LOKI & HEIMDALL
So, the sequel to Thor, entitled Thor: The Dark World was released this past November. I very much enjoyed the first Thor, so I was quite excited for the sequel’s release. Well, sometimes, things aren’t quite what you hoped they’d be. I saw The Dark World, and while it wasn’t a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, it was far from what I’d hoped it would be. In particular, I found the villains lackluster, which is why my first review of the recently released minimates from the movie is not of Thor & Malekith, the hero and villain of the film. I didn’t particularly need another Thor, and Malekith wasn’t interesting enough for me to feel the need to buy him.
Regardless, the movie did have its good parts, and two of the best parts are contained in this set here: Loki & Heimdall!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Loki and Heimdall were released as part of the 53rd wave of Diamond’s Marvel Minimates line, the wave released to coincide with Thor: The Dark World.
First up, it’s the guy you love to hate or hate to love, Loki! Loki is presented here in his more cleaned up look that he sports for most of the movie. He’s built on the typical Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Loki has 4 sculpted add-ons: Hair, coat, and bracelets. The coat is brand new to this figure, and it’s quite well done. All the different layers are defined well, and it looks quite sharp. The hair and bracelets are reused. The hair has been used a few times before, and the bracelets were last used on the Avengers version of Loki. Loki’s main detailing is on his face and legs. The legs have a nice subtle line work detailing the tops of Loki’s boots. The face is fairly sharp;y detailed and has a decent resemblance of Tom Hiddleston. Loki includes a set of Asgardian handcuffs and a clear display stand. The handcuffs are much appreciated, as Loki spends a good portion of the film in them, and I’m really glad the clear stands have become a standard accessory.
Next, it’s the guy cancelling the apocalypse. Wait, sorry, wrong movie. It’s Idris Elba’s other big role this year: Heimdall! Like Loki, Heimdall is built on the basic Minimate body, so he’s got the usual height and articulation. Heimdall has 6 sculpted pieces: helmet, torso cover, bracelets, and boots. All of these pieces are brand new to Heimdall, and all of them are expertly handled. The ornate detailing of the armor is impressive. The basic paint work on the sculpted parts is pretty well done. Not perfect, but certainly passable. Detail-wise, he has detailing on his face, arms and legs. The arms and legs offer some nice texturing, and the face offers a rather good likeness of Idris Elba. Heimdall includes his sword and a clear display stand. The sword is as impressively sculpted as the rest of Heimdall, and really fits the figure well.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this set up from my local comicbook store Cosmic Comix. I really like this set. It’s nice to get Heimdall after he was overlooked in the first Thor movie, and Loki is definitely the best version done so far of the movie version of the character. I almost wonder if Diamond may have done themselves a disservice packing these two together, as they are hands down the two best Minimates in the wave.