VENOM SPACE KNIGHT
Oh blind bags. How I loathe thee. There are certainly things that I hate more than blind bags, but they honestly aren’t coming to mind right now. So, blind bags are number one right now. I can sort of see the novelty of the concept to a certain degree, but beyond the first couple of figures, it just sort of wears out its welcome. Which is really an issue when it comes to introducing blind bags to a pre-existing line. DST started working the idea into their various Minimates properties to varying success. It’s finally made its way into the main Marvel comic line, and I’m not super sure how I feel about that. I’m giving it a try, though, and looking at one of them today. Yes, it’s another Flash Thompson Venom, but this time, he’s a Space Knight. And why not?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Venom Space Knight is part of the inaugural Blind Bag series of comic-based Marvel Minimates. He’s one of the less common figures in the case; he’s not a one-per-case-r like Silk, but he’s not one of the heavier packed ones. Which is sensible enough, since Venom’s moderately popular, but not quite as hugely popular as Iron Man and Spider-Man. The figure’s a little over 2 1/2 inches tall and has 12 points of articulation, taking the boots into account. He’s got 12 add-on pieces for his helmet, chest piece, upper arms, hands, pelvis cover, upper legs, boots, and torso extender. Most of the parts are re-used from other bulked up characters (including a few other Venom ‘mates). The helmet’s all-new, and does a really nice job of translating the comics design into the ‘mate form. In general, this design translated quite nicely into the ‘mate aesthetic. Definitely a well-chosen design for the line. The paintwork on this guy is all pretty solid; the line work is nice and crisp, and the colors are well chosen for the character. The dark blue chosen for the bulk of the character is pretty nifty, and the white stands out nicely against it. Under the armor, there’s a fully detailed face and torso, showing Flash in his non-armored look. There’s also a spare set of arms and legs, as well as a hairpiece, allowing for you to complete the dressed down look, which is essentially a whole second figure. The paintwork is still solid on these extra pieces (especially the arms), and I really dig the artificial legs. In addition to the alt pieces, he also includes the standard clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I held off on this set for a good long while. I didn’t really want to buy a whole case, and nobody was really selling them individually. Fortunately, Cosmic Comix got in a case of them, thus allowing me to just grab one of them. As luck would have it, it was Venom, who was the ‘mate I wanted the most from the set. He’s actually a really solid ‘mate, and I love all the extras he includes. All-in-all, I think this is my first experience with blind bagged Minimates that didn’t leave me feeling dirty and used. I guess that’s a good thing?