DARCY LEWIS, ERIC SELVIG & DARK ELVES
Today, I’ll be doing the second half of my Thor: The Dark World Minimates review. I’ll be looking at the two short packed sets, which feature Darcy Lewis and Eric Selvig, each packed with a Dark Elf.
I mentioned yesterday that I wasn’t as happy as I’d hoped with Thor: The Dark World, and sadly, the Dark Elves had a lot to do with that. I get that the director was obviously a fan of Star Wars. Who isn’t? But, it’d be nice if the Dark Elves weren’t such thinly veiled knock offs of the Stormtroopers. But perhaps I’m too picky.
Anyway, others seemed to like the Dark Elves, and they don’t have bad designs, so they seem rather toy worthy.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These four were released as part of the 53rd wave of Marvel Minimates. The wave was released to coincide with The Dark World.
First up, Kat Dennings’s love-or-hate character Darcy. Darcy was in both Thor films, but was absent from the first movie’s merchandise. It’s nice to see her included this time around. Darcy is based on her appearance in the film, although, she seems to be missing the coat and hat she wore for most of the movie. I assume that this was done to save on tooling. Darcy features two sculpted pieces: hair and skirt. Both of these pieces are reused from previous Minimates, and the hair in particular seems to be popular on Marvel movie females. These pieces were well sculpted initially and still look good now, so the reuse is fine. Darcy’s paint is alright, I guess. The detail lines are all applied nicely, and the likeness of the face is fantastic, but the basic paintwork leaves a lot to be desired, with lots of slop and a few mismatched colors. Darcy includes a mobile phone, a laptop and a clear display stand.
Next up, friendly scientist gone madman, Eric Selvig! This is Selvig’s second appearance as a Minimate, but the first Selvig suffered from some pretty bad quality control, and a few unfortunate plastic choices, so it’s nice to see him get another shot. Selvig has a few looks in the movie, but since several of them wouldn’t be fit for a toyline, they’ve opted for his business casual look from the film’s climax. Selvig has 3 sculpted pieces: hair, and rolled up sleeve cuffs. These pieces have all been used before, but they all look appropriate to the character, so no complaints. The paintwork is better here than on Darcy. The likeness is really good, and the detail work on his plaid shirt is nothing short of phenomenal. Selvig includes the same mobile phone as Darcy, a spare set of legs, and a clear display stand. The spare legs are a fun addition, and let you display Selvig sans pants, illustrating his mental instability throughout the film. They’re not quite as well painted as the rest of him, but they look okay, and are a really cool add-in.
Lastly, my least favorite part of these sets (yeah, I keep going on about it. Sorry, I just really was disappointed by them!), the Dark Elves. They are, of course, based on the look of the big bad’s army in the film. In all fairness, they aren’t a terrible design. They feature 6 sculpted pieces: helmet, torso armor, upper arms, blaster hand, and shield hand. These pieces are all new to the Dark Elf. They’re all well done, though I feel they don’t quite live up to, say, the armor on Heimdall. Some of the details are a bit soft. The paint, on the other hand, is some of the best in the wave. All the detail lines are quite sharp, and the basic paint work is clean and without any noticeable slop. The Dark Elves include unarmed hands and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked these two sets up from my local comicbook store. While I certainly like Darcy and Selvig, and I understand the necessity of the Dark Elves, even if I personally didn’t care for them, I can’t help but feel these slots could have been put to better use. Sure, these are all great Minimates, and I’m glad to have them, but would I want them in place of, say, Fandrall and Hogun, or even Frigga? Not really. Of course, it’s hardly Diamond’s fault. Those three were set to be made, in the TRU wave for the movie. But Toys R Us decided they didn’t want said wave, mucking up Diamond’s plans. So, in actuality, it’s all the fault of Toys R Us. Which seems to be the usual state of affairs…