The Avengers line-up in Age of Ultron was a pretty sizeable one, and that’s proved a bit difficult for the toy makers who have licensed the film. Marvel Minimates has done seemingly the impossible, actually offering the whole Avengers: Age of Ultron team, add-ons and all. Today, let’s take a look at the team’s resident synthezoid, the Vision, who is packed alongside a Hydra Soldier.
These two came packed in a variation of the same standard Marvel Minimates packaging we’ve all grown accustomed to. The colors scheme of the package matches the scheme for pretty much all of the AoU merchandise, and matches up nicely with the packaging from the Wave 61 figures. The back of the package shows the whole wave and gives a little bit of information on each of the included figures.
Vision makes his MCU debut here, though this is fourth time he’s made his way into the Minimates style. He’s based on his main, final battle look from the film, which itself is pretty decent adaptation of his classic comics look, with a bit of his Now! look thrown in.
Vision makes use of a single add-on piece for his cape. It was first used on the DC Minimates Superman. It’s really just a fairly standard cape, which works well enough for Vision’s design. It lacks the more intricate shoulder piece of the film design, but at the smaller scale, it’s not really noticeable.
The rest of Vision’s detail work is handled via paint. He has a bunch of detail work, on just about every surface, which is pretty cool. The likeness bears more than a passing resemblance to Paul Bettany, which is always good. The rest of the details translate his film costume pretty nicely. The colors are a bit more drab than I’d like, but they aren’t as off as most of the other Vision merchandise, which is a plus. The cape being clear is still a little odd, if I’m honest, but the intricate detailing on the back does a lot to make up for it.
For accessories, Vision is pretty basic. He’s got a flying stand and a more basic display stand. Some extra phasing parts might have been cool, but the variant figure has that pretty well covered a guess.
Vision’s definitely a strong ‘mate, and a worthy addition to the Avengers line-up. He’s definitely the main draw here.
MMC Score – 8 out of 10
This definitely isn’t the first MCU Hydra Soldier we’ve gotten, but it is the first one to be from the modern day, so that’s cool. This figure is a general representation of the Hydra Soldiers the Avengers fought during the opening sequence of the film. It’s not the most visually distinct look, but it’s what they looked like in the movie.
The Hydra Soldier has add-ons for his helmet, jacket/hood, and the pouches on his legs. The helmet is a re-use from Wave 51’s Heavy SHIELD Agent; it’s a pretty good match for the look from the film, so it works. The pouches on the legs look familiar, but I can’t place exactly where I’ve seen them before. They’re well-sculpted regardless. The jacket piece looks to be new to this figure; it’s a pretty straightforward winter coat, and it fits pretty well on the figure. It’s a little light on details, but otherwise pretty good.
The paintwork on this guy is actually pretty great. The camo has some decent coverage, which is always nice to see. The rest if the paintwork is also pretty clean, and he’s even got a fully detailed shirt underneath of the coat, should you chose to display him without it. The face isn’t based on anyone in particular, but it’s a pretty decent generic face.
The Hydra Agent is packed with a pretty decent allotment of accessories. He has a traditional machine gun, a more science-y gun, a baseball cap for additional customizability, and a clear display stand.
The Hydra Agent isn’t the most exciting army builder, but the ‘mate is decently put together, and there are worse things than having a fairly straightforward soldier.
MMC Score – 7 out of 10
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Review and pictures by Glantern.