POLARIS & JEAN GREY
To round out the first week of my Post-Christmas reviews, I’m continuing yesterday’s theme, with another look at some Minimates. Yesterday kicked off a pair of X-Factor teams with their respective team leaders, the brothers Cyclops and Havok. Today, I’m following that up with their respective love interests from said teams, Jean Grey and Polaris!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Polaris and Jean are the second set in Series 78 of Marvel Minimates. Like yesterday’s set, they also include part of the Build-A-Mate Strong Guy, specifically his arms. I’ll be looking at those arms alongside the rest of him at the end of the week.
Though Havok has been a little more lucky, Polaris hasn’t actually gotten a single ‘mate since her very first one, all the way back in Series 20 of the line, a whopping 12 years ago. In DST’s defense, that figure held up surprisingly well, and the only reason she really needed a follow up was to get her a second costume. Like the Legends figure also released this year, Polaris is sporting her first X-Factor costume. The figure stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation…or at least she would if mine hadn’t had the peg tear off of the right hand the first time I tried to move it, necessitating me gluing it back in place for this review. Yay for tacky paint on joints! She uses the basic ‘mate body, with the same poofy-sleeved upper arms as Havok, plus an all-new hair piece, and add-ons for the wrist and ankle straps. The hair is a decent recreation of her wacky, crazy ’90s hair. It doesn’t translate quite as well to this style as Havok’s look did, but for the most part they did a decent job of making it work. The paint work on Polaris is fine, apart from it’s tacky, joint destroying nature in a few spots. Aside from that little nit, it does actually look pretty solid. Lorna included two effects pieces and a clear display stand. Like the Legends figures, Polaris and Havok again share the same effects, just differentiated by color. I’m still not sure how well it works. Also, my figure has that whole torn joint thing, so she can only use one of the pieces.
“A powerful telepath, Jean Grey was a founding member of the X-Men. She later became a founding member of X-Factor.”
Jean’s the first figure so far from this assortment to not have been beaten to market by a Legends equivalent….probably due to this being a fairly low-profile look for her. While her initial green and yellow number checks off the standard Jean Grey boxes and has therefore seen a little bit of toy love, and Scott’s second round costume was forever immortalized by having an action figure early on, Jean’s red and yellow number is often overlooked. This is actually her first figure. She is largely built from the same bank of parts as Cyclops, which I guess makes sense, what with the whole uniform thing. The gloves are still technically incorrect, but at least they remained internally consistent. The only differing piece between the two figures is Jean’s hair, which is the same one they’ve been using for Jean since the ’90s costume back in Series 34. Again, props for consistency. Like Scott, Jean’s paintwork is rather straight-forward. It’s clean, it’s eye-catching, and it’s definitely very red. Jean looks weird in this much red. Jean comes up light on the accessories front, with only a clear display stand. Since her mask is painted onto the face, it would have been nice to at least get an unmasked head to swap out, or possibly some sort of telekinesis effect.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I touched on yesterday, I got this whole series of figures from my Super Awesome Wife. Let’s all be real, the stars of the assortment are yesterday’s set; everyone else was really just along for the ride. This set’s okay, not anything really amazing. Neither figure has that wow factor, but neither one of them is bad either. All in all, a decent set.