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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2019
12.02

In a line-up that was actually pretty focused and on-point, there was one pack from the tie-in assortment for 2013’s The Wolverine that just seemed…non-essential?  Redundant?  I don’t know exactly.  Though a far cry from the over saturation of the Wolverine: Origins days, today’s pairing of Street Fight Wolverine and Shingen Yashida is a reminder that not every set needs the title character and not every character in the film was strong enough to warrant their own ‘mate.

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2019
06.02

The Wolverine’s adaptation of the character’s original solo miniseries brought with it that story’s cast of characters.  Chief among them was Markio Yashida, who paired off with Logan as one of the film’s chief protagonists.  Naturally, she was paired of with Logan’s main look from the film when it came time for the Minimates.  I’ll be looking at those two today.

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2018
17.12

Back before they went away, TRU-exclusive assortments made for an important backbone of just about every movie line-up.  This was the case for 2013’s The Wolverine, where the TRU assortment ended up being perhaps even better executed than the main wave.  Today, I’ll be taking a look at a variant of the title character, this time packed with his trusty companion Yukio.

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2018
14.12

The Wolverine was not a perfect movie, but it wasn’t bad either.  Regardless of quality, it got Minimates, and Minimates are always good, right?  Right!  Today, I’ll be looking at one of the Toys R Us-exclusive pairings, Wolverine himself, as well as the somewhat antagonist, Kenuichio Harada.

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2018
12.12

Battle Beasts returns!…Sort of. Celebrating the spirit of Halloween as well as comics, a special repaint of the Battle Beasts bat figure. He’s like a Man, but he’s also a bat. That’s the best material you’re getting, folks.

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