STRONG ZEALOT & ASTRAL FORM DOCTOR STANGE
Okay, one more day of the Doctor Strange Minimates. Well, unless I track down the two specialty exclusive sets. Which I probably will, because that’s the sort of person I am. Anyway, today we get another version of the film’s title character, who this time around is facing off against one of Kaecilius’s Zealot followers. Specifically the strong one. It says so on the box!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Strong Zealot and Astral Form Doctor Strange were the Toys R Us-exclusive set for the Doctor Strange assortment of Marvel Minimates. It’s actually a pretty solid pairing, since the Strange fights this particular Zealot while in Astral Form.
Okay, so the box just calls him “Strong Zealot,” but this guy was actually named Lucian (not that it’s ever said in the movie), and he was played by stunt man Scott Adkins. This is actually the second time Adkins has gotten a Minimate; he portrayed Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hey, it’s not his fault! Anyway, this particular Zealot was actually fairly important, so it’s cool that he got his own specific ‘mate. The figure is built on the standard ‘mate body, so he’s about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has the usual 14 points of articulation. He has two add-on pieces for his hair and skirt piece. The hair s re-used from BSG’s Anders. It’s not a perfect match for Lucian’s hair, but it’s close enough that it doesn’t look too off. The skirt looks to be a new piece, and it’s about on par with the rest of the pieces from this particular assortment. Actually, the details might even be a little sharper on this particular piece, which is always a good thing. The paint on the Zealot is generally pretty top-notch. He’s got all of the various shades of purple down pretty well, and there’s plenty of detail work therein. He’s got the funky eyes to match Kaecilius’ alternate head, and it looks just as cool here as it did there, with the added bonus of being on a slightly better ‘mate. Lucian’s only extra is a clear display stand. While something else might have been nice, I can’t really think of anything else you could give him. Maybe a head without the eye stuff?
ASTRAL FORM DOCTOR STRANGE
Astral Form Strange figures are pretty standard, since they mean you can get an easy re-use out of the already existing Strange molds. That being said, this is actually the first time the look has shown up in ‘mate form, so it’s noteworthy in that respect. Anyway, this figure uses all the same pieces as the regular Doctor Strange from this same series. They were good there, and they remain good here. He keeps the cloak of levitation, despite its absence during his main Astral Projection scene, but I’m hardly going to complain about getting an extra piece here. The main difference here is the coloring; this figure is molded in a translucent pale yellow, which works well enough. He still retained his overall coloring in the movie, with just a slight tint, but that’s a bit harder to do in plastic, so this is the look that most figure versions have been going with. The actual details are lifted directly from the normal Strange figure as well. While a different expression or something might have been nice, this is perfectly acceptable. Like his pack-mate, Strange’s only extra is the display stand, which is a little frustrating on a figure that’s all parts re-use. A flight stand or something would have been nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the last two sets, this pair was a Valentine’s Day gift from Super Awesome Girlfriend. This set is definitely less essential than the last two, but I find myself really liking it. Lucian’s a cool minor character, and we finally get Strange in one of his more important looks (and you can probably pass this off as comic version if you really want to). All in all, this is a pretty fun set.