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.

The Packaging

These figures came packed in the usual style of Marvel Minimates packaging.  The packaging has been branded to look like the promotional art for the film, which is aesthetically pleasing, though the off-white coloring being so predominant does make the packaging a little bit drab.  For pictures of these two in package, head over to their database entry.

The Figures

Wolverine (Prisoner)

Wolverine is depicted here in his “prisoner” look, which is what he’s wearing during the WWII era flash-backs in the film when he is a POW in Japan.  There’re some important scenes that feature him with this look, so it’s not surprising to see it pop up here, though it’s a bit odd to see it packed with Harada, who was not in those scenes.

The figure  features sculpted hair and claws and a sculpted belt.  I’m not 100%, but I’m fairly certain that the claws are a reuse from a previous Wolverine.  The other pieces are new, although the hair piece was also used on two of the three other Wolverines in the wave.

Wolvie is mostly molded in the appropriate colors, but the paint still makes up most of the detailing.  It’s well done and fairly intricate.  The face on this version is fairly calm, which is okay, since Wolverine kept pretty calm during the captivity scenes.  The Hugh Jackman likeness is better than some of the one’s we’ve seen in the past, but not quite dead on.

Wolverine includes the sword he was presented by Yashida, a display stand, and three sets of hands:  one regular, one clawed, and one bone clawed.  The Adamantium claws aren’t scene accurate, but I appreciate that they give people the option to choose.

Though not an essential variant of Wolverine, this is a nice, basic take on the character, and is definitely a solid addition to the line-up.

MMC Score — 7 out of 10

Kenuichio Harada

Next is Japanese Hawkeye  Kenuichio Harada, technically an antagonist, but an unwilling one, making him more of an anti-villain.  He’s shown here in his ninja gear from the film, which is what he spends most of his screen time in, so it makes sense.

Harada has a sculpted jacket and hair, as well as wrist pieces to simulate the ends of his gloves.  The hair and jacket are new pieces, although the jacket is shared with the Black Clan ninjas also in this wave.  The hair seems a bit off for the character, whose hair was far less bulky in the film.  It looks right in the control art on the box, but something seems to have been lost in translation.

Paint wise, he’s really only got the detailing on his face, which is passable.  The likeness isn’t as good as Wolverine’s, but it isn’t too bad.

Harada is rounded out with his trusty bow, two arrows, an alternate masked head, and a clear display stand.  The bow and arrows are reused from the Disney Store Haweye, and the head is identical to the head on the Black Clan ninja.

Harada was one of my favorite parts of the film, so his inclusion in the line-up is definitely a plus.  While this isn’t a perfect take on him (that hair really does limit what you can do with him), he’s decent enough.

MMC Score — 7 out of 10

Agree? Disagree? Why not vote for yourself below, or comment further over at the Minimate Multiverse MMC Review Forum.

Review and pictures by Glantern.

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