BLACK WIDOW & CROSSBONES
Gosh, Civil War feels like two forevers ago, but it really was released just earlier this year. I suppose part of why it feels so long ago is the overall lack of toys I’ve picked up from it. I mean, the last thing I got was the Giant-Man series of Legends, and that was back in July. Back in May, when the movie hit, there was a series of Minimates dedicated to the film, which I reviewed. However, given the sheer number of players in the film, one series wasn’t enough to cover everything, so we got a follow up, which hit at the end of July. And I’m just now reviewing them. Yes, I know, bad Ethan. Today, let’s have a look at Black Widow and Crossbones.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Widow and Crossbones were released in Series 67 of DST’s Marvel Minimates. The whole series is based on Civil War, and these two are no exception.
Widow’s really not a stranger to Minimates, especially not her movie incarnation. This is the sixth time that we’ve gotten a Scarlet Johansen Black Widow as a Minimate. But this time she’s got different hair, I guess. The figure is a little under 2 1/2 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. Widow is built on the standard ‘mate body, with add-ons for her hair and her two thigh holsters. The holsters are the usual pieces we’ve seen several times before (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but the hair looks to be new. It’s a decent piece, and captures the styling of her hair in the movie, but it seems a tad high-sitting for me. She looks like she’s got a bit of a receding hair-line. Just one of the limitations of the style, I suppose. In terms of paint, Widow’s pretty solidly done. The detailing on her bodysuit is the sort of thing that could easily be overlooked, but it’s really strong, and it conveys all of the little details of the suit very nicely. The likeness on the face is a decent approximation of Johansen. I think the Winter Soldier face is still the closest, but this one’s a strong contender. I like that she’s got a fighting face, so she can fit in with Cap and Iron Man in that respect. Widow includes a pair of batons (which aren’t clear like the AoU versions, but are still cool, I suppose), two handguns, and a clear display stand. Pretty standard faire as far as Black Widow ‘mates are concerned.
This marks Crossbones’ fourth time overall as a Minimate, and his second as an MCU ‘mate (provided we’re counting Winter Soldier’s Rumlow). His inclusion in this set is definitely a sensible one. While he only gets ten minutes or so of screen time in Civil War, he’s a fairly important figure to the plot, and he gets some decent fight time with Widow to boot. Plus, how can you not love his new design? Crossbones has add-ons for his helmet, torso/shoulder armor, fighting fists, and thigh holster. The helmet is just a standard slip cover piece, and while that means we can’t see the eyes on the actual head, it still works pretty well. The holster is the same piece as Widow’s and it works for what it is. The armor and fighting fists are new pieces, which turned out quite nicely. The armor could perhaps stand to be a little less bulky, but the fists are really cool. Once again, the paintwork is really sharp here. Crossbones doesn’t have quite the high level of painted detail as Widow (since he’s a bit heavier on sculpted parts), but what’s there is very well rendered. In particular, I really like the work on his boots, and especially like how the face under the helmet turned out. For accessories, Crossbones has a spare hair piece (Lt Gator’s from the Platoon set, which is a piece I’m always happy to see), a pistol, a pair of standard black hands, and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This is definitely the set I was most anticipating from the second round of Civil War ‘mates. While this particular Widow isn’t quite as good as the Winter Soldier version, she’s still a very solid addition, and another chance for people to get such an important character is always a good thing. Crossbones is the real star here of course, and it’s unlikely we’ll be getting another movie version anytime soon, so the fact that this one turned out so well is pretty awesome. Plus, fighting fists. How can you go wrong with fighting fists?