JESSICA JONES & PURPLE MAN
“Retcons. I hate these guys.”
You know what I don’t like? Retcons. I know. What a shock. You couldn’t have seen that coming. Half of today’s review subject is a retcon. You see, when Brian Michael Bendis wanted to write a series about Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, he wasn’t allowed to use her, so he created his own, somewhat similar character, and then forcibly shoved her into the history of the Avengers. Ta-da! It’s Jessica Jones! Yay? Yeah, not a huge fan. But, I am a fan of Minimates, and I don’t hate the other half of this set, Purple Man. So, let’s see how this goes.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Jessica Jones and Purple Man were released in Series 75 of Marvel Minimates. Like yesterday’s set, they continue the modern-day Defenders theme, but also work as more of a self-contained pairing.
This set also includes another pair of pieces to the Build-A-Figure Quake ‘mate, specifically her arms and gauntlets.
Oh boy, here she is. Jessica Jones. Woooo. So, this is Jessica’s second time as a Minimate, following her Netflix-based ‘mate from her show. This one is comic-based, but admittedly, it doesn’t make for an incredibly different look overall, but she’s slightly different aesthetically, of course. The figure is built on the standard ‘mate body, so she stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. She’s got one add-on piece for her hair. It’s re-used from Big Bang Theory’s Penny, and it’s actually a really nice piece, as far as detailing and shaping goes. It’s also a pretty decent match for her usual comics hair. No jacket piece used for this ‘mate, but I actually think it works a bit better, especially since it would have meant not being able to use the hair piece. The paintwork on Jessica is pretty decent. Application is clean, and the lifework is nice and sharp. The expression on the face could maybe do with a bit more character, but it’s not terrible as it is. The color scheme is rather dull, but that’s true to the character. She includes a camera (re-used from the SM3 Peter Parker), a coffee mug with the Avengers logo, a smart phone, and a clear display stand.
Though he’s linked to Jessica Jones now, Purple Man started off as a Daredevil villain. Interestingly, my first introduction to him was in an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series. What a weird world we live in, right? Purple Man started his career wearing a spandex getup, but pretty quickly moved onto wearing suits and the like, in variations of purple. It’s that later look that this figure goes with, which is a sensible choice. The figure uses three add-on pieces to complete the look. He’s got a hair piece (re-used from Thor: Ragnarok’s Grandmaster), jacket (re-used from the “World of the Psychic” Peter Venkman), and a collar piece (re-used from Admiral Kirk). All re-used, but all very well chosen. They make for a sharp looking combo. The rest of the work is paint, and it’s actually quite impressive. The variations of purple are easily distinguished from each other, and they compliment each other quite nicely. The facial detailing is particularly nice, and captures Jebadiah’s creepy smirk pretty darn well. Just makes you feel like you need a shower. Purple Man’s only extra is a clear display stand, but I can’t really think of what else you’d give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This set came from the same purchase as the last two. Jessica’s maybe not my favorite character, but DST definitely put the effort in on this Minimate. Even divorced from the character, it’s actually a pretty solid ‘mate, and one of the better civilians done in this style. Purple Man’s the star of the set for me. He’s a fairly basic design, but the execution’s really top-notch. Details like the collar, which could have easily been overlooked, weren’t, and so he really benefits from that.