WOLFSBANE & BEAST
Four days into these reviews, you should know what to expect here. It’s time for one more of these Minimates reviews! While yesterday’s pairing of characters was perhaps a little off-kilter, the assortment is finishing off with a pairing that’s actually a pretty natural one. The feral but dignified Wolfsbane and Beast are both offered up in this final two-pack.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Wolfsbane and Beast are the final two-pack in Series 78 of Marvel Minimates. Like the other sets in the assortment, they also include part of the Build-A-Mate Strong Guy, specifically the torso.
Wolfsbane was a slight odd-man out for the New Mutants. While most of their number were shunted from New Mutants into its direct replacement X-Force, Rahne was grabbed in the shuffle for a slight upgrade to X-Factor member. It’s okay, her place in the X-Force roster had to be filled by the thinly-veiled knock off Feral. They hardly missed her. This figure marks Wolfsbane’s second time as a ‘mate, after getting released with her New Mutants team mates back in 2011. This one stands 2 1/4 inches tall and she has 14 points of articulation. She’s built on the modern ‘mate body, with add-ons for the hair and shoulder pads, and non-standard hands for her claws. The hair piece is new, and is shared with her pack-mate. Sensible, I suppose, as they typically had fairly similar hair, though perhaps a bit odd to see when looking at the pack in the box. The claws and shoulder piece are both re-used parts, which is a sensible choice. In general, they do a decent job of capturing Rahne’s team appearance. The paintwork on her is solid work. It translates the design and has all of the important details. One of the knee joints was a little stuck from the paint, but at least it didn’t break like with Polaris. Wolfsbane’s only accessory is a clear display stand.
“Henry ‘Hank’ McCoy initially only had large hands and feet, and was a natural gymnast, until an experiment turned him furry and blue.”
There’s been something of a revolving seat for who gets left out of any ‘mate recreation of the various forms of the original five-man X-Men team. The last time we got a boxed set of them all together, it was Hank who was left out, but this time he gets the nod over Bobby, who was the one member of X-Factor whose costume didn’t change with the others. Beast actually had three different looks, with two “human” looks and the usual blue and furry. This one is the usual blue and furry, which we haven’t gotten a ‘mate of since Series 34, prior to the move to the properly bulked up larger characters. This figure uses those bulked up parts, alongside the feet from the Series 34 figure, the hair he shares with Wolfsbane, and a new set of bulked up hands. It’s a good selection of parts, and easily the most accurate recreation of the bulked-up Beast we’ve gotten in the line. The paintwork is about what you’d expect, and it’s worth noting it goes more heavily into that beastly look from the end of his stint in X-Factor, rather than a friendlier appearance. The color of his fur is a close match to the Series 34 version, however, should you prefer the friendlier look. Like Wolfsbane, his only accessory is a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This would be the last of the four sets of Minimates I got this year for Christmas from Super Awesome Wife. It’s an okay set, though it’s probably my least favorite of the four sets personally. Neither of the two included is really that much of a stand out, but they’re both certainly serviceable.