D’ANNA & APOLLO
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MINIMATES
We’re continuing with my old faithful of lines to review, Minimates. This time around, I’m taking a look at a set from the BSG series of Minimates. BSG Minimates were a line that Diamond really wanted to see succeed in spite of a just mild reception from the fan base. Pretty much every major character from the series was released at some point, which is a pretty decent feat, but the first 4 waves of the line can still pretty much be found for exceptionally low prices. Two additional waves were originally announced to continue the line and pretty much wrap up any missing characters, but orders proved too low. Then, for some reason, TRU came to the rescue, and granted the line two more waves, a reboot of sorts. The Toys R Us waves are generally seen as being far superior to the preceding waves, and can still command some decent prices. Today, I’ll be taking a look at one of the TRU sets.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of first TRU wave of BSG Minimates.
First up is one of the series 12 human Cylon models, D’Anna Biers aka Three. Three had quite a following, due to being played by fan favorite Lucy Lawless. She’s presented here in her all white get-up, which I believe is what she wore following her model being reactivated later in the series. She’s built on the standard Minimate body, so she has 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. She features 3 sculpted add-ons: hair, coat, and skirt. The skirt is a generic piece that’s been seen on a number of female ‘mates, but the hair and coat appear to be new. I’m not a big fan of the coat, as I feel it’s needlessly bulky, but the hair looks pretty spot on for the character’s appearance on the show. The paint is minimal on this figure. She’s got face and torso detailing and that’s about it. The face is nice, and looks pretty close to Lawless, certainly much better than Diamond’s first attempt. The torso detailing is nice, and allows you to display D’Anna without the coat. D’Anna included no accessories.
Next up is one of the central characters of the series, Lee “Apollo” Adama. This was Lee’s 3rd Minimate, and his 2nd in his flight suit. The figure appears to be based on his look in the final season of the show after he quit being a pilot for a while and had lost his more close cropped military hair. Originally, the head was meant to go on a suited body to represent him from earlier in the season, but he’s been put in a flight suit, giving him an appearance close to what he had in the series finale. He features 4 sculpted add-ons: hair, flight vest, belt, and holster. All the flight suit stuff is reused from the previous flight suit characters, which makes sense. The hair is a new piece, and it looks pretty good and has a lot of potential reuse. The paint is fine, though, all the lines and such are clean. The metallic green of the flight suit is also of a higher quality than previous pilots, so it’s less prone to chipping. I think that this ‘mate has a closer resemblance to actor Jamie Bamber than the previous two, which is cool I guess. Apollo includes a flight helmet and a hand gun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this set at my local Toys R Us (which is no longer there. They just moved it across the street, but they had this big “store closing” sale, and deeply clearance everything. It was weird.) when they were released. I know the series had ended not long before and I was fairly excited to get these guys at the time. They’re still very good Minimates, but I’ve lost a lot of my interest in BSG, so they mostly all sit in a box these days.