FORCE FIELD INVISIBLE WOMAN
At one point, the Fantastic Four were the premier characters at Marvel. They’re the whole reason for the modern Marvel universe’s existence, and were a central piece of said universe for almost 50 years. Unfortunately, the fact that the film license for the characters lies with 20th Century Fox has made the characters very difficult to use in Marvel’s current structure, which is very reliant on movie momentum to keep things going. This, plus a less than stellar relationship with Fox and the fact that the Four don’t have the same selling power as Spider-Man and the X-Men, has led to Marvel’s first family and all associated characters being absent from pretty much all Marvel merchandise for quite a few years, which is a real shame. Before it all fell apart, the FF were the main source of one of my all-time favorite assortments of Marvel Minimates, which is where today’s version of the Invisible Woman hails from.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Force Field Invisible Woman was released alongside the Moloid (previously reviewed here) in Series 48 of Marvel Minimates. Sue was the heavier-packed regular release to Alicia’s short-packed variant release. She, like the rest of the team in this series, is based on her appearance during John Byrne’s lengthy run on the title in the ‘80s, which just so happens to be my favorite set of costumes for the team (in no small part due to the presence of the designs in the ‘90s cartoon, which served as my main introduction to the characters.) The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. She’s built on the standard body, with an add-on piece for her hair. It’s a new piece, and it does a reasonable enough job of capturing Sue’s standard look, from early in Byrne’s run and any time an artist other than Byrne depicted this design. Seems odd that they sculpted an all-new piece, since there were several that probably would have worked fine, but I’m not complaining. She also has an alternate hairpiece, based on the mullet she was sporting for while during Byrne’s run. Not my preferred look for her, but it was a look she had for a good long while in the costume, so it’s good DST didn’t leave it out. The paint on Sue is about what you’d expect from a modern ‘mate. The details are nice and clean, and the colors are a pretty decent match for the comics. If we’re getting picky, the shadows should be black, not dark blue, since Byrne has stated many times that the costumes weren’t actually blue. However, it’s dark enough that it’s still passable. Sue is packed with two sets of arms and legs: solid colors and partially transparent, simulating her powers. She also includes a stand made up to look like the beginnings of an invisible shield, which is a really fun piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This whole series was one of my most anticipated releases of Minimates at the time, so I made it a point of going to Cosmic Comix the day they were released to pick them up. I’ve got other Invisible Woman ‘mates, but this one’s my favorite. The costume choice is great, and the extras are, well, they’re just fantastic. Which is very appropriate, is it not?