The initial Marvel Minimates stuff was all really compartmentalized. Two of the three assortments were tight-nit themes, and the other assortment stuck to at least themes within each pairing. There was, however, one figure shown off with initial product who didn’t have a natural pairing or theme: Norin Radd, the Silver Surfer. See, his lack of connection to anyone else was supposed to cement him as the key exclusive piece in the planned single-packed assortments. The plan was he’d be packed in a case of singles, with the rest being made up of repacked figures from the two packs, in sort of a flip of the TRU five packs. The singles did show up eventually, but only as an exclusive to a Canadian chain, and they didn’t include poor Surfer. Fortunately, as with most of the early ‘mates, there ended up being several ways to get him.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Silver Surfer was initially released in the Marvel Minimates line on his own as a Tower Records-exclusive, then surfaced in one of the TRU four-packs, then the TRU ten-pack, then in series 7 of the main line alongside Spider-Man 2099, and then finally in an Action Figure Xpress-exclusive two-pack with Thanos. Apart from the AFX version getting C3-style feet, the figures were all the same, making him a relatively easy to acquire ‘mate, at least for a good while. Surfer was, and continues to be with more recent offerings, a vanilla ‘mate, relying only on the basic ‘mate body to make him work. As such he stands 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. The heavy lifting here was done via the paint, and while you could go *really* basic on a character like this, DST actually put some care into his detailing, attempting to capture the comics’ style of making him look extra shiny. There’s more of a minimalist bend to this one, going more for a “suggest but don’t explicitly outline” approach to most of his features. Contrasted against the far more line-work heavy designs of the later Surfers, I can’t help but just really dig this one for the simplicity of it all, even if the paint on mine has taken quite a beating over the years. Surfer’s one accessory is his board, which for this version is just a board, with no pegs or anything on it. It’s a little limiting in regards to what you can do with it, but it also means it’s not marred by the connection points that were all over the later versions.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wanted Surfer as soon as I could get one, but being much younger and not having the action figure-acquiring means I have now, I ended up having to wait until his proper main line release in Series 7. Over the years, I lost most of my Spider-Man 2099, but I’ve still got Surfer. He’s still pretty dope.