PETER PARKER & MARY JANE
During the first year of Marvel Minimates, DST put together a few exclusives to bulk up the line a little further than just the core three series. In the nature of repurposing all over the place in those early days, one of those exclusives, Grey Hulk and Ultimate Spider-Man, was a pairing of figures that would be literally everywhere by the end of the line. The other notable exclusive is today’s pack, Peter Parker and Mary Jane, a pair of figures that were never directly re-released in any fashion.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Peter and Mary Jane were available at San Diego Comic-Con in 2003, alongside the previously mentioned Hulk and Spider-Man. More than the other set, they feel like a direct continuation of Series 2’s Spider-Man theme, and pretty much slot right in with that set.
We got a half-Spidey/half-Peter ‘mate in the main line, so this figure creates the counter part to the full Spidey, giving us a full Peter. Yay, I guess. He’s built on the standard old-style ‘mate body, so he’s 2 1/4 inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He got a new hair piece and book bag. Both would see re-use later, but they were new here. Like Bruce Banner, the glasses are opaque, something I don’t like as much here as I did on Banner. Beyond that, he’s just paint, which pretty much just replicates the Peter half of the Series 2 figure directly. It’s definitely a ’60s Peter, that much is certain. It fits in alright with the style of the early ‘mates, so I can’t really knock it. Peter was packed with a book accessory, to go with that book bag, I guess.
Peter’s main love interest and a long time fixture of the comics, Mary Jane didn’t really get her proper due as a Minimate until 15 years into the run. She did get this…thing, however. Mary Jane was the standard ‘mate body, but with a new hair piece. A hair piece that was clearly aiming for some kind of recreation of John Romita’s look for MJ, but…well, it missed the mark a bit, and ends up looking more like a crappy mullet. With the one piece of new sculpting dressed down, let’s talk about the paint. Oh, it’s not good. There’s way too many lines on that face. That would be too many lines for a modern-style ‘mate. For a year one release? She looks like she’s a million. The eyes are okay; it’s really he lower half of the face that ruins it. Moving past the face we can stop and ask “what is she supposed to be wearng?” MJ was pretty well defined as always having pretty flattering wardrobe, but this ain’t that. She’s got a sleeveless shirt that may as well be a pillow case, plus capris, and…dress shoes? I don’t know. I don’t think this replicates a specific look. Wouldn’t it have made sense to, I don’t know, go for that distinctive design that she has on that distinctive panel that everybody remembers that introduced her? No, that would be too on the nose. Let’s go with this ugly thing. Making things uglier, the plastics on the various parts of her pants don’t match at all in coloring, which looks awful.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this set from All Time when they got that large collection of ‘mates back last fall. At this point, I was really just working on filling in my “year one” set, which these guys are a part of, and that’s about the only reason I bought them. Peter is kind of meh, and not exactly enough to sell the set on his own. MJ, on the other hand, is quite possibly the worst Minimate in existence, and is certainly the worst the first year had to offer. Clearly, the reason neither of these two saw re-release is because they just really didn’t warrant it.