Alright, the Christmas reviews appear to be done (though, as last year showed, looks can be deceiving on that front), so now it’s time to get to the glut of pre-Christmas purchases still awaiting review! That ends up being a fair number of Minimates (and other mini-figures). Bear with me. Up first is another figure from the ever plentiful Marvel Minimates line. There were quite a few releases in that line this past summer, so I had to do some picking and choosing. Fortunately, end of the year sales are good for allowing some catch-up. Today, I’ll be taking a look at one of the Wolverines released to tie-in with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wolverine was released in Marvel Minimates Series 58, which was based on the Days of Future Past movie. He was originally packed with Storm, but I don’t have her. What’s more, he was originally slated to be released with Rogue, but then she was cut out of the movie. Not that any of that matters for this review. Wolverine is one of two versions of the character released in Series 58. This one, as the name at the top of the review implies, is based on the version of the character from the future timeline. The costume is a variation the black uniforms sported by the X-Men in all but First Class, though this time around it’s more practical than the previous leather costumes, and it has a bit more color. The figure is roughly 2 ½ inches in height and he sports the standard 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the usual Minimate body, with a set of clawed hands in place of the normal ones and an add-on for the hair. Both the hands and the hair are re-use from the Wolverines in Series 52. Your Super Awesome Girlfriend loves you very much. They’re a good approximation of the look from the movies, and the fact that they’re the same as the ones from the movie-based Series 52 figures adds a nice bit of continuity. The rest of the figure comes down to paint. Fortunately, the figure has some very nice paintwork. This is a design that could have been phoned in, but DST really did well here. All of the armor is outlined by highlights, and all of the color accents are in the right places. Wolverine has his DOFP-trademarked white sideburns, which, while perhaps a bit too bold, are cleanly done. To top it all off, the face is one of the better Hugh Jackman likenesses we’ve seen on the many Minimate incarnations. Wolverine included a clear display stand and nothing else. It would have been nice to get a spare set of hands, but it’s not like black hands are a rarity.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I passed on Future Wolverine when he was first offered for a few reasons, though none really related to him. First of all, he was packed with the movie version of Storm, who I don’t have a real desire to own, and second, my local comicbook store didn’t have the set, preventing me from any pesky impulse buys. Recently, I’ve gotten into the habit of buying one loose Minimate at random from Luke’s Toy Store, just for the novelty. So, when I ordered a few things during his Cyber Monday sale, this was the random Minimate that arrived. I actually really like this figure. It’s simple, but very effective.