2020
08.05

They’ve both played the role of Cap’s successor, and their both going to be starring in an upcoming Disney+, but back in 2014, we were just getting a taste of the cinematic takes on Falcon and Winter Soldier, starting with this comic-based lead-in for the two of them!

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2020
04.05

Released in early 2014, Wave 54 of Marvel Minimates definitely had a theme.  All the figures in this wave were based around Captain America, in order to somewhat tie-in with the then upcoming movie.  This review focuses on variants of Cap and his arch nemesis the Red Skull.

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2020
01.05

Even in these times of uncertainty for the line, Marvel Minimates has a fairly steady stream of new product always coming from at least one retailer…provided you can actually find any of that new product.  Walgreens has been great for getting lots of new ‘mates on the books, but in 2018, they started kind of having a bit of a back-up in their distribution process, and two years later we’re still kind of feeling it.  Officially hitting at the end of last year, Wave 11 has a decent mix of things going for it, including today’s set, Captain America and Peggy Carter!

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2020
27.04

For years, one of the more persistently demanded teams yet to grace Minimate form was the ’90s incarnation of X-Factor.  After giving us most of the characters in other, non-X-Factor forms, DST has finally given us the core team, each paired alongside one of their predecessors from the original X-Factor line-up.  Let’s kick things off with the two teams’ respective leaders, the brothers Havok and Cyclops!

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2020
24.04

In the ’90s, Marvel was big into anti-heroes, and in a lot of cases, that meant refitting older villains into a newer role.  The popularity of Venom outside of even his main hero pushed Marvel to take that slightly more heroic angle with him, with a prominent anti-heroic role during “Maximum Carnage,” where he and Spidey are forced to team up to face down a common foe.  Over on Carnage’s side, he was building his own team of villains, which included a remnant of a prior crossover, the Doppelganger, who’d been brought into existence during “Infinity War” and had a whole in his schedule, I guess.  Those two are the subject of today’s review!

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2020
20.04

Marvel sure does like their cross overs, and they have for quite a while.  As perhaps the company’s biggest name hero, Spider-Man’s found himself at the center of a good number of them.  In 1993, it was actually one of his villains that was center stage, for “Maximum Carnage”, an event spinning around, you guessed it, Carnage.  Spidey himself was still rather involved, it running through his books and all, and so were a good number of his supporting cast members.  The whole event was a fairly big multi-media success, and in 2018, DST put together a set of Minimates to mark its 25th Anniversary.  I’m taking a look at Spider-Man and Black Cat today!

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2019
01.03

Thor: The Dark World was a bit of a letdown, and Malekith and his army of Dark Elves had a lot to do with that.  I get that the director was obviously a fan of Star Wars.  Who isn’t?  But, it’d be nice if the Dark Elves weren’t such thinly veiled knock offs of the Stormtroopers.  But perhaps I’m too picky.  Others seemed to like the Dark Elves, and they don’t have bad designs, so they seem rather toy worthy.  They made up half of a pair of two-packs for the 53rd Wave of Marvel Minimates, alongside Thor’s human companions Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis.

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2019
25.02

Hindsight is a heck of a thing.  When Phase 2 of the Marvel movies was still going, it was, generally, pretty well-received amongst fans. There was no real common consensus as to which of the sequel films offered therein was the best and which was the worst. Time seems to have solved that little mystery, and now people seem to agree that the weakest entry was Thor: The Dark World.  When the movie was good, it was really good, but when it was bad, it really pulled me out. And don’t get me started on the mounted turrets in Asgard!…Getting distracted.  Sorry. Anyway, one of the major issues with the film was its main antagonist, Malekith, who was dreadfully boring, which isn’t exactly what you want from the guy stepping in to replace Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.  So, let’s look at him and his pack-mate Thor!

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2019
21.02

The 17th Wave of Toys R Us-exclusive Minimates was an interesting little grab-bag of offerings.  With no direct specialty assortment counterpart, it acts somewhat as a follow-up to the Marvel Now!-themed Wave 51 and TRU Wave 16, while also trying to tie-in a little bit with the recently launched Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon (since this was before DST had the license for dedicated animated ‘mates).  That’s where this set begins its life, with a version of the new-at-the-time Nova, and yet another Venom variant.

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2019
19.02

Something new and something old.  Not an uncommon theme when it comes to Minimates, especially Marvel, where there’s a definite need to refresh some looks every so often, so as to both make them available for a newer audience and update some things to fit in a little better with more recent releases.  And hey, if a new character comes along for the ride, that’s not so bad either, is it?  So, with that in mind, let’s look at Carrion (the new) and Scarlet Spider (the old).

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