I’ve written a lot about NECA in the past three months, and I’ve said mostly nice things, but their Robocop versus the Terminator T-800 action figure is only going to keep me saying more. I’ve never played Robocop versus the Terminator, but after watching this video review I can say that it looks pretty cool. At the very least, it is an awesome concept. Two of the coolest sci-fi creations of the 80’s facing off to find out once and for all who’s better.
The video game line is genius. Like I said in my column two weeks ago, NECA is taking licenses they already have (they’ve got other lines of Terminator and Robocop figures) and reframing them in a cool way to get more buys on those licenses. That said, it doesn’t feel like a money grab. The figures aren’t repacks, but new figures and the packaging and premise are so cool I’ll by the character twice
The figure comes in window box packaging, so if you don’t want to open it you can still display it and look good. The packaging looks great, but you can decide for yourself looking at the pictures below. The cardboard behind the figure is my favorite part, as it makes a very nice backdrop for photos even after you open the figure.
What really makes this figures great though is the sculpt. I could talk about the things they did right — the jacket feeling like real leather, the texture of the holes in his eyes, chest, and knees, the uncanny resemblance to Arnold — but I’ll show a few pictures instead.
The paint is excellent as well. The blood is colored to look like the blood in a 16-bit game. There aren’t any stray marks. Again, the figure looks great.
The plasma rifle is his only accessory, and that’s fine with me. The review I watched of Robocop versus the Terminator didn’t mention the plasma rifle, but I’d bet this particular Terminator unit is a boss late in the game and that is the gun he uses. The accessory is nice, but the ammo magazine makes it hard to get into his hand at a straight angle.
The only place where I’d really criticize the figure is articulation and balance. He’s got a:
- ball joint neck
swivel and hinge shoulders
- swivel and hinge elbows
- swivel hands
- swivel waist
- swivel right thigh
- swivel right ankle
The upper-portion of the figure moves fine, but he doesn’t really walk. Maybe it’s a shout out to the way movement works in 16-bit games like the one the toy is from. The real problem is that the figure is front heavy and it can be more difficult to pose because you can’t move the legs to account for the extra weight. That, and not really being able to have do anything other than shoot means he can be less than fun if you’re trying to pose him with other figures.
Overall, this a good figure. He looks spectacular, really capturing the 16-bit feel of Robocop versus The Terminator, even if he doesn’t move very well. I’d recommend picking one up if you need a Terminator whose legs don’t move quite as well as they should. If you already have one, or your patient, I would wait for the toys that come out with Terminator Genisys.
Or you could …
Find him over on Amazon, or on Big Bad Toy Store, or paired with an exoskeleton figure on Entertainment Earth, or you can mozy on over to eBay and take a look around for the NECA Robocop vs Terminator T-800 action figure.