LARA CROFT – BATTLE DAMAGED
TOMB RAIDER MINIMATES
Another Minimate review! It’s another previously un-reviewed line, this time based on the popular video game franchise Tomb Raider. Diamond Select Toys picked up the license for the most recent game in the series, and have released a line of Minimates to coincide. I’ll be looking at the Battle-Damaged variant of the main character, Lara Croft.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This version of Lara was released as part of the first series of Tomb Raider Minimates. She was packed with the Armored Tomb Raider Scavenger, but I picked Lara up loose, all by herself, so I won’t be looking at that one. Lara is based on her look from later in the game after she’s been raiding tombs, or whatever. She’s got sculpted hair, belt and shoulder strap. These pieces are all new to the figure, though, the hair’s been seen before on this site, in my review of Rescue & Robot Hulk. I liked the piece there, and I like it here. It’s a nice piece and I would be glad to see it used more often. The belt’s got a holster for her pistol, and the shoulder strap’s got a clip for her machine gun. The paint on this figure is nothing short of amazing. She’s got scuffs and stains everywhere, and is all bandaged up. There’s even mud in her hair. Lara comes with a handgun, a climbing axe, a machine gun and a shotgun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve never actually played any of the Tomb Raider games, nor do I know all that much about the series (in case you couldn’t tell from my description of Lara’s activities as “raiding tombs or whatever”). But, I was ordering a bunch of stuff from Luke’s Toy Store during their Black Friday sale, and I saw her loose for a good price, and thought it was a cool enough figure.