HEATHER HUDSON & BOX
Look at that! More Minimates! What a rarity! Okay, not really. Today, I’ll be looking at two more minimates from the ever growing Marvel Minimates line. It’s Heather Hudson & Box, members of Canadian super team Alpha Flight! If you’re unfamiliar with Alpha Flight, they’re like the Avengers, but more ….Maple-y?
Heather Hudson is one of the more prominent members, though she typically operates under the code-name of her sometimes dead husband Vindicator. Box is a guy who can control technology. They’re just great!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were part of the 14th Toys R Us Exclusive series of Marvel Minimates.
Heather is shown here in her Vindicator costume, based on that of her husband, James Hudson, the original Vindicator. She’s built on the basic Minimate body, so she’s about 2 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Her mask is a sculpted piece, and she includes it with two different colored visors: Blue and Red. I prefer the blue mostly because the red plastic of the red visor bleeds through the white paint of the mask. Heather also includes an alternate hair-piece so that she can be displayed unmasked and a stand to simulate her flying. Her paint is decent, though she does have a recurring issue of red plastic bleeding through the white parts of her costume.
Box is depicted in his armored up form. I don’t know which version because I’ve never really followed the character that closely, but I feel certain that he’s had more than one look. His built on the basic Minimate body, though he’s got some extra pieces that make him a little taller, and his sculpted boots restrict his ankle articulation, leaving him with 12 points. Box has a good selection of sculpted parts: Helmet, chestplate, gloves, belt and boots. He also includes an alternate gun hand, a blast off stand and an alternate hair piece to show Box’s ghostly operator Madison Jefferies. The paint on Box is nicely done, with little slop and no issues with bleed through.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set is important because it marks one of the first times I was able to purchase minimates from Toys R Us’s online store. Of course, I had to know the sku’s because all of the set in the wave were listed as “Marvel Minimates Wave 14: Figure” but that’s beside the point! Man TRU sucks…