2021
12.04

Note: This review mentions the 2021 series, “The Falcon and Winter Soldier,” but no spoilers for the show are written within.

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” is the first of the Disney/Marvel series to receive its own Minimate wave. Each set contained a titular hero along with a another questionable character from the series. I always personally enjoyed film adaption figures as they brought a sense of realism that the comic based figures couldn’t quite capture. I couldn’t be happier to see the MCU back in Minimates, especially some recognizable characters like Captain America and the Winter Soldier…but wait! That’s not the Winter Soldier, that’s Bucky…or the White Wolf…or whatever he’s being called these days. Also, that’s not Captain America, its…some guy named John?

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2021
08.04

For a line with almost 3,000 figures, there’s not many Minimates based on real people. Sure, there’s characters from movies, but they don’t require the actors likeness or approval to get a release. Makes me wonder what people think when they get action figures based on themselves. Regardless, MMC takes a trip to Baltimore to take a look at Diamond Comics founder, Steve Geppi.

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2021
02.04

In 2009, DST took us from the past to the future with the release of their Terminator 2 Minimates. A line full of robots and Schwarzenegger goodness, this was one of the first Minimate releases I bought. Back then Sarah Connor was one of my favorite Minimates, but how does she and the gang hold up? Now in 2021, let’s look back in time to see how these figures hold up!

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2021
01.04

The culmination of the Monsterverse is upon us with Godzilla vs. Kong as is the concluding set to this series. The third set in the Godzilla series is possibly the most lackluster, having the first repeat character outside of Godzilla himself as well as some design flaws and a very muted overall earth tone. At least it still brings new characters to the fold, so let’s explore the last of the figures we got for this series.

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2021
16.03

The Godzilla Series continues with its second box set as we anticipate the release of Godzilla vs. Kong later this month. My personal favorite of the three box sets also happens to be the one with no severely altered figures, such as Mothra, keeping to the classic Minimate style while still being part of a unique series. This set brings us more classic monsters while still being true to the wild Godzilla aesthetic, including his allies and enemies that all made their first appearances in the Showa era of films, so let’s get started!

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2021
02.03

As the culminating film of the recently minted Monsterverse, Godzilla vs. Kong, finally comes close to a release, let’s explore the series of classic kaiju that made for some of the most interesting Minimates ever made. Godzilla has been a staple of many people’s lives, having one of the longest running film franchises of all time, starting all the way back in 1954. This series of three sets covers the majority of heavy hitters in the Godzilla lore, so to start off this three-part review, we have Series 1 that brings out some kaiju classics as well as one very odd character choice for a new line.

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2021
19.02

Note: This review mentions the 2021 series, “WandaVision,” but no spoilers for the show are written within.

Marvel and Disney have started off 2021 by rolling out their first feature-esqe MCU show: WandaVision! Seeing as how we most likely aren’t getting any sets based off the series, I thought we could go back to 2016 and examine a comic con exclusive set that included both titular heroes. This tied into the various waves of Captain America: Civil War film based Minimates that came through the regular wave channels as well as Toys R Us. This set gives us one character we dearly needed as well as one that I’m still curious as to who even asked for it.

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2021
09.02

Spider-Man 3 was the end of a superhero film era. With the upcoming release of Iron Man and The Dark Knight the year after, 2007 was the final remnants of something I grew up loving dearly. Unfortunately, DST only got to making film ‘mates for Marvel movies once 2006 rolled around with X-Men: The Last Stand. Both of the Spider-Man 3 waves were fantastic with some updates to Venom, Sandman, Mary Jane and the new additions of Eddie Brock, “Evil” Peter Parker, and, of course, the New Goblin. Harry Osborn’s arc throughout the trilogy was the backbone of conflict for Peter, and him becoming the newest Goblin was so exciting for ten-year-old me. As for this set, I can’t say I was disappointed.

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2021
26.01

Ah, the good old days. This set was one that you could find in one of Target’s many toy aisles. Yes, the Target you might go to for groceries now and again. Back in 2006, it wasn’t uncommon for sets like this to be available in their stores as well as Walgreens and some other place in our local mall that neither me nor my mother, who took me to said store to get ‘mates regularly as a little fella, can remember what was called. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorite sets from these Target waves, partially due to the focus on the Marvel Knights line of characters and its connected aesthetic. Both Ghost Rider and Daredevil definitely deserved better than they had at this point, so this set was due doubly so.

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2021
12.01

The last of the Marvel ‘mates in 2017 as well as one of the last Toys R Us sets being part of the last wave actually sold at TRU, Wave 25 marked the end of an era gone by too soon. On top of ending a unique Marvel wave that covered more ground then many of the regular waves combined, the series ended with the closures of the TRU stores, a staple of many childhoods, including my own.

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