WAR MACHINE & CULL OBSIDIAN
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”
Man, three Marvel movies in one year sure does have a way of burning out and making it easy for some of the merch to slip through the cracks for way longer than you’d expect. Good thing I made it through last year unscathed and I don’t have to do it again…crap, I have to do it again, don’t I? Well, I’d best get through the last of *last* year’s stuff, then, shouldn’t I? So, without further ado, War Machine & Cull Obsidian!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
War Machine and Cull Obsidian were one of the two Walgreens-exclusives pairings in the second Infinity War-based assortment of Marvel Minimates. Compared to the more retread-heavy Drax and Gamora, they had a tendency of being the first set to vanish a lot of the time.
After peddling the same War Machine ‘mate three times, DST finally gave us an honest to god update for his Infinity War appearance. Though not amazingly different from his armor in Civil War, Rhodey’s suit had still been slightly tinkered with for its somewhat brief appearance in IW, so that’s what we’re seeing here. The figure is based on the standard ‘mate body, with a generic slip-on mask piece, a new torso cap, upper arms, and belt, and the gauntlets from the last five versions of the character. It does a respectable job of estimating Rhodey’s appearance from the movie. I don’t mind the move back to printed faces for the helmets, and it’s at the very least consistent with how they handled Tony’s Mark 50 armor. The more specific parts are as well-sculpted as ever, matching up with the re-used gauntlets in terms of design aesthetic and level of detailing. The paint work on this figure is better than the last few War Machine’s; the mix of gunmetal grey and silver looks nice, and I’m happy that they kept the camo patterning the armor had in the movie. It helps to make this armor seem a bit more unique compared to the others. Under the helmet is another stab at a Don Cheadle likeness. I think this one’s not as good as the IM2 version, but at least it doesn’t look as goofy as the AoU variant. War Machine is packed with a flight stand and a standard clear display stand.
Poor Cull Obsidian. He just can’t catch a break for accuracy. His Legends release, though an awesomely fun figure, was based on an early design that wasn’t all that close to the final. The ‘mate clearly was put into production later in the process, as he ends up a lot closer, but there are still some slight inaccuracies. He gets a unique head, torso cap, upper left arm, and skirt piece, as well as re-using the standard “big guy” parts for his right arm, left hand, legs, and feet. The detail work on some of the character-specific parts, the head in particular, is a little soft, but the important details are all there, and he’s got more sculpted elements than not. The design, at least from a sculpting standpoint, isn’t that noticeably different from his final look in the movie. The paint is is decent, though he’s again a little light on the detailing. I think it’s the skin that bugs me the most, especially after the Legends figure. The colors on the costume were ever so slightly tweaked by the time the movie came out as well, but they aren’t terribly far off. The biggest change from this figure to the screen comes in the form of accessories. In the movie, Cull has a sort of hammer/axe/chain sort of thing. Here? He’s essentially got some space-brass-knuckles. The Pop! and one of the statues also had these, indicating the weapon he had in the final movie was a very late game adjustment.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked these up…gosh…back in September, if you can believe it. The second set took forever to hit Walgreens, but I managed to find this particular pair without too much trouble once they actually started showing up. And then they sat and waited for me to open them for a good four months, because I got distracted and kind of forgot I had them…whoops. It’s nice to finally get a new War Machine after all this time, and a more accurate Cull Obsidian is pretty cool too. Definitely not a bad pack.