COLONEL JAMES RHODES & AIR ASSAULT DRONE
Since Minimates do make up a rather sizable portion of my collection, they sort of are a regular fixture around these parts. Some sets are awesome. Some are less so. Today, I look at one of the latter category. That seems a bit harsh now that I’ve typed it out, but, well, you’ll see.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Colonel Rhodes and the Air Assault Drone were from the second TRU-exclusive series of Iron Man 2-based Marvel Minimates. Rhodey is unique to this set, while the Air Assault Drone was re-packed from the single-packed army builder assortment.
COLONEL JAMES RHODES
Iron Man 2 was pretty good for our pal Rhodey here. Prior to the movie, he’d made two appearances as a Minimate, but IM2 gave us four new ones. This one’s…probably the least exciting when you get right down to it. Still, Rhodey spends a decent enough chunk of the movie in this uniform, so it’s not the worst inclusion, I suppose. The figure stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s built on the usual body, with an add-on for his jacket, borrowed from Series 22’s General Ross. It’s a reasonable piece. It’s not a perfect match for Rhodey’s uniform from the movie, but it’s close enough to warrant the re-use. The paint work on Rhodey is respectable. It’s all pretty cleanly applied, and the blue is fairly bright. The head is a match for the one that was under the War Machine ‘mate’s helmet. While it’s not particularly strong Cheadle likeness, at least they went for some consistency. Rhodey included no accessories, which is a bit of a bummer. Not even a file folder or a clipboard or something?
AIR ASSAULT DRONE
“Specifically designed for aerial maneuvering and atmospheric combat conditions, a handful of these advanced Black Drones are capable of destroying entire squadrons of traditional fighter jets.”
After the slight mis-lead of the Series 35 Hammer Drone, we finally get one of the proper ones. Woo! This one’s dubbed the “Air Assault Drone” on all of the merchandising, because due to licensing things, it couldn’t be called the Air Force Drone. This particular ‘mate makes use of a lot of the same pieces from the first Hammer Drone, but with a new head, hands, and a backpack glued onto the chest piece. The ew pieces fit in well with the previously existing ones, and he makes for a pretty faithful recreation of the Drones from the movie. The paint’s not super thrilling or anything, being mostly dark grey with just a small bit of white accenting. But, I suppose it matches the movie. Once again, no accessories for the Drone, but it’s slightly more forgivable given all of the sculpted add-ons.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked this set up new from Toys R Us. I didn’t go out searching for them or anything, I just came across them one day and I guess I had a moment of weakness. If I recall correctly, I even put of opening them for a good several months, just due to a general lack of excitement. Neither ‘mate in this set is bad. They both check all of the boxes, and there are no glaring issues (well, except perhaps for the lack of any extras), but neither is really anything to write home about. This pair really feels like DST just needed two fill two slots as easily as possible. I suppose it’s fitting that a set of mediocre Minimates were based on Iron Man 2.