NICK FURY & RONAN
When it comes to Minimates, specifically the two-pack driven lines, there are bound to be some slightly oddball pairings. The prior two sets for Captain Marvel made a lot of sense. Today’s set? Well, the two characters contained within it not only never meet, there never even on the same planet at the same time. And yet, here we are.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Nick Fury and Ronan are the third set in the Walgreens-exclusive assortment of Captain Marvel-themed Marvel Minimates. It’s worth noting that both characters in this set have had MCU-based ‘mates before, for what it’s worth.
Though his name may not be in the title, Nick Fury is still an undisputed star in Captain Marvel, with his largest MCU role to date. We get to see quite a different side of the character, and start to see where the Fury we met back in Iron Man came from. Like the Legends release, this figure goes for his men-in-black style suit, which, while not his main look for the movie, is a fairly distinctive one. The figure makes use of three add-on pieces for the hair, jacket, and tie. All three are re-used from many prior figures. They’re pretty basic, but then, so was his look. The rest of the work is handled via paint. My figure has one major flaw; a splotch of missing paint on his cheek. Apart from that, I guess things are pretty decent. The face doesn’t have much of a likeness of SLJ, but it doesn’t look unlike him. I do particularly like the pattern on the tie. That’s a fun touch. Fury is packed with a handgun, a spare set of white arms, a shoulder holster, and a clear display stand.
Unlike Fury, the movie doesn’t really give us any more backstory on Ronan prior to our introduction to him Guardians. Pretty much, Ronan’s still just kind of Ronan, for better or for worse. On the plus side, the film uses Ronan’s affiliation with the Kree Empire to give him his more traditional color scheme from the comics. The figure uses two add-on pieces: one for his head piece, and one for his skirt. They’re the same pieces used for the prior MCU Ronan figure, which is sensible enough, since, design wise, they’re pretty much the same. The new paint job is a lot greener, as expected of this variation of the design. Like yesterday’s Korath figure, Ronan’s green isn’t metallic like the first two Kree uniforms were. Of course, since Ronan’s from a different group, I guess it’s not quite as odd for him. Beyond that, there’s a lot of nice detailing going on. Ronan is packed with his signature hammer (with it’s head on the proper way this time) and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this pair at the same time as the rest of the assortment. Nick’s an important player, and the two distinct looks help him. Ronan may be a much more minor character in the film, but he’s a nice, distinctive design, with a lot more pop than his prior Guardians release.