We’re spoiled with our action figures these days. You can find high-end Terminator figures for between $200 to $300 from Hot Toys or still get a pretty amazing sculpt in the $20-$25 range from NECA. But back in the mid-90s, we had to take what we could get. And what we got was a bizarre series by Kenner. No Sarah Connor. No Kyle Reese. Hell, no humans period except for John Connor. Young John Connor. Basically, it was just a ton of robots. Oh, and they didn’t have likeness rights to Arnold Schwarzenneger. Let’s just take a look at what the line gave us, from best to worst.
Not a very detailed mold but the robot endoskeleton is the iconic figure we’d all want.
It’s too bad he’s ALWAYS half metal but he looks the most screen accurate.
Well, I don’t recall the Terminator ever getting a big punching arm but this is fairly close to his T2 look.
No one’s first choice for a fun figure but he is important and the bike adds a good amount of value.
The replaceable head and human arm are useful. The robotic stuff, less so.
It’s the Terminator but gold. Okay, sure.
Glowing figures are usually the sign of a toyline gasping for its last breath, not the first series, but it looks decent.
If you already had a base T-1000 figure, this is probably a good second one. You’re just limited to molten factory scenarios.
A police officer T-1000 is a good idea. The execution makes this look like a He-Man or C.O.P.S. reject, though.
I like the idea of a battle damage action feature, but the human arms with tiny metal body just looks weird.
Looks like he’s ready for a battle in the bedroom.
If you want a leather daddy Terminator, this is for you. And his stomach has a cannon. Why didn’t the movies think of that?
Unflattering yellow shirt and the questionable action feature of a squirt gun. Pass.
Hot blast? That’s just inappropriate.
If a shirtless man says he wants to show you his hidden power, run.
What? This fits no aesthetic from the movies. And his head pops up like Ram Man. Nice shoulder pads, dork.
Looks like he has all sorts of disorders. He is of zero use in the field or in the playroom.