MATT MURDOCK, FOGGY NELSON, WILSON FISK, & CLAIRE TEMPLE
For day 22 of my post-Christmas reviews, I’m heading back over to the world of Marvel Minimates. Said Minimates are my first venture into the merchandising for Marvel’s widely successful Netflix shows. The first (and in my opinion, the best) of those shows is based on Marvel’s resident Man Without Fear, Daredevil. His show’s success took a lot of people by surprise, especially merchandisers, including DST, who had no plans for any Minimates from the show until well after it started streaming. Fortunately, they picked up the license for the Netflix stuff last year, and have gotten to work offering some boxed sets, each based on one season of one of the shows. Up first were Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the former of which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Matt, Foggy, Fisk, and Claire are all based on their Season 1 appearances on Daredevil. The set was released in November of last year.
Up first, the show’s titular character. Of course, the box only refers to him by his real identity of Matt Murdock. It’s fitting, since this is his Season 1 prototype costume, and he hadn’t yet fully embraced the name until a ways into the season. The costume is a departure from the usual red togs from the comics (or even his red and yellow first appearance costume, of which I am a huge fan), but it’s not without its roots in DD history, being inspired by both his prototype costume from Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear and his costume from his first live-action appearance in “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” back in the ‘80s. Matt is built on the usual Minimate body, with add-ons for his mask, belt, and leg holster. All three add-on pieces are reused, with the mask coming from Iron Fist, the belt being a standard piece, and the holster being introduced with the Series 43 Daredevil. All of the parts are good fits for his on-screen design, and the costume translates to Minimate form exceptionally well. While the paintwork is mostly just flat back, he does have a fully detailed torso, with subtle highlighting to show off his musculature, as well as the tiny bit of red piping on the shoulders. Under the mask, there’s also a fully detailed Matt Murdock face, with a pretty solid likeness of Charlie Cox. For his base look, DD includes his wooden eskrima sticks, given to him by…Stick, as well as the usual clear display stand. He also includes a spare head, hair, torso, tie, suit jacket, hands, and walking stick, allowing you to turn him into a civilian version of Matt. Supply your own arms and legs, and you’ve got yourself a whole second figure!
Matt’s nothing without his law partner Franklin P. Nelson, better known as Foggy. Foggy’s a pretty major part of Season 1 and the DD mythos as a whole, so his presence here isn’t a huge surprise. The ‘mate’s really just another guy in a suit, but that’s true to the character, so you can hardly blame DST there. Foggy uses the same basic pieces as Matt’s alt look, as well as the hair from Series 39’s Thor, which is actually a better fit for Foggy than it was for Thor, if I’m honest. The pieces add up to a decent enough Foggy, so that’s good. Foggy’s paintwork is once again pretty basic, but the colors are rather unique, and everything is pretty cleanly done. He’s packed with a briefcase and a tan messenger bag, as well as a clear display stand. It might have been nice to get some extra shirt sleeves for him, since the pink is rather unique, but it’s not like he comes with nothing.
Season 1 is as much an origin story for Wilson Fisk (better known in the comics as the Kingpin) as it is for Daredevil. He’s the main antagonist for the whole season, and it would be silly to leave him out. That being said…he’s really just another guy in a suit. An important guy in a suit, but still. He uses two add-ons: his coat/shirt and a waist riser piece to make him a bit taller. He’s still lacks some of his show counterpart’s intimidation factor, but there’s only so much you can do, right? The coat is re-used from 24’s Tony Almeida, and its a good fit for the types of suits he wore on the show. Paint’s once again a lot of black, but he has a slight splash of dark blue for the shirt, as well as a pretty decent likeness of Vincent D’Onofrio as Fisk. Fisk includes a clear display stand, and that’s it.
Effectively the Coulson of the Netflix shows (being the connective tissue that holds them all together), Claire Temple started out in the comics as a Luke Cage supporting character, which made her turning up in the first season of DD a slight surprise. Her being in this set of Minimates is also a *slight* surprise, since there are a number of characters more prominent than her in the first season (Karen was held back for the Season 2 set, which is fine, but Ben’s another pivotal character still missing. Of course, he would have been another guy in a suit, so…). Of course, releasing her here frees up some space in the other sets, so I guess that’s good. She’s seen here in her “Night Nurse” garb that she’s wearing when she and Matt interrogate a thug on the rooftop. It’s probably the most visually interesting of her looks, so it’s a good choice. In her basic layout, she has Lady Sif’s hair, which is a reasonably close match to Rosario Dawson’s hair in the show, and Amy’s hoody. Her paintwork is a bit more exciting than the others, with like five whole colors. The application’s all pretty clean, which is always good. The likeness on the face is a passable Dawson likeness. It’s maybe sits a tad too high on the headblock, but that’s my only real complaint. She includes a knife and a clear display stand, as well as a pulled up hood, and an extra head and hands, so as to complete her disguised look from when she was interrogating the guy.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set was another Christmas present from my parents. It’s a set I’ve been patiently waiting for, since I really loved DD Season 1. I know I ragged on this set a bit for being guys in suits, but that’s more because guys in suits aren’t the most exciting things to review. The actual figures are really a lot of fun, and this set is really worth it just for DD alone. That guy’s definitely one of my new favorite ‘mates!