The latest release in NECA’s Classics Game Appearance line is The Terminator 2: Judgement Day – NES T-800 7″ Scale Figure. The original game, released in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System by LJN, is notorious for being one of the worst licensed games of the time. LJN has a history of mediocre to terrible games, and T2 was one of the worst. In the game, you control the T-800 as he battles thugs, bikers and the T-1000 as you attempt to keep John Connor safe.
The new figure from NECA immortalizes the game with a fun new release in their video game line. The figure uses their newer Ultimate T-800 figure as the base, which has over 25 points of articulation. The figure includes two swappable heads and a shotgun. Toyark sponsor Big Bad Toy Store sent us the figure, and we have a full gallery and review.
The Terminator 2: Judgement Day – NES T-800 7″ Scale Figure
- Uses the Ultimate T-800 body
- Can use heads on the previous VGA Terminator
- Easy to swap out heads
- Lots of articulation
- Very different from previous VGA Terminator Figure
- 8-Bit colors actually show off the sculpt really well
The NES T-800 comes packaged in the familiar flapped window box that has defined this series. The cover art matches the classic NES game box art near perfectly. The interior showcases a cut scene from the opening of the game. Packaged with the figure is a diorama backdrop from the highway chase level. The box will fit in perfectly with your NECA Video Game Appearance collection, or even with your Ultimate Terminator Collection (which is getting new additions this year).
As mentioned before, the figure uses the Ultimate Terminator 2 T-800 body as the base. The Ultimate body allowed for a lot of new articulation, improving on an already amazing initial design. While the figure doesn’t include anywhere near the number of accessories as the Ultimate T-800, if you own that figure, you can swap weapons in and out as you’d like. The paint scheme here is modeled after a mix of the the Terminator seen during the gameplay and the cut scenes. The head sculpts and hands are harshly colored with a bright red, whites and blacks. While it looks rough (as it’s supposed to), in hand the paints actually do a good job of showcasing the great detail head sculpts. The body is mainly black, with varying metallic grays and whites throughout to mimic the in game lighting during cut scenes. It’s not a look for everyone, but longtime fans of the line, and those who like oddball variants will definitely enjoy it.
If you’ve handled the Ultimate T-800, you know what to expect in the articulation department. With over 25 points, the figure can strike just about any pose you’d like it to. The great range of motion in the arms allow the T-800 to easily hold the shotgun with both hands while aiming it in a variety of directions. The heads can swap out easily enough and can be shared with previous T-800 releases, such as the Ultimate or even the Robocop vs Terminator T-800. Swapping it out with the Robocop vs Terminator figure actually works quite well as the color schemes are similar enough for the bright red to work. There are a few photos in the gallery that showcase those two side-by-side.
The NES Terminator 2 figure is another odd and fun release in the line. It might be more for the hardcore Video Game Appearance collectors, but there’s a lot to like here. From the Ultimate body, the ability to share parts and accessories with previous T-800’s and a wildly different paint scheme, this is a figure I really enjoy.