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    REVIEW: Hot Toys MMS - Appleseed Ex Machina 1:6 Scale Tereus

    Reviewer Scott Rubin writes in with an in-depth look at what finally completes the trio of badass main characters from the Appleseed: Ex Machina CGI film which hit DVD and Blu-ray earlier this year...

    Take it away Scott...

    Masamune Shirow is a legend in Japan and has millions of fans thanks to his amazing work in the anime and manga industry. Among his fantastic works include the original art for Ghost in the Shell and, of course, Appleseed.

    Appleseed tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world in which the high-tech city Olympus
    stands a bastion of civilization. In the first modern Appleseed film
    (2004) audiences were introduced to Deunan Knute and the cyborg Briareos
    Hechatonchires, former freedom fighters and current members of the great
    city’s ES.W.A.T. (Extra-Special Weapons and Tactics).

    In 2007 came the incredible sequel Appleseed Ex Machina. Fighting a global domination plot, main characters Deunan and Knute join forces with a face both new and old: Tereus.

    The civilization of Olympus flourishes in large part due to its population
    of Bioroids, artificial humans bred without anger or violence. To help
    combat growing global threats government officials create a prototype
    “battlefield” Bioroid, Tereus. In order to create the most efficient
    fighter, they use genetic material from Briareos making the Bioroid, in
    essence, a clone. He is a formidable combatant, both unarmed and with the
    various weapons of ES.W.A.T. Tereus looks like Briareos did before he
    became a cyborg, and even begins to act like him and pursue the same
    interests. This turn of events is fortunate, as he plays a major role in
    saving the day with Deunan and Briareos!

    In conjunction with the film’s
    release last year, Hot Toys produced two amazing 1:6 scale action figures:
    Deunan and Briareos. Finally, the trio is complete!



    PACKAGING
    Tereus comes packaged in a truly stunning box. The first (and not the
    last) thing that catches the eye is the sheer size; it’s fully 16 inches
    tall, 9 wide, and 4 ½ deep! It’s a monolith of a toy box. After you get
    over the shape and size and take a closer look, it’s apparent how much
    attention to detail was put into it. What you see first is actually a
    slip-sleeve sheathe, covered in reflective metallic decoration. Adorning
    the front panel is a full-size image of Tereus, gun held at the ready (above).
    The CG is crisp and bright, and the reflective background throws off
    rainbows. The sides of the sleeve show the figure in full-length and
    detail, with a description of the character. The back of the sleeve
    displays the figure in all its glory, with multiple photographs.



    Slide off the sleeve and you’ll find another impressive package, a window
    box with folding front flap. There are more images of the Tereus figure
    here, along with photos of Deunan and Briareos, as well as a detail shot
    of the included weapons. The back panel is designed to resemble a film
    poster, with Hot Toys “credits” at the bottom. Open the front panel to
    see the figure inside, oddly dismembered. Clearly visible is the main
    body, surrounded by the head, feet, several pairs of hands, and guns.



    Pop out the pieces and you’re almost ready to go. Almost, because there’s
    a bit of assembly required. First, pop on Tereus’ feet. This step caused
    me a fair amount of trouble, due to the extremely tight fit of the ball
    joints there. But, once I got them in everything was good. Next, slide
    on the forearm armor and pop on a pair of hands. Finally, insert the long
    neck piece to the ball joint deep in the chest and Tereus is ready for
    action!




    ASSEMBLY

    Like his fellows, Tereus is 1:6 scale, standing just over 12 inches tall
    in his huge boots. The Bioroid is dressed in ES.W.A.T. finery, consisting
    of a bodysuit with armored plates. Also like the other Appleseed Ex
    Machina figures, the suit here is made of a soft rubber that covers the
    solid figure inside. For government issue, Tereus’ suit is pretty damn
    cool. The limbs and chest covering accentuate the musculature of the
    figure, and the armor looks cool and doesn’t get in the way. Everything
    is layered nicely without looking too bulky, except a little in the
    shoulders. All over the ensemble are tiny details to make the figure more
    screen accurate, something that was clearly a priority for this line.

    Thanks to improvements in construction and materials, Tereus does not come
    with the warning included with the first two figures. His assembly is
    very straightforward, and the bodysuit seems quite resilient, suffering a
    full review without any noticeable wear.



    SCULPTING
    Tereus’ sculpt is excellent. The bodysuit’s texture varies, with bulkier
    muscles and thinner, more flexible sections around the joints. Each armor
    piece, from the shoulders to the forearms and lower legs, has its own
    details including indentations and other accents. Most impressive are the
    tiny Olympus ES.W.A.T. badges on the upper arms (below)



    Tereus wears an open
    jacket/harness piece designed to carry equipment. It is decorated with
    straps and connectors, and features real metal clips. The belt is the
    same. The Bioroid’s head looks perfect, capturing the character’s angular
    facial features, distinctive headband/ear protection, and long overhanging
    hair. No detail has been left out.



    PAINT/COLORS
    The color palette of the ES.W.A.T. troops is military drab, mostly in
    grays and blacks. Tereus’ bodysuit is comprised of different shades to
    represent the many layers, with lighter padding over darker sections. The
    armor components are black, with bright gold highlights. The harness and
    belt are black, and the jacket’s accoutrements spice up the figure with
    dashes of dark red. Tereus’ face and neck are a dark flesh tone, with a
    reddish tinge to the lips and piercing brown eyes. The Bioroid’s hair is
    black, just slightly lighter than his headband.





    ARTICULATION
    Articulation on Tereus and the other Appleseed Ex Machina figures is up to
    Hot Toys’ amazing standards. The inner body is super-articulated, with a
    ball-joint neck, ball-joint shoulders, biceps, elbows, ball-joint wrists,
    torso joint, waist, ball-joint hips, thighs, knees, and ball-joint ankles.
    Even with the somewhat restrictive bodysuit Tereus is fairly flexible,
    capable of cool action poses. Also like the others, Tereus is clearly
    built for display purposes rather than rough play.



    ACCESSORIES
    Tereus doesn’t have a lot of accessories, but what he lacks in quantity he
    makes up in quality. Included with the figure are three pairs of hands:
    fists, open hands, and hands posed for holding guns. The open hands are
    sculpted in soft plastic for flexibility, and have reinforced armor
    plates. The hands attach to the figure by way of small ball-joints at the
    ends of the arms. You’re probably best off picking the ones you like the
    most and leaving them on instead of wearing down the balls by pulling them
    on and off. The best part, though, are the guns.

    Like Deunan, Tereus has small arms. He comes with three guns (above). The
    largest is the ES.W.A.T. Rifle – HECATE STG 1002, a weapon that somewhat
    resembles the real-life FN P90. The large silver pistol is the ES.W.A.T.
    Hand Gun – HECATE P-08, while the smallest is a generic pistol. Each
    weapon features an absolutely stunning degree of sculpted detail, down to
    removable magazines in the pistols complete with a tiny (non-removable)
    bullet. In addition, both the 1002 and P-08 have spring-loaded slides.
    All three guns fit well into Tereus’ hands.



    Also included with the figure is an Appleseed Ex Machina display stand
    that matches the ones belonging to the Deunan and Briareos. At the front
    is the Bioroid’s nameplate. The stand is great for holding up the weighty
    figure, although he stands quite well without it.





    OVERALL IMPRESSION & COST
    Tereus is an awesome figure, and a great example of the high quality
    products being released by Hot Toys right now. He’s not cheap, retailing
    for around $150, but fans of Appleseed will find him well worth the cost.
    Tereus looks like he stepped right off the screen, and he can be used to
    represent either the Bioroid or Briareos before he became a cyborg! The
    figure should also appeal to collectors of 1:6 military figures, and
    anyone looking for a very high-quality and great looking light trooper.


    Be sure to check out over 70 photos of this figure HERE!

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    Excellent! Thanks Jess & Scott!

    Sideshow says mine will be here within two weeks. I have a spot dusted off right next to Deunan & Bri that's just waiting for him.

    Edit: Umm…wait a sec! No leg holster?!
    Last edited by holiday; 09-04-2008 at 18:36. Reason: missing gear

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    Great review there, my review should be up next week, it really is a fantastic figure!

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