JEAN GREY & CYCLOPS
I’ve been slowly making my way through the earliest assortments of the Marvel Minimates line. The X-Men-themed third assortment’s been on the docket for a good long while in particular, since I officially started reviewing it back in December of 2016, with Cyclops and Wolverine. Today, I’m finally gonna finish it, taking a look at the other Cyclops, as well as the one unreviewed team member, Jean Grey!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This set rounds out Series 3 of the specialty assortments of Marvel Minimates, and like the other sets in the line-up, it’s themed around Ultimate X-Men. The two figures included here are notable for being the only ones to remain wholly exclusive to the specialty line-up, since Jean was paired up with either of the two Cyclopses and the Cyclops seen here is the one-per-case variant.
I’ve only briefly touched on my opinions of the Ultimate designs, especially as they pertain to this set of ‘mates. Jean got saddled with one of the absolute worst redesigns of the bunch. For a character whose personality didn’t really change too much from her mainstream counterpart, they managed to stick her with a costume that was divergent in just about every way and held onto pretty much nothing that was signature of the character. Without a name attached to it, there’s any number of female X-Men that I would guess for this design before arriving on Jean. But I digress…what of the figure? Well, she’s on the old style body, with add-ons for the hair and necklace. The hair is an okay recreation of the style she had in the early Ultimate X-Men issues, and the necklace is the same kinda bulky piece used on Storm. It gets the job done on recreating the look she’s got in the comics, so I guess that’s good. The paintwork follows suit, and she gets all of the important details, while going a bit more lax on the smaller details than later entries would. She’s got the wrapped arms like Storm, which is still a pretty cool detail.
I’ve already reviewed the standard Cyclops, so why not take a look at his slightly different variant. The variants in the early days of the line were a mixed bag. While the Symbiote Spidey was honestly too big a design for the one-per-case thing, and Elektra was a whole lot of “meh”, the variant No Visor Cyclops falls into a subset of variants that actually wouldn’t even count as separate figures as the line progressed. Seriously, the thing that distinguished him from the standard release was merely the fact that he wasn’t wearing his visor; nowadays it’s standard for a Cyclops to just include an extra hair piece. You were originally meant to pay the price of a two-pack for one single extra part. It’s a fairly nice extra part, I guess; it’s the same basic hair piece as the regular, but with no visor and actual proper ears. I also dig that they gave him a slightly different expression, and also added the facial hair that he grew later on in the books, but it’s hard to say there’s all that much exciting about this guy. He’s an accessory, not a complete figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Cyclops and Jean were my second set of Marvel Minimates…just not this actual set. I got the standard set with the regular Cyclops and Jean. While I held onto most of the regular Cyclops, I lost most of Jean’s parts over the years. When All Time got their big collection of Minimates in last year, I took advantage of it to fill in the gaps of my early ‘mates, and picked up a replacement Jean, and finally got that variant Cyclops I’d never had. Reviewing these two without the standard Cyclops, I’ve kinda realized he was the real lynchpin of the set. Jean’s got the worst of the team designs, and the variant Cyclops honestly feels a little bit pointless. All that said, I’m happy to have at least finished out the assortment, even if I’ve realized that the best one of them is the one I’ve had for 17 years.