SIMON & ELLEN
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA MINIMATES
When Minimates first really branched beyond Marvel Minimates (well, in the smaller style, at least) there were some interesting choices in terms of licenses. Namely, there were a lot of choices that didn’t necessarily make for the most exciting toys. Case in point? Battlestar Galactica Minimates. The BSG relaunch was an undeniable success for the Sci Fi Network, and they were looking for merchandise. DST picked up the license and offered some 7 inch figures, but presumably wanted the ability to offer a greater range of characters than that style would allow. Enter the Minimates. Today, I’ll be looking at Cylons Simon and (very old spoiler) Ellen.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Simon and Ellen were released in the second TRU-exclusive series of Battlestar Galactica Minimates, a series comprised entirely of Cyclons
“Pragmatic and unemotional, the Number Four model was also known as Simon and spent many hours researching the possibility of biological Cylon reproduction. His cold and calculating human experiments were stopped with Starbuck’s destruction of his main facility on Caprica.”
Simon was originally slated for the fifth series of the line when it was at specialty, but like all of the figures in Series 5 and 6, he had his original assortment cancelled. It was really in Simon’s favor in this case, since he was originally meant to be the short-packed figure. He’s seen here in his fancy suit that he wore from time to time. The figure stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the standard body, with an add-on piece for his jacket/shirt. Said piece was re-used from 24’s Tony Almeida, and it’s a well sculpted piece that matches up pretty decently with the sorts of things Simon was known to wear on the show. The paint on Simon is passable. The likeness on the face is a good match for actor Rick Worthy, and the details are pretty sharp. The rest of it’s…well, it’s rather bland. Lotta grey. Woooooo. Simon had no accessories, lest they make him more exciting.
“The rumors of her death greatly exaggerated, Ellen Tigh rejoined her husband Saul aboard the Battlestar Galactica and played a crucial role in the war against Cavil’s forces by revealing her knowledge of the Final Five’s true history.”
Ellen’s original slot marked a bit of genius from DST. Series 5 and 6 were slated to hit after the mid-Season 4 premiere which revealed her as the final Cylon. Since they had to be solicited about six months out and Ellen would have been dead for over a season at this point, her presence in the main line-up would have been rather a large spoiler. So, instead, they came up with “New Caprica” boxed set, which would have included her, her husband Saul, Starbuck, and Leoben. Then the set was cancelled, and the show was over by the time TRU picked them back up, so she could be safely added to a main assortment. Given the original figure’s planned release, Ellen is seen here in her garb from her time on New Caprica. Like Simon, she’s on the standard base body, with a new hair piece and a skirt re-used from Spider-Man 3’s Gwen Stacy. It adds up to her look quite nicely. The rest is all paint. The likeness of Kate Vernon is pretty solid, and the details on her blouse look decent. Unfortunately, like Simon, her palette is quite drab, being mostly greys. She also includes no accessories, though I can’t say I know what you could give her.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed this set at the same time as the rest of TRU, back when they were new. I then grabbed at least one more later down the line on clearance, because they were hardly fast sellers. It was nice to get them to complete the 12 Cylons, but this is a set that’s hardly exciting, especially without the show’s finale propelling them.