INVINCIBLE, ATOM EVE, ALLEN THE ALIEN & OMNI-MAN
It’s another venture into the world of Minimates, and while it’s still superheroes, it’s not your typical superheroes. These guys are based on Robert Kirkman’s Invincible, a superhero comic released by Image. It’s the story of a young guy with super-powers that make him…wait for it… Invincible. Diamond Select Toys got the license to a bunch of Kirkman’s stuff a little while ago, and decided to do some Minimates. Yay for me!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These guys were all released as part of the first (and currently only) boxed set in the Invincible Minimates line.
First up, it’s our lead character: Mark Grayson, Invincible. Mark’s had a few looks over the course of the series, but Diamond went with his original look. It’s a good look with nice bold colors. Mark is built on the basic Minimate body, so he’s got 14 points of articulation and stands around 2 ½ inches tall. He has a newly sculpted mask, and boots that may be a new sculpt, but I don’t know for sure. The pieces are sculpted well, though the mask might be a bit soft, details-wise. The paint is okay. The detailing on the body and face is nice and sharp, but there’s some significant misaligned paint on the mask. Mark is topped off with a flight stand, a clear display stand and a spare hairpiece to display Mark unmasked.
Next is Mark’s girlfriend: Atom Eve. Eve’s only really had the one look, so that’s the look they went with. Like Mark, Eve is built on the basic Minimate body, so she’s got 14 points of articulation and stands around 2 ½ inches tall. She has a newly sculpted hairpiece and cape. Her hairpiece is a bit better here than on Mark, with some really nice fine detail lines. The paint on Eve is really well done. The face detailing looks great, almost like it was pulled straight from the comic. The costume is also well done. The two shades of pink could’ve gone really badly, but Diamond pulled them off. Eve also includes a flight stand and a clear display stand.
ALLEN THE ALIEN
Next is one of Mark’s fighting companions, Allen the Alien. Like Eve, Allen’s only really got the one look. Like the others, Allen is built on the basic body, but with a bunch of sculpted parts that bring his height up to a bit taller than the others in the set and 12 points of articulation due to the feet blocking his ankle articulation. Allen has a sculpted head cover, coat, hands and feet. That’s quite a few sculpted pieces! The sculpts are all handled well, and are accurate to the source material. Even with all those sculpted pieces, Allen still has a fair deal of painted details. The face detailing is just as good here as it is on Eve. If I had one complaint, it’d be that Allen’s skin seems a bit too dark. Allen includes a clear display stand.
Last, it’s Mark’s father: Nolan Grayson, Omni-Man. Like his son, Nolan’s had a few looks in the series, but this one’s based on his look from early in the series. Like all the others in the set, he’s on the base body, so he’s got 14 points of articulation and stands around 2 ½ inches tall. Nolan’s got a sculpted hairpiece and cape. The hair is new, but the cape is a reuse from Superman, which is fitting given Omni-Man’s place as a riff on Superman. The hair looks pretty good, and accurate to the source.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was a pretty avid reader of Invincible a few years ago, so when I saw this set at my local comic book store I excitedly picked it up. It’s a pretty rad set, and the designs really translate well to the Minimate aesthetic.