CAPTAIN MARVEL & BRON-CHAR
“Ace Air Force pilot Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Marvel’s Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
“Marvel’s Captain Marvel” does seem a touch redundant, don’t you think? I mean, for the general public, at least. I suppose there was a time there was some genuine confusion, but DC’s pretty firmly on that “Shazam” train. So, while we’re on the topic of “Marvel’s Captain Marvel,” the movie sure is doing well at the box office, topping even DC’s own female-led Wonder Woman. That’s pretty cool. I’ve looked at most of the Legends from the movie, but this week I’ll be looking at the other major offerings, courtesy of DST’s Minimates brand. I’ll be starting things off with the good Captain herself, as well as fellow Starforce member Bron-Char.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Captain Marvel and Bron-Char are the first of four Walgreens-exclusive Marvel Minimates released to tie-in with the film. Unlike prior films, there are no shared figures between these sets and the specialty boxed set, so these two are totally unique.
Seen here in her main colors from the end of the film, this is the definitive Captain Marvel release for the set. Amazingly, this is only Carol’s third Minimate, and her second under the title of Captain Marvel. The figure’s built on the standard body, so she’s 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. She’s got an add-on for her hair, which appears to be a new piece. It’s a respectable match for her hairstyle from the movie. It’s a little restricting on the articulation side, but it’s hardly the worst. She’s also got an alternate helmeted piece, which is another new part. It’s accurate to the film, and cleanly sculpted, but it doesn’t quite line-up so well with the face on this one. The paint on this figure’s not bad. I definitely dig the metallics, though some of the basic applications are a little sloppy around the edges. The helmet probably gets the worst overall work; in addition to not really lining up with the face, it’s also got a really wonky misprint on the eyes, so make sure to keep an eye on that. In addition to the helmet, Carol is also packed with a flight stand and a clear display stand.
A slightly more minor character in the film, Bron-Char’s the Starforce’s resident bruiser. He’s actually a decent choice to partner off with the main colors Captain Marvel, since they do have a notable fight scene in the film. He’s a bigger guy, so he makes use of add-ons for his torso, belt, and gauntlets. The torso and belt are standard parts; the torso isn’t one of my favorites, and doesn’t really work so well without any add-ons are the arms and legs. The gauntlets are new, and nice enough pieces. There’s no hair piece, which I kind of think might have been a mistake. At the very least, one of the sculpted beard pieces would have added something to him. The paintwork is pretty respectable. There’s a lot of detailing and it’s all pretty sharp. Bron-Char’s only accessory is a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I found this whole assortment of ‘mates at Walgreens a couple of weeks before the movie’s release. I ended up letting them sit until the day I went to see the movie, so I was able to come home that night from the movie and open them up, which was pretty fun. Basic Carol is a good basic Carol. Fairly straightforward, but good nonetheless. Bron-Char’s cool to see crop up, since it’s not like we’re really going to see him anywhere else.