» Entertainment Memorabilia
» Large Cardboard Box (not pictured)
» Endoskull DVD Player (slightly oversized)
» Remote Control
» Power supply cable
» A/V output cables
» Instructions Manual (in Japanese)
» Outer Cardboard Box (not pictured)
» 3500 copies
» Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
» Jonathan Mostow
» Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews, Mark Famiglietti, Earl Boen, Moira Harris, Chopper Bernet, Christopher Lawford, Carolyn Hennesy, Jay Acovone, M.C. Gainey, Susan Merson, Elizabeth Morehead
This is one of those weird memorabelia objects that's just so cool that you just have to see in reality to fully appriciate the design.
The whole package is presented in a surprisingly anonymous box - with no marks or labels at all. On first glance I figured it wasn't the original box but after some research I can confirm that there was also an outer box back when the set was brand new, which would explain the lack of artwork. Sadly, the outer box was not included with my copy.
The inner box comes with your typical styrofoam mold to hold everything in place, so transit damage shouldn't be a big issue.
Turning out attention to the player itself, I'd say that this is certainly one for the ages. Dispite what most pictures would have you believe the head is really not that golden at all. I mean it's certainly not a silver look, but it's closer to silver than it is to gold... like a very subtle shade of gold, you know? The rest is just a lot of lighting issues if you ask me.
And before moving on I'd just like to say that the head is just massive! I know that most people just mention this as a full scale head but I'd say it's actually a little bit oversized (110-120%). Not abnormally large but certainly bigger than your regular skull. On the other hand, I've never actually meet a real terminator so it's hard to make an accurate comparison (feels surpringly big though - certainly a lot bigger than I expected).
The detailing is quite superb. There a lot black paint for the dark areas to appear more hollow then they really are but it's a very nice paintjob.
The teeth are (unlike everything else) actually made from a much softer rubber-like material, but they still look very natural in there slightly beige coloring. You'll also notice that there's a lot of space behind the mouth, making the head look incredibly accurate in comparison to the real thing.
The nose (or lack there off) has been equiped with a small remote control reciever, while the eyes light up in pure red when the player is activated. The eyes will then pulsate as long as the player is powered on.
The hatch in the scalp is opened by a simple push (downwards) which unlocks it very much like the hatch of your average CD-player.
The lower back comes with easy to use power, play and stop buttons, as well as your standard A/V output sockets and whatnot.
There's a very subtle stand under the chin, which certainly gives the head a lot more stability (though it's got quite a weight to it so it's not really in favor of falling over anyway). But except for the stand and the control features in the back I think this thing looks incredibly spot on, and certainly strikes me as one of the cooler and more well made pieces of my collection.
This player comes with your regular remote control as well as A/V cables and such. The menus can easily (if you know how) be set to english instead of japanese but the instructions manual is all in japanese (naturally).
All in all I'd say this is a pretty decent player (I really don't know to much about these things). Below are a list of specs taken from a Korean site regarding this particular player. I can't vouch for these details being totally accurate but they probably are so why not share em' ? (I doubt anyone is buying this thing based on performance anyway)...
IMAGE SIGNAL METHOD
PLAYBACK POSSIBILITY DISK
Video CD 1.0/1.1
Video CD 2.0 (play back control)
CD-DA (an audio CD)
8cm and also 12cm
output level: 1Vp-p (75)
analogue output: 2Vrms/10K
FROM AN AUDIO OUTPUT
CD : 4Hz - 20KHz (SAMPLING frequency 44.1KHz)
DVD : 4Hz - 22KHz (SAMPLING frequency 44.1KHz)
4Hz - 20KHz (SAMPLING frequency 96KHz)
FROM POWER SUPPLY
AC100 240V 50/60 Hz (indoor)
CONSUMPTION ELECTRIC POWER
This limited edition dvd player was (as far as I know) manufactored for a Japanese beer company called Suntory as a special promotion for Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines.
Only 3500 copies were produced and this one of a kind dvd player has never been released anywhere else in the world. Some sources have pictured this set with an included copy of the Japanese Terminator 3 - Premium Edition DVD, but as far as I know this was not part of the standard package.
I know that there was also a special contest arranged by Suntory where one could win the endoskull player alongside of some other T3 related goodies (just look at this promo image).
Here's a commercial clip for the original "GET T3" contest that I found on youtube:
It seems you were supposed to collect stickers from Suntory beer cans and if you collected a certain amount of stickers you could enter the contest and possibly win the endoskull player, a T3 suitcase or a Terminator style leather jacket.