MANTIS & TASERFACE
So, beyond Drax and Nebula, who are part of the Toys R Us-exclusive set which I didn’t pick up, there’s only one main Guardian from Vol. 2 I haven’t yet looked at in Minimate form. As chance would have it, it’s a personal favorite of mine, Mantis, the newest addition to the team. I’ll be looking at her, as well as her pack-mate Taserface!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Mantis and Taserface are one of the two sets exclusive to Marvel Minimates Series 71. They’re sort of an odd pairing, seeing as these two characters never once meet during the film, being a part of two divergent storylines and all. In DST’s defense, they aren’t the only licensee to do this; Lego also packed these two together. Perhaps it was an early story idea? Who knows.
This marks Mantis’s very first Minimate, and is in fact her very first action figure in general, since it hit a couple of months before the Legends release. The figure stands about 2 1/2 inches tall and has the usual 14 points of articulation. She’s built on the standard body with add-ons for her hair and skirt. Both of these pieces are new to this ‘mate, and they’re both decent enough. With that said, I do feel Mantis is the sort of character that would benefit from a unique head, since the antenna being on the hair doesn’t quite look right. It’s far from horrible or anything, but it’s a little off. Still, both pieces are nice overall. The paintwork on Mantis is largely pretty solid. The detailing and color with on the body is top-notch, and I really dig the metallic green. The hair is a little sloppier, as are the antennae, but they’re respectable. Her face is decent, but feels like it has too many lines for Mantis. She ends up looking way to angular and defined. I think just losing the cheekbones improves things. Mantis’s only accessory is a clear display stand, but I can’t think of much else you could give her, so that seems reasonable enough.
TASERFACE! It’s metaphorical! Man, did I love Taserface. I mean, I didn’t actually like him, but I sure loved everything that went on around him. And I’m very happy he found his way into this line-up. Like Mantis, he’s built on the usual body, bit with a unique head, as well as add-ons for his chest cap and wrist bands. The head adds his top-not, beard, and ears, while still keeping the overall ‘mate thing going on, so that’s cool. The rest of the pieces do a decent job translating his film design into ‘mate form as well, though I feel the torso piece is maybe a bit soft on the details. His paintwork isn’t as clean as Mantis’s, but then it’s not really supposed to be. It works well enough for what it’s supposed to be doing, but it’s certainly not quite as interesting to look at. Taserface is packed with a large blaster rifle and clear display stand, which is a pretty nice assortment, I guess.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It’s really this set’s fault that I took so long to actually get this whole assortment. I came out of the theatre knowing I wanted a Mantis figure, and since the Legend was a little ways off, I stopped off at my comic book store to get this set. Sadly, they were out of stock, and I just never got around to ordering them. While Mantis isn’t perfect, she’s still pretty great overall, and I’m happy to have another version of her in my collection. Taserface is pretty solid, and holds some extra value, being the only Taserface figure out there and all.