The '90s were an era of amazing comic book crossovers. This was especially true at Dark Horse, where the licenses for Terminator, Predator, Aliens and even Robocop all resided at one time or another, giving the company the ability to mix and match these action film brands for some truly epic encounters. In fact, one such crossover was the impetus for a series of mini-series starring Detroit's number one lawbringer. Written by Frank Miller and drawn by Walt Simonson, Robocop vs. The Terminator played out like a fever dream from fans of the franchises, pitting the man formerly known as Alex Murphy against the entirety of Skynet in the future. The series was such a hit, it even spawned a set of video games for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

Last summer, NECA continued its fan-favorite retro video game figure series with a collection based on the classic Robocop vs. The Terminator. The line provided a few different Robocops and a few different T-800 Endoskeletons and battle-damaged Terminators, all of which got paint schemes based on their 16-bit interpretations. However, outside of the proposed Terminator dogs (unreleased to this point), it seemed like NECA was finished with the license. Until this week.

Last night, NECA teased an early production prototype of the Endocop, a hybrid of Robocop and the T-800 that appears in the original comic series. At one point in the story, Murphy stretches his mental bandwidth through Skynet's manufacturing plant to create an army to aid the human rebellion against the robot overlords. Rather than just creating good-guy AI in normal Endoskeletons though, he adds a bit of a personal touch to the newly-built machine army.

 

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Now, as cool as the idea of a Robocop/Terminator is in practice, the final product is absolutely terrifying. Lacking the humanity of Alex Murphy, the Endocops are frightening creations capable of inducing nightmares even though they're technically fighting the good fight. Seriously, they look like Hajime Sorayama and Clive Barker teamed up to create a chrome-infused Hellraiser spin-off.

As the figure is a little ways off (NECA says it's possible for 2016 at the earliest), there's no telling if it will continue with the video game-inspired paint app, or if it will be a standalone figure with a more traditional paint job. I could also see this figure falling in line with the recent Dark Horse Predator anniversary figure, getting a full deluxe package and the full works. Makes sense given that the original story was published in 1992, and could fit right in with a 25th anniversary release. Perhaps we'll learn more by Toy Fair next year, which kicks off in February 2016.

 

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