HAVOK & POLARIS
Continuing the X-Men theme from yesterday, and Minimates theme from… all the time, today I’ll be looking at some X-Men Minimates. Yay!
The two Minimates in question today happen to be two of my favorite X-Men, Havok and Polaris. Havok is Cyclops’s younger brother who has a similar power set. Polaris is sometimes Magneto’s daughter, and sometimes not, but she has the same powers regardless. The two are frequently portrayed as a couple, and have been X-Men from time to time. They’re biggest break, however, is probably Peter David’s run on X-Factor which featured both of them as prominent characters.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as a set in Marvel Minimates wave 20.
Havok is shown here in his classic costume from the 60s, designed by the great Neal Adams. It’s essentially the look that the character sported for about 30 years, and is also the look that most of his subsequent designs were derived from, so it’s a good choice. Havok is built on the basic Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He has two sculpted pieces: his headgear that channels the solar energy to his powers and a specially designed version of the Minimate head to accommodate this. The rest of the detail work is handled through paint. The face has a lot of detail, and does look kinda like a Neal Adams drawing, but I’m not really sure how well that works. He’s permanently screaming, and since the mask is painted on, you can’t even sub in another head, which means he has to be displayed in attack mode. What really sucks about this is that Diamond actually did a neat thing so that his torso is detailed on both sides, allowing you to depict him fully charged up or more controlled. However, with the facial expression, it’s a bit difficult to utilize.
Polaris, like Havok, is depicted in her classic 60s costume, designed by Werner Roth. She went back and forth between costumes depending on the artist, but this was the costume that most people remember. It’s a really cool look, so no complaints there! She’s got two separately sculpted add-ons: hair/headband, and cape. The cape was a reuse from the C3 version of Superman, but the hair is a new piece, and is beautifully done at that. The hair is sculpted with a bit of a wind flow to it, but not too much to make it quite as pose specific as Havok’s face. The paint on this figure is rather nice, with a great set of details on her torso and legs.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I said above, these are two of my favorite X-Men, so I was pretty thrilled when they were announced, and I bought them as soon as I could. While Havok isn’t perfect, he was a pretty good hold over until I got one I was a little happier with more recently. This is Polaris’s only Minimate, but given the quality of this Minimate, that’s not the worst thing ever. She really makes this set worth having for sure.