In 2009, Bioware and EA began the Dragon Age video game franchise. Now, in 2015, Diamond Select Toys brings us the next installment in the Dragon Age franchise: Minimates! Based on designs from 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, there’s only one thing to ask: How do the figures hold up? Let’s find out!
Welcome once again Marvel Minimates fans! As Secret Wars is ripping apart the current Marvel Universe, today we’re reviewing a two-pack that tied into 1984’s Secret Wars. This two-pack was released in March 2010 as a Toys ‘R’ us exclusive. There was a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive Secret Wars four pack released before this that featured Beyonder, Photon, Spider-Man and Doctor Doom and this was done to supplement that. If you’re looking at these characters and thinking it’s an odd pairing, you’re right, it is. Back in 1984, Marvel reached a deal with Mattel to produce action figures based on their brand. As part of said deal, Marvel needed to promote the toy-line through a comic event that featured all of their characters. Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter said that kids always wanted to see a story where all of the heroes and villains fought each other. So several heroes and villains were plucked from Earth and placed onto a “Battleworld” planet where they fought each other over a prize. Storm and Klaw were both on Battleworld so that’s why they paired up here. Let’s take a look!
There’s just one more review left from the first wave of Aliens Minimates! You might not quite realize at first glance, but this particular set is one of those rare instances of two female characters packed together. Of course, one of them is wearing heavy body armor and the other has that whole chest burster thing going on, so it might be easy to miss. Still, it’s at least a little nifty. So, let’s have a look at the Colonial Marines’ resident field medic, Cpl. Cynthia Dietrich and her pack mate, the ill-fated Mary.
Aliens is one of those movies where, even though some characters are much more minor than others, to the hardcore fans every character is just as important as the next. This is particularly true of the Colonial Marines, a group that just looks cooler if you have every member, even the ones with no lines or even particularly distinguishing features. However, some of the Marines are more distinct than others, such as Private Mark Drake, one of the squad’s two smartgun-wielding soldiers. Let’s have a look at him as he faces off against yet another pesky Xenomorph!
After a little bit of a wait, the first wave of Aliens Minimates has finally found its way to all the various Minimate retailers. Things started off with a bang with heavy hitters Ripley and Hicks, but the rest of Wave 1 is decidedly a bit more low-key on character selection. Today, let’s look at Apone, the most prominent of the also-rans, as he faces off against one of the movie’s titular creatures.
The Aliens line of Minimates started off a little bit differently than other lines; instead of getting right to the principle characters, things were kicked off with a case of single packed Xenomorphs and a few of the film’s more minor characters (and Burke, but who wants that guy, right?). It was certainly a fun start to the line, but it was a little odd to have all those aliens and not have a Ripley to face off against them. Fortunately, DST has followed up the army builder case with a more conventional set of Aliens Minimates, including a set with everyone’s favorite Warrant Officer turned space-faring action hero, Ellen Ripley. And, to top things off, she’s also brought along Colonial Marine Corporal Dwayne Hicks for the ride!
The mutant named Cannonball once trained to use his energy-blasting powers in the same facilities as the X-Men, until he was recruited into a war by time-traveler Cable and his comrade Domino. Now second-in-command of X-Force, Cannonball joined his fellow New Mutants, including the genetically enhanced warrior Shatterstar, in bringing the fight to the Mutant Liberation Front.
Today’s figures, Cap and Scarlet Witch, were released as part of the 16th series of Toys R Us exclusive Marvel Minimates. They were done to sort of tie-in with the release of the Mavel Now!-themed Series 51.