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Terminator 2: T-800 Endoskeleton (3.75" / Super-Articulated) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:14678  
Name:Terminator 2: T-800 Endoskeleton (3.75" / Super-Articulated)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Terminator
Creator:blaynescott  
Date Added:May 14, 2009
Base Figure:A Rare 1992 Kenner Knockoff 3" T2 Endo Figure
Height:3.75 inches
::::Primary Figure:
-I found a fairly rare 3" knockoff figure based (loosely) on the 1992 Kenner Endoskeleton figures mold. Someone overseas apparently recast it, scaled it down, and went about manufacturing them. I found mind on a website, then set to work super-articulating it.

-You can see the odd assortment of articulation stratagies I used while figure out this figure out. After chopping it into pieces, I tried used a string of ball bearings (from a kitchen sink stopper), shoulder joints from a GI Joe, and a few other failed attempts.

-I settled on using an internal joint from a Marvel "Face off" 3" Punisher as the 'abs' of the figure, connecting the pelvis to the upper torso.

-I used Aves sculpt to create new joints, and the figure has an excellent range of motion as a result.

-To joint the neck, I used a plastic length of cord with a ball at the end to prevent it from pulling out of the neck socket. The jaw came from a Skeleton figure.

-Since the original figure was 3", and not 3.75, I cut into/extended the runty legs to make the figure proportional to a GI Joe. Using Aves sculpt/hobby knife/Dremmel, I recreated the thigh metal pattern and pistons.

-For the arms, I used a Star Wars (modern) 21-B Medical Droid's legs as shoulder joints. I then cut the Terminator Endo-biceps into two pieces, dremmed them out, and made a sandwedge with superglue in the middle around the pipe-like appendage of the 21-B's former leg. For the lower arm, I simply heated and swapped out the forearm.

-Painted the entire figure black, and dry brushed on different layers of gunmetal and silver.
-Sealed with Vallejo Matte Varnish.

::::Accessories
-The original base came with a McFarlane 7" scale figure - however, it was easy to rescale the rubble by adding a small skull, and repainting the entire base FutureWar Gray-Blue.
-The human skull on the base-stand donated it's jaw (resculpted) to the Endoskeleton figure.
-The Assualt Rifle (dry brushed with gunmetal gray and a laser sight dot added to the under-gun) came from a Miliary accessory pack
-The Ammunition carry on came form a GI Joe Snake Eyes figure.

Note: I created this GI Joe-sized Terminator Endoskeleton figure last year before the release of any Terminator:Salvation figures. Much of this work would be unnecessary now with the 3.75 figure line released by Playmates.

So very much work for such a tiny figure - but it turned out well, and holds up surprisingly well to the Newer Endoskleton figures, although this one has wider shoulders.

I like to think this model of Endoskeleton would be underneath the Schwarzenegger-body frames, while the newer, and slimmer T4 Endo figure would be the infiltrator types that fit a smaller, more realistic human frame.


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User Comments
blaynescott - Friday, May 15, 2009
Thankyou. I spent at least 12 hours working on this guy, including Trial-and-Error time figuring out how to articulate such a tiny figure.
blaynescott - Friday, May 15, 2009
Yep, the base figure was made by Toy Island. If they were legit, their T2 mini figures didn't get very good exposure as a company - probably an import item only.
wesr - Friday, May 15, 2009
Those base figures are expensive if its the one I think it is. Some company called toy island or something made them. I never saw them other than on the t2 dvd until now. I'm not sure I want to take mine out of the package.
pock63 - Friday, May 15, 2009
Hey thats great!!! I want one!
wesr - Thursday, May 14, 2009
I want one lol. Very nice. The t-700 is a slimmer version that is more of an average person. You're right though, only the T-800 got the muscular "Sgt Candy" design though apparently in the books and such there are more faces that they put on the models but they're all large body builder types. Then you have the ones from the tv show that are variants of all the others. there are a lot of terminator models that you never see. I know that in my T:salvation art book the t=600 is bigger than even a t-800, a t-700 is smaller, and then you have the T-RIP (Terminator resistance infiltration prototype) which is listed on amazon as the t-800. *takes his nerd hat off. Oh, this is toy you used is the same one I got off you in the package? If so it's actually an officially liscensed toy I think. I'm pretty sure I remember seeing it listed on the T2 special edition dvd in the merchandise section. Now if you can find a way to add some articulation to the old kenner t-800s lol.
Darththomas - Thursday, May 14, 2009
Brilliant and in such a small scale too, now that's dedication.
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