Terminator Salvation

The T-700 from Terminator Salvation timeline

The T-700 is the first generation of the T-800 Terminator.[1]The T-700 is structurally identical to its Terminator cousins but are built solely for combat as it features a more durable endoskeleton than the previous series, but its CPU is less advanced than the T-800.[1] Units of the T-700 are also entirely reliant on Skynet for command and control functions as they lack the ability for independent thought.[2]


In 2018, the T-700 Terminator was mass-produced by Skynet at least in one factory, which is beneath the Skynet Central in San Francisco.[1]

Shortly following the Mission to Skynet Central, the T-700 had become Skynet's primary battle unit having had replaced the T-600 and were armed with G11 caseless-round submachine guns.[3] Like the T-600, the T-700 was capable of repairing itself and could function with severe damage to its structure in order to complete its objectives. However, a T-700 could have its targeting systems disabled by piercing the back of the neck just like a T-600 as a T-700 was disabled after being shot in the neck by an arrow[4]

Relationship to the T-800


Early concept of the T-700

  • The early concept image shows the T-700 as a much larger machine (6'9"-tall[1]) more reminiscent of the T-600 and bear many distinguishing differences between itself and the T-800.
  • The final version of the T-700 resembles a T-800 with a darker tone and few slight structural differences, for example: the T-700's teeth are metallic in appearance, whereas the T-800's resembles that of a biological human; the lower jaw of the T-700 is slightly more angular than the T-800's; and the T-700's eye colour is not pure red, instead containing the same orange tint found in T-600s.
  • The color difference between T-700 and T-800 mentioned above is presented in the Playmates Terminator Salvation toyline. T-700 and T-800's (as T-RIP) toys share similar molds with different painting application. The molds differ in height by about a third of an inch and feature slight differences, such as the 5 splines protruding from a T-700's lower back instead of the 4 splines of a T-800.
  • In Terminator Salvation film, John Connor refers to the T-700s in the factory as T-800s. This is probably because the T-700 and T-800 were structurally similar to each other. Also, Barnes described the T-800 as the refitted T-700 endoskeleton with synthetic skin in the novel Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire.


  • Terminator Salvation marks the first appearance of the T-700 Terminator.
  • In Terminator Salvation, the T-700 Terminators in the factory are not protected from the grime of production, resulting in their chassis being covered in oil and other matter that renders their endoskeleton a dark hue.[1]

Behind the Scene

  • In Terminator Salvation video game, the T-700's character model is the one from the concept art instead of the one seen in the film.
  • The packaging of Playmates action figure for Marcus Wright identifies him as a T-700 Terminator[5], though this is likely an error as he is actually a T-H.
  • The website for Playmates toys shows the T-700 as the Terminator first encountered in the film Terminator Salvation. However, this is proven to be incorrect as the first on-screen Terminator is clearly a T-600 in Skynet VLA.



Hot Toys

Movie Masterpiece Series
  • T-700 Endoskeleton (1/6th scale collectible figure, 2009)
    • Product code: MMS94
    • Accessories: Movie scene featured figure base with nameplate
T-700 at Hot Toys
Diorama Masterpiece Series
  • T-700 Factory (1/6th scale Diorama, 2009)
    • Product code: DMS03
    • Accessories: none
T-700 Factory at Hot Toys


  • T-700 (Life-size bust)[citation needed]


Video games
Trading Cards




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Terminator Salvation: Reforging the Future, from Terminator Salvation DVD
  2. Mentioned by a Resistance scientist in Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire.
  3. Mentioned by Jik in Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire.
  4. Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire.
  5. Playmates Toys figures and packaging - The Terminator Files

See also

  • T-90 - Humanoid Hunter-Killer, the T-800 Terminator without living tissue outer sheath
  • T-801 - The T-800 Terminator without living tissue outer sheath, for Heavy Combat purpose.
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