#0147: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Minimates



Okay, here’s a review that should be fun.  It’s another Minimates set, but it’s based on The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, a movie I’ve never actually seen.  Yeah, I know, bad Ethan.  How can you not have seen that movie?  It’s a classic!  Well, I’m not a Western kinda guy.  I like them in theory, but the actual watching doesn’t always work out for me.  It’s not a hard set rule, but it’s the excuse I’m using in this case.


This set was released a while ago, when Diamond was attempting to get the license to do anything they could as Minimates.  They released three boxed sets, each based on one of the movies in the “Dollars Trilogy” (For a Few Dollars More, Fistful of Dollars, & The Good, The Bad &The Ugly).  This set is based on the final film in the trilogy.


First up is “The Good.”  This is one of the versions of Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name.  This one looks to be a bit better dressed than the others, with a nice grey over-coat and a scarf.  TMWNN has 4 sculpted add-ons: hat/hair, coat/scarf, and boots.  The hat and coat were new pieces and look pretty good; the boots were the same ones used for most of the characters in the set, which seems to be a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  The paint is a bit of a mixed bag.  The facial details are really great, and it’s a spot on representation of Clint Eastwood, but the more base paint is pretty sloppy.  TMWNN is easily the worst painted in the set, which is a shame.  The figure includes a six shooter which can be placed in the holster on his jacket.


Next up is “The Ugly.”  Apparently, he’s a guy named Tuco.  Okay.  Tuco’s built on the usual Minimate body, so he’s got the standard 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall.  Tuco’s got 4 sculpted pieces: hair, coat, and boots.  They’re all well done, and all of these pieces appear to be new to the figure, even the boots, which lack the spurs present on the others.  The paint is better here than on TMWNN, and he’s got some more detail work on his torso, which looks good, plus he’s even got a ring on his right hand!  Tuco also includes a single six-shooter, though it is different that TMWNN’s.


Lastly, but not really, is “The Bad.”  Who is a guy called Angel Eyes.  This guy seems keen on nick-names.  He too is built on the standard Minimate body and has all the usual stats.  Angel Eyes has 5 sculpted add-ons: hat/hair, coat/vest, gun belt, and boots.  The boots are the same ones seen on TMWNN, but all the other stuff is new.  The hat is cool, because it’s tipped forward to hide his eyes.  My favorite part of the figure is the gun belt, which has a front holster, which is just really cool!  The paint on this figure is really confined to the face, but that looks really good.  As with the rest of the set, Angel Eyes includes a six-shooter.


Lastly, for real this time, it’s “The Good” again.  Apparently, the Man with No Name gets a name and it’s Blondie.  This is Blondie in his “showdown” look, which I assume is from the final duel with Angel Eyes (EDIT: my friend Tim informs me that the Showdown actually occurs between Blondie, Angel Eyes and Tuco.  My mistake).  But I don’t know for sure.  Anyway, this depicts Eastwood’s more distinctive look from the movies, as this is the look he has once per film.  The figure includes 5 sculpted add-ons: hat, poncho/vest, gun belt, and boots.  All of these pieces are reused, with the hat coming from the Eastwood figure in the first set and the vest/poncho and gun belt coming from the second.  The reuse is sensible, however, as these are meant to be the same pieces in the movie too.  The paint work is pretty good, and he’s got the most detailing with a full set of shirt details under the vest, which is cool.  My one complaint would be that the face detail seems to be up a bit too high, causing the five-o’clock shadow to just stop abruptly.  Like the rest of the set, Blondie includes a six-shooter.


This set was purchased at a store in Rehobeth Beach called Music For A Song.  They had a decent selection of non-Marvel Minimates, all of which were being clearanced for really low prices.  I ended up buying them mostly for the extra pieces, as I was an avid Minimate customizer at the time, but I did end up keeping a few of the sets that I though looked cool.  This set was among them.  One of these days I’ll see the movie…

One response

  1. In regards to Blondie vs. the Man with No Name. Blondie is in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
    The Man with No Name is in every other spaghetti Western made by Clint Eastwood.

    By the way, the fact that Blondie is specifically Showdown Blondie is excellent. Just the best. Since TGTB&TE featured one of the greatest gunfights of all time, ever. That’s a frakking fantastic Western.

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