THOR – MARVEL NOW & ABSORBING MAN
Okay, this should be the last of my “new Minimates” reviews for a little while. I’m certain some of the older stuff will pop up on the random list of figures, but that’s different. Anyway, it’s the other half of my review of the latest Toys R Us exclusive Marvel Minimates wave, this time featuring Thor and one of his old foes, the Absorbing Man. For those of you who don’t know who that is: He’s a man who absorbs things. There, you’re up to speed.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of the 18th Toys R Us exclusive wave of the Marvel Minimates line.
First up, it’s Thor, the God of Thunder! Thor is depicted here in his “Marvel Now!” look from the more recent selection of Marvel comics. It’s not a big deviation from his usual looks, but it’s different enough to warrant a release. Thor is built on the basic Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and features 14 points of articulation. Thor features 7 sculpted add-ons: helmet/hair, spiky bracelets, cape, belt/skirt, and boots. The boots and cape are reused from the Marvel Vs Capcom 3 version of Thor and the bracelets come from that line’s version of Chun Li. The helmet and belt/skirt are new to this figure and they appear to be accurate to Thor’s most recent design. The belt has some really great texturing, and the helmet has some very cool etched lines. The paint on Thor is pretty good. There’s a little bit of slop here and there, particularly on his helmet, but all of the detail lines are nice and clean. One area that does really bug me is the spikes on the bracelets. The sliver is just haphazardly applied, and it makes him look rather sloppy. Thor includes a spare set of arms detailed with chainmail sleves that match his legs, his trust hammer Mjolnir, and a clear display stand.
Absorbing Man is next up. Absorbing man is often grouped as a Hulk villain, but he began his life as a Thor villain, so he makes sense here. Curiously, his last Minimate was packed with Captain America, so I guess the Avengers just pass him around. Absorbing Man’s been released in the Marvel Minimates line once before, but that was way back in wave 5 of the main line (Which just hit 54!), so the update is much appreciated. The figure is built on the typical Minimate body, so he has the usual stats, though the sculpted add-ons can potentially bring his height up and his articulation down. In the bulked up form (which I’m going with as default, since that’s how he’s packaged), he features 11 sculpted add-ons: torso cover, two different sculpted hands, two different sculpted upper arm covers, a pelvis cover, a torso extender, thigh covers, and bulked up feet. Let’s start with the reuse: the torso, pelvis, and upper leg covers are generic bulked-up pieces that have been used numerous times before; the feet originally appeared on Wave 44’s Smart Hulk; the right hand and upper arm came from the most recently released version of the Thing. The left upper-arm is an all new piece, and isn’t a slip over, and the hand has been sculpted to match. I think the idea is for them to look like tree bark, but I’m not 100% sure. The paint is overall well applied, though the prison stripes can be a bit fuzzy in a few places, and there is the issue of the right arm still obviously being of a rocky texture even though it’s painted flesh tone. I feel that a special mention needs to go to the head which really just looks like ol’ Crusher Creel to me. Absorbing Man includes a spare set of arms, hands and feet to transform him back to normal, plus his old ball and chain, and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These two came from the same TRU trip as the last set, which means that I also scored them for $3.98. Even at full price, I feel this set is a worthy purchase. It’s not my favorite Thor, but it does round out the main Avengers in their Marvel Now! looks, and Absorbing Man is an amazing update on the previous figure. At full price, I would have been content; at $4, these were a steal!