MARVEL NOW! DAREDEVIL & ROBBIE REYES GHOST RIDER
And we’re back with the odd-ball pairings. I started the week out with the somewhat strange Punisher/Moon Knight combo, and now I’m wrapping it up with another somewhat odd pairing: Daredevil and Ghost Rider. It’s not actually completely unprecedented in this line. There was a Target-exclusive pack that included both of them back in the day (though that was a Johnny Blaze figure). Here they are again.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Daredevil and Ghost Rider were part of Series 75 of Marvel Minimates. Though Ghost Rider’s tie to the theme is somewhat dubious, Daredevil is part of the newest version of the Defenders, as well as being the central piece of the Netflix shows.
This set also includes the last piece of the Build-A-Figure Quake, her head. I’ll be reviewing the whole of her tomorrow!
Daredevil’s spot in this Anniversary-themed assortment is actually quite sensible, as Daredevil was included in two of Series 1’s three sets. This marks his 14th time as a Minimate. This one’s a slight departure from some of the others, being based on his current design, a mostly black number that is clearly inspired by his Season 1 garb from his show. It’s actually a pretty sharp look, though I’m of course still partial to the classic red. The figure is built on the standard ‘mate body, so he stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He has add-ons for his mask, wrist wraps, and holsters. The mask and holsters come from the Series 43 version of DD (though that release only had a single holster, not two), and make sense, since the design elements have remained consistent. The arm wraps are from Street Fighter VS Tekken’s Heihachi (also re-used on the Best Of Iron Fist), and are pretty basic pieces, which certainly work for his comics look. The paint on DD is quite good. The color scheme is bold, and the line work is super crisp. The grey high lights are a very effective way of creating dimension on the torso, legs, and mask, and make the suit look quite dynamic. The face under the mask is great for action set-ups, with his teeth gritted and his brow furrowed. The way they’ve done his pupils is unique from other characters, and helps sell that he’s blind. DD includes a pair of billy clubs (just two, though, leaving one slot in each holster empty), an extra hair piece (re-used from Terminator 2’s young John Connor), and a clear display stand.
Though Ghost Rider’s no stranger to Minimates, this one is actually a debut, since it’s the latest Rider, Robbie Reyes. Robbie’s been getting the push from Marvel for a little while, and his appearances on Agents of SHIELD mean he fits in decently enough with the assortment’s TV-inspired theme. The figure gets one add-on piece, which is his flaming, skull-inspired helmet. It’s a new piece, and it does a respectable job of replicating the design of the helmet from the comics. The rest of the detailing is done via paint. Like Daredevil, there’s a nice contrast to this figure’s look. The black and white looks really sharp, and I like the visual similarities to Johnny Blaze’s original design. Under the mask is a fully detailed Robbie Reyes face, which seems to be in keeping with his comics likeness. Robbie is packed with a pair of chains (because he just has to one-up Johnny, apparently), an extra hair piece, and a clear display stand. He is, of course, missing his ride, but since Robbie drives a car instead of a bike, its absence feels more excusable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the three preceding sets, this pair came from Cosmic Comix. A new Daredevil wasn’t a necessity, but this one is definitely a fun figure, and there’s a lot of really sharp work going into him. Robbie isn’t Johnny, so for me he’s not *the* Ghost Rider, but he’s got a cool look, he’s gotten exposure recently, and it’s nice to get a new character. His ‘mate isn’t the star of this series, but he’s still a solid offering.