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Monday, October 12, 2020
The Dawn of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Exploding T-1000 from Terminator 2 by Kenner
Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and swivel head.
Accessories: Legs, front torso, rear torso, head/ innards piece, rifle, tool, and girder.
Year of Release: 1992
* Exploding T-1000 (left) was released as part of the second wave of the first series figures in 1992. On the right is White-Hot T-1000 who was released as part of the second series. While White-Hot T-1000 doesn't feature the exploding feature of Exploding T-1000, he does share the same standard body, although slightly retooled and with a new left arm.
* While Blaster T-1000 (the first version of character released) didn't show off the face character played by Robert Patrick, this version does an admirable job, especially by early 1990s Kenner standards. To help the figure stand out and be a bit more "exciting" for kids (they were Kenner's target audience in 1992 rather than a 37 year old adult blogger in 2020) Kenner depicted the T-1000 in the middle of shifting into his police officer disguise. Half the body is silver while the other half is human looking. It's a pretty cool effect and while it doesn't hold a candle to later takes on the character by McFarlane or NECA, it was pretty cool at the time. The way Kenner sculpted the middle of the figure to look T-1000 was in mid-transition is a pretty neat effect.
* The best thing about this figure is probably his super sharp left arm! OK, maybe it's not that sharp but it definitely gives the impression of the crazy metal spikes that the T-1000 used in the film. That is a terrifying feature of the character in the film and it is really cool to see the T-1000 rendered like this in a Kenner line. Honestly, I always thought a more plain T-1000 with swappable arms weapons would have been the coolest T-1000 Kenner could have made.
Scorpion Alien from Kenner's Aliens line, which also came out in 1992. Kenner reused accessories, action features, and even entire figures, vehicles, and playsets often, which looking back is kind of charming. When you pressed the button on the back of the T-1000 he exploded into four pieces. It worked fairly well and did a decent job of mimicking how the T-1000 would bust apart and reform in the film.
* Speaking of items reused from other Kenner toylines here is another: The T-1000's rifle originally was included with the RoboCop and the Ultra Police Headhunter figure. Headhunter's was gold but the T-1000's is a bluish gray. I actually really like this weapon design! While the T-1000 didn't really use a weapon like this it definitely reminds me of the Endo Battle Rifle used by the T-800s in the future.
* The T-1000s metal girder accessory has always been a mystery to me, too. What was the intended purpose? Maybe it's supposed to be a piece of metal thrown haphazardly around at the Steel Mill where the movie's final battle occurs? There are two little holes in the top as well, so I assume you could use a string to hang it so the figure could swing on it. It's a cool looking piece; just a bit odd. But wait.....
* After owning this figure for nearly 30 years I realized that there is a grip like section on the bottom. It turns out that the T-1000 can pick this up and swing it like a club! How crazy is that?
* Like so many of the Terminator 2 figures, the T-1000 is not just a figure with an action feature but a figure built around an action feature. While he has the same five points of articulation as most other figures in the line he does tend to feel very delicate. Move him the wrong way and he's going to explode.
* There are some little pins that help keep his torso halves connected to his waist. They're very delicate. This figure is a mixture of my original figure and a figure I purchased in the last year, so he's working fine now. Just be careful as there are some delicate parts here.
This is actually the first T-1000 toy I've reviewed on the site!