SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN & ULTIMATE ELECTRO
Hey look! More Minimates! Yes, it’s Ethan’s favorite line to review, up for review once again. Unsurprisingly these are from the Marvel Minimates line. I just recently acquired the latest Toys R Us exclusive wave from the ever stubborn Toys R Us website, so I’ll be taking a look at them over the next few days. First up, it’s the flagship set of the wave: Spider-Man and Electro.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of the 17th Toys R Us exclusive series of Marvel Minimates.
First up, it’s the man himself: Spider-Man. Okay, actually that’s a lie, and I’ll get into that in a second. Spider-Man is built on the typical Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. So, why isn’t he the man himself? Because this figure is based on his most recent look from the current Superior Spider-Man series, where Peter Parker’s mind has been over-written by longtime foe Doctor Octopus. So, that happened. Anyway, good or bad, it’s made for some interesting designs, so here we are. This look in particular is SpOck’s second look, which is somewhat based on Alex Ross’s proposed design for Sam Rami’s first Spider-Man movie. SpOck’s look is completely conveyed via paint. All the paint work is pretty good, although some of the red areas are a bit thin, but nothing too bad. There have been reports of the eyes being misaligned with the web pattern of the mask, but mine doesn’t seem to have that problem. SpOck also includes an extra unmasked head, a strand of web, and a clear display stand. The unmasked head conveys the smugness of the new “Peter Parker” well.
Second, it’s one of Spidey’s foes, Electro. Like SpOck, Electro is built on the usual body, so he’s got 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. Electro is based on his look from the Ultimate line of comics*. Like Spider-Man, he’s just the basic minimate body with no additional sculpted details. He’s got a few details, and a really great evil grin, all on a really neat clear blue body. I love me some clear plastic. Electro is packed with two clip on electricity parts for his arms, a power base, 2 electricity “whips”, and a clear display stand. Everything but the “whips” is reuse, but it all works well for the character, so no complaints here.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, like most of the Toys R Us exclusive Minimates, I got these from the TRU website. Fortunately everything went smoothly this time, so yay! As far as the set itself, it’s a really cool set of Minimates, but not of looks that are my favorites. But well-made toys are always really cool.
*The Ultimate universe was Marvel’s attempt in the early 2000s to create a more realistic, and easily accessible line of comics to lure in new readers. It was a success for a few years, but has recently gotten incredibly bogged down in continuity and has more recently become Marvel’s place to do more “daring” things that they don’t want to do in their regular universe.