WOLVERINE & SABRETOOTH
In a lot of ways, the earliest assortments of Marvel Minimates are an interesting time capsule of Mavel’s media presence in the early ’00s. That’s why the first series is based on the two properties that were getting movies in 2003, and why our first set of X-Men weren’t based on anything from the mainstream universe, but rather the Ultimate line, which was getting Marvel’s big push at the time. Though not the resounding success of Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men was still pretty big deal. We got four sets dedicated to the team, plus a bunch of repacks made up of those sets. Today, I’m looking at Wolverine and Sabretooth.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Wolverine and Sabretooth were released in Series 3 of Marvel Minimates, specifically the specialty assortment. Both were available at TRU in a five-pack, and Wolverine was also packed with Cyclops at Target and Walmart (and I’ve already reviewed him here). Both characters are, as noted above, based on their ultimate universe incarnations.
Sabretooth’s Ultimate incarnation started out fairly close to his mainstream counterpart, with some of his first movie counterpart injected in. Also four adamantium claws, because four is more than three, so he’s better than Wolverine. Take that Wolverine. The figure is built on the original long-footed ‘mate body, meaning he stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. The articulation is a bit restricted by the add-on pieces, so it’s mostly just the arms that move. He’s got add-ons for his hair, hands, belt, and jacket. They fit that older, much more simple aesthetic of the line, but are still pretty nicely sculpted pieces. Honestly, the only part that looks really dated is the hair, and that’s amusingly the one piece of this figure that was re-used later in the line. His paint work is again in line with the rest of the older stuff, but there’s a fair bit of detail going on, especially on the face and torso, showing some shades of where the line would go with such details.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The only Series 3 set I picked up new was Cyclops and Jean Grey. Everyone else I passed on, I guess probably because they were the Ultimate versions…of course, then I also passed on the GSXM boxed set, so I have no idea. This set is one I picked up from Luke’s Toy Store during one of their many sales for a ridiculously low price. I already had the Wolverine, but it’s worth it just for Sabretooth. He may not be my preferred version of the character, but he was quite an under-appreciated ‘mate.