We all had a good chuckle when FansToys started showing their planned line-up of figures beyond Scoria back in 2014 or so. There were silhouettes of all sorts of figures beyond Iron Dibots that we did not expect to see for years. Then of course, they went off on a tangent or two and did Headmasters, Autobot cars, Minibots, 1986 Movie stuff and Insecticons. Nobody ever forgot, though, about the enormous heroic rocket base-shaped monster partsformer teased back then, and FansToys have finally gotten around to releasing both parts of Terminus Giganticus. That’s right, he’s so enormous that they had to split the release over FT-20A and FT-20B, with Part B now beginning to ship to retailers and customers. They already stunned us with FT-10 Phoenix’s size and fulfilment of promise, but Terminus goes even further.
With figures of this height, the Titans Return Trypticon, Fortress Maximus, Generations Metroplex and original G1 Fort Maxes of the world, it’s often such that the size and stature of the toy itself make up most of the appeal and price. It takes a while for you to look past Terminus’s stunning physical presence. We have become mildly desensetised to transforming toys of this size, of course, because of the aforementioned Titan class Transformers, but when 3rd Party companies start putting out Masterpiece scale, adult collector-aimed product in the same standard or quality band as FansToys generally do, it’s a very different proposition.
So his actual size is very comparable to Fort Max, you can see quite clearly how he – inconceivably – dwarfs both Grinder and Phoenix, neither of which could ever be accused of being diminutive. Where Fort Max and Trypticon have an awful lot of sculpted detail all the way across their bodies, Terminus is more on the subdued side in that regard, following the current Masterpiece cartoon-styling aesthetic trend. It’s no MP Inferno, though, you can see there is detail on every panel and surface, and the overall look is quite faithful, to say the least. If you need your titanic Bot-Of-Few-Words to stand there and fit in visually with your MP and 3PMP collection, rest assured that Terminus will ably do that in robot mode. He’s quite a glorious sight.
There is prodigious weight compared to the mainline titans, and this can have an effect on how well he can hold a pose or stand when the weight is not distributed within a specific window. I did manage to get my fingers caught between his leg and his waist on one occasion when he decided to collapse and it was properly painful. Having said that, there were some quite wide poses Terminus could hold as long as one foot was firmly planted on the ground, and the other was balanced on the tip. I did have to hold and adjust a fair bit to get him to stay put when posed dynamically. The above photo also demonstrates the limit of the knee bend and as close to a sitting stance as I could get Terminus into. You may notice the very large gaps where his kneecaps ought to be, a quite oft-mentioned visual issue that collectors have highlighted as off-putting.
Knees aside, would you take a look at that? The proportions are just wonderful, and any angle you catch him from in person really impresses. I don’t foresee many people wanting to pose this figure on a shelf dynamically, or leaning massively, simply because of his size and heft (same with the much lighter Titan class TFs). However, you can see that if you put your mind to it, he can even pull off The Run. Utterly unbelievable! That said, I would not go so far as to call Terminus hugely posable. The forearms go up to 90 degree bends, the knees don’t manage that, there is a fair angle in the ankle tilt and the legs can fold back at the hip but that can unbalance him a little and there is not an awful lot of friction in that joint. I should also mention that there is no real thigh swivel there, but he does have a great waist swivel and there’s also the bicep swivel. That orange claw has some great ratcheted points of articulation, also.
Moving the shoulders regularly results in the unclipping of the significant and yet signature backpack, and that’s an annoyance that doesn’t go away. However, despite that, despite the odd tumble and the trouble of getting him into the occasional extreme poses you see throughout this review, once Terminus is in the required pose it’s a beautiful thing – and he invariably holds once settled. He has actually never once toppled out of a pose once I had him set for photography, not even overnight. FansToys have been on quite a charge this year and have nailed a number of extremely big ticket characters. There’s so much right on Terminus, lots of nice painted detail and – as I mentioned before – lovely proportions making for a killer display robot. When you are aware of what needs to be looked after during posing and play, he can be a figure that you’ll enjoy messing with. In fact, I think FT have gotten very close to an almost vintage official level of feel when it comes to the manipulation of large, solid plastic parts with metal joints.
I do very much love the translucent chest piece, but for those who want show accuracy, FT have provided a replacement solid red chest piece and even a toy accurate red crotch piece that can be clipped onto the existing grey one too. Terminus has a number of light-up options should you get the correct LR66 batteries, such as eyes, belly and both ‘hands’. In terms of head movement, side to side is fine but you can only get some elevation in that neck if you partially transform that section, but even then it is one single ratchet click backwards, but it does give expression to the head as you can see above. It’s is a shame that he can’t angle his head down, seeing as the very nature of the figure is that he towers over virtually everything ever released under the Transformers and 3rd party banner.
Terminus has a really clean profile as well, which I appreciate. This is down to – in part – the figure just being an evolution of the original toy concept with more complex engineering in spots. He’s still a massive partsformer and he still looks kinda similar to the vintage toy; a toy that was not a million miles away from his on-screen model anyway. That said, I appreciate the tidy appearance of the robot. I must admit to a tiny amount of disappointment when I realised that his tracks could not be mounted on his back to mimic the G1 toy, instead they are only displayed as per the cartoon, jutting out from behind his shoulders in a quarter-circle instead of a full half-circle down his back on each side. Without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite part of Terminus in robot mode is that truly wonderful headsculpt. He’s immeasurably handsome and regal inside that little orange canopy of his. FT have been raising their game with headsculpts to the point where I think they’re actually leading the pack now.
Transforming Terminus to base mode is fun, and this is another area that FansToys have seemingly worked to improve with their product experience. Sovereign, at the start of the year, was tricky. Grinder, Lupus and Phoenix have been highly accessible and enjoyable figures to transform by comparison, and Terminus Giganticus follows that trend. Turning the torso to a tank is extremely straightforward and has some enjoyable steps, especially the sides of the torso. The legs and tracks are a bit more tricky, the main challenge being the threading of the thigh pieces through what become his lower legs in order to hide them underneath the laid out tracks in rocket base mode. Once you’ve got it, though, it’s enjoyable and definitely one of their better conversions. I have never minded a partsformer, especially when done well, so Terminus scores well for me on transformation. Watch those ratchets though, they are decidedly loud and shake the Earth when moved!
I’ve tried to use a variety of toys with Terminus in base mode, so that you can see how various lines scale with the wonderful alt mode he’s packing. I don’t want to rationalise his alt mode; it’s a massive rocket with a tank confined to a track that goes round and round it. I don’t care that it’s partially nonsensical, I love how much of the children’s toy nature of this figure’s origin is reflected in this configuration. I also love that there’s no way they could have gotten away with deviating from it, so in fact they have embraced it fully with what turns out is a very fun rocket base. I love that the stand and the rocket have flip-down ramps.
For those wishing for a complete nostalgia trip, sadly Terminus is not motorised. He rolls very well, though, even if it isn’t on the rubber treads when he’s on the tracks. The turret rotates and the red section can be angled upwards. I’ve had a great deal of fun with this mode, even if it has been based solely around populating the rocket base with other toys for different effects. The Trypticon attack with various Legends scale figures was a highlight…
Sure, we buy some very expensive Masterpiece and 3PMP figures because they fill character gaps, they look amazing on display and appeal to us on those levels. However, with Terminus Giganticus, I feel that fun remains at the very core of this figure. If I wasn’t more cautious about 3P companies not needing to meet toy safety guidelines with parts and paints etc, I’d let my daughter completely loose on this figure in base mode, because there’s heaps of play value there once other toys are incorporated. I love those details on the rocket stand, especially the stars. Two absolute wins in terms of modes for Terminus.
In robot mode, and generally with FT’s products, you know it is scaled to be displayed primarily with Masterpiece Transformers and the like. When you change Terminus to base mode, suddenly having an Optimus Prime that’s the size of his entire rocket doesn’t make the same amount of sense. Surely by now most of us have come to realise that some toys just cannot be scaled appropriately in all configurations, and that you just have to close your eyes to that rigid scaling fanaticism to enjoy them as excellent figures. It’s still possible to get a cool display of MPs populating Terminus’s base mode, but I’ll admit that Generations and smaller really hits the sweet spot for display. That’s not to say this base mode is small, it’s gigantic. 107cm by 51cm approximately, and covering a very large amount of floorspace in my home right now. Not a single one of these photos were taken in the light tent, it was just impossible to get him in there in either mode.
2017 has been a tremendous year for FansToys. Where only Stomp stood out for me from them last year, they have multiple offerings this year that wowed me, and Terminus is no different. It’s not about his size only, but I’ll admit that the spectacle of a figure standing so tall and sprawling so wide remains a wicked novelty. Terminus is also quite beautiful in both modes, nailing the likeness of the original inspiration in a very satisfying manner. There’s excellent playability there too, and that’s essential for a baseformer, so it’s nice to see FansToys succeed with that on their first attempt. The robot mode is a healthy mix of intimidation, substance and heroism. There’s functional posability but not quite on a MakeToys Utopia level. Think Titan class done to a much higher price point – and that leads us onto one of the major drawbacks. Affordability will play a big part in the success of FT-20, but having said that, I notice he’s sold out quite fast in a number of places. I would not be surprised to see FT reissue this eventually.
If you can afford FansToys FT-20 Terminus Giganticus, and you have the space to enjoy him, I’d say absolutely go for it. There is nothing on the figure that has acted as a turn off. Not the unclipping of the backpack, not the gappy knees nor the difficulty in getting him into some of the poses I wanted. Because he did get into those poses, and I did just re-clip the backpack, and I did forget about the knees in a very short time. Terminus fired my imagination to go really wild with photos and I have enjoyed reviewing him immensely. This is as far from a soulless 3P character slot-filler, done to the tune of aesthetics-by-numbers as I would have hoped. Supreme indeed.
All the best