been spending a few decades on the run from the government and on the warpath, so she looks grim and tough, clearly not someone who's been living an easy life. Her hair is cut short, just jaw length, and you get your choice of heads with or without sunglasses.

She dresses tactically, too. Her clothes follow the same style as her famous T2 outfit: boots, pants, shirt, and a vest, all done in dark colors. It's not exactly the same, but it follows the pattern. She's got jeans, not cargo pants, sleeves instead of a tank top, and a bulletproof vest rather than one intended for carrying gear. The sculpt is credited to Adrienne Smith and Trevor Grove, and no matter how the work was split between them (we'll go with our usual guess: one of them sculpted the left side of the figure, one of them sculpted the right), the work is excellent. NECA knows how to make movie figures look good, no question.

Naturally, the figure moves very well. She has joints at the ankles, knees, thighs, hips, waist, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and head. The joints are stiff - but the character was 59 years old at this point, so isn't that an accurate choice? Joking aside, she's got the same range of motion as any other modern character. The ankles and wrists are swivel/hinge joints, rather than the balljoints NECA was using when they made their last Sarah Connor - it may be a choice for stability, and it doesn't negatively impact the poseability in any grand way.

Sarah carries three weapons: an M4A1 carbine, used on the plane; a Chiappa Rhino 50DS handgun, which she had with her constantly; and a Serbu Super Shorty shotgun that she'd had since 1998. The pistol fits into a holster on her right hip, and the shotgun has a hinged foregrip that can actually fold down. Nice stuff! The set also includes an alternate right hand with the trigger finger... slightly more curled? It really serves no purpose, because the one with the finger slightly straighter works absolutely fine as is.

Terminator: Dark Fate is definitely the best Terminator 3 we've gotten yet (sorry, Sarah Connor Chronicles, you were great, but you lacked an actual ending), so it's cool that NECA has made some figures from it. Hopefully there will be more - Dani and Grace, for instance, or even Sarah in her other outfit. Now if you'll excuse her, she and Laurie Strode need to haul ass to Lollapalooza!

-- 01/30/20

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