BOROMIR & MERRY
LORD OF THE RINGS MINIMATES
“One does not simply review a Boromir Minimate without referencing a Boromir meme”
After the success of Marvel Minimates, the brand had big dreams. In conjunction with Play Along Toys, they were able to snag the rights to Marvel’s distinguished competition (well, in a loop-hole-y sort of a way), as well as the rights to one of the hugest hits of the early ’00s, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unfortunately, the line didn’t launch until after Return of the King‘s exit from theatres, meaning we only got two series of two packs before the line ultimately failed. A lot of this had to do with the somewhat baffling decision to double release one half of each series two-pack. Fortunately, by the second series, we were finally starting to get all-new packs, including today’s focus, Boromir and Merry!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Boromir and Merry were one of the five two-packs in Series 2 of the Lord of the Rings Minimates line.
You know Sean Bean had to have a good laugh when he got cast as Boromir, the only member of the Fellowship that dies over the course of the story. I mean, Bean’s sort of the quintessential dead guy of Hollywood, so it’s really perfect casting. Boromir and Faramir were two of my favorite characters from Lord of the Rings, and since Faramir never got a Minimate, I guess Boromir’s my guy. As with all of the human sized characters, Boromir was built on LotR‘s new medium-sized base body, meaning he’s closer to the 3-inch mark than the standard ‘mate. He’s still got the usual 14 points of articulation, albeit somewhat restricted by some of his add-ons. Speaking of add-ons, Boromir has five of them for his hair, cloak, wrist bracers, and the bottom of his tunic. All of these were unique to this particular ‘mate. They display a simpler era of ‘mates, being without the texture work and dynamicism that newer ‘mates tend to have. It certainly gets all of the important details, though, and Boromir is well-captured. The paint follows the sculpt’s trend, erring on the side of simplicity. I don’t know that his face looks all that much like Sean Bean, but it’s not as if it looks unlike him, either. Boromir is quite well accessorized, including his sword (with scabbard), shield, horn, and a display stand.
Its a little weird to be looking at only one half of a duo, especially since it’s a two-pack based line and all, but here we are. At least they were good enough to put Merry and Pippin both in the same series. As a Hobbit, Merry was built just on the standard Marvel-style body. He had add-one for his hair, cloak, and jacket. His pieces are obviously more in line with Boromir, but the lessened detailing isn’t quite as noticeable at the smaller scale. I quite like how they’ve gotten the proper shaping to his hair; Frodo didn’t really look like the real person, but Merry is definitely closer, albeit in a cartoonish fashion. The paint on Merry is pretty solid stuff, and I like the likeness on the face a lot, as well as the very slight way they’ve livened up his color scheme. He definitely pops. Merry is packed with his own sword (technically a dagger) and a sheath for it, as well as a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Series 2 of this line was pretty scarce, so I didn’t get any of them new. I was able to finally secure this set just this past November, via Luke’s Toy Store’s special buy collection. I’ve really picked up an appreciation for Boromir, and Merry was my favorite hobbit, so this set was a pretty cool find. It’s reminded me of how much I loved those earlier ‘mates, as well. Now, I just need to find myself a Pippin!