DARDEVIL — YELLOW & ELEKTRA
Babam! Six years of writing for this here site, boys and girls. How about that? So, as I like to do every year on this occasion, I want to take today’s review to look at an item a little nearer and dearer to me and important to my collecting habits as a whole. Today’s entry focuses on the world of Minimates, which, anyone who’s read the site for a decent amount of time can probably tell you is a world that makes up a considerable chunk of my collection. For this review, we’re jumping back to the humble beginnings of the line, when they released a series 1 line-up that was surprisingly low-key. Without further ado, let’s have a look at Daredevil and Elektra!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Daredevil and Elektra were part of the Daredevil/Hulk split first series line-up of Marvel Minimates, which hit alongside Series 2 and 3 in the summer of 2003. 2003 is an important year to note, as it kind of explains the line-up of Series 1, since Daredevil and Hulk were both in theaters that year, and these were sort of a loose tie-in. This set was the one that got the variant treatment for the first line-up, with two different versions of Elektra available, and the Yellow Daredevil shared between the two sets.
DAREDEVIL — YELLOW
There were two Daredevils available in the first series. The more standard Red DD was available with Kingpin, while this one recreates Matt’s first appearance attire, which has long been a popular choice for variations of DD. The figure was built on the original Marvel body, which introduced the smaller 2″ scale for ‘mates. He stands about 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s also got the pre-c3 long feet, just like every other Marvel ‘mate release prior to Series 8. Construction-wise, he and the red version were the same. He gets an add-on for his mask and belt. They were rather simplistic, but the mask in particular really works well, and clings to that ‘mate aesthetic. The belt would be replaced by a less bulky model as the line went on, but for the time it was pretty solid. His paintwork is probably one of the most complex of the early releases. Of course, it also has the most room for error, which is probably why he’s got a lot of fuzzy and un-even lines going on. That being said, given the scale, it’s really not that bad. He’s got a decent amount of detailing, including a full face under the mask, even though he didn’t have an extra hair piece to show it off yet. What he did include was a pair of billy clubs, painted up in yellow match the figure.
Given her prominent place in the 2003 movie, and her general place as one of Marvel’s best known female characters in the early ’00s, Elektra’s inclusion here was kind of no-brainer. Perhaps the craziest thing was how long it would take for her to get a follow-up. Like Matt, this figure is built on the older Marvel body, long feet and all. She has add-ons for her hair and skirt. While DD’s design allowed for an easier transition to the ‘mate style, especially the more streamlined nature of the earlier releases, Elektra is less fortunate. The blocky nature doesn’t quite go as well with here, and the hair and skirt would very quickly become some of the line’s most dated pieces. They’re not awful, but they’re not amazing either. Elektra’s paint does the best it can with the design, and ultimately captures all of the important elements. No idea why she’s just got that single glove, though. The standard Elektra was done up in her classic red, while her one-per-case variant was instead in black. I’m not sure if the black was a specific comic thing, or if they were just aiming to get her a little closer the the movie version, but whatever the case, it doesn’t look bad. Both versions of Elektra were packed with a pair of sais.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back during the site’s first year, I acquired and reviewed the Spider-Man Classics Yellow Daredevil, which was something of a long-standing grail for my collection. That figure was, at the time of his release, really, really hard to get, and would remain that way for a decent chunk of time, leaving him well outside of my price range. My dad, who had been working very hard to find me one, eventually met a compromise when he discovered Marvel Minimates just a few days before my birthday in 2003, and saw a more attainable way of getting me a Yellow Daredevil. And so, these guys became my very first Minimates, launching a collection of more than 1000 of these little buggers. Who would have guessed it would grow so far?