NOVA & ALIEN SYMBIOTE VENOM
Today, it’s another entry from the Marvel Minimates line. Like the last two reviews, this set comes from the most recent Toys R Us Exclusive series. This time around, it’s the latest incarnation of the character Marvel really wants to take off Nova, and villainous Spider-Man knock-off Venom.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of the 17th Toys R Us exclusive series of Marvel Minimates.
First up, it’s everyone’s favorite Galactic Law enforcer! No, it’s not Ryan Reynolds, it’s actually Nova, specifically of the All New variety. It’s Sam Alexander, the most recent incarnation of Nova. He’s built on the usual Minimate body, so he’s got 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. He’s got a sculpted helmet, shoulder pads, and gloves. The shoulder pads are reused from Wolverine, but the helmet and gloves are new pieces. They look to be accurate to the source material, which is good. The paint isn’t terrible, though there is some noticeable slop and a few fuzzy lines. It’s not terrible, but it keeps the figure from being “great”. Nova also includes an extra golden helmet to replace his regular one, an extra head w/ hair to make the figure into Sam’s dad, a clear blue blast off base, and the usual clear display stand.
Next, it’s everyone’s favorite Topher Grace role! …okay, not really…look, it’s Venom, okay? Happy? Venom is based on the look that Venom’s pretty consistently had since his introduction. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I guess. The characters size has varied over the years, and this figure’s meant to show him all ‘roided out like he was towards the end of the 90s. The figure’s built on the basic Minimate body, with some sculpted parts which bring his articulation to 12 points and his height to a little over 2 ½ inches. Venom’s got a sculpted mask, torso cover, pelvis cover, thigh covers, feet, upper arm covers and clawed hands. The bulked up pieces have been used on several of the larger Marvel characters before, and the Venom specific parts have been used before in the Venom: Through the Ages set. Venom is usually depicted in black and white, but for this figure, Diamond’s replaced the usual black with a dark, semi-metallic blue. It’s not a huge difference, but it makes the figure different from previous releases I guess. The paint is pretty good overall, with less of the slop that’s present on Nova. As a cool bonus, if you remove all the added on parts, and give him the included normal hands and feet, you can assemble a black-costume Spider-Man. Venom also includes a tendril that can be swapped out for one of his hands, and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the rest of this series, I got these two from TRU’s online store, with no real issues for a change. This set is a perfectly fine addition to my collection, even if it isn’t necessarily. The ability to use Venom as a Symbiote Spider-Man adds a whole lot to the set, as I think it might be my favorite take on that particular version of the character yet.