UNMASKED SPIDER-MAN & DR. OCTOPUS
Marvel Minimates hit shelves again their second year in early March, kicking off their sophomore efforts with a return to the world of everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. The second series of the line had given us Spidey and three of his best known foes, but there was definitely a major one missing, and that was Dr. Octopus (who was, probably not coincidentally, the main foe in Spider-Man 2, which hit theaters two months after this assortment was released), who made his Minimate debut here, alongside unmasked Spider-Man, the sort of Spider-Man variant that wouldn’t really be a proper variant in this day and age.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Unmasked Spider-Man and Dr. Octopus were first released in Series 4 of the specialty line of Marvel Minimates, but the set was one of the ones that was carried over unchanged into the Walmart/Target assortments of the time, as well as both figures being released in one of TRU’s 4-packs, alongside Captain America and Absorbing Man. I actually already reviewed the Spidey on his own a while back, and that review is here. I don’t talk about packaging much on this site, but it’s notable that these guys were to first to be in the much smaller, windowless box packaging, which would be the line’s main jam for two years or so. I myself am quite nostalgic for this particular style of packaging, although it did limit the ability to include extra parts with the figures. Still, it was quite a good look for the line.
Doc Ock was a slight departure for the line, with one of the most extensive add-ons at the time. Though characters like Hulk and Venom would go without any bulk-up, Ock got his requisite fat piece, which was rolled into his tentacle arms as well. The arms are rather on the small side, but they did have articulation at each connection, making Ock the most articulated Minimate at the time and for a fair bit. His hair piece is very similar to Bruce Banner and Peter Parker’s, with the glasses being permanently attached. At least it makes more sense for Ock’s eyes to not be seen beneath the glasses. In terms of paint, Ock’s pretty darn basic. There’s the detailing for the gloves, boots, and belt, which was rather inconsistent in coverage. I do quite like the face beneath the glasses, though. Something about those eyebrows is giving me serious Alfred Molina vibes. Ock didn’t include any accessories, but with the extra arms, that’s not really a big issue.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got an Ock with my original Unmasked Spider-Man, but I was never as impressed with him, and ended up losing most of his parts over the years. I ended up replacing him outright a couple of years ago when I found the set for a really low price on Luke’s Toy Store. Rather amusingly, I only opened them up when it came time to write this review, and I found out they’d been slid into their box upside down, all this time. Ock’s still not amazingly impressive, but I must admit I have more of an appreciation for him now than I did as a kid.